Malevolence
Malicious Intent


3.2
good

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
June 10th, 2022 | 14 replies


Release Date: 05/20/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mainstream clout that appeals to the clout mainstream.

Remember back a couple of decades when mainstream metal was made to indiscriminately bang heads and rage about whatever hot topic agenda made its way onto the streets? Back when adding hardcore tenacity to metalcore would earn you street cred (lol). Faded ripped shirts from artists who’ve only three people have heard became the norm, as did a wave of beatdown trend-hopping that would ultimately lead Malevolence on a trajectory of no holds barred, riff-dominated, shout-y, testosterone-laden metal. For the UK based metallic bruisers, Malevolence, their brand of metal trims away the often bloated direction modern metal has steadily moved towards over the course of a decade. For now, Malicious Intent will bring back some, if not all of the nostalgia of that era. When metal was simpler, straight-forward and all about that big ol’ live festival energy.

Still there are some comparisons to be made and while Malicious Intent’s larger roots stem from the chugga-chugga beatdown of a riff-fueled metal society, touches of Hatebreed, Machine Head, Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God bleed into the soundscapes—groove so heavily invested into the very foundations of the opener and title track, “Still Waters Run Deep”, “Above All Else”, “Karma” and “Salvation”. Circling back slightly, Konan Hall’s shouts sound just a little too reminiscent of Hatebreed vocalist, Jamey Jasta. Thankfully, there’s a clean and heavy dichotomy that helps shelve an overabundance of sameness. Fairly, no one is expecting an outrageous display of metal innovation and Malicious Intent sits squarely, safely in a world of meeting expectations.

And that’s the good and bad of the overall representation of the new record. Malicious Intent isn’t mind-blowing, and the jaded musical community as it is won’t see past the fact that these riffs are well crafted, that the features are welcome breaths of fresh air, that the lyrics (see: “Karma”) are less than exciting (“eye for an eye…”) and that Malevolence, for all their clout has just released another stocking filler grade album just in time for the mid-year lists. Overall, Malicious Intent is exactly what it needs to be; an octane fuelled romper with just enough variance to ensure its fans make it from “A” to “B”.



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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2022


17424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

Definitely behind on my reviews this year. Priorities have definitely shifted etc etc. Not expecting this to get too much traction either.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2022


28551 Comments


God I am just so happy to see you writing again my man.

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2022


17424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

Not sure how active I'll be looking in the near future. This review comes fresh from the kids cancer ward at hospital. There's no real plus side here, but I might have time to finish off a few drafts I have laying around.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2022


28551 Comments


I know dude, I know.

Let me know if I can be of any help, you know it, anything anytime.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2022


17849 Comments


It's amazing how you still find space in your mind to write. Stay strong, mate.
Love the artwork.

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2022


17424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

Thanks my bros.



re: the artwork - probably one of my fave things about this release, that said this is quite alright in a casual setting.





Madbutcher3
June 10th 2022


3038 Comments


fun album

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2022


17424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

It does the job agreed.

sspedding
June 10th 2022


5537 Comments


Every song I heard by these I turned off after 20 seconds

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2022


17424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2 | Sound Off

Thanks for sharing.

henryChinaski
June 11th 2022


4587 Comments


sweet artwork, need to check this band out

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hangth3dj
June 14th 2022


470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is scratching in all the right places this morning, loving it.

bloc
June 20th 2022


68814 Comments


ffs the clean vocals are so shit why did they have to be there. Everything else slaps

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MuhNamesTyler
June 25th 2022


6682 Comments


Yeah fr. I really like these dudes but god damn the cleans hold this album back so hard, hopefully they ditch them on the next album



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