Personal War Machine by Malocculsion feels like being run through rusty factory machinery, rebuilt with scraps, and all the while your brain is awake and aware. In short, it's awesome!...

August 08, 2019

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There are a lot of artists out there that claim to be influenced musically by the Italian Giallo movies of the 70's and 80's. It's not secret that the films of Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and many others left an imprint on those that saw them, and the soundtracks were vital to creating the atmosphere found in them. I count myself in this group, as a long time fan of not just the films but the music that they spawned. The reason that I'm talking about this so much is because though many artists make claims to being inspired by all of the above, I've never heard it in practice (outside of Goblin) better than Personal War Machine by Malocculsion.

Let me be completely clear, Italian Giallo-esque sounds aren't the only thing you're going to hear on Personal War Machine. The reason you're going to get that feeling first and foremost is because the music in those films were so experimental, used unconventional sounds to create atmosphere, and were totally unique. And before we get too far, we're not talking zombie film material here, oh no. I know that by mentioning Italian horror you mind might have immediately gone there. If you've ever wondered what it might sound like to have your body torn apart by rusty factory machinery, run through a press, and then rebuilt from scraps...all the while you're brain is fully aware of what's going on, Personal War Machine is going to scratch that itch. That's where Malocculsion has hammered a flag into the ground.

There's nobody, and I mean nobody that can touch the atmosphere of this record. The level of dread created here is on par with anything one of the master's of horror could drum up, and they're using visuals to enhance their experience. Malocculsion's Personal War Machine is OUT NOW on Ratskin Records and available digitally and on limited edition compact disc. Grab it HERE.

James Mitchell

Published August 08, 2019

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