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Malevolent Creation - Envenomed (8,5/10) - USA - 2000

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Arctic Music Group
Playing time: 41:45
Band homepage: Malevolent Creation


  1. Homicidal Rant
  2. Night Of The Long Knives
  3. Kill Zone
  4. Halved
  5. Serial Dementia
  6. Bloodline Severed
  7. Pursuit Revised
  8. Conflict
  9. Viral Release
  10. The Deviant's March
  11. Envenomed
Malevolent Creation - Envenomed
The Malevolent Ones are back! I mean that sincerely, "Envenomed" is the perfect answer to the less-than-stellar "The Fine Art Of Murder" effort. Featuring the same line-up as before, a rarity all its own for this band, it really sounds like this was much more of a "band"-project, much less thrown-together than its predecessor. Everything about "Envenomed" screams pure class, in a Death Metal kind of way, of course (meaning that we ignore the lyrics entirely)...

Catching me completely off guard was the first five seconds of opener "Homicidal Rant," sounding like they might have gone all "IN FLAMES" on us. Oh dear! But those suspicions were crushed just as fast as they arose, as the band thrust into a full-throttle grinding assault, which still brings an ear-to-ear smile to my face every time I hear it. Then when the verse kicks in, Dave Culross brings forth the legendary blasting he'd performed on "Tasteful Agony" (from "Eternal"), and plays it throughout the entire verse! That's a lot of expended calories folks! This man has super-human endurance.

I had never expected that the rest of the album could live up to the standards set by the godly opening track, but it certainly does and then some. "Night Of The Long Knives" does just what the title suggests. "Kill Zone"...ditto what I just wrote, but add to that the band's use of an almost Black Metal-sounding harmony at parts, very effective! In fact, throughout the album, there is quite a bit of melody to be found that previously had not been present in most of MALEVOLENT CREATION's repertoire, but in the last two albums it has slowly been creeping into the material. I think this a very welcome addition to their otherwise extremely brutal sound.

The production has been tremendously improved upon as well, sounding much more even and tight than "TFAOM" had been. Each instrument balances perfectly, the vocals are clear and killer, the riffs are deadly as ever, the bass drums get the essential "jack hammer-effect", it all snowballs into a plain old killer Death Metal-album! It's not your most original shit, not by anyone's standards, and it's certainly not the fastest stuff you're likely to find with KRISIUN and NILE in the running, but it succeeds in keeping my attention throughout, and I can't really say that for KRISIUN (NILE is another story). Some might miss the brutality of "In Cold Blood", but the all-important "maturity"-factor is in full form here, and that DOES help in my book...

Gabriel Gose

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