Breathing In Vain
3 March 2023

The track was a cathartic experience, despite the tragedy in the lyrics and music. It features performances by Johnny’s daughter, wife, brother, and nephew. His 6-year-old daughter started trumpet lessons shortly after he started writing the song, and she was the first musician to record on it.  Johnny also got to play music with his wife again, who he had been in multiple bands with in the past. Playing bass on this song marked 20 years of musical collaboration.  He also recruited his brother and nephew to record marching snare and tuba.

“Breathing In Vain” also features MALEDICTIS’ first in-person choir recording. For what sometimes feels like a DIY recording project, it still reaps the rewards of an experienced audio engineer. Shane Olivo, who mixed and mastered the song, has been producing, tracking, and mixing for over a quarter-century.

“Breathing In Vain” is an enchanting experience, delving into the powerful dynamics of orchestral instruments and adding a distinctive twist through unconventional recording techniques. It’s a thrilling celebration of heavy music with a delightfully Gothic focus.

MALEDICTIS is an unusual take on gothic rock, combining melodic vocals, orchestral instruments, and heavy guitars & drums.  Like a reimagined secular requiem, it offers hints of sacred influence, giving it a truly unique sound.

Founded by songwriter and guitarist John Marszalkowski (ORPHONIC ORCHESTRA, THE EVERYDAY MOTIVE, CONSTANT HAYMAKERS), the lineup has been fluid with each recording. Musicians who have been featured on multiple MALEDICITS releases include Mariangela Demurtas (TRISTANIA, ARDOURS), Brian Koenig (LORDS OF THE TRIDENT, LUNA MORTIS), Matthew Kopf (ORPHONIC ORCHESTRA), Emelia Rudd, Ian Wasserman (MEMPHIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA), Nathan Marshall (DCI), and The Tyson Brothers (WIDACRE, CONSTANT HAYMAKERS).


Bassoon: Christina Feigel Garrett
Flute: Emelia Rudd

Tuba: Nathan Marshall
Trumpet: Charlotte Marszalkowski

Violin & Viola: Katherine Messer
Cello: Ian Wasserman

Bass: Desiree Marszalkowski

Guitar: Johnny Marszalkowski

Drums & Pipe Organ: Matthew Kopf
Vibraphone & Glockenspiel: Mike Neumeyer
Marching Snare: Brian Marshall

Lead Vocals : Kara Melodic
Choir: Ally Hart, John Tyson, Andy Orlowski, Irma Doreing, and Valarie Doreing

Some parts recorded on location at the Polish Center of Wisconsin (Franklin, WI).
All parts written, recorded, and edited by John Marszalkowski, except lead vocals recorded by Shane Olivo at Shane Olivo Audio in Cudahy, WI.

Mixed and mastered by Shane Olivo.

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