MALEVOLENT CREATION - Invidious Dominion
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Massacre Records
YEAR: August 24th, 2010
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Massacre Records
No doubt that Malevolent Creation has been a big part of death metal, and no doubt that the band has had its ups and downs. And to tell the truth I didn't like Doomsday X much. To me it was a bland effort and I largely feel the same about Invidious Dominion. The music is Malevolent Creation as we know it. The songs are run-of-the-mill death metal with lots of references to thrash metal. As always the music is fast, but diverse.
It's not so much that it's all been done before that is the problem, but more that the American five-piece tends to be tired and uninspired. Most of the songs have a sloppy feel to them. It doesn't feel all that tight and in-your-face. There are songs like "Conflict Finalized" and "Compulsive Facebreaker" that has strength and gets me thinking of CD's like Retribution and The Will to Kill.
Just as much as guitarist Phil Fasciana is Malevolent Creation so is Brett Hoffmann. His vocals are a big part of the music. Something I also like is the solos. These add that extra something to the songs. Most of the riffs are kind of standard and a bit anonymous, but there are catchy parts here and there. Overall Invidious Dominion is better than Doomsday X, but the band is far from its heydays.