The new trio changed their course musically to produce the demo "Whiplash" (1996), which was enthusiastically received by public and press. The blend of both atmospheric and harsh danceable gothic, industrial and electro, mixed with the still existing theatrical live-performances, seemed the trigger for more success. Many live shows in the (European) club-circuit followed (e.g. as support of Rammstein). In 1998, Malochia recorded the CD "Dreamhunter" and the MCD "Shiver", which was released by the German label Celtic Circle/Khazad-dûm.
The first "official" releases by the band were received enthusiastically and the song "Resist" found its way onto several dance floors. Although many signs for a promising musical career were present, several disappointing circumstances that same year made the band decide to terminate the cooperation with the record company. The line-up was extended with drummer René and the band started writing new material to interest a suitable new record-company. After 10 years of passionately working for their ideals, Malochia split up. Changed opinions and expectations of managing the band drove some members apart until the moment where direction-defining opinions differ too much to keep working in a satisfactory manner.
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