Malefistum – Enemy
The cooperation project MalefistuM was founded in 2019 by Dawn Of Destiny guitarist Jens Faber and combines various metal genres into a most interesting and unique mix between epic, symphonic, power metal and growl elements. On the surface, influences of bands like Ensiferum, Equilibirum, Dark Tranqulity and also Nightwish are recognizable. However, the eleven songs of the album gain depth and variety in particular from the contributions of the guest vocalists. Melissa Bonny (Ad Infinitum, Warkings, Rage Of Light, Serenity) who is responsible for the vocals on most of the tracks, demonstrates her many years of experience and routine and glides confidently between pure and no less dark aggression (“Towards The Sun”), fragile emotions (“Fear Of Tomorrow”) and catchy choruses (“This Memory”). The remaining songs are refined by Federica Lanna (Sleeping Romance) who performs the halting, heavy and wonderfully epic “Adore Me” in the perfect way, Black Messiah shouter Zagan whose voice gives a decisive edge to the vibrant and pumping “I Will Know Your Name”, and Eric Dow (Helsott) whose vocal range turns the song “The Answer” into a stylistic tour de force. “Enemy” not only stands out due to its music and compositions, but also due to the atmospheric and detailed artwork by Hans Trasid which moulds the album into an impressive work of music and concept.