MALUS DEXTRA: Self Titled Album Review, Halloween Release Date

Review: Tom Hanno

Malus Dextra, have you ever heard of this group? Well, if you haven’t then you are about to, and you will thank me later. This Missouri based band is gonna knock you out with their one-two punch of hard hitting metal riffs, and mix of brutal and clean vocals.

I’ll copy and post a bit from their Facebook Bio right now, “Malus Dextra is not a band in the traditional sense. They have members of course but their identities are unimportant. In this day and age of flash over substance, sometimes it seems like the music itself isn’t as important as the image. Well….here you have a group of guys who disagree!” I, for one, hate the image associated with some bands. The music should be what’s important, and not what they look like, what they wear, or how many tattoos they have. Malus Dextra’s music speaks volumes about the band, and you need to check them out. Seriously, killer fucking underground metal, and they have a self-titled album landing on your heads on Halloween 2017; pre-orders will start on October 1st.

Malus Dextra contains 8 tracks of blistering metal. There is a healthy supply of thrash infused riffs, and I grew up on 80’s thrash so I know what I’m talking about there. Thankfully they have given their music a modernized twist, and share some things in common with bands like Ded; that nu-metal influence is in there. My favorite track is “Traces of Hate”, which is also their lead-off single. I’ve mentioned in other reviews how much I love the 8th note chug style riffing, and this song has it. There’s an Exodus vibe going on, think the song “Blacklist” by them and you’ll have a general idea of that chug I’m speaking of. Vocally, there’s a bit of Phil Anselmo to be heard, and the edge in the vocals really adds to the track. Something else about the vocals that I liked was that, even though they are heavy, I could understand everything being said. Another standout is “Through My Eyes”, which opens up with a killer bass and drum groove. The tone of the bass is fat, it kind of has the pin pong ball bouncing sound that I like, and is not muddy at all; when the guitars enter they double the part with heavy palm muting, and it’s as heavy as a ten-ton hammer. I love the guitar tone across this album, it’s raw, yet refined; an Exodus, or Overkill, type of style. In the vocal department there is a Coal Chamber influence here and there, and it’s not an overbearing clone of Dez, but the influence can assuredly be heard. Album closer, “Decay”, showcases the softer side of the band; all acoustic, and clean vocals. This is a great example of a band that can thrash with the best, and lay back to write something beautiful too. The rest of the album is full of the type of metal that instigates pits, gets the crowd amped up, and makes heads bang in unison.

I stress that fact that you should give this group a listen. Malus Dextra is an up-and-coming band that has crafted an excellent, self-released album. On October 1st, 2017 will be able to pre-order Malus Dextra, and on Halloween 2017 you will be able to pick it up. So make sure you do!

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Twitter: @MalusDextra