Malaki have their own original motto: “Music. No Gimmicks. No Make up. No Bullshit.” Malaki is metal rock band from Los Angeles, CA, and is made-up of Aldrich Policarpio, Josh Buma, Dave Gentry, Joe Guerra and Michael Breamer. The band have also released their debut three song EP, entitled “White EP,” which can be purchased on iTunes.
One thing that quickly stands out when listening to Malaki is their sense of pure energy. The “White Ep” sounds like a debut album from a band that is newly formed and bursting with new, fresh ideas. There’s a lot of variety covered in only 3 songs here, that ranges from heavy metal, alternative rock and post-grunge. The Ep also showcases quality songwriting and that’s what today’s hard rock and metal bands are currently lacking in. Most of my favorite rock and metal bands are from either the ’70s or ’80s but this is one of the best rock Ep’s from an independent band, I’ve heard in a long time.
Starting with the face melting epic-rock opener ‘Crutch’ and seamlessly moving into the power anthem ‘Miracle’, the Ep kicks off with a thundering one-two punch. ‘Ordinary Life’ keeps the intensity high and the energy levels pumping, while at the same time confirming that there’s enough lyrical depth in these songs to have this band taken seriously.
Too many times music gets stuck in a genre, and people never give it a chance, because it’s not their style. Do yourself a favor, and listen to this Ep. Malaki have a great vocalist in Aldrich Policarpioand with vocal harmonies to match, a guitar duo of Joshua Buma and Michael Breamer that riff and rock second to none, plus a powerhouse drum and bass rhythm section made up of Dave Gentry and Joe Guerra, respectively . The music itself is extremely well done, and the band sticks to their motto of “Music. No Gimmicks. No Make up. No Bullshit.” There’s nothing self-serving here. No six minute guitars solos, or elaborate, overdone drumbeats. Everything just fits nicely, as Malaki convince listeners with simple raw energy, consistent power and intense melodies.
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These days it is difficult to find new and good, metal or hard-rock music. This does not disappoint. It is hard driving, grinding, yet melodic and the best thing you will hear so far this year. This Ep kicks you in the teeth right from the beginning and remains strong all the way through. Malaki and the “White Ep” certainly do the job in making us want to find out what happens, when they finally release a full album!
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