Crucial and absolutely essential death metal from this young Finnish death metal band, who play at a skill level leap years ahead of their age group. Monster riffs, twisting bass grooves, and sickening vocals, Malformed splits their time between urgent brutality and deep trenches of mid-paced chuggery, all of which feels legitimately ripped straight from 1992. Even released back then, it’s safe to say Malformed would have found their way to the top. Some of the most exciting and indispensable death metal you’ll hear all year.
Rotted Life Records (USA), 2023