Their fifth album, originally released in 1997, now on vinyl for the first time. Classic Floridian death metal!
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(4.5 Stars if possible) This is definitely my favorite Malevolent Creation album featuring bassist Jason Blachowicz on vocal duties. Most people I know who listen to MC prefer the album "Eternal" to this release, but I find "In Cold Blood" to be the superior release simply because it is a more frenetic, in-your-face type of album. The songs on this album are, overall, much shorter and much faster than those on "Eternal" and lack some of the technicality. However, what this album lacks in song length or technicality it more than makes up in brutality. All the songs on this album are played at break-neck speeds and are very entertaining to listen to. There are also more songs presented here, and this disc is still more than satisfying to throw in and listen to only a couple quick songs if you so desire or don't have time to listen to lengthier releases. The blasts on this album are great, but the drumming isn't varied quite as much as on "Eternal". However, despite the shortfalls...
This is definitely one of Malevolent Creation's best studio albums they've ever made ("The Will to Kill" might be better.)
The drums are excellent. Though not the most technical, the fast blast beats make up for this, as I can only name a few others who can play faster.
The guitars also remain interesting throughout. The fast strumming usually is good enough to please.
The vocals are awesome as well. In fact, Jay Blachowicz's vocals are some of the best death metal vocals I've heard. They're low enough to sound bad ass, yet intelligible enough so that one can sing along if one so desires (something that, unfortunately, can't be said of a lot of other death metal vocalists.)
Things I'd say against this album are that A) it might be a little lacking in variety for some (never really a strong point for Malevolent Creation), but it was enough variety for me at least B) The self-title song isn't that great, and C) Most of the songs are fairly...
After the original Malevolent Creation had released the trio of tight, genre defining albums ("Ten Commandments", "Retribution", "Stillborn"), the band would go through a comical level of lineup changes and would take on a much more standard Death Metal sound. Jason Blachowicz does dual duty on both vocals and bass and his vocals don't have the power or intensity of Brett Hoffman, but they are far from bad. Phil Fasciana, the only constant in the ever changing Malevolent Creation world, doesn't have as cool riffs as in albums before or the ones that came after. His second-in-command-axe man J.P. Soars, the only album which he would appear in MC, doesn't seem to be as appropriate a match as Rob Barrett or Jon Rubin. Also of note is that the hilariously overrated drummer Derrek Roddy makes his debut on this album. (This guy even puts in the liner notes, "Hey drummers, whats up with cheating by playing double bass blasts?" HA! This guy has done it many a time and even has a term for it:...
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