Age is a
factor that the dudes of Malevolent Creation seem impervious to and with
their brand new studio album (their 11th) the band sounds as
strong and powerful as ever.
hallmarks of a great and fulfilling Death Metal album are here:
earthshaking riffs, a breathtaking rhythm section and the perfect
tonality of Death Metal vocals. Most crucially, however, the album
impresses when all these elements come together as an organic whole.
Kudos to Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) - who co-produced and
mixed the album - for his contribution in making that happen.
there’s no lack of great riffs in “Invidious Dominion” - for example
‘Conflict Finalised’ contains riffs well-paced with the rest of the
composition and in ‘Born Again Hard’ the song’s ultra-fast riffing is
adequately peppered with intense staccato-type riffs. The best, however,
is probably left for the last – vocal phrasing, guitar solos and sharp
drumming emerge as major aural ingredients of a title-track that pretty
much encapsulates the album’s brutal ethos.
Dominion” is only marginally undeserving of the ‘masterpiece’ tag – a
couple of tracks - such as ‘Antagonized’ - didn’t impress me too much
and the band certainly doesn’t break any new ground. But there’s no
doubt that this is an exciting and intense album that will knock you off