“The only way to progress, to try to develop, is to kill what was before, sacrifice it. Annihilate it, break it down.” - Carl McCoy
Restless- this word summed up the bulk of the past few years of not only the band's existence, but perhaps the entire world's. Global changes in the way of life, human understanding and perspectives allowed an unrelenting aura of apprehension to permeate through all facets of life. Yet, people turned to art to bring a sense of normalcy and comfort.
Looking to their musical influences, the band realized that they resonated with the more poetically minded influences from their early days. "I think over time we turned into something that wasn't us- just to appease others, or to check some boxes." Frontman Lucas Di Mascio muses. "I actually think I've gained a deeper appreciation of the mindsets and influences I had when starting the band."
"Our new direction has meshed our creative writing interests with our entire discography." Says Malacoda bassist Zak Stulla. "This, in my opinion, brings out the best of Malacoda’s foundational elements- while evolving into a permanent direction that all our new and old fans will enjoy."
While Malacoda's sound has always been a writhing and living thing amongst releases, the infatuation with darkness and emphasis on dynamics in their songwriting has always remained a constant. The band's unwavering appreciation of the dissonant atmospheres found in 80's goth rock music shows no signs of fading away, but the band's flirting with progressive rock-style compositions is being brought further into the moonlight.
While the band spent more time in stagnation than they probably would have liked, it was necessary for them to rediscover themselves. Nearing a decade of the band's existence has lead them down a path of nostalgia, even as new blood joins the fold. New philosophies were gained- or perhaps they were older ones simply rediscovered...
Oct 27th, 1989
Jacob Hansen, Danny Elfman, Steven Wilson, Anders Nystrom
Hand.Cannot.Erase - Steven Wilson
The Great Cold Distance - Katatonia
Blackwater Park - Opeth
Road Games - Allan Holdsworth
The Nephilim - Fields of the Nephilim
"When you talk to God, you're religious. But when he talks to you, you're a psychopath." - Peter Steele
Sept 5th, 2000
Katatonia, Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, Harms Way, Rammstein, Kublai Khan TX, Comeback Kid
Discourged Ones - Katatonia
Absolute - Kublai Khan TX
Post Human - Harms Way
October Rust - Type O Negative
"If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you'll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you'll get to where you want to be." - Eddie Van Halen
June 28th, 1993
Kai Hansen, Victor Smolksi, Paul Gilbert
Somewhere Out In Space - Gamma Ray
"Music means feeling to me and anything that has to do with it, both ups and downs. The perfection obviously would be to achieve that the listener can feel for what you were thinking when you wrote it. Then, the aim has been reached. This is my wish." - Henjo Richter
Dec. 6, 1989
It's an ever growing/evolving list. These days anything that’s got a synthesizer in it is pretty top of the list. Bands like Every Time I Die, Katatonia, Nine Inch Nails, or The 1975 always come back around in the rotation. Sleep Token is a new favourite too!
Another list that evolves over time but some essentials would be:
The Fall Of Hearts - Katatonia
The 1975 - The 1975
Swimming - Mac Miller
Deloused In The Comatorium - The Mars Volta
The King Of Limbs - Radiohead
Grace Under Pressure - Rush
Anything my 18 month old daughter says is pretty much all I need to hear these days.