Pulpy belligerence on noise rock band Mal’s swirling debut Mal
Reviewed by Damon

Sounds from the far end of a bender

MAL play experimental prog-ish noise rock. The addition of a bad-tempered saxophone differentiates this soup of sound—a sound that adds metal, free jazz, and art rock—from a lot of other noise rock bands. MAL formed in late 2019 and on October 21, 2022, released its debut, Malbum, on Ordovician Records.

This versatile 4-piece band from Minneapolis cites Sleepytime Gorilla Museum as an RIYL. And the boozy sax can add the noirish sound of blurry neon over black and white—ahistorical scenes built on shaky metal scaffolding.

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