MetalBite Review by Anna on 2/17/2010
There's not too much for me to bash here. The worst thing I can say is that Maleficio
is not doing anything I've never heard before- the description 'Black/Death Metal with a heavy Dissection
influence" would suffice.
These musicians are obviously skilled, save for the slightly lagged blasting that someone like myself does not deem acceptable, though this seems to go unnoticed by most. They've got their composition down pat and don't deviate much from standard song-structuring conventions. This seems to be a choice, though I don't think it would be a bad idea if they pushed this envelope a bit. I can hear them disagreeing, but I'm not too keen on the perfectly "seamed" edges of each song. The affect seems to be a restricted range of "value" i.e., too much grey and not enough lights and darks. I feel a bit uneasy about this level of perfection in the context of extreme music. It's the musical equivalent of a woman who doesn't step outside the house without her makeup. I think there can be such beauty underneath if they would just let the raw show through.
There's no question these guys can play. The growls have a nice texture and the clean vocals on track seven are quite refreshing, but there's nothing on here that grips me by the throat and gives me that possessed look in my eye. Although, I really think a ton of people would dig this album as it's quite accessible and "catered" to the novice extreme metal-listener.
If you gave me this album ten years ago I would have been very enthusiastic, but my tastes have evolved. Over time the frequent blasting, "Swedish Black Metal"-style riffs and overall standard flavor of bands like this is equivalent to a lover doing the same exact moves for over an hour and getting you nowhere. It works for some people and if it does then great. As I said before the music is pretty tight and I think a good number of people would enjoy this.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7 out of 10