Words By: Dylan McAteer
Released: February 11, 2014 via Rise Records
The third studio album from Abandon All Ships is finally here! Malocchio, comes 18 months after the band released Infamous and it was worth the wait.
Before I get into the songs themselves, the album story is something that I feel is very important. It’s great to pick the music apart piece by piece, but seeing the album as a whole can be even more fulfilling. The album title is an Italian term meaning “The Evil Eye” (Mal=evil, occhio=eye). According to Italian folklore, giving the evil eye to someone can cause harm. Legend has it that the evil eye is like giving a curse that can cause physical pain or misfortune.
The symbol on the album cover, known as The Hamsa, is an amulet depicting the open right hand; it’s considered to be a protector against the evil eye. The underlying message of warding off evil is pretty kickass.
Anyways you didn’t come here to be lectured, nor do I intend to give one. The music here is phenomenal and uplifting in a relatable way. I admit that electronicore isn’t really my jam, however tracks like these are undeniable.
The album begins with “Reefer Madness”, which is the song they debuted on December 20. All around it’s a solid track with a smooth mix of cleans and screams backed my some great beats. I find that this is a real tone setter for the album, as it grabs your attention from the get go.
The return of Kyler Browne on guitar and the addition of Melvin Murray on drums have taken the band to the next stage. This album just seems to be a cut above their earlier work.
“Bloor Street West” is a personal favourite of mine and deserves a good listen. It’s one of those tracks that a listener can connect and relate to. Very entertaining and melodic in a way that ignites a fire in you. The way the metal and the electronic sync in this tune is fascinating, there’s no fragmentation here, the two styles unite to create something truly awesome.
The concluding track, “Paradise”, is definitely one of the better tracks to be found on this work. The upbeat electronic intro gives off a relaxed and hopeful atmosphere, which works really well for Malocchio. Then the vocals kick in and you’re just beaming with joy. Right from the start you can tell that this is going to be an awesome track, it has the ability to resonate with you.
If you like Abandon All Ships than you’re going to be pretty happy with what they’ve put out. Even if you’re not a fan of them I’d still recommend that you give this a good listen, it might just change your mind about these guys.
- Reefer Madness
- High Roller
- Bloor Street West
- Alive (Ft. Astrokrat)