Malphas are a band from Pennsylvania that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a very melodic and symphonic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "The 39th Spirit" which will be released in October by Via Nocturna.
Symphonic sounds start off the album and also mix in with the heavier sections of the music while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody along with the vocals being a mixture of grim black metal screams and death metal growls as well as the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style.
Classical guitars can also be heard briefly on an instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a decent amount of blast beats along with some clean vocals also being used briefly as well as the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses clean playing and acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly.
Malphas creates another recording that remains true to their melodic and symphonic mixture of black and death metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon a man who makes a pact with the demon Malphas and his corruption by the deity in his quest to destroy the roots of organized religion.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Malphas and if you are a fan of melodic and symphonic black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Invoking The 39th Spirit" "You Will Lead My Armies" "Spells Of Destruction" and "Heaven Falls II: The Aftermath". 8 out of 10.