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Mamaleek: Via Dolorosa

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From Noisey:
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“The Flenser is one of the most unpredictable extreme music labels going, but their alliance with Mamaleek makes so much sense that it’s almost poetic. The two-man effort is one of those anonymous dealies—replete with cryptic, esoteric lyrics, zero band photos, and Bay Area roots—but, unlike so many other American black metal basics, Mamaleek is ruthlessly inventive and wholly unique. No one else sounds like them, a fact they emphasize on their fifth album, Via Dolorosa (“Way of Suffering” in Latin, a reference to the street in Jerusalem down which Jesus supposedly dragged himself to his death). It’s black metal, but then again, it isn’t; there are massive electronic, jazz, and psychedelic influences, as well as pronounced Middle Eastern inclinations in melody and aesthetic. The latter comes as no surprise: the band’s name itself is rooted in Arabic—”mamaleek” is the plural of “mamluk,” or “slave,” and according to their Bandcamp page, one of the brothers is currently located in Beirut. The end result warps black metal’s core sounds beyond recognition, and leaves something new and threatening in its wake.”
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Via Dolorosa is out May 26 on The Flenser; listen to “Nothing But Loss” below.
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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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