When Hannes Grossmann and Christian Muenzner left Obscura last year, they formed Alkaloid, roping in Linus Klausenitzer (Noneuclid, Obscura), Danny Tunker (Aborted), and Morean (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid). Somehow, Alkaloid got the label “The World’s Most Extreme Prog Metal Band”, and drummer/songwriter Hannes Grossmann later clarified that they had labelled themselves intentionally so that people don’t classify them under a different specific genre, like “technical death metal”, or “progressive death metal”, for example. The band then proceeded to launch a crowd-funding campaign to finance their debut album, and the campaign’s overwhelming success resulted in Alkaloid releasing ‘The Malkuth Grimoire’. The band and its members had made their musical intentions quite clear through a series of videos they uploaded online, and it’s safe to say that they’ve delivered on that front. Morean – who does vocals, guitars, and also writes the lyrics – had said that everything in death metal and progressive metal had been done already, so they aimed to explore connections between these subgenres instead. There is strong evidence of that in the album, because all the tracks use influences and styles from various other genres that are not limited to only the metal world.