Phoenix New Times “Summer of Sound” series, Summer ’08
A 24 minute album consisting of one song? And no we’re not talking about a modern day J.S Bach Interpretation. Phoenix’ own Malakai will be showcasing and promoting their new album “By All His Engines” (released by Rebuild Records, also situated in Phoenix) as part of PNT “Summer of Sound” – Hardcore/Metal edition. Guitarist Randall Denton sums up their sound along the lines of “devil math rock” and considering that “By All His Engines” was essentially recorded in live takes, this is a band quite sure of it’s own working equation. A sound that is resonating with downtown Phoenicians that prefer their metal laced with enough technical acumen, epic bravado, and a strong sensibility for what a live show should be about. The band achieves just this on the song “Next Please” which features a plethora of guitar riffs, precise stops/changes, and overall muscle. 1 and a half minutes of senselessly banging their instruments, Malakai is not.
(appeared in Phoenix New Times)