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MALADY

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Finland


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Founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2010

MALADY is a Psychedelic Rock quintet from Helsinki, Finland composed by Tony Björkman (guitar), Babak Issabeigloo (guitar/vocals), Juuso Jylhänlehto (drums), Ville Rohiola (keyboards) and Jonni Tanskanen (bass).

Their music is very reminiscent to the Scandinavian Prog of the 70's, with influences of Folk and Symphonic music. It's also very soft and melodic, sung in Finnish and featuring plenty of Hammond, Mellotron and many guest musicians.

(Meltdowner)

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3.54 | 18 ratings
Malady
2015
3.91 | 108 ratings
Toinen Toista
2018

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 Malady by MALADY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.54 | 18 ratings

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Malady Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by friso
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3 stars Malady from Finland released its first LP on the SVART label in 2015, presenting to the public its analogue sounding retro-prog with influences of early Camel, Meddle-era Pink Floyd and probably seventies Finnish groups like Haikara and Wigwam. By recording the album the authentic way the band reaches a sound that does actually sound like the real thing - an album recorded in the early seventies - but it als greatly diminishes the mixing possibilities. The album does offer a lot for fans of the retro subgenre; great melodic guitars, soft psychedelic rock landscapes, warm organs and some nice echoey fuzz guitars. The singing in the Finnish language adds to the obscurity feel, though the vocals aren't a particular highlight on this release. The album has some great musical themes, chord progressions and solo's, but it all feels like it is (live) performed rather hastily; a mistake that almost every starting band would make back in the seventies. My guess is that this album will charm a lot of people despite its flaws, but I myself would recommend listening to their more mature 2018 follow-up record 'Toinen Toista' first. I wouldn't be at all surprised at all if this band will one day release a great retro-prog album like Jordso's Nattfiolen (2019), so fans of this genre should keep a close eye on this band.
 Toinen Toista by MALADY album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 108 ratings

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Toinen Toista
Malady Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by friso
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4 stars Lately I've gained interest in the Finnish prog scene, mainly due the vinyl reissues of the Svart label. I had never heard of band Malady before, but I ordered both their vinyls after hearing a few songs online. I love that magical atmosphere of the early Camel albums and Malady delivers just that; slightly introverted progressive rock with warm organs, melodic electric guitar (both Latimer his lead-style and Gilmour's early echoey fuzz lead come to mind) and drowsy moody vocals. By singing in the Finnish language the band sometimes reminds me of the artistry of the classic Italian progressive rockbands. As a wild card Malady plays the amazing melodic bass guitar of Jonni Tanskanen, who casts memories of Khan's bassist Nick Greenwood. The whole album is drenched in an lively analogue sound in which the breath of the performance shines through. By not cleaning up minor imperfections (which a musician like me might spot) the music is that much more realistic and personal.

Malady mixes the melodic and rockin' side of Camel with the slightly laid back approach of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother & Meddle period. The final track, the 23 minute 'Nurja puoli' is a surprisingly easy-going example of this mix, with its many melodic sections in the major key - reminding me of that 'Song Within a Song' nostalgic happy-sad vibe. Like most Finnish groups, the traditional folk traditions of the country are also apparent. Within the progressive tradition Malady doesn't invent the wheel here, nor does it pretends to do so. On 'Toinen Toista' this band proves that you actually can re-enact that perfect early seventies feel, and sustain it on an arguably flawless record. You'll find no production glitches here.

Malady from Finland, much like Jordsjo from Norway, represents the fruitful Scandinavian retro-prog movement of these last years. Comparing this fine release to the top records of 2018, this album definitely deserves a place in the top ten of that year.

PS. I would suggest this band be moved to the symphonic prog genre.

 Toinen Toista by MALADY album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 108 ratings

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Malady Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
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5 stars Great to see this Finnish band finally added. If one listened to albums of Malady in a blindfold test, without knowing the band and their music in advance, it would be very easy to think it was a long-lost item of vintage Finnish-language prog from early/mid- 70's, comparable to Haikara, Tabula Rasa, Fantasia and Nimbus. Malady begun as a side project of a Helsinki-based doom/stoner band in 2010, with guitarist Tony Björkman, bass/guitar/piano player Jonni Tanskanen and drummer Juuso Jylhänlehto being the founding members. The original humble goal was to release a prog album before any of the members would be 50. But apparently everything took place faster than they expected; the eponymous debut was released in 2015, and it was warmly greeted in the Finnish music media, which normally doesn't pay a lot of attention to new progressive rock bands.

Malady makes music in a pure retro style with analog keyboards and recording systems. That results as a warm and natural sound, like it was made in the 70's. Even the vocals of Babak Issabeigloo sound a bit hazy like it is quite often the case in vintage Finnish prog. The charmingly melancholic debut was very promising, and the expectations for the follow-up are definitely fulfilled with this album. The title Toinen toista can be translated in several ways; one of them is 'the 2nd day of February' which was the official date of release in 2018.

The nearly 7-minute title track starts with a meditative psychedelic haziness before it turns into melodic instrumental prog. The sparse and moody vocals arrive after the halfway. Listeners of classic prog feel immediately at home with the sound drawing from the same ancient prog well that gave birth to albums such as In the Court of the Crimson King, Mirage or Meddle. The real Mellotron at the end leads seamlessly into the brief instrumental interlude 'Laulu sisaruksille' (= Song for siblings) starring violin. 'Tiedon kehtolaulu' (= Lullaby of knowledge) is a slightly lighter prog song, graced by the guest appearances for flute and Mini-Moog. 'Etsijän elinehto' is equally full of melodic and emotional depth.

The fifth and final track is a side-long epic 'Nurja puoli' (= The adverse side) which guarantees the album's place among the finest Finnish retro-oriented prog releases in my opinion. The piece is not notably differing from the basic style of Malady with the alternation between instrumental and vocal sections, but it proves that the band handles also large structures with similar ease. The metaphysic lyrics written by Jylhänlehto may not come very close to the listener, but they fit very well to the music's atmosphere. I'm enjoying this album enough for full rating, even though I understand that someone might consider the retro approach as a lack of originality. If you're interested in the Finnish-language prog and enjoy the 70's bands I mentioned above, you'll find it very easy to enjoy this relatively mellow and melodic album.

Thanks to meltdowner for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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