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Dark zone psychedelic séance rock, has been playing out more and more this past year and rocking the heavy vibes. -

"Aquarius Records"

The self-titled debut release from Malditos is a minimal and dark synthesizer driven ep filled peppered with some unlikely but super awesome electric tablas! Because most of the songs are sung in French you might be tempted to think this is a slab of obscure European '80s gothic vinyl reissued by Dark Entries; but no, this Oakland, CA band is comprised of current or former members of Swann Danger, The Phantom Limbs, and Black Ice. The aforementioned tablas and Eastern scales recall more than a few of the moodier aspects of Dead Can Dance, but there's also echoes of Rowland S. Howard's angular phased guitar work. The record is quite heavy, the two synths proving a driving and repetitive low end while occasionally swirling around the upper registers. As previously mentioned, three out of the four vocal tracks are in French. Pretty much the only French word you need to know, however, is "Noir". When listening to lyrics in a foreign (to this reviewer) language, what is said is less important than how it's sung and Cyn M. does an excellent job of setting a brooding and dark mood with her powerful vibrato. The last track is an almost industrialized cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Requiem Por Un C..." (sung in French, of course). Limited to 259 hand numbered copies, this record is sure to go fast.

Aquarius Records

- Aquarius Records

"Big Takeover #71"

"The birth of an incredible, impenetrably dark psychedelic post-punk goth band is upon us, and you, dear reader should pay careful attention, as Malditos' swirling Magickal storms will leave you spellbound! As atmospheric as Savage Republic and early Dead Can Dance, and as heavy as prime Virgin Prunes and Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Oakland, CA quartet lay down four engaging, languid soundscapes that will take you deep in to your wide-awake nightmares. Featuring noted Bay Area luminaries Skot Brown (Phantom Limbs) and Cyn Mansourian (Swann Danger), Malditos' new record is a shimmering, utterly beguiling stunner of a debut. (" ~Bryan Swirsky, Big Takeover #71 - Big Takeover


Still working on that hot first release.



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