Mandragora Malevola are a band from Portugal that plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their self released 2015 ep "Black Flame Ov Illumination".
Dark sound effects start off the ep along with some atmospheric synths which also leads up to spoken word parts along with the music getting heavier and after the intro the music starts going into more of a death metal direction as well as speeding up and adding in brutal sounding blast beats and melodic guitar leads.
Vocals bring in a great mixture of both black metal screams and death metal growls and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also hear a small amount of melody in the guitar riffing and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and classical guitars along with keyboards are brought onto the last track briefly.
Mandragora Malevola plays a musical style that takes black and death metal and mixes them together to create their own style of blackened death metal which also displays a great amount of talent and skill, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Satanism and Occultism themes.
In my opinion Mandragora Malevola are a very great sounding blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Arkangelvs Satanis (The Red Moon Wolves)". 8 out of 10.