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Malison Rogue: Malison Rogue

Everything Fades

For me it has been traditional heavy metal. Recent traditional metal albums that I've heard have hardly impressed me at all, but now new heavy metal is making a come back. With the release of Malison Rogue, a self titled album, Malison Rogue has renewed my interest in newer heavy metal. This album is a great blend of genres that range any where from regular traditional metal to power metal, and progressive metal.

One thing that really brings this to life is the guitars. They remind me a little bit of Killers-era Maiden guitars mixed with a wave of progressive intonation. This offers a great feel to the album, that when mixed with the drums make for a very raw sounding piece. The beginning of "Friend or Foe" really exemplifies this and expands on it with great guitar solos and bass licks. Another thing that I would like to point out is the way Malison Rogue seems to play different genres at the same time. While the drums and bass are mostly in a retro heavy metal groove the guitars are very progy at times but it still seems to blend well, so that right there is a huge thumbs up from me. Malison Rogue also seems to pull on other strings of metal, such as in the beginning of "The Pain You Cause" where it is very Operation: Mindcrime sounding. I like this, a whole lot, because I absolutely love Queensrˇche and when their type of sound is mixed with traditional heavy metal, it offers up a very enjoyable sound.

The vocals are also quite superb on this album. They mix very well with the guitars and are quite excellent in of themselves. Lead singer Zeb has an uncanny talent to alter his voice a bit but still have the same tone and quality to it that has really made me enjoy this album. Though at first listen his voice sounds like it is better suited for power metal it still fits in with Malison Rogue's sound. One other thing vocally that Malison Rogue employs well is the use of harmonies. Songs such as "The Griever" and "Scars" were it really adds to the songs appeal. Speaking of "Scars", my favorite track, I love how Malison Rogue really sounds together. They are raw, but not so raw that it detracts from the album, which is just the way I like it.

The production by Mats Levťn (ex. Yngwie Malmsteen, Therion) is really terrific and flawless. The mixing is also done quite superbly and adds to the overall appeal of the album.

This album comes highly recommended for fans of Iron Maiden, and those who like their heavy metal mixed with a little prog and power metal. Malison Rogue has every thing listeners can want, fast tracks ("We're All Born Sinners" and "The Pain You Cause"), slower songs ("The Griever") and great epics and ballads such as "Scars" and "My Mistakes", respectively. For a great debut, Malison Rogue gets 3.5 stars.

Track Listing
1. Friend Or Foe? 4:00
2. The Pain You Cause 3:36
3. The Griever 5:08
4. My Mistakes 4:33
5. This Lonely Road 4:36
6. Scars 7:24
7. We're All Born Sinners 3:30
8. Everything Fades 6:21

Added: March 28th 2011
Reviewer: Brian Block
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Malison Rogue: Malison Rogue
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-03-27 18:48:00
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Starting out life under the name of Ashes, this power metal/NWOBHM outfit from Sweden changed their name to Malison Rouge for an appearance at the prestigious Sweden Rock. That appearance came before the band had actually released an album, which will give you indication that even though this self titled disc is a debut effort, Malison Rouge are an impressively tight and capable unit. That's not to suggest that they are actually the finished article, as while this album is impressive in places, the end product is just too close to sounding like Queensryche, or Fates Warning to be anything other than a promising starting point.

Songs such as "Scars", "My Mistakes" and "We're All Born Sinners" are all great examples of scorching guitar work outs, where the vocals from Zeb are packed with Geoff Tate like emotion and while they may remind too strongly of other bands there's no denying that they are fine songs in their own right. The album is surprisingly short, clocking in as it does at just under the forty minute mark, but better I suppose to release an album made up of consistently good material than to pad it out with substandard fare as so many acts do these days. Closing track "Everything Fades" brings a slower Zeppelin like, approach to the album and the more considered structure offers a glimpse at a slightly different side to Malison Rouge that is a welcome change from the rest of the songs which are all slightly uniform in pace.

Malison Rouge have released a strong, if unoriginal album, that while thoroughly enjoyable doesn't quite have you rushing back for more. Still, they should be well worth keeping an eye on to see what they do next.

Malison Rogue: Malison Rogue
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-03-02 17:23:12
My Score:

We're All Born Sinners!

If the early half of the 1980's were your favorite era for heavy metal, the debut effort from Malison Rogue is virtually guaranteed to knock your socks off. Taking influences from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, U.S. power metal, and early prog metal, Malison Rogue has delivered a formula of old school heavy metal that's bound to kick your ass! Even after a single listen, this self-titled debut had me mesmerized (and, of course, headbanging is a must). The instrumental performances are spectacular, the vocal harmonies are irresistible, and the sheer energy that this Swedish quartet possesses is admirable. Old school heavy metal like this has taken a backseat in recent years, but Malison Rogue effectively re-ignites the spark that had been absent from the scene for so long. People who long for the days when wearing tight leather jackets with skulls and pentagrams were commonplace better make sure this fine debut finds a way into their collection!

The music on Malison Rogue draws almost exclusively from 1983-1989 metal. Influences from legends like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden are apparent, and there are also prog metal influences from bands like Queensrˇche and Fates Warning. Tads of power metal are present as well (from bands like Savatage), but it's not a particularly dominant style in Malison Rogue's music. The bottom line is if you like old school heavy metal, Malison Rogue's debut is one of few albums nowadays that is fully worth all of your attention. The album opens up with a "bang" in the form of "Friend or Foe" - an absolutely irresistible metal track with a fantastic chorus and memorable riffs throughout. The album closes on a more progressive note with symphonic keyboards (but not in a cheesy way) and progressive song structure in "Everything Fades". The musicianship is also excellent - it's shocking that this is only their debut album. The talent that these lads possess can blow most veterans away.

The production is crystal-clear, but not over-stressed in any way. The sound is mixed in perfect harmony, and it's safe to conclude that this is the perfect fit for Malison Rogue.


Malison Rogue has really blown me away with their debut, and I am sincerely anxious to hear where they go from here. This album is emotionally moving, heavy, and old school in the truest sense, yet it never feels inconsistent or lacking in fresh ideas. Fans of old school heavy metal with progressive tendencies should be sure to take a look into this top-notch debut. Malison Rogue is well deserving of 4 shiny stars and a warm recommendation from this reviewer. Consider this writer to be in the "extremely impressed" category.

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