The Empty Frame
Style: Modern/Melodic Metal
Release date: 5 March, 2012
Playing time: 53:19

BOOM! This is another load of Danish dynamite! Malrun gives me a turbolent ride and a great lession of how the mordern style of the melodic metal sounds today, where the old genre folder doesn't fit anymore. Super talented instrumental members and a interesting singer with brilliant vocal cords that handles all the different hardness levels in the songs and still manages to deliver the clear tones that I personally appreciates in the music.

Malrun's debut album (Beauty in Chaos) from 2010 is also really something to discover for the fans of bands like: Silvergun, Burning Borders, One Without, Sarea and so on. This brand new album is called 'The Empty Frame' and they stay in the same music style like on the debut album with wonderful melodic metal songs and at the same time they give us stone hard metal riffs and hard hitting drums. I've compared their albums and in my ears they have developed their music and have a wider and a more mature sound. The groovy choruses and the brilliant and bullet-proof production creates something above the general.

I'm convinced that 'TEF' contains several tracks that has 'hit potential' like 'Sink Forever Down', 'New Blood' and 'Shadowborn'.

Jacob Lobner is the man behind the vocal top performance and that differentiates them from similar bands in the genre. Malrun give us a 53 minutes of an complete audio experience. My old rock neck needs this kind of album to to widen my mind for new metal and to get the strength to walk further on life's harsh and unpredictable road.

Thanks for the guidance guys...

01. Face Of The Unknown
02. Shadowborn
03. Moving Me Into Fear
04. New Blood
05. Sink Forever Down
06. Strip Show Of An Angel
07. The Iron March
08. Bloody MAry
09. Into The Sun
10. The Lyaponov Exponent
11. Pariah
12. Take It To The Grave
13. Yoke Of Stone
Label: Mighty Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 85/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 24 February, 2012