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Arising from the death metal hotbed of Florida in the early '90s (but originally from Buffalo, NY), Malevolent Creation tend to be somewhat overlooked in discussions of groups who helped define the sound and style of American death metal.

Initially inspired by the sonic and lyrical extremity of Slayer, the group landed a deal with Roadrunner Records at the dawn of the '90s, featuring a lineup of vocalist Brett Hoffmann, guitarists Phil Fasciana and Jeff Juskiewicz, bassist Jason Blachowicz, and drummer Mark Simpson. Their 1991 debut album, The Ten Commandments, became something of a landmark in the death metal underground, expanding on the early work of Slayer and fellow Floridians Death.

Its sequel, 1992's Retribution, was just as strong, featuring two new members added from Solstice -- guitarist Rob Barrett (who replaced Juskiewicz) and drummer Alex Marquez. Barrett and Marquez were replaced by John Rubin (who had been
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MALEVOLENT CREATION The Ten Commandments album cover 4.32 | 10 ratings
The Ten Commandments
Death Metal 1991
MALEVOLENT CREATION Retribution album cover 3.97 | 8 ratings
Death Metal 1992
MALEVOLENT CREATION Stillborn album cover 3.44 | 5 ratings
Death Metal 1993
MALEVOLENT CREATION Eternal album cover 4.07 | 3 ratings
Death Metal 1995
MALEVOLENT CREATION In Cold Blood album cover 3.07 | 3 ratings
In Cold Blood
Death Metal 1997
MALEVOLENT CREATION The Fine Art of Murder album cover 2.86 | 3 ratings
The Fine Art of Murder
Death Metal 1998
MALEVOLENT CREATION Envenomed album cover 3.36 | 3 ratings
Death Metal 2000
MALEVOLENT CREATION The Will to Kill album cover 3.43 | 3 ratings
The Will to Kill
Death Metal 2002
MALEVOLENT CREATION Warkult album cover 3.17 | 2 ratings
Death Metal 2004
MALEVOLENT CREATION Doomsday X album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Doomsday X
Death Metal 2007
MALEVOLENT CREATION Invidious Dominion album cover 3.70 | 6 ratings
Invidious Dominion
Death Metal 2010
MALEVOLENT CREATION Dead Man's Path album cover 4.43 | 3 ratings
Dead Man's Path
Death Metal 2015
MALEVOLENT CREATION The 13th Beast album cover 3.75 | 3 ratings
The 13th Beast
Death Metal 2019


MALEVOLENT CREATION Live Death album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Live Death
Death Metal 1994
MALEVOLENT CREATION Far From The Sun / The Audio Injected Soul / Warkult album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Far From The Sun / The Audio Injected Soul / Warkult
Death Metal 2004


MALEVOLENT CREATION Conquering South America album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Conquering South America
Death Metal 2004
MALEVOLENT CREATION Live at the Whisky a Go Go album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Whisky a Go Go
Death Metal 2008
MALEVOLENT CREATION Australian Onslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Australian Onslaught
Death Metal 2010

MALEVOLENT CREATION demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MALEVOLENT CREATION Demo I album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo I
Death Metal 1989
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Live Demo
Death Metal 1989
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Demo 1990
Death Metal 1990
MALEVOLENT CREATION Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 1993
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Demo 1987
Death Metal 2011

MALEVOLENT CREATION re-issues & compilations

MALEVOLENT CREATION Joe Black album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Joe Black
Death Metal 1996
MALEVOLENT CREATION Manifestation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 2000
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The Best of Malevolent Creation
Death Metal 2003
MALEVOLENT CREATION Retrospective album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Memories Of A Beast
Death Metal 2019


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Death Metal 2011



Album · 2019 · Death Metal
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"The 13th Beast" is as the title suggests the 13th full-length studio album by US death metal act Malevolent Creation. The album was released through Century Media Records in January 2019. It´s the successor to "Dead Man's Path" from 2015. There have been several lineup changes since the release of the predecessor, as bassist Jason Blachowicz has been replaced by Josh Gibbs, guitarist Gio Geraca and lead vocalist Brett Hoffmann have been replaced by Lee Wollenschlaeger (who handles both lead vocals and guitars on the album), and drummer Justin DiPinto has been replaced by Philip Cancilla, leaving guitarist and founding member Phil Fasciana the sole remaining member of the lineup who recorded "Dead Man's Path (2015)".

Malevolent Creation has always been Fasciana´s child, so lineup changes (and there have been a lot of lineup changes over the years) or not, "The 13th Beast" still sounds unmistakably like Malevolent Creation. Energetic and aggressive death metal with brutal thrash metal leanings. Uncompromising and featuring very few melodic elements and easily accessible hooks. The pace is predominantly fast, but there are both mid-paced and a few blasting sections featured on the album too. So good...

...while Fasciana has been the driving force behind the band and has held the flag high since the formation of the band in 1987, which has ensured stylistic continuety and a relatively stabile quality level of the band´s output, there have been both excellent releases and less remarkable ones in the band´s discography. Most of the excellent ones feature Brett Hoffmann on vocals. Hoffmann was the lead vocalist in Malevolent Creation in the periods 1987-1993, 1998-2001, and 2006-2016 (he sadly died of colon cancer in July 2018) and his unique raw semi-growling vocal style provided the band´s music with something special, which made them stand out on the scene. Including Wollenschlaeger the band have at this point had three other lead vocalists than Hoffmann, and none of them have been able to lift the heavy heritage of the iconic frontman. Every time Hoffmann has been out of the band, they have lost that special thing which made them stand out, and unfortunately that´s also the case on "The 13th Beast".

Don´t get me wrong here though because Wollenschlaeger gets the job done and he is not a bad growler. His performance here is just pretty standard for the genre and after a couple of tracks feels a bit one-dimensional. It has the effect that not many tracks stand out or are particularly memorable beyond the album´s playing time. So it´s the kind of album which is enjoyable enough while it plays but soon forgotten after it ends. It´s a quality release on most other parameters as both the musicianship and the sound production are of good quality, but viewed along the other albums in the band´s discography, "The 13th Beast" is among their less remarkable ones. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.


Album · 2019 · Death Metal
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It was very sad news last year when it was announced that Malevolent Creation vocalist Brett Hoffmann had passed away after a battle with colon cancer. The 13th Beast, their 13th studio album naturally, comes only 6 months after his passing suggesting that the current line-up was already in place before his death. There’s been plenty of musicians through the ranks of Malevolent Creation over the years and there’s a completely new line-up here since 2015’s Dead Man’s Path with original guitarist Phil Fasciana the only person left.

Fortunately as is immediately apparent on opener End The Torture that it doesn’t seem to have made a lot of difference to the overall sound of the band. The 13th Beast continues their tradition of aggressive Death metal with thrash overtones. It’s all pretty full on relentless stuff with only occasional dips in tempo but the albums stuffed with great riffs preventing any feeling of monotony setting in. You’ll find a few less than stellar albums in the bands mid-period but the last few albums have all hit the spot for me and The 13th Beast follows suit and is as good as anything they’ve released in the last 10 years to my ears. Whilst few songs particularly stand out this is more a mark of the overall quality than any particular weakness in any of them though End The Torture and The Beast Awakened may just be my pick of the bunch for no other reason than the strength of the guitar riffs.

All the new guys do the name justice and play really well with drummer Philip Cancilla being particularly impressive with his dexterity on the usual array of blast beats, fast fills and speedy double kick patterns. New vocalist Lee Wollenschlaeger, who’s also on guitar, has a lower register than Hoffmann and more one dimensional in his delivery but is certainly an adequate replacement.

No great surprises here then but Malevolent Creation’s reputation thankfully remains intact with a great death metal album to get the year off to a good start.


Album · 1992 · Death Metal
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One way that I have been becoming acquainted with extreme metal bands is by checking out playlists on YouTube, such as those with titles like “Top 25 Black Metal Songs” or “Top 50 Old School Death Metal Albums”. Along the way, I see some bands and albums showing up two or three times, and that’s when I take notice. Let’s check these guys out! One such band was Malevolent Creation.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Malevolent Creation moved to Florida to join the fledging death metal scene. Interesting. Blonde beach babe California gives us thrash metal (well, okay, that was hippy-dippy peacenik San Francisco) and the Sunshine State gives us death metal. As for Malevolent Creation, their albums “The Ten Commandments” and “Retribution” both show up on some of those compilation lists. The CD was a little on the expensive side but the re-release on Listenable Records was labeled as an essential album, so I knew I couldn’t be wrong.

After the first listen though, I recognized that this was nothing new to my ears. It’s not because I had heard the band before until recently but that their style of music and vocals was already familiar to me. Basically, this album reminds me of Slayer’s “Hell Awaits” and Kreator’s “Pleasure to Kill”, even though I haven’t heard those albums for over 25 years (two future purchases have been concretely decided by this album here!). This is not the first old school death metal album to make me think so either. In fact, I am beginning to conclude that both Slayer and Kreator were both key influences in the early American death metal scene. There are times when I felt that some songs on “Retribution” had been inspired after learning to play Slayer songs, and the vocals gruff and barked were an attempt to bring Kreator’s vocal style to the States.

These observations don’t make this a bad album. Actually, I quite like it. It is this heavier-than-thrash and more-brutal-than-thrash sound that I enjoy. The production is rather good with each instrument audible and yet all instruments and vocals are united in a smooth, warm sphere of sound. It’s not lo-fi but it’s not crystal sharp either. The production suits the music.

Though I have no real complaints, this album cannot be a favourite of mine because except for the opening track, which plays more like an atmosphere-setting instrumental or B-movie score, all the rest of the songs just blast their way through. Song after song delivers a relentless, brutal assault with little time to slow down and drop and monster riff or throw a wild dive-bombing guitar solo at us unexpectedly. Each song becomes predictable because it uses the same formula and the previous one. Yes, the album is great to listen to from front to back but there are no standout tracks for me. And, yes, I have listened to it only twice but I got the same impression from this as I did from Morbid Angel’s “Alter of Madness”: it’s an obvious link between thrash metal and what would become of death metal.

No regrets on the money spent. A good history lesson and a good listen.


Split · 1994 · Death Metal
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"Live Death" is a split live album release recorded live at the Milwaukee Metalfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1992. The album was released through Restless Brand Records in 1994. "Live Death" features performances by Suffocation, Malevolent Creation, Exhorder, and Cancer.

Suffocation, Malevolent Creation, and Cancer all play death metal while Exhorder is thrash metal in the brutal end of the scale. All four bands were in their infancy at this point, and none of them had released more than maximum two studio albums at taht point, and the material featured on this album refects that, as all tracks on the album are culled from the earliest releases of the bands. "Jesus Wept" and "Infecting the Crypts" by Suffocation, "Premature Burial", "Slaughter of Innocence", and "Decadence Within" by Malevolent Creation, "The Law", "(Cadence of) the Dirge", and "Desecrator by Exhorder, and "Hung, Drawn and Quartered" and "Blood Bath" by Cancer. Most of the tracks are today considered "classic" material by the various bands. Naturally these are only selections from the various bands full shows.

The recording quality is very raw and I dare say not much above lo-fi recorded audience bootlegs (I´m being a bit harsh here). So you won´t get the most detailed performances, but instead an authentic sounding recording, which presents the material like it was played on the day. No overdubs, no polish (the sound quality is slightly better on the Malevolent Creation and Exhorder tracks than on the Suffocation and Cancer tracks). It´s a great pleasure to hear how well playing the various bands are even this early on in their careers, and the selection of tracks and how the tracklist is constructed also work really well. The sound quality is bound to be a challenge for some and personally I could have wished for a slightly more clear sounding production, but as an authentic document of the bands performances that day, "Live Death" works pretty well. A 3 star (60%) rating is deserved.


Album · 2015 · Death Metal
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"Dead Man's Path" is the 12th full-length studio album by US death metal act Malevolent Creation and the first since "Invidious Dominion" from 2010. The album was released through Century Media Records in October 2015. There´s been one lineup change since the predecessor as Justin DiPinto, who was also the band´s drummer in the 2002-2003 period, has returned to the fold and has replaced Gus Rios.

The overall musical style featured on the album is unmistakably the sound of Malevolent Creation. Aggressive thrash tinged death metal with the distinct sounding intelligible growling vocals by Brett Hoffmann in front. The album opens with the slow paced, brutal, and ultra heavy title track, which to my ears is a real treat, but already on the next track "Soul Razer", we´re treated to the more fast-paced death metal that Malevolent Creation are usually associated with. So stylistically "Dead Man's Path" is pretty much business as usual.

Quality wise I´d say the material on the 10 track, 44:31 minutes long album is in the better end of the band´s output. The above mentioned title track, "Blood of the Fallen" and especially the furiously fast-paced and aggressive "Imperium (Kill Force Rising)" are among the highlights, but the material is strong throughout. The music is further enhanced by a very well sounding production, which is raw, brutal, and powerful, but also detailed and clear enough to hear everything that´s being played/sung.

The band are as well playing as ever and it´s hard not to be impressed by how tight and fast-playing they are. Hoffmann also sounds better than ever and delivers his hoarse growling vocals to perfection. Upon conclusion "Dead Man's Path" is a very effective, hard edged, and aggressive death metal release (with many nods toward the brutal end of the thrash metal spectrum). The quality of the compositions is high, the musicianship strong, and the sound production professional and powerful sounding, so a 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.


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