Review: Elffor – Malkhedant

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Where the forest meets the sea…

Remember that kinda dorky kid back in school? He sometimes used to be seen with the “nerds” but unlike them he seemed more distant. Always locked in a mysterious state of reverie. You heard him speak once. He surprised all with some abstruse fact during history class, but apart from instances like that, he was assumed to be insignificant by most. The kind of person you expected to see on social media some years later at a renaissance fair clad in antiquated attire, living up to the common expectation. Well, as it turns out he’s some kind of warlock warrior now. No, not in an online RPG. An actual fucking warlock. Having been whisked away from the present day in some kind of temporal vortex, he is now a civilisation’s legend. The guy you once knew is now what you can only assume to be the chief pagan heretic engaged in a centuries-long intergenerational ideological battle against a slew of invading infidels. Fuck! You just knew him as that Duncan guy.

On his latest release, Spanish ambient black metal artist Elffor will take you directly to the forest of his dreams. And what a place it is! Fraught with dangerous quests, furious battles, memorable landscapes and an alluring atmosphere, Malkhedant is a canorous tapestry of sound. Ranging from near Ahklys/Nightbringer-level chaos at its darkest, to Sequestered Keep type medieval synthery at the lighter end of the spectrum, this collection of 4 tracks carries the listener across entire lands in its 45 minute run-time. There are traces of the Hellenic black metal sound interspersed throughout as well, with some of the riff themes recalling the nuanced attack of Greek masters Nocternity (see last track “Eldhr” @ 33:50). The transitions from distorted furor into the feudal ambiance are often abrupt but manage to avoid coming off as jarring for the most part.

After first being introduced to Elffor many moons ago through the mysterious caped figure that can sometimes be found lurking amidst the fog surrounding this humble latrine, I’ve spent some time (but not nearly as much as I’d have liked) delving into his 20 year discography. And from what I’ve found, the prevailing melodic sentiment seems slightly different to Elffor’s previous efforts. Malkhedant has what I can best describe as maritime undertones. Sure, the majority of the album feels like you’re in the forest, but this time the ocean’s waters lap up against those trees whose trunks dare to straddle the threshold of the habitable terrain. The resulting sound is a marvelous blend of motifs. Sometimes the interchange feels like the ships just off shore are within speaking distance, the local bards and the oceanic travelers able to trade folklore through music. The vocals, while fairly sparse, range from sermon-like chants to tortured cries. There are also quite a few passages of majestic female vocals that enhance the mood perfectly.

If you’re interested in symphonic black metal, ambient/dark synth or just want to visit the forests of a forgotten time without taking hallucinogens and watching [insert fantasy film of your choice here] for the 16th time, then give Malkhedant a spin. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a bandcamp source, so if you’re looking to purchase this album your best bet is probably to head over to Elffor.com and pick up a copy of this limited release. Also, you should head over to Elffor’s facebook page and tell him where you came from.

4/5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell

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  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Not a patch on the newest Wodos album.

  • Wow, 11 full-length albums in a span of 18 years. Impressive.

    http://i.giphy.com/2LQKBQyZOWHtu.gif

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      I did not gaze into that gif wondering what was going to happen for more than 30 seconds. For shame.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Oh shit, i have some catching up to do…

  • this sounds up my alley

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the great review, Lacertilian. These jams sound pretty sweet, though I can’t help but chuckle a bit whenever I read the name Elffor.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Elf for America

      • Waynecro

        What’s an Elffor.
        An L is for spelling words such as laboratory and lullaby, of course.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          Elffor leather

        • Dubs

          You wanna go get a Henway after this article?

          • Waynecro

            I love the hell out of that dorky joke.

          • at the local Updawg convenience store?

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Waynecro for a better America in 2016!

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        Do they have elves in Britain?

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          There are certainly white-skinned non-humans that attempt to speak English here.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Elf Whore

  • Joaquin Stick

    This is helping me get through the last hour of a caffeine free workday. Thanks Senior Liz.

    • some people in this world can go without caffeine. i suppose i COULD eventually get to that point, but……… not today

      • Joaquin Stick

        It is not fun. I functioned well until about 3 somehow, but my forehead wants to meet my desk so bad.

  • This is weird. One minute I’m talking with an NPC, the next I’m thrown into a boss battle.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    For the first minute of the album I thought the whole thing was going to be dungeon-synth. Then @ 1:10 I realized I was very, very wrong…

    • Lacertilian

      It goes pretty hard in places.

      • Yeah, some seriously long spans of blasting at times.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Always.

        • Lacertilian

          Indeed. There are some pretty cinematic parts too, could make a great black metal movie score.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Remember when you recced them. I’ll make a sacred oath I will check this out, and I will not take an eternity to do so.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Btw, how did you feel about K-X-P’s III Part 2?

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        I like it, mayne more than the first part. Think I have a review of it pending.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          I like it too. They’re coming to Ilosaaricock, which is nice.

  • “Remember that kinda dorky kid back in school?” … every time i look in the mirror.
    great write up! you can find me at my desk during the heavy parts and gallivanting about during the light ones…

    • Lacertilian

      Duncan…is that you??

      • hey man! i moved to St. Louis. it’s so weird: people over here have cats instead of lizards and call cilantro “coriander”.

        • Lacertilian

          “Capsicum”, what is this shit?

          • got it. you can delete your comment 😉

          • Möthër Shäbübü

            Fancy talk for peppers.

            People in St. Louis can barely say the word “ten” with out adding vowels and syllables to it, I can’t imagine them saying capsicum.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Never noticed that, and I’ve known many people from there back home (Chicago). They sound as bland accent-wise as any Midwesterner.

          • Count_Breznak

            CUM IN ALLCAPS OFC

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          We gotta meet up here in Chicago sometime. I know these really nice places over in Englewood and Auburn Gresham where we can meet up.

  • sweetooth0

    I am enjoying this. The fast parts remind me of the more recent and melodic Satanic Warmaster stuff (although vocals are not similar at all).

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    This sounds like exactly what I’m in the mood for. Thanks LizardmanKing!

    • i actually thot this would be up your alley too, as per our discussion the other day

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Serendipity!

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        I’m digging Hedge Wizard as well.

        • Lacertilian

          Hedge Wizard was shown to me by the caped one. Great stuff.

        • v good

        • trudge thru that dungeon bro

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            The dungeon is being trudged

  • I can’t help but be reminded of Bergtatt during the chanting parts.
    *sees flimsy excuse to type “Bergtatt”*
    *achieves full arousal*
    *regrets nothing*

  • EsusMoose

    Will give this a try later

    • EsusMoose

      Sounds good, listened to about half, not my thing but some of the production was quite good

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    Guy with the axe that looks like he just went through a chili dog eating contest: “You know what it’s like having the wind blow through your hair?”
    “No, sir, I don’t”
    *As he points to the poor guy right behind his ass cheeks*
    “He does! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiippppppffffttttttt sppppppllllllllliiiiiiippppppp!”

  • i love living so close to so many distros (rfi)

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    In other news, the most Toilet-ready headline of the year: Farting competition to help kick drug problem.

    https://youtu.be/xy5H1ksZW_Y

    http://www.heraldlive.co.za/watch-farting-competition-help-kick-drug-problem/

    • more beer

      Just say no and Dare can’t compete with this.

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        And everyone comes up with their own recipes for maximum farts.

        Mine: King cobra, peanut butter, and oranges.

    • Lacertilian

      There was a open swim 2 posts ago and a news post yesterday morning. Why do you feel the need to unleash multiple shitposts on every single article?

      • Sploopy Thunderplop
        • Lacertilian

          I suppose expecting an actual adult response was too much to ask.
          Silly me.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            geistimsturm@gmail.com. We’ll talk from there.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            Yes, silly you. The only time you have anything to say to me is when you have something patenting and butthurt to say to me. So why would I return a childish answer with an adult one? True, I’m a blithering fart from the nectar horizon, but you sir are a lizard nectaring in the sun’s poop.

      • Sploopy Thunderplop

        And here’s one: start complaining towards everyone who says something unrelated to the article, and tell them to go the the FB page, like you do towards me. Let’s not have a double standard. One standard will do just fine.

        • Lacertilian

          So you’re acknowledging that you’re shitposting and assert that it is my duty to police everyone? Most people would take the hint after the first instance. I’ve seen numerous people mention it to you over the past year or more, yet you continue to bring the shitpost to every single article.
          When I go to the fridge and find meat that is out of date, I start by removing the most rancid first.

  • Heliocrat

    Not sure if it has been shared here before but here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxgmkZW8RWw

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Good album, and good YT channel! That where I get a lot of my black metal fix.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I’m having trouble ordering this. Anyone else?

  • pfk505

    Elffor is one of my absolute most cherished projects, currently sitting at #8 most played all time. Eol’s music really is special. This, his latest, is no exception. Solis in Antris is an absolute masterpiece of a track and one of his best. I just wonder if his voice might be suffering as he has relied on Hildr Valkyrie for both clean and screamed vocals on a couple tracks (her contributions are, as usual, awesome).

    A fantastic album overall which will be on my top10 come the end of the year, surely.

    Edit: A correction for the article: that facebook page is unofficial. Eol famously refuses to engage in social media or even bandcamp. He does respond quickly and frequently to emails though, elffor666@gmail.com

    • Lacertilian

      Thanks!!
      Please feature this comment Joe.

  • Óðinn

    http://blogg.svt.se/psl/files/fields_02-back-patch-stockholm-fields.jpg
    Watain fans watch Danzig concert with trepidation from a distance. Some in pants too big, and some in pants far too small.

  • The_Dude

    This is definitely one of the best things I’ve heard in awhile. Everythings been executed so well, I’m really gonna enjoy going back and digging threw this discog.

  • Eliza

    5/5 for this review.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      5/5 for these tunes.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Boss the Ross Bay Cult?

  • Lacertilian

    I’m not “calling you out on being random”, I simply asked again why you choose to continually disrespect us.
    Since you’ve resorted to ad hominem insults whilst maintaining that you’re some kind of martyr, I don’t think there’s a point in continuing this.

    • Sploopy Thunderplop

      I don’t think there’s one, either. I do apologize for getting a little overblown about it, but oh well. Toodles.

  • looololol this was parked outside my job when i got to work

    #ShitBlackbeardSees

    • more beer

      Kill it with fire!

      • as a bonus, this girl is fine, and her truck smells like straight fire

        • more beer

          So kidnap the girl and bur the truck.

          • you are wise, mb

          • more beer

            I know how you roll!

          • DAMN that girl was fine. sucks that the job didnt turn out so hot

          • more beer

            What was the matter with the job?

          • RainX on windshield/raining/ and it’s cool outside

          • more beer

            As a professional window washer. I suggest a little water some tsp (which is basically powdered cascade) and a blue Scotch bright. ( it has to be a blue one to not scratch glass). That should cut right thru that crap.

          • Yeah we have some hydrophobic pads and some other stuff to get it off but it never seems to work quite well not to mention I don’t really have time to do all that, basically if you have Rain-X on your windshield it’s going to turn out like s*** cuz I don’t have time to f*** with it

          • more beer

            I run into the same problem when people use Windex. There is a wax in these products, Once it gets baked in by the sun it is really hard to get windows clean, after they have been applied. There is always a lot of streaking because of these products.

          • People who use Rain-X don’t realize just how bad that film gets all over it I’ve been to jobs where you can take a razor blade and literally scrape Rain-X off the windshield

          • more beer

            This is because most people believe everything they are told. It is the same exact thing with Windex. Wax + widow + sun= fucked!

          • like saying to yourself, “yeh, sure. i want to drive while looking thru a fog wall just so i dont have to use my wipers as much.”

            goddamn fuckwits.

          • more beer

            people are stupid. It’s the way of the world.

          • more beer

            There is a window washing product called Bio-Clean. It is expensive the last time I bought it. It was 32 bucks a pint. But this shit cuts thru everything. You rub it on with a scotch bright let it sit and then wash it off. It removes everything including hard water stains.

          • even the very low grit scotch brite pads seem to scratch windshields tho. we use them to scuff frit bands and pinch welds. i wouldnt want to use them on a visible part of a ws

          • more beer

            I have never run into that problem with them even on tempered glass. Which scratches just looking at it funny. But I am sure windshields are whole different beast.

          • well only the door glass and back glass are tempered. but yeah i imagine we work with two different beasts

          • more beer

            No doubt about it. Have a good day man. I gotta go make some money. Then come home a grab my check. So I can spend a bunch of cash in the dispensary.

          • you too buddy

    • CyberneticOrganism

      PURE MOODS by Travis Tritt

  • CyberneticOrganism

    This sounds damn cool, will totally listen while doing shit around Skynet. Good find, Lizard.

  • Dagon

    I’m about to dig in to this. Late night writing reports and shit… may be the tune for it.