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Pinch harmonic feast - 85%

Devourgasm138, April 12th, 2010

Going apeshit on listening to a Devourment tune and detesting Mortician beyond imagination doesn’t make any sense since both the bands have pretty much similar style and both bands don’t give a flying fuck about writing anything technical. The answer is simple. There’s something so enchanting about Devourment that draws me in but there’s something so boring that turns me off from Mortician. But there’s one band that always has at least one Mortician member yet doesn't suck. Malignancy, you got that right. If Roger J. Beaujard plays drums so damn well, why the fuck did Mortician never use his drum skills instead of that bloody drum machine? Perhaps because they wouldn’t have a guitar player then and no one likes to play for them either? May be Mr. Will can answer that. But that’s beside the point; let’s move on with the review.

Malignancy’s Cross Species Transmutation continues forth to grind out the quality brutality, more so than usual. In fact, this is probably their best album to date. With this release Malignancy unleashes a special brand of pinch harmonic happy riffing that will become their trademark on later albums. Before that everything they put out was your everyday chunky brutal death metal but with Cross Species Transmutation they took a new direction and crafted a sort of controlled chaos in shape of this album that is hard to define in a few paragraphs and one needs to listen to the album to experience the mind blowing instrumental proficiency of these New Yorker. Malignancy plays an inspired form of violent grind; chock full of nasty speed combined with a tad of groove. They create an unmistakable wall of sound that is absolutely crushing. Roger puts forth a drumming performance that is a chaotic whirlwind of percussion, but never gets overly technical or too straight forward. And Danny Nelson's gurgling vocal performance is sick and disturbing as usual. The music is extremely varied, ranging from fast riffing to stop and go style breakdowns. But their variances are well-received for they frequently return to many of the riffs in the course of a song, preventing a horrid amalgamation of tiresome riffs from occurring. I am not a guitar player myself but this guy is absolutely berserk, from the precision, to the speed, to the interesting and highly unique pinched harmonics. The Malignancy guitar player has obviously mastered this concept as well as frequent string bends. These bizarre notes are done so frequently and in a masterful way that each riff differs slightly each time it is played in the course of a song. The music can best be described as a complete aural Armageddon. There's so much going on you'll need to listen to the album several times to catch all of the intricacies, even then you'll probably miss a thing or two.

Malignancy are a unique band and selfish too in the sense that they don’t give a damn about what the majority follows and whatever band is popular to emulate at the time. Ultimately, Malignancy has really excelled with Cross Species Transmutation. Their performance on this album is considerably superior to their previous endeavor and I can see myself listening to this album over and over again for months as opposed to the merely decent Intrauterine Cannibalism and Motivated By Hunger EP. If you are tired of listening to those mindless br00tal “$lam till you can’t $lam anymore” bands, by all means jump right on this album because it’s worth owning and worth paying for.