SHIPS ON OR AROUND OCTOBER 10TH, 2023
DISGUISED MALIGNANCE’s formative years up until this point has seen the group operate primarily as a duo, with vocalist Felix Pennanen and bassist Aatos Palmu forming the band in 2021, and carefully constructing the band’s foundational sound of old school death metal sensibilities with a calculatedly modern view of technical songwriting embellishments. The young band’s dichotomous approach to the genre was evidenced in their early demo and 2023 promo tapes respectively, before Pennanen and Palmu found themselves with growing ambitions for the band.
Commencing writing and recording in 2022 with their core pairing, DISGUISED MALGINANCE display a musical chemistry far beyond their years on Enter the Gateways. Frenzied passages careen and jolt forward with a menacing intent, whilst swarming tremolos and a dexterous rhythmic backbone bring to mind greats such as Demilich and Cryptopsy. Written specifically with a solidified quintet in mind, Enter the Gateways ushers DISGUISED MALIGNANCE’s more textured passages into the fold - look no further than Disengagement into Eternity or Remnants of Serenity - that invoke more modern death metal acts such as Tomb Mold and Blood Incantation.
Inspired heavily by Lovecraftian horror and armed with an esoterically eldritch unease at the simultaneously unknown and unknowable, Enter the Gateways oscillates between the physical and the otherworldly throughout its 34 minute runtime. DISGUISED MALIGNANCE’s ambitions to take death metal’s elemental parts and impart their own verve and voice into the genre are plain to see on their first full-length, and it's a testament to their natural talents that Enter the Gateways stands as a bold introduction to the band. Lmtd 200 cassette edition on frosted cassette with full pad printing. 5 panel J-Card.
Disguised Malignance - Entering the Gateways CS