DISGUISED MALIGNANCE is currently premiering their debut album, Entering The Gateways, in full via Decibel Magazine. Alongside the premiere, the band has also shared a full track-by-track breakdown of the album.
Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, DISGUISED MALIGNANCE‘s first full-length sees the young group combine old and new school death metal influences, with themes of celestial terror. Entering The Gateways will be released via Prosthetic Records this Friday, September 29th.
Speaking on the premiere, vocalist Felix Pennanen comments, “We are happy to finally unleash our debut album upon mankind, and it’s a great honor to have it premiere with none other than Decibel!”
Writes Decibel, “DISGUISED MALIGNANCE asserts themselves as a young death metal band to follow, offering up oldschool sensibilities with a modern vibe. At eight songs and thirty-four minutes in length, Entering The Gateways is a well-paced album that takes a base layer of OSDM and embellishes it with doomy, technical, and brutal flourishes.”
Read more and stream Entering The Gateways, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
Watch the band’s previously released video for “Confined” HERE.
Entering The Gateways will be released on CD, LP, and digitally. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.
DISGUISED MALIGNANCE’s formative years up until this point has seen the group operate primarily as a duo, with vocalist Felix Pennanen and bassist Aatos Palmu forming the band in 2021, and carefully constructing the band’s foundational sound of oldschool death metal sensibilities with a calculatedly modern view of technical songwriting embellishments. The young band’s dichotomous approach to the genre was evidenced in their early demo and 2023 promo tapes respectively, before Pennanen and Palmu found themselves with growing ambitions for the band.
Commencing writing and recording in 2022 with their core pairing, DISGUISED MALGINANCE displays a musical chemistry far beyond their years on Entering The Gateways. Frenzied passages careen and jolt forward with a menacing intent, while swarming tremolos and a dexterous rhythmic backbone bring to mind greats such as Demilich and Crytopsy. Written specifically with a solidified quintet in mind, Entering The Gateways ushers DISGUISED MALIGNANCE’s more textured passages into the fold — look no further than “Disengagement Into Eternity” or “Remnants Of Serenity” — that invoke more modern death metal acts such as Tomb Mold and Blood Incantation.
Inspired heavily by Lovecraftian horror and armed with an esoterically eldritch unease at the simultaneously unknown and unknowable, Entering The Gateways oscillates between the physical and the otherworldly throughout its thirty-four minute runtime. DISGUISED MALIGNANCE’s ambitions to take death metal’s elemental parts and impart their own verve and voice into the genre are plain to see on their first full-length, and it’s a testament to their natural talents that Entering The Gateways stands as a bold introduction to the band.
Felix Pennanen – vocals
Aatos Palmu – bass
Daniel Gamache – guitar
Tuure Suomalainen – guitar
Juuso Hämäläinen – drums