When a band describes themselves as “progressive grunge rock with metal, punk, blues, jazz and mathcore influences” it leaves a lot to the imagination as to what exactly that combination of influences results in. Is this a band that sounds like Cobain fronting a jazz quartet with a denim clad thrash guitarist cranking a Randall amp and screaming about algebra? In the instance of Baltimore, MD rockers Malander Words Unspoken,the answer to that question is a resounding “no”.
Malander recently released their debut EP Words Unspoken, a fifteen minute and thirty-two second collection of songs that leaves the listener wanting more. Combining the aforementioned plethora of influences the band shows a knack for writing songs that are creative and in odd time signatures, but also catchy and melodic at times. A track that particularly shows off this ability is “Blood is Thicker Than Water”. In this song the band swings from a very melodic tune (full of clean guitars and melodic vocals) into a full-on thrash fest followed by a combination of both parts paired with demonic screaming on top.
The Baltimore based trio has plenty of energy and attitude on tap throughout the EP. Evident in songs “Demon” and “Take the Pill You Sheep” both of which have hooky high paced riffs that display the punk side of the band. Malander have succeeded in making the most out of an EP that both grabs a person’s attention and keeps it for the work’s entire duration. All three members put forth an obvious one hundred percent effort into their craft that can be felt at every twist and turn of Words Unspoken.
In total this four track EP is a highly energetic and creative first offering from Malander and a sign of good things to come. It is currently available for streaming on Spotify and for download on Bandcamp. Links to the band’s social media, Bandcamp and Spotify are listed below.