Genre: Hardcore / Metal / Groove
Album Year: 2013
Location: Sheffield, England
The UK hardcore scene has been in quite a stir recently with the likes of Desolated climbing the ranks, especially with the social banter on the entire ‘Crowd killing’ occupation that seems to be talked about non-stop in relation to the hardcore genre altogether. Malevolence‘s debut album ‘Reign of Suffering‘ puts a complete edge to the hardcore genre’s boundaries, almost creating a new genre entirely with their powerful verdict of groove dynamics meets hard-to-the-bone-core.
Whilst taking a risk with this album at first, instantly I became hooked. As would you after re-listening and discovering the record’s absolute monstrosity that follows with enchanting melody. ‘Serpents Chokehold‘ becomes one of the album’s true gems, with it’s ability to admire several genres, capable of capturing moments from Lamb of God, as well as Hatebreed. Like a beautiful hybrid of both those bands, along with a modern UK rock n’ roll twist, you’re left with the passion that Malevolence have therefore created.
The album becomes quite dainty with tracks such as ‘Turn To Stone‘ – A seven-minute epic that’ll leave you baffled for more of their unique sound. Crusty riffs reign supreme, and this track only queries the band’s initial status on how far they are capable of moving in the metal scene. No doubt this album is barely the beginning of Malevolence‘s world domination that’ll soon follow.
Whilst the groovy hooks continue to pursue, there is little doubt that there are any flaws within the entire album. Scattered with continuous mind-boggling material, it’s enough to keep you interested during the whole eight tracks, which usually becomes a tricky task for many bands. Malevolence have surpassed any frowned upon questionable information regarding whether or not their genre is good enough for the metal scene, yet some elitist chumps may still ponder. However, open your mind, ensure the flammable, highly contagious riffs riddle your ear drums and you’ll agree that this album is a complete banger from start to finish. Surely a contender for most interesting album of 2013 despite it’s late appearance.
For fans of: Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Pantera, Malefice, Terror