MetalBite Review by Chris on 7/22/2001
I haven’t heard the Malevolence
, but after the feast of sounds on “Martyrialized”
I can assure you that it will be my first priority to repair the unforgivable mistake of not having it yet in my CD collection. By creating one of the most diverse and multidimensional albums of the extreme metal scene, these Portuguese exceeded my boldest expectations.
Generally speaking I could say Malevolence
plays death metal but that’s not a totally adequate statement. Sure, the main concept of the album is based on the death metal influences but if you took away Carlos’ brutal growls and replaced them with clean vocals you would have no idea how to categorize this band.
What you’ll get here is a journey from heavy and rhythmical riffs to melodic grooves. You’ll get fury, hate in one song to be followed by doom and melancholy in the next one. The mixture of emotions represented by a flawless blend of metal genres like doom, black, gothic and thrash shows the deep personality of Malevolence
’s members. Nine compositions from which none reminds you of anything else on this collection of art would satisfy the most demanding fans and easily land a top spot on your shelf as one of the most interesting and eye-brow raising bands going into the new century.
Because of the above-mentioned reasons, it’s really hard to pick a favorite track, each one of them is different and unique in its own way. As always, a great job by Fredrik Nordstrom (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquility, Hammerfall
...) only increases already high value of this masterpiece. (Although with the bigger budget this album could sound a little better.)
Amazing musicianship, great composing talents, outstanding songwriting and (almost) top-notch production... If all that is not enough to purchase this CD, I suggest an appointment with very good doctor cause I think you are suffering the worst case of cranial hemorrhaging.
out of 10