Band of the week: Maelføy

Band of the week 02/2024

Origin: Ganderkesee, Germany
Genre: Post-Hardcore 

Hier geht’s zur deutschen Version.


The band about itself:

Maelføy from Ganderkesee play powerful melodic post-hardcore with influences from alternative rock and metalcore. The five-piece band from northern Germany will remain true to their musical roots in 2022. The band relies on a very diverse mix of frontman Marne’s strong and variable vocals, a focus on a modern guitar sound and clever and atypical arrangements. The themes of the songs deal with interpersonal issues. Who doesn’t sometimes feel lost, lonely or misunderstood in these crazy times? Maelføy‘s music is for all these people and more.
The hard work on their debut album Hollow Throne, which was released in December 2021, and the glossy productions by producer Timo Bonner (Our Mirage & Alleviate) also convinced the German alternative label Uncle M Music in early 2022. The jointly released song Coming Home, which received a huge media response, signalled the start of a new phase in the band’s career in June 2022. With new music in the bag and a summer full of festivals, The Mask followed in September 2022, featuring Aaron Steineker, lead singer of fellow band Rising Insane.
With over 1 million streams on Spotify and dozens of concerts under the belt, Maelføy is set to win the hearts of new fans and followers. And everyone is invited to become a part of this journey!


Editorial commentary:

One of the fascinating things about post-hardcore is that you can completely lose yourself to the music. The atmosphere and the melodies suck you in completely, you just let yourself drift, and the next moment a massive breakdown comes around the corner, slamming all your emotions into your head. That’s roughly how I felt a few weeks ago when I was able to experience Maelføy live for the first time. I was quite familiar with the songs from the Hollow Throne album to warm up, but the new songs from the album Failures, Fears and Forgiveness took me by surprise. Almost unique spheres have been created here, a marvellous mixture of dreamlike beauty and maximum brute force. Lines like “how can I survive in a world that wasn’t built for me”, which were presented in the song Facing Failures by the great Chaosbay, are easy to recognise, while breakdowns like the one on Away evoke equally familiar emotions. But that’s not all, because Marne’s vocals are without doubt one of Maelføy‘s flagship features. With his voice, he manages to convey a wide range of emotions in a very special way. Whether through pleasant clear singing or rough shouting, both variants alternate skilfully and create something special. But that’s not all, because on the songs Fear and Eiskaltes Blut Marne can also impress as a rapper. Both in English and in German, these two songs become very special highlights that simply stick with you. So there are a lot of aspects that make this band from the north of Niedersachsen so great, you simply have to have them on your radar. This is music that fits into many situations in life, songs that you can identify with.


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Band of the week is our weekly posting about a band we recommend and is posted every Tuesday at 8pm (CET). These are bands that are just at the beginning of their career and that we think should recieve more attention.

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