Malevolent Creation
The Will To Kill


3.0
good

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (66 Reviews)
February 16th, 2013 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A slight step out of a creative rut present since the mid 90s for the band, but still nothing too impressive or interesting.

Malevolent Creation had the precondition to improve towards the early 2000s; having acquired Rob Barrett after his departure from Cannibal Corpse, they suddenly had the man who played on their strongest album, Retribution, and Rob's experience in the (at the time) more technical band likely brought even more prowess to the table. Surprisingly, however, his first album with Malevolent after his return, The Fine Art Of Murder, didn't mark much of a step up from In Cold Blood, wielding weaker production and not highly improved music, although it did move towards a thrashier side of the band that was perhaps missing on the more groove oriented album that proceeded it. Envenomed followed, and while it showed another another slight improvement, it didn't wield anything particularly new musically. The Will The Kill also shows a small progression, but this time the stronger production values help to accentuate its force, groove, and sheer speed.

Instrumentally the band hasn't really demonstrated much advancement; the guitar's are still fairly strong, with marginally better riffing than on the previous album, and decent guitar solos, including a guest solo from Mana Recording Studio man Shawn Ohtani on All That Remains. The bass is audible yet it feels extremely standard, not really doing too much that is different to the guitar work. The drumming is probably the strongest element of the band, with quick tempo changes and with a veritable volley of blasts and fast double bass and fills. Vocally, the new vocalist, Kyle Simmons, isn't anything too different from longtime favorite Brett Hoffman, but has a slightly more hardcore vocal style that will probably put off some, although it isn't too repulsive. Unfortunately, the lyrics are still really, really bad at times. The title track's embarrassing "The Will..... To Kill... The Will to ****ing kill" line, that gets repeated a few times, ultimately sticks out painfully; elsewhere though, the lyrics are solid for the most part.

Musically, the songs pretty much go "by the numbers", with predictable, but at least tried-and-tested, structures; efforts like Pillage And Burn and The Cardinal's Law hardly get off to great starts, although both feature fairly catchy riffs in their duration. In contrast, a couple of tracks stick out due to their sheer energy at their beginnings': All That Remains and the title track, both of which open with catchy riffs and manage to feature elements that differentiate them from the rest. The riff work can get fairly repetitive, but some slight variations help to make it relatively interesting towards the end, and the extra kick given by the high velocity but groovy Burnt Beyond Recognition helps to keep the tail end of the album in reasonable order. Still, too many tracks lack the impact of the albums peak moments, which are focused towards the beginning of the album, making it drag noticeably during its second half.

Ultimately, it's unreasonable to expect anything exceptional from The Will To Kill. It breaks no new ground, for sure, but it's reasonably entertaining with some strong songs and riffs showing up periodically. Still, it's hardly a game changer and, sadly, the albums that follow it aren't either. Ultimately, fans of the band will probably enjoy this album a fair bit, but it's not too interesting to the casual death metal listener, although it's definitely listenable and entertaining enough.

Recommended Tracks:
The Will To Kill
All That Remains
Superior Firepower
Burnt Beyond Recognition
With Murderous Precision



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


6286 Comments


Good review overall, pos.



Some suggestions:

again from Cannibal Corpse after Rob left

after his departure from Cannibal Corpse



The bass is audible but ultimately extremely standard

The bass is audible yet it feels extremely standard



the songs are often very much "by the numbers"

the songs pretty much go "by the numbers"

Digging: Madred - Supersonic Brainfuck Overdrive

Madbutcher3
February 16th 2013


1169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Changes made.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


6286 Comments


With the exception of the first two albums, the output of this band is hyped in the Greek metal press and it feels strange to see the same records being somewhat "underrated" in Sputnik.

However, I tend to believe your review and Sputnik ratings more, as I have listened scarce tracks from all MC albums and, for the most part, they indeed feel standard.

Madbutcher3
February 16th 2013


1169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I notice a lot of surprisingly positive reviews for some of their albums that shock me; I saw some
very positive reviews for Doomsday X and that's an awful, shockingly dull album, easily their worst,
while Eternal was rated much more weakly.

Speaking of which, their debut is actually voted worse than Eternal, which shocks me since Eternal is
merely average while The Ten Commandments is a strong album.

As for this album, All That Remains is a cool song that's worth checking out regardless, but the rest
of the album is comparative "eh".

FrozenVain
February 16th 2013


2472 Comments


I really agree with pretty much everything you stated in this review so pos'd.
Album cover is dope though.

Madbutcher3
February 16th 2013


1169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah the cover is cool. Envenomed had better artwork though.

Madbutcher3
February 16th 2013


1169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You've gotta try Retribution man

bloc
February 16th 2013


35010 Comments


I've heard all of the albums up until this one and they are all okay to excellent. I will check this out eventually.

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

JizzInMyPants
February 16th 2013


2377 Comments


I remember absolutely loving some tracks from this album, including the title track, The Will To Kill has some fucking killer riffs. Only beef I got is with the vocals, don't like the yelling type vocals.

DikkoZinner
July 25th 2013


3361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Surprisingly low rating on this, contains some beast songs esp the title track.

KILL
July 25th 2013


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ya dude!!!!!!!

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

Madbutcher3
July 25th 2013


1169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Title track is pretty good but All That Remains is the best track here.

DikkoZinner
April 30th 2014


3361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Prob their 3rd best album.

DikkoZinner
July 22nd 2014


3361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pillage and Burn m/

FalconFalcone
October 1st 2014


107 Comments


I could never get into anything from this band without Brett Hoffman on vocals. Brett is the voice of Malevolent Creation in my opinion. I blast The Ten Commandments, Retribution, Stillborn and The Fine Art of Murder still to this day. Those are their best. Everything with Brett is great, except for Doomsday X which was still alright. Everything without him I do without.

Digging: Radiohead - In Rainbows



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