In May of this year a duo from Fresno (California) who took the name Malefic Levitation released their first single, “Warlord Rites“. It caught my ears, mangled them, and produced enough savage excitement that I spilled some equally mangled words about the track. Since then, Malefic Levitation made the acquaintance of Sentient Ruin, who will leave Thanksgiving in ruins by releasing the band’s debut album, The Ancient Plague, on November 24. It will also be released in the EU by Dawnbreed Records.
And here we are with “Warlord Rites” again, although this is the re-recorded version of the song that will appear on the album, engineered by Jacob Lee at the Wolf Chamber in Easton, CA. It hasn’t gotten any more merciful or any less rampantly destructive. If anything, it’s more punishing and pestilential.