- Brian Tryon
LOUD AND PROUD
After a decade together, death-metal merchants Malakai continue to grind along as one of the most revered and respected bands in town. The group mostly performs at The Black Sheep, where gravel-throated frontman Chris Forsythe can otherwise be found manning the soundboard.
APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION
Malakai is currently putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited fourth album, Cleanse The Destroyers. Tracks were laid down at Royal Recording, with Bill Douglas (Static-X, NIN) at the production helm. Forsythe promises "pummelling drums locked with razor-sharp riffs, clever bass lines, throat-shredding vocals, and the band's strongest songwriting yet."
DEATH BE NOT PROUD
As with any genre, hard rock and metal tend to be incestuous scenes that don't mix much beyond their own tribe. But Forsythe, who's mixed touring bands of all stripes when they come through the Black Sheep, has remained surprisingly open-minded. "We have played a ton of shows, in a huge range of venues," he explains. "Unlike most metal bands, we like to play with acts that range from punk to hip-hop, indie rock to reggae. We will play anywhere, anytime, with anyone."
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