For their first album, the French guys from MALLEUS MALEFICARUM have methodically followed their guide of Black Metal, and have certainly dribbled a lot on their DARKTHRONE-records. They have invented an unreadable logo, drawn a 'magnificent' black and white cover, wore their nicest shirt to be on the pictures, and put a lot of make-up.
Folklore is then there, and I am definitely not the one who should criticise that. But the talent is sadly not here. And that's quite a shame, because that's the more important thing! Really basic and soulless tracks, horrible sound (and that's not a 'good' dirty sound here, but certainly a rehearsal recorded on a four-track in a cellar), lyrics naïve as fuck, very average vocals… by luck there are some decent guitar riffs sometimes, and the drummer is quite able to blast on his trashcans and his wooden ride.
I'm going to stop being a bad ass here, because after all, they are still young (I hope so, else their case is desperate) and can only progress and grow up. But basically what was the point in releasing this album? Apart from saturating record shops, I don't see… (Online July 27, 2002)