Rating:
9.2
Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments
24 April 1991


01. Memorial Arrangements
02. Premature Burial
03. Remnants Of Withered Decay
04. Multiple Stab Wounds
05. Impaled Existence
06. Thou Shall Kill!
07. Sacrificial Annihilation
08. Decadence Within
09. Injected Sufferage
10. Malevolent Creation


You have before you, quite possibly the greatest combination of Death and Thrash Metal ever composed. Some might think that that is a rather bold statement, but I am by no means overrating this masterpiece. It is full of very fast and energetic guitar work, surely how the Malevolent camp got to be known as "Slayer On Acid". One might find a lack of variety in the riffs, but it's nothing to bitch about, hell of a lot more variety than some Death Metal bands, and much more than the current bands nowadays. They didn't bring a whole lot of new ideas to the table, but what really separates them from the others is Bret Hoffmann's unique and intense vocal performance. I love all aspects of this album, but the main reason you should give it a listen is to hear Bret at his best, along with their second effort. It's sad to hear "Stillborn" (their third album) after the drugs had become a bigger interest than the music. It is awesome that he is now with Malevolent Creation once again; he is the true voice no doubt. Now, a break down of everything that makes this album such a classic slab of Death Metal…

Malevolent Creation is one of the pioneers, having formed in '87, and this was a pretty intense album, being finished in September of 1990. Any Death-metalhead, has to have this, it has all of the necessary components to make it classic status. Produced by Scott "Death" Burns, it has superb cover artwork done by Dan Seagrave. It's fast and furious, and it's full of violent and anti-religious lyrics, with great song titles like "Multiple Stab Wounds" and "Thou Shall Kill!". Phil Fasciana and Jeff Juszkiewicz are quite a duo, picking at break-neck speeds, no real pauses in the riffs, and the solos are not half bad; Phil's improve with every record. The bass is really buried unfortunately, but there is a very catchy bass solo in "Sacrifical Annihilation" and a nice, quick opening on "Injected Sufferage". If you listen to the album as much as I have you can make out the bass most of the time anyway. As much as I enjoy blast beats, it's nice that Mark Simpson limits them. They're only featured on about four songs. He executes his skills marvellously on "Ten Commandments", excellent double-bass, wonder what happened to him? Now Bret seriously needs more attention for his talent, he's in my top three favourite vocalists. He has always come up with very in-depth lyrics. While most of his subjects have already been talked about in the past, he chooses his words very well and how he presents them is what makes it like no other. He puts forth his trademark agonizing shrieks and growls; he can vary his range with ease and has some fast vocal delivery, gotta love it.

There aren't really any weak tracks on The Ten Commandments, the bottom line is some might not love this record as I do, but it is without a doubt a mandatory purchase for anyone into old school death. Get it if you want a very promising and energetic debut.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 8


Band profile: Malevolent Creation
Album: The Ten Commandments


 


written by Mega-Slayer | 07.02.2007


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Marcel Hubregtse - 07.02.2007 at 12:25  
Okay, I am not going into the rating of this album since I have ALWAYS found ALL of what MC have released mediocre death metal at best.

But what I can't understand is why it says that this album is released in 1991 when I 100% sure that it was released in 1990.
Mega-Slayer - 07.02.2007 at 19:11  
Well it was released january 1st of 91',and the recording was finished I think in late 90'.You should give their music another chance
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.02.2007 at 09:44  
Written by Mega-Slayer on 07.02.2007 at 19:11

Well it was released january 1st of 91',and the recording was finished I think in late 90'.You should give their music another chance


I've got a vinyl version of it from RoadRunner and it says 1990 on it. And I can remember getting it shortly after the football world cup 1990. Maybe it was released inthe US in January 1991? And btw, Jan 1 never sees the official release of an album because that is an official holiday in abotu 90% of the world.
fucked upstairs. - 03.01.2008 at 10:54  
the date you have on the cover doesn't have to be the date it got actually released. though i was not arround in the early 80's, my vinyl of fistful of metal has 1983 on it, cover and lp (click), but it got released in '84 as far as i'm concerned. anyway, this album is not overrated or mediocre in anyway if you ask me, for the year of it's release, this was skullbreaking death metal art, i like it a lot but my rating would be 8.7 or something, but whatever, good review.
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.01.2008 at 11:16  
Written by Guest on 03.01.2008 at 10:54

the date you have on the cover doesn't have to be the date it got actually released. though i was not arround in the early 80's, my vinyl of fistful of metal has 1983 on it, cover and lp (click), but it got released in '84 as far as i'm concerned. anyway, this album is not overrated or mediocre in anyway if you ask me, for the year of it's release, this was skullbreaking death metal art, i like it a lot but my rating would be 8.7 or something, but whatever, good review.


I remember that with Fistful. Roadrunner had already printed it and all set for release in December 1983 but smehow put it the release forward to 1984.

But with The Ten Commandments I am 100% certain it was in 1990 sinc eI got it just after the 1990 World Cup Football.
BloodTears - 04.01.2008 at 11:10  
I'm curious about this band now that I read this review.
Uirapuru - 29.11.2008 at 22:31  
One of the best american Death metal bands. this album particulary is not on their ''best of'' list, even thou being a exellent start to the band. ''Remnants Of Withered Decay'' its the best song.
Elyar S. - 26.09.2010 at 00:10  
I think it was my fault that I hadnt pay attention to this band or at least to this album yet. Im shocked its very cool. Loved the guitar riffs just my type. It reminded me Sepultura somehow.
Tetravirulence - 30.05.2011 at 17:57  
Take a stab its a classic old school

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