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If you're somebody whose exploring the roots of death metal, or a longtime fan of the genre looking to relive the 80's and 90’s, then this as an album for you. It’s reminiscent of a time when bands like Death, Obituary, and Morbid Angel were making their debuts, then Malevolent Creation's "The Ten Commandment's" is something you have to listen to. The Ten Commandments is Malevolent Creation's first album and out of the ones that I own and have listened to, probably the worst, but that doesn't mean it's a bad album, just average and in need of improvement.
For starters, Brett Hoffman's vocal's sound hoarse, as if he's already done them once before and is now worn out, and needs a glass of water. Also, he doesn't have much of a vocal range, and the pitch of his voice stays virtually the same throughout the entire album without going higher or lower. At times, like on "Remnants of Withered Decay," his vocals even sound sloppy and amateurish.
The guitarwork and drumming is what you'll find on essentially any death metal album from this era. It's similar to Obituary's early work or any other death metal band from the same time period and is fairly generic sounding. This is the main flaw of the recording, every riff; every drumbeat sounds exactly the same as the last one.
After you get through "Memorial Arrangements," the albums eerie intro, you get to the first real song on the album called "Premature Burial." Listen to that song, and play it ten times and you've heard the entire album already. There are a few notable tracks, like "Thou Shall Kill," and "Multiple Stab Wounds," but other than that the songwriting isn't very good.
Despite this, it's still enjoyable to listen to and has some good moments that foreshadow Malevolent Creation's future career. Although I criticized Hoffman's vocal's, he makes up for it with sheer verocity in his deliver, as if he's truly pouring out his heart and soul into his creation. And even though the drumming and guitarwork sounds generic, the musicians are still skilled, and know how to play their instruments, even if they lack variation on this album.
While it's not a bad album, The "Ten Commandments" isn't a good album either. It’s good ol' fashioned, slightly above average classic death metal. It's a fairly decent debut for what will become a good band, but that's the only real thing I can think of that makes it memorable.