REVIEW: MALEVOLENT CREATION – “Dead Man’s Path”
Malevolent Creation are one of those bands that are usually given the snub when talking about the big bands of the Florida death metal scene, even if a couple of their albums can be considered classics in the scene. I can say they are a busy band, and the fact that coming out with ‘Dead Man’s Path‘ is the longest they’ve taken for an album- 5 years -in their 25 or so years of their career is a hint. After Hate Eternal‘s fantastic comeback this year, Malevolent Creation is leaving no stone unturned to get back in style.
‘Dead Man’s Path’, which is Malevolent Creation‘s twelfth full length album, does not sway away from their style of music at all, doing justice to their followers. The production has meat in it and is not like other modern plastic sounding death metal bands, though not perfect, and the writing is quite engaging. The band is not trying to gain a variety in their following, but are strengthening their base by giving their fans what they want to hear – heavy, relentless death metal.
The album starts off with funeral-like intro which acts like the revving of an engine before you speed up. The spoken word adds to the ritualistic nature of the track. “Soul Razer” dives into blast beats in full swing and the vocal assault kicks the album into overdrive. I felt that the guitar wasn’t loud enough at places, where the vocals overpower the riffs. “Imperium” continues the energy of the previous track and reeks a bit of Nile influence with the oriental sounding guitar solo. “Corporate Weaponry” has a catchy riff, chorus and tempo which would work well in a live setting. “Blood of the Fallen” and “Extinction Personified” has most of the tracks treading on a relative slow tempo of nothing special. “Resistance is Victory” and “12th Prophecy” reminds me of their older records with respect to song structures and almost suffocating feel, in a good way that they have to them. “Fragmental Sanity” is another quintessential Malevolent Creation track, with the fast paced drumming, pummeling riffs and untiring vocals. The final track “Face of Fear” has this groovy riff that kind of bothered me for reasons unexplainable by me, and I wish they ended the record in a better way. I would have taken it if they concluded it without this track being a part of the album.
‘Dead Man’s Path‘ is an album that will please the people it is directed towards, and will continue to keep Malevolent Creation steady in the scene. The album gels the old school style with the band’s high speed drums and technicality. While the production is not bad, I would have liked the guitars to not be low and behind the vocals. It won’t be the first album I’d introduce to someone who hasn’t listened to the band before, but if you are a fan of Malevolent Creation‘s style of death metal, you would definitely like this.