Genre : Psychedelic Rock
Location : Russia
Release title : Tetramorph
Release type : Full length digital release
Release year : 2017
Label : Independent
Buy : Bandcamp
1.1000 Bulls for Pontus 12:32
3. Mother of the Void 08:51
4. Har 12:08
Total time : 43:35
Droning, eerie, smoke-enshrouded, lazy and free yet punchy and furious, a storm brewing...Malefic House rumble on to the scene of Psychedelic Heavy Rock music, crafting atmospheres of troubled rages and transcendent liminalities. The stories of four enigmatic individuals, ranging from Geronimo, an Egyptian pharoah, an outcast priestess to a beleagured sailor...Are told through the toils and troubles of Malefic's hallucinatory blend of Hard Rock explorations to almost Jazz-like dimensions of psychedelia.
Weighing in with powerful chords and harrowing resonances, Malefic House bring the jams to fevered climaxes and then down into dark Blues references and quieter reflections. Reminds me of Hawkwind, early Sabbath or Pentagram, but with dramatic female vocals. A powerful voice and harmonic sense carry Lena Kataykina's vocals over the mix and into sustained cadences of mysterious atmospheres.
Almost like an homage to The Doors' "The End", these four compositions bring heavy moods into waves of intensity and back around the stratosphere to throbbing grooves and mystic riffs. Layers of sound are weaved over and over each other, creating harmonic blends and strange sounds. Pounding hits punctuate the refrain of "1000 Bulls for Pontus" before heading back into massive psychedelia, rolled out with epic, poetic grandeur. Perhaps like a Lord Byron overture into absinthe-embroiled vision quests, Malefic House tells these four mythological parables.
As if a dream has blown through the veritable array of sonic artifacts, more overdrive, more reverb, more delay, more wah melts everything into strange proportions and drains the listener of linear sanity. The well-sustained lead guitar playing of Artem Zibrov brings a gothic elegance to the acid-drenched proceedings, supported by the pulsating rhythms of drummer Dima Dvornikov and bassist Sergei Kataykin. With an unwavering determinism and engaging delivery, Lena's vocals lure the listener deeper into the mystery. Contrasting feels that manage to flow gracefully into each other complete the wide-ranging effect of Malefic House's music.
I look forward to future releases from this promising Russian band. A spark of genius just might be around the corner creatively here. They've already reached a level of excellence. Worthy of thorough investigation for those into Psych, Doom, Stoner, and Ambient. Their dynamic approach to music is intriguing and effective. It will be interesting to track the development of this unusual psychedelic group.
- Vile Ent