Malo De Dentro – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

MDM: Malo De Dentro is metal, somewhere between thrash and metal core, kind of a melodic thrash – heavy guitars and drums, mostly clean, strong, melodic vocals, lots of harmonies and thoughtfully placed screams throughout. Our live show is as close as we can get it to the recordings – precise and practiced playing and vocals.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

MDM: Malo Sixkiller started Malo De Dentro in 2005 and focused on more groove metal with screaming vocals. The band played around the Phoenix metal scene for years and underwent many lineup changes over time, but really changed directions in 2016 with a switch to cleaner vocals and a more riff-based writing style with the addition of singer, guitarist Stone Martin. Bass player Cris Ridenour was added in 2018 to round out the band’s sound. Malo and Cris grew up in opposite ends of California, while Stone cut his teeth in the midwest, mainly the Indianapolis scene. All three are seasoned veterans of the stage and have opened for major label artists over the years, most recently, Death Angel in 2019. The boys in Malo all began playing music in their teens and have played in too many bands to name since the 90s, both covers and originals, ranging in style from jazz to rock to metal. All agree that Malo De Dentro has not only been the most challenging music they’ve played, but also the most rewarding.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

MDM: We all have our own favorites, but definitely all influenced by various kinds of heavy music, particularly 80s thrash like Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, old Megadeth, Judas Priest, etc. 90s grunge is definitely prominent as is 70s hard rock and more current metal bands like Alter Bridge, Gojira, and Trivium. We try to stay current in terms of our sound, but stay true to those early roots. It’s metal, so the song topics tend to be dark, sometimes revolving loosely around current events (except politics), sometimes telling a story (the new album, Follow Me, is a concept album telling the story of a false prophet, his cult, and his fall from grace) and sometimes drawing from personal experience (much of the 2019 EP, Euthanasia largely tells stories based on true events). We’re not a titties and beer, party kind of band and we’re definitely not doing any love songs in the near future unless we can twist them around somehow. That said, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. This is supposed to be fun and the minute it stops being fun, we’ll probably put down our instruments.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

MDM: We want to keep making great music that we want to listen to, hopefully grabbing some people’s attention along the way. We want to give our all playing live with other great bands in outstanding venues until we can’t do it anymore. Anything more than that is gravy.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

MDM: Right now, I’d say this album is our proudest moment, but a close second is playing to a packed house at the Whisky A Go-Go in 2018. Such phenomenal vibes on that stage and such a great crowd. There’s nothing like it.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

MDM: You have to stay creative. Social media promo gives us all the false impression that people are paying attention or actually give a shit about what we’re doing because they hit the “like” button, but it’s just not enough. You have to be smart and different and think globally, but often, old school street teams can still be effective. Merch is another promo tool that helps spread the word – the standard t-shirts and CDs, stickers etc., but our USB wristbands have been pretty popular as well.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

MDM: We sometimes use local promoters, but prefer to book our own shows and pick our own bands to play with. As for promotion, our most effective promotion a couple years back revolved around a made up beef between us and another local band that, over the course of a month, evolved into an online meme war that culminated in a packed festival show that many people came out just to see what would happen between the two bands. If nothing else, it kept people laughing and made for some great stories. With the new album, we’re low-key starting a cult, so yeah…stay tuned. Just starting to book shows to promote the new album.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

MDM: We’re torn – obviously, musicians at our level aren’t getting rich off downloading and streaming music, but at the same time, the availability of our music worldwide is incredible and allows more people in more places to access our music than ever before in history. While it would be nice to make tons of money doing this, ultimately, I just want people to hear it.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

MDM: Damn. There are so many, I don’t know where to start. Maybe something off Mr. Bungle’s first album – so much incredible musicianship and songwriting on that album, plus an originality and ignoring of musical “norms” that has never been matched, before or since. And Mike Patton – crazy talent. That kind of legacy, that kind of genius – I would love to be able to leave a legacy like that.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

MDM: The fact that anyone can record a professional sounding album for almost nothing is very freeing for musicians just wanting to get their music out there. At the same time, it saturates the market with tons of great stuff and tons of stuff that’s not so great that you have to wade through to get to the good stuff – there’s no gatekeeper. The industry has changed so much that it’s way more difficult these days to get noticed and make any real money. The idea of getting signed by a major label isn’t even anything anyone in the local scene talks about anymore. The current touring situation is crazy too. Even well established bands with large fan bases are having a hard time making enough money on tour to make it worthwhile, canceling tours left and right. And streaming services are great ways to give access to a wider audience than ever before, but it means that people aren’t buying CDs anymore, so there’s another source of revenue that has essentially gone down the toilet for most of us.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

MDM: We just finished our newest full-length album, Follow Me, being released on January 13th. It’s 14 tracks, 13 of them telling a modern story of a cult leader and his decline, plus a favorite cover – Anthrax’s Caught in a Mosh. We spent the pandemic writing and recording remotely and we’re super stoked about the new material, not to mention the recording itself. That said, the album was just finished and we’re already writing material for the next album.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online? – merch, music and show dates

Malo De Dentro links:
Band/Artist location – Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Twitter – Instagram – Apple – Spotify – Amazon – Deezer
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