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4 stars "The Malkuth Grimoire" is the debut full-length studio album by German progressive/technical death metal act Alkaloid. The album was independently released in March 2015. Alkaloid was formed by drummer Hannes Grossmann in 2014 after leaving Obscura. In addition to Hannes Grossmann, the lineup features a string of prolific German (and one Dutch) musicians in Christian M'nzner (guitars) Danny Tunker (guitars), Morean (vocals, guitars), and Linus Klausenitzer (bass). Some of the artists they've been or still are involved with include Obscura, Noneuclid, Aborted, Necrophagist, Dark Fortress, Spawn of Possession, and Blotted Science.

The above mentioned musicians and acts should give a good indication of the skills involved on this album and the technical level of playing featured on the material. And technique is definitely in the high seat throughout the album, but it's not necessarily one of those tech metal albums, where atmosphere and good songwriting are sacrificed at the expense of technical noodling. It's not the most atmospheric or emotionally intense release either though, so it lands a bit in the middle.

In addition to the technical/progressive death metal elements featured in the music, there are also quite a few nods toward progressive rock and even fusion. The vocals are both growling and clean. It's not completely unlike listening to a much more progressive inclined Obscura. The reference to Obscura is especially strong when Alkaloid plays fast. The eclectic nature of the material makes it quite the challenging listen, and combined with the technical playing, and the often complex song structures, "The Malkuth Grimoire" is quite the busy album.

The album is well produced featuring a powerful, clear, and professional sounding production. It's quite clinical sounding, but it suits the music well. So upon conclusion "The Malkuth Grimoire" is a high quality technical/progressive death metal album, and fans of the genre and artists like Obscura, Beyond Creation, and Augury should be able to enjoy this greatly, although it's slightly more quirky and eclectic than most of the output by those artists. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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Posted Monday, October 19, 2015 | Review Permalink
5 stars A really awesome work of Progressive death metal!

I get to know this album thanks to a friend who is a fan of Metal in general but specially the technical stuff.

In that time i wasn´t into metal at all so i couldn't really enjoy bands like obscura, necrophagist and even blotted science. But with this album was different, i really enjoyed it, probably it is the album that make me enjoy death metal.

Great performances and great music in here! This death metal tend to be technical but in my opinion it is easy to digest. Mellodic but also brutal album so it can be an awesome start for people who like progressive and want to get in the death metal, also it has a really good production to enjoy with a good pair of headphones.

Even the album could be long for some people, in my personal opinion it is an absolute great album and it is close to be a masterpiece!

4.5 stars rounded to 5 beacause i really enjoy this one!

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