Today has been a massive day for releases. For me this is the single release of the day. New Zealand’s Full Bloom have literally fully bloomed. I had this song on loop for over an hour while I was trying to write this review and I still don’t think I am going to do it justice. I actually struggled for words to convey just how good this is.

Full Bloom are a Metalcore band based in Auckland. Though the band itself only just formed this year, it is made up of 4 members who definitely aren’t new to all of this: Louis Hill (Banks Arcade), Matt Edwards (The Inquisition), Richard Moore (Silent Torture) & Scott Waugh (Advocates). Matthew Bittle currently fills in on drums for the band.

The band had this to say about the track:

“This track is an introspection into our relationship with technology and each other, Malware is a product of modern dread. From love & pain, to identity and truth, our reality is increasingly dependent on how we interact with the devices in our pockets. This revelation isn’t new, in fact it’s a box office hit! We can watch movies like The Matrix and see them as sci-fi fantasy, as if we don’t live in some essence of that dystopia right now. The only difference being, Neo waking to realise his reality, whilst we continue to convince ourselves this is real. Live with it, find balance, or want a way out… There is no escape from this Malware.”

While the message is important it’s the musical side of this song that has blown me away. Starting with an intro that belies what is about to assault your ears, Malware quickly escalated into a heavy hot mess. With moments of Northlanesque sounds at the beginning of Malware, Full Bloom quickly made this song all theirs.

The incessant heavy hitting beat of the drums, which at times give a Prodigy vibe, had me hooked in from the beginning. And holy shit there is so much going on with the guitars. Distorted bass lines, a hook that I can’t get out of my head and fuck me when that breakdown hits, I got up off my chair and the bedroom became a pit… Vocally Louis nails every single scream, and I am actually blown away by just how insane his vocals are.  

There have been some massive releases this year but holy hell this one is right up there with the best of them.

All I can say is that I am damn glad that I haven’t put out my top 10 singles of the year yet because Malware is absolutely going to be in it.




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