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And yes they have done it again! The best modern day ‘slamming’ brutal death metal outfit has struck again, and they found a guy who can play drums exactly like Roger! I am not sure if he was already on the ‘Cross-Species Transmutation’ EP, but he might have been, he does all of the things that made me love Roger’s drumming, and that made Malignancy unique amongst the swivel that has sadly become the American death metal scene.
So the drumming is just as tight, just as hectic, just as chaotic as if Roger were playing, but with less emphasis on rolls, and more emphasis on cymbals, something I personally do not mind at all, it sounds very organic and thoroughly rehearsed, which is all important when playing music of this mind melting technicality. The guitars are clearer than on previous offerings, and the riffs are absolutely killer. It is as if they had continued right where they left off, except, as always, they cranked it a little bit up and made it even weirder and less accessible. The only thing to not change is the vocals, they stayed exactly the same. The strings still bring the incomprehensible down on your shoulders, the drummer is still insane and able to keep up skin tight with the guitars, and the voice is the same demented gurgle sometimes mauled with that wretched screaming that only these guys pull. It is good to hear that their recording sound is still very organic and warm, but not returning to old school, and not becoming dry and sterile like other bands of similar technicality. That is the biggest problem with death metal today, the sterility. With music that sings about rot, despair and disease, kinda funny isn’t it? So they evaded the curse of modern day death metal very well. The production is different form their previous EP, and sounds more like ‘Motivated By Hunger’, but it is still a direction that is not a repeat. It sounds more like the album, but not totally. What it sounds like is the new step in Malignancy’s mishap evolution. And it is good.
So same guitars, same drumming (miraculously!!!!), better and more organic recording sound, same exact vocals. only a bit tighter if at all imaginable. I think this blows the EP out of the water, and I love that EP. They even managed to put a 15 second classical guitar intro, which cleverly reappears in the last track as a longer thing all on its own, and it sounds good, there is a solo on it, its pretty cool. I always enjoy shit like this, like on the new Odious Mortem or the new Element, where they give you what you really want, tech death slaughter, and then ease it up a bit at the end, so your brain returns to normal function. It is like that spliff you smoke at the beginning and end of your acid trips, to bring you back. This is like a trip of brutal fucking hypertension, and you don’t have time to finish your first one it hits so massive, but then at the end, to bring you down and relax you a bit, it is there, and your ears hunger for it.
One helluva band, one helluva recording. Buy or die!