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Review: Malevolent Creation - Warkult
Malevolent Creation

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 43:41
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.4/5

Review online: August 27, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (10 Votes)

Objectivity is unattainable; at least when catering to an audience/readership. For no matter how much one may try to be objective, s/he cannot escape the clutches of a point of view. The point to this little rant about objectivity here is that no matter how much I try to like this album, being fully aware that it is entirely up to par with what one can expect from a good US death metal act, I just cannot get into it.

The problem is (my entirely subjective opinion of course) that this is generic death metal. You can call it 'old school' if you like, but don't be fooled with the implications of that title. After all, you can be old school and still manage to suck. Warkult doesn't suck of course, but it neither breaks any new ground, nor makes itself distinguishable from any other generic death metal. Some killer tracks definitely make their way onto the disc such as "Preemptive Strike", "Tyrannic Oppression" and "Jack The Ripper", however there are far too many mid-paced tracks on here that don't gel in very well.

Anyway, I cannot really criticize much about this album as I don't see much wrong with it. It is definitely a good album, but there's better death metal elsewhere. On a final noteā€¦I never liked Malevolent Creation that much on their previous works to begin with. So if you enjoyed "Will To Kill" or "In Cold Blood", then you just might get a kick out of this one as well because it is not much different.

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