Maleficent Vigor are a band from Los Angeles, California that plays a very melodic form of blackened death metal with elements of thrash and this is a review of their 2014 album "Novus Ordo Seclorum" which was released by Twin Peaks Records.
The album starts out with an intro that uses dark and evil sounding synths which also bring a symphonic feeling to the recording and after the intro the music goes into a heavier direction closer to death metal and then speeds up along with brutal blast beats before slowing down a bit and adding in blackened death metal vocals while also keeping around the faster elements.
As the album progresses the music starts adding in more traces of melodic black metal and thrash and after awhile solos and leads become a part of the music as well as a small amount of clean playing being utilized on certain tracks as well as bringing in a small amount of epic and symphonic parts later on during the recording and on one of the tracks there is a brief use of spoken word samples.
With this album maleficent Vigor combine a variety of many different genres of metal ranging from melodic black metal, brutal death metal and thrash to create a very interesting and heavy album that also has a bit of diversity.
Song lyrics cover darkness, anti christian and new world order themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound along with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix while having a bit of power on the last track as well as a couple of the tracks being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Maleficent Vigor are a very great sounding melodic blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Internal Nightmare" "New World Order" "Living A Lie" and "Demagogue". 8 out of 10.