Malevolent Creation
Retribution


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Green Scarf Bandit of Italy USER (17 Reviews)
July 21st, 2009 | 108 replies | 14,076 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A blast from death metal's bloody past.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Way back in 92' death metal was still a relatively new breed, having only surfaced six years ago in the wake of thrash and heavy metal, and the genre had not yet completely separated from it's roots. Malevolent Creation was a relatively new band that had appeared in the late eighties and helped established the Floridian death metal scene (Florida being famous for spawning several metal legends including Death, Morbid Angel and BallstotheWall). Malevolent Creation had already made a name for themselves among the death metal underground with their debut “The Ten Commandments” and now they were back only a year later with 9 more songs of fist-pumping thrash injected death metal titled “Retribution.”

Malevolent Creation wastes little time getting right to the punch line. After a brief introduction, the sky opens up and a few tons of lead heavy death metal crashes down with an earful of explosive riffs and savage growls. At this point in time many bands had not yet developed a solid vocal style, still giving sub-par performances with grunts and shouts but Malevolent Creation displays a developed and strong vocal style that would be perpetuated and mimicked throughout the genre’s life.

The guitar style of “Retribution” is less dense and heavy as the guitar of typical modern death metal. At this point in time, Malevolent Creation favored an intense drive guitar sound that is strongly reminiscent of thrash metal. This comes as no surprise because at this point, death metal and thrash metal were very much entwined. Soloing is frequent throughout the album and drenched in screaming wah effects and blistering shreds and bends.

Unfortunately, the drumming is not quite as strong as the guitar. The drum fills are somewhat uninspiring and nothing really reaches out and captivates the audience’s attention. The drummer also attempts at using the newly coined “blast beat” and fails miserably, unable to generate enough speed to inspire. However, since their genesis in 87’ Malevolent Creation has gone through 8 drummers, and Alex Marquez is long gone.

Retribution’s final redeeming quality is its length. Capping off at 34 minutes, Retribution grows neither tired nor boring as it reaches its end. The songs are neat, short and concise the longest being only five minutes long. There is not a lot of variety among the tracks but this is hardly noticeable due to the album’s short n’ sweet length.

A great album for those interested in early death metal bands such as Possessed, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide or Obituary. Malevolent Creation doesn't recieve nearly enough time in the sun.

4 blue monster things out of 5



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Zip
July 21st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I figure I needed to write this before someone else did.

Waior
July 21st 2009



11425 Comments


My only lasting memory of this band is the chocolate milk story.

Zip
July 21st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah apaprently that was a maketing scheme but it worked. I ended up buying their album cuz I thought it was cool.

jingledeath
July 21st 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A great album for those interested in early death metal bands such as Possessed, Death, Morbid Angel...

getting now

KILL
July 21st 2009



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

same

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

BallsToTheWall
July 21st 2009



44164 Comments


WIN!!!! Cynic is also from Miami. Hellwitch, and Nocturnus.

I think i'll go old school Swedish with Convulse, and old school Norwegian with Molested's gem of a didgeridoo infused murky death metal album for my next reviews.

Zip
July 21st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's why.

combustion07
July 21st 2009



5340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bastard lol, good review.

Phantom
July 21st 2009



8930 Comments


Yeah apaprently that was a maketing scheme


I can believe that

KYZAR
July 21st 2009



513 Comments


Love that drugged-up-hobo chocolate milk story

combustion07
July 22nd 2009



5340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So by marketing scheme do you mean it didn't really happen?

Zip
July 22nd 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah the police don't think so.

Piglet
July 22nd 2009



4653 Comments


4 blue monster things out of 5


Intriguing.

Zip
July 22nd 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

did I mention that they will eat your face if you don't buy the album?

Piglet
July 22nd 2009



4653 Comments


em... no

but my avatar will protect me!!

Zip
July 22nd 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Against 4 giant blue dragons? lol, good luck.

Piglet
July 22nd 2009



4653 Comments


my avatar has a spear!... or is it a scythe?

Zip
July 22nd 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Or is it a stick

Piglet
July 22nd 2009



4653 Comments


well... em

It's heavily armed and mounted on a thingy.

Zip
July 22nd 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol good timing



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