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Review: Malevolent Creation - The Will To Kill
Malevolent Creation
The Will To Kill

Label: Arctic Music Group
Year released: 2002
Duration: 41:30
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: February 8, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Will To Kill

Rated 4/5 (80%) (13 Votes)

Malevolent Creation released their first album some 12 years ago, but this is my first exposure to the band (I might have heard a few songs off compilations..) “Fucking brutal” would be a good two-word description of this album... This unbelievable onslaught starts right at the beginning (no time wasted on some lame intro) and you get no break up to the very last second of the album: Very aggressive, raw, sharp guitars, demented drumming, and raw, throaty vocals that are not without reminding me a little of The Chasm (but not as “haunting” as what the Chicago death metallers serve us with.) This is the type of DM vocals I like: Extremely aggressive, but understandable if you pay close attention, and you don't feel like the singer was throwing up his breakfast during recording. With good vocal works comes some excellent guitar work, in fact the vocals and guitars strangely fit hand in hand together, each having a similarly raw edge. The music is fast-paced from beginning to end, extremely fast in fact, very heavy and enjoys some good production work that prevents it from sounding too bloated. Rarely do I find a death metal album I really like and can't stop spinning. This is one of them, in fact I've been so busy listening to it just for the fun of it that this review is long overdue. Oops! :)

“The Will to Kill” is US death metal at its best: Brutal as fuck, yet coherent enough as not to be dismissed as noise (some wanna-be DM bands may want to take note here.) Brilliant songwriting and an almost perfect sound quality make this one of the best release in the genre for 2002, no question about it. Buy.

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