Hasard - Malivore (2023)


Unleashing a monumental nightmare-inducing behemoth of a release, today we have Hasard and their chaotic opus “Malivore”. Filled with intensity and lunacy, this release delivers five tracks and roughly 45 minutes of some of the most disturbing music ever created. With elements from bands like Blut Aus Nord and Ævangelist paired with the theatrics of Devil Doll and Elend, this release is both punishing and haunting.

The release kicks off with the foul “Hypnocentrisme”, and its cavernous first few minutes. Mixing creepy and harsh vocals with lush and over-the-top orchestral arrangements, this album quickly sets a haunting vibe as it gets under your skin. Both “Vicivers” and the album title track slowly creep on you with funky atmospherics and heavy Black Metal onslaughts, creating a very visceral and disturbing atmosphere that few have dared to craft.

Masterminded by Hazard, of Les Chants Du Hasard fame, this release also features John Steven Morgan of Wreche on the piano, creating a very unique and devastating combination, filled with madness and dissonance as “Choral inane” clearly demonstrates. The darkness created by the atmospheric component in this release works brilliantly alongside the aggressive BM onslaughts, and pieces like the closer, “Interespace”, masterfully showcase both sides.

As a whole, “Malivore” is one of those cursed releases that will haunt your dreams for weeks to come. The music is both intense and dense, creating a very powerful and demoralizing effect on the listener’s psyche. We love how each track creates its own unique world full of madness, chaos, and yet beauty thanks to masterful arrangements and highly contrasting elements. If you want atmosphere and a hefty dose of aggression, this is one release you need to check out.

Band: Hasard Album: Malivore

Label: I, Voidhanger Records

Release: May 12th, 2023

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Genre: Atmospheric/Experimental Black Metal

Country: France

Rating: 95/100

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