Malevolence
Reign of Suffering


3.5
great

Review

by Mall USER (16 Reviews)
July 10th, 2014 | 11 replies | 701 views


Release Date: 11/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In the face of death i've grown colder

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Originally sharing stages with the likes of In Arms and (the sadly defunct) Never Cry Wolf, Malevolence have all of a sudden catapulted into massive popularity. How did this happen? Before this album was released, resulting in a Download slot and album sales not only in the UK but across the world, I saw vocalist Alex Taylor share the stage with fellow Sheffield hardcore band Rough Justice (whom they share members with) at Sheffield Corporation, to a maximum of 30 people. And barely a year before that, my friend was part of barely 50 people watching the band. Now they play to hundreds of people, and it's all down to Reign Of Suffering.

Releasing the album's first single, Condemned To Misery, in 2012 was a smart move as it built up hype for the record with it's mystical Nile-esque intro, before slipping into Lamb Of God worship via feral roars, monstrous grooves and killer solos. A sleek production job made everything sound as appropriately epic for a band built off elongated intros and twisting, serpentine riffs. Second single Serpent's Chokehold shot the hype upwards as backing vocalist Konan (yes, really) flexed his Crowbar-ish clean vocals to play off against Taylor's demonic screams and guttural growls.

The band's breakdown-laden music is surprisingly complex. In The Face Of Death packs more ferocity into 4 minutes than most albums do into their entirety, with layered vocals sounding war cries across the musical battlefield and the drumming remaining brutal and tribal through the whole song. Wraith begins in similar fashion as the double bass is slammed harder than humanly possible to accompany to lead into the re-recording of one of the band's most recognisable (and fan-favourite) songs. The southern guitar styles that slow the songs down from their fits of rage are oft accompanied by yet more of those Pantera-esque vocal performances, indicating that the band wear their influences on their sleeves, yet never slipping into parody.

But the album's biggest surprise is Turn To Stone. A slow, doom-influenced track, it plods rather than rushes and therefore suits those brilliant cleans better than any other here. Of course the track eventually dips into thick sludginess to allow for Taylor's fury, but most of the time it's a slow, weed-smoke-fuelled anthem that truly respects the greats of crushing heaviness that Malevolence draw such inspiration from. Although it becomes very samey as the album reaches it's middle section, the record has enough variety due to tracks like this to keep even the most skeptical listeners moderately interested. It's not the most original thing to come out of the UK's heavy scene, but it's incredibly good fun and a reminder of times where metal was simpler and groove dominated.



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Mort.
July 10th 2014



3407 Comments


nice review, this doesnt sound like my cup of tea tho

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Mall
July 10th 2014



797 Comments


Imagine Lamb of God meets Hatebreed that's a pretty decent comparison

Thanks matey

Mall
July 10th 2014



797 Comments


almost finished with my re-writes, got like 3 or 4 more to do

doing that random album today as well, starting first listen now

Mort.
July 10th 2014



3407 Comments


ah i listened to my random album twice, very good

will start review properly tomorrow, only done notes/rough ideas so far (i do that for each rev ive started)

Mall
July 10th 2014



797 Comments


oh i'll probably listen twice too, i usually gather an opinion by then

after that i'm taking a break because i still have like 10 more reviews stored up to post haha

Mort.
July 10th 2014



3407 Comments


bloody hell man, i dont know how you do so many

i really like taking my time on mine (which is why ive only 2 so far, but i would of done more had it not been for exams)

Betray
July 10th 2014



2726 Comments


hmm should I check this?

great review as usual.


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Mall
July 10th 2014



797 Comments


yes you should

i think you'd dig

cheers

Mall
July 10th 2014



797 Comments


oh and idk mort it comes easily to me that's all i can say haha

ChoccyPhilly
July 10th 2014



5542 Comments


You're like a reviewing machine

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Mall
July 10th 2014



797 Comments


I know right, I wrote three today



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