L-R - Brad Casarin (Guitar), Mike Harshaw (Drums), Lucas Di Mascio (Vocals), Cooper Seldom (Bass), Jonah Weingarten (Keyboards) Credit: Gary Kuiper of The Laundry Design Works
Set to release their new EP 'Ritualis Aeterna' on December 2nd, Canadian horror inspired symphonic power metallers MALACODA have unleashed their new music video for their first single 'Penny Dreadful' that was directed, produced and edited by The Laundry Design Works. The track/music video 'Penny Dreadful' was inspired by the since canceled Showtime TV show by the same name. Gothic horror literary classics (Dracula, Dorian Grey, Frankenstein, etc.) all cross paths within the same gloomy Victorian London and struggle with their cursed existence. The song explores the themes of the show, each section of the song being a different character's personal struggles. Just as the show paid homage to horror's roots, the band's music video pays respects to classic horror films, using only practical effects to achieve everything from the dark corruption of the blood in the veins of the possessed woman, to the sped up and jerky motions the band members display as the song crescendos. The band comments about the video: "The Penny Dreadful video is something the band has wanted to do for a long time. Being involved with everything from the script, storyboard and even the production of the story scenes was great and let us guide where we wanted the video to go. Our upcoming ep release is a healthy dosage of things to come, we are just merely dipping our toes into a murky pool filled with horror and grandiosity and we hope our listeners take the plunge with us as we dive deeper into these darker areas." To watch 'Penny Dreadful':
MALACODA whom's name is influenced from a demon from Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’, will be offering their new six track EP 'Ritualis Aeterna' to follow up to their well-received 2014 self-titled debut. Packed with dark atmosphere, originality and innovation, this is gothic power metal for the 21st century with intelligence and intensity to rival that of their infernal inspirations!
1. Penny Dreadful (5:34) 2. I Got A Letter (4:37) 3. Pandemonium (3:39) 4. The Wild Hunt (4:20) 5. Linger Here (2:23) 6. There Will Always Be One (3:47) EP Length: 24:24
For more info, please visit: www.MalacodaMetal.com.
Taking their name from a demon from Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’, Malacoda’s dark gothic vision is indeed divine but no laughing matter.
As band leader Lucas, who studied Literature and Religion at University explains: ‘Malacoda was the name of a very minor character in the book, a fallen angel who flies around with a small army of demons torturing helpless souls in Hell. From a literary perspective, I found it interesting that he wasn’t merely an evil creature being tortured for his sins, but was given free reign to do what he pleases and takes it upon himself to torture other wicked souls in the spiritual prison that is Dante’s Inferno. I wanted a powerful name that fit not only the sound of the band but also the lyrical themes I touch upon. I wanted something dark, but not something that would be blatantly devilish sounding. The name translates roughly in Italian to ‘Cruel Tail’ and most people don’t see it and think “this band is named after a demon” and see it as something more romantic sounding.’
Like the ‘Inferno’ that inspired their name they forge metal without limits in sonic shapes endless and horrifying in equal measure. Malacoda’s music vision shares much in common with Dante’s, they are unafraid to gaze into the abyss, unafraid to be inspired by the myriad of human horrors within and without. They are not blind to the worlds within them waiting to be born.
Malacoda are about to follow their well-received self-titled debut with the horror-themed ‘Ritualis Aeterna’, which enters this world on December 2, 2016. Festive it most certainly isn’t, magnificent it certainly is. Full of dark atmosphere, originality and innovation, this is gothic power metal for the 21st century, intelligence and intensity to rival that of their infernal inspirations!