The anonymous brothers in Mamaleek are back with another off-the-wall record of the type that will piss off black metal purists but is perfect for me. Come & See is dropping March 27 through The Flenser, and features a lot of blues and jazz influence this time around, along with their usual penchant for odd textures and mild, rhythmic experimentation.

Come & See is built around a fairly odd thesis for a record, that of post-war public housing and more specifically that of Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing project, which, through rampant gang violence and neglect, created horrific living conditions for its residents before ultimately being demolished and leaving the poorest residents without homes despite what the city had promised to them after the efforts of activists to improve their conditions and keep their most vulnerable from becoming homeless.

This exploration of the emotional impact of what spaces we occupy, or are forced to occupy, leads to some quite somber, pleading tones for the record, such as on the track “Elsewhere.” There’s a vein of desperation running throughout the entire record, one easy to understand if you put yourself in the place of someone shoved like sardines into a giant housing project and then immediately neglected and forgotten about, all for the crime of being poor.

“We Hang Because We Must” provides a fittingly frenetic ending to Come & See, with clashing, instrumental lines and howling vocals. It’s equally difficult to listen to and captivating with its wall of desperate noise. That doesn’t just go for the closing track, though; the whole album is difficult but pulls you in, and its exploration of a theme fairly off the beaten path makes it all the more interesting to me.

Preorder the album here. 


Ben Serna-Grey is a musician and writer from the Pacific Northwest. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Apex Magazine, Bending Genres, Broadswords and Blasters, Two Cities Review, and others. He has sheet music published through Subito Music Publishing and also puts out experimental electronic/noise music as Mother Anxiety. He is also a contributor for Toilet Ov Hell and occasionally reviews short fiction on SFF Reviews.

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