Ever since their inception in 1987, MALEVOLENT CREATION seemed to have had one goal in mind: To create the soundtrack to violent killing sprees and other acts of random violence. Although the road has been bumpy, with a revolving door when it comes to band members, the band hasn’t strayed (much) from its objective all throughout these years. It’s been 13 years since their debut album and they have the same fire in 2004 burning inside them as they did all those years ago.
So to the uninitiated, MALEVOLENT CREATION basically sound like a much more pissed off, angry, hateful SLAYER (“Reign In Blood” era, no less) that plays Death Metal in a much more furious way. It’s not much in terms of variety (before you start calling me a hypocrite, I’ll state that if the music crushes, I am able to overlook that fact), the music is just an amazing pummeling that hardly relents, yet each track seems to focus on a different time of aggression, be it groove-laden (“Captured”) or done with bursting speed (“Supremacy Through Annihilation”). For the first time in a while, I listened to an album that can be pretty much summed up as “ruthlessly aggressive all the way through”, yet I can tell the songs apart from each other.
The surprise on the album is the drummer, the newly returned Dave Culross (he played with MALEVOLENT CREATION before and he played with SUFFOCATION as well), so you know that the drumming on this album will be of the highest caliber.
The band also incorporates Black Metal sounding riffs (“Captured”, “Section 8”), which add another dimension of aggression to the album.
The other elements (production, guitar riffs, vocals) are pretty much what I want to hear from the Death Metal I enjoy (Clear yet heavy production; tight, fast and aggressive guitars; growls that are somewhat decipherable yet powerful), so I can’t complain about anything about this album.
MALEVOLENT CREATION aren’t trying to be the fastest, nor heaviest, nor most brutal band around. They have set out to write killer Death Metal and write killer Death Metal they did with this album. (Online September 30, 2004)