Gothic Metal Band Malacoda Unleash “Our Special Place” Lyric Video
Malacoda started off as Lucas Di Mascio’s recording project in 2014. With each release the band explored a different side of heavy songwriting, but kept one rule at the forefront: keep things dark but always dynamic.
After a short hiatus brought on by the 2020 pandemic, the band is back and is eager to showcase a new direction – both aeshtetically and sonically.
A sampling of what’s to come will be unveiled shortly….
Malacoda’s latest release is a reimagining of a section of the epic track “Our Special Place” off of their 2018 release “Restless Dreams”. Taking a section of the 12+ minute song and turning it into a self contained 3+ minute track was a natural decision. the lyric video recently premiered via Metal-Rules and the feature can be found here: https://www.metal-rules.com/2023/02/06/metal-rules-premiere-malacoda-dark-canadian-prog-lyric-video-for-our-special-place/
“We were looking for tracks we could add to our live set and we all really liked the original Our Special Place- but it being over 12 minutes long meant we’d have to get rid of other songs that we enjoyed playing. We took our favourite part of the track, the first section of the song, and turned it into it’s own track. We re-recorded everything and gave it a bit more production value- we can’t wait to play this one live.”
“The Year Walk is finally out! At the time of year when the days darken earlier and the air begins to freeze, I can’t think of a more perfect atmosphere for this EP to be released.
We had some great guests on these recordings, we wanted to close this chapter of the band’s journey with a bang and I think it was because of their involvement we’re able to do so. Special thanks to Jeramie Kling for a killer job mixing and mastering this one for us. I truly think think that all four of these tracks are bangers.
We want to thank Metal Tim and Bravewords for hosting the full stream which can be found here:
Releasing December 3rd 2021
Dark Symphonic Metal
Originally a recording project of multi-instrumentalist and music producer Lucas Di Mascio, Malacoda has persevered and grown throughout the years. Now a trio, the band is ready to unleash the conclusion to their trilogy of EP’s that was written and recorded before the pandemic.
Embark on the Year Walk….
The Year Walk is the third EP Malacoda will release in 2021. Four more songs which build upon the band’s symphonic sound first explored on 2016’s Ritualis Aeterna.
Long time collaborator Michael Farina returns to play drums on select tracks, as well as Ryan Claxton (Tulip, Living Dead Girl) and Andrew Suarez (ex-The Slyde). The haunting album cover was made by the extremely talented Stefan Skjoedt.
Featuring Gabriel Guardiola (Immortal Guardian) on the track Beaten Path as well as a stellar mixing and mastering job by Jeramie Kling (The Absence, Inhuman Condition, Venom Inc.), The Year Walk encompasses everything the band sought to achieve with this direction and closes a long, arduous chapter in Malacoda’s history.
Frontman Lucas Di Mascio had this to say about The Year Walk:
“The majority of the songs that have been released this year were written around 2017 – before the release of our last full length, Restless Dreams. I didn’t really know what to do with these songs because they were so different from Restless Dreams but still were aligned with the sound we had developed on the EP, Ritualis Aeterna. I shelved them for a bit and then decided to rework them when working with an artist who was endorsed by a big guitar brand.
The artist in question wanted to have some metal material to help promote themselves, so we built a new band for the material. I was actually supposed to be the rhythm guitarist for this project- we had a different singer involved. Unfortunately that project never got off the ground after almost a year of working on it and the songs were shelved yet again. In mid 2019 I revisited the songs and wrote a few more after Zak had joined. We were excited with the material and felt it should be a Malacoda release.
We finished drum tracking right as 2019 was ending. While our initial plans drastically changed because of the pandemic, I decided that we should still release this material but just break it into EP’s so we can keep busy in a time without touring.”
This new EP will be made available as digital only and the band has no intentions to tour in support of this release as they continue to observe COVID-19 restrictions in Canada.
1. The Year Walk
2. Beaten Path
4. Damage Control
Lucas Di Mascio : Vocals/Guitar/Keys
Zak Stulla : Bass
Stefan Skjoedt : Artwork
Jeramie Kling : Mix/Master
Michael Farina : Drums on track 1 & 4
Andrew Suarez : Drums on track 2
Ryan Claxton : Drums on track 3
Gabriel Guardiola : Keyboard Solo on Track 2
Beth Wilson : Backup vocals on track 2
Wes MacDonald : Guitar solos
Malacoda – Our Special Place
Malacoda – I Got A Letter
Band/Artist location – Oakville, Ontario Canada
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