Tuesday 21 January 2014

Malevolence - Reign Of Suffering (Album Review)

Album Type : Full Length
Date Released :  11/11/2013
Label :  Siege Of Amida / Century Media Records

Reign of Suffering, album track listing :

1). In The Face Of Death
2). Condemned To Misery
3). Serpents Chokehold
4). Eternal Torment
5). Reign Of Suffering
6). Delusions Of Fear
7). Turn To Stone
8). Wraith

Bio :

MALEVOLENCE, one of the UK's fastest rising crossover bands, will release their debut album through Siege Of Amida this winter.

This signing follows the recent announcement of UK Doom crew Hang The Bastard, in wake of the label's recent partnership with Century Media Records.

After releasing a two track demo, which caught the attention of every hardcore and metal kid in the North of England, it was only a matter of time before the ripples Malevolence were creating would turn into nation wide tidal waves.

The band's reputation for explosively heavy live shows and some of the most devastating pit action this side of hell resulted in shows with the likes of Hatebreed, While She Sleeps, Vision Of Disorder and The Acacia Strain.

Like a bastard hybrid of Pantera, Biohazard, Hatebreed, Life Of Agony and Lamb Of God, Malevolence's sound is remarkable in its influences given the band's average age of 20

The Band :

Alex Taylor | Vocals)
Wilkie Robinson | Bass
Konan Hall | Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Josh Baines | Lead Guitar
Charlie Thorpe | Drums

Review :

It’s been a while since I could use the term ‘groove metal’ in association with a band, but I think I’ve found a troupe worthy of being part of that genre.  In fact, I’d even go so far as to say this group is hyper groove metal.  Meet Sheffield’s Malevolence, a quintet of mental metallers whose new album ‘Reign of Suffering’ has just recently graced my inbox.  It’s time to get my mosh-pit dancing shoes on and have a true look at what all the fuss is about. 

As expected, this album takes no quarter right from the get-go: ‘In The Face Of Death’ fairly demolishes your eardrums right from the start, vocalist Alex hurling out a brutal shout of ‘MOTHERFUCKER!!!!’ before the hammer crashes down and the drummer Charlie’s beat begins to brutalise.  It grinds like an industrial drill, slams like a pile driver and is as powerful as a blast from an anti-aircraft cannon.  So yeah, that sets the benchmark for the rest of the hyperactive awesomeness that follows. 

This hyper groove that I mentioned, let me explain a little bit more about how it sounds:  it’s basically taking Pantera, putting it in a gym and giving it steroids for six months, then allowing it to bare knuckle box with Lamb of God, Hatebreed, and Machine Head in a barbed-wire octagon, while Trivium plays the ring girl.  It’s that kind of raucous spectacle that awaits you when you press play on this bad boy. 

However, the Malevolence lads show that sonic carpet bombs aren’t the only munitions in their arsenal.  Penultimate album track ‘Turn to Stone’ is as mighty a track as ever I’ve heard, giving the listener over seven minutes of pure doom delight.  Alex channels the spirit of Phil Anselmo as though he was possessed by the Growly One himself.  Guitarists Konan, Josh and bassist Wilkie churn up the wild waters of dark metal and create a tidal wave of slow, magnificent doom, which crashes down near the finale with a bone-liquidising power.  If you have ears, they need to listen to this.  Like, right now. 

It’s always uplifting to me to see that the spirit of Dimebag Darrell still flows strong in new and upcoming metal bands, and Malevolence are exemplars of the art.  Their brand of hyper groove should see them soon become household names in the metal neighbourhood.  ‘Reign of Suffering’ is an album any lover of genuine no-bullshit, all-adrenaline metal should buy.  It’s a reign you’ll be glad to be a part of. 

Words by : Chris Markwell

You can buy it here