In the Catacombs of Time

NSP 169 :  Malist - In the Catacombs of Time DigiCD

Release date: January 25th, 2019

Malist, a newcomer solo project from Russia, plays Melodic Black Metal in the tradition of the 90s classics as well as certain contemporary acts from Finland or Poland.

Thus, crowned with the fantastic artwork of Artem Demura, "In the Catacombs of Time" should appeal to fans of the early works of bands such as Ragnarok, Gehenna, Thy Serpent, Lord Belial, Dissection, Mörk Gryning or Sacramentum, as well as Sargeist, Horna, Mgla or Satanic Warmaster.

The CD comes as Collector’s Edition in 6-panel Digipack, limited to 500 copies.


1. Venture into Life (2:53)
2. Agony (To No Avail) (4:56)
3. Spiritual Oppression (7:21)
4. Forlorn and Cold (5:02)
5. Uniformity (6:21)
6. Food for the Flames (4:06)
7. En Bitter Längtan (7:15)
8. Hymn of the Karst Realm (4:21)
9. Violated by Nothingness (5:01)
10. Ever After (2:55)


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"Ich gehe mittlerweile mit einer sehr großen Erwartungshaltung an Veröffentlichungen von Northern Silence heran und ich wurde noch nie enttäuscht – unabhängig davon, ob die Releases jetzt zu Black Salvation passen oder nicht. Auch MALIST bilden da keine Ausnahme, denn „In the catacombs of time“ ist einfach die perfekte Reminiszenz an alte Zeiten [...] DEFINITIVE KAUFEMPFEHLUNG!!!"
8.5/10 -

"“In the Catacombs of Time” is an impactful, diverse album for those who seek quality atmospheric black metal and beyond; those who like the melodic black/death metal will rejoice for sure. It is not the typical frantic race or imagery posing. This debut carries own Karst atmosphere and deserves high praise. I liked it, and “In the Catacombs of Time” has already found place in my list with top releases from January."
8/10 -

"Nach einem wunderbar ruhigen Intro wird das Tempo angezogen, um dann mit voller Wucht über einen hinwegzufegen. Zurückgenommener wehklagender Gesang erzeugt mit großartigen Rhythmus-Gitarren -auch mal mit leicht postigem Einschlag, doch durchweg mit wunderbaren Melodien durchzogen – eine dichte dunkle Atmosphäre. Überwiegend im Midtempo gehalten kommen immer wieder die abwechslungsreichen Parts und melodischen Gitarrensoli zum Tragen. Wenn das Debüt schon so stark ist, dann lässt sich noch Großes erahnen."
5/6 -

"After giving his debut record under the Malist moniker a few thorough listens, I can safely say that I’m in love with it and that this man needs some solid recognition, and fast. Helming close to an atmoblack sound without ever straying too far from the obvious influence of the second wave, Ovfrost has created something here that should excite fans of Panopticon and Immortal alike. [...] There is ethereal majesty ensconced in the general mayhem presented here, culminating in one of the best metal listening experiences I’ve had so far this year. I think you’ll agree.

It feels so good to find amazing new music from artists ready to take their genre by storm. Malist will undoubtedly become a name that many black metal fans recognize in the near future, and here’s hoping we are blessed with more material from this project soon. But if the man never plays another note, we’ll always have the brilliant and emotionally powerful In the Catacombs of Time to play on repeat for years to come. An outstanding debut."

"Good Black Metal is cold, evil and depressive. It can also be very exciting and angry. “In the Catacombs of Time” is more of the former description. I feel like it could have broken out just a little more, but being that this is their debut release, I understand why they did not want to “go for broke.” Still, it’s quite good, especially with the variety from the clean guitar passages. I will very much look forward to their next release."
8/10 -

82/100 -

"Musikalisch bewegt sich das Solo Projekt in der Ecke von Mgła, greift aber immer wieder in die Steigbügel traditionell atmosphärischen Black Metals der Neunziger: Gehenna und Sacramentum haben diesen Frost schon damals produziert. Ovfrost kümmert sich um alle Instrumente und macht das ordentlich. Insbesondere bei den richtigen Hymnen wie "Uniformity" oder "Hymn of the Karst Realm" beweist der Mann ein Gespür für Ohrwürmer. Ganz für Top of Europe reicht es mit "In the Catacombs of Time" trotzdem nicht. Allerdings ist sowohl die kompositorische als auch die musikalische Leistung von Malist überhaupt nicht zu verachten und es entstand ein wirklich solides Black Metal Werk, welches jeder Wanderer erklimmen sollte."
9/13 -