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Malevolent Creation
Doomsday X

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2007
Reviewer: Al Kikuras
Genre: Death
Rating
4



  • A damn good death metal record



  • I wasn't much of a fan of the lauded The Fine Art of Murder, Brett Hoffman's first (and not last) return to Malevolent Creation after a long absence. It bored me to the point that I kind of tuned out on Envenomed. I enjoyed the Kyle Symons-fronted The Will To Kill much more, but then kind of just tuned out again. I'm funny that way.

    But, I read so much about Doomsday X that I decided to pick it up. Glad that I did. Brett Hoffman sounds hungry again. The songs have strong hooks, are all good and fast and heavy. The production has just enough mud tossed into the mix to make it gloriously thick and beefy. "Deliver My Enemy" is a barbarically catchy tune with a strong chorus where Hoffman alternates phrasing to great effect. "Dawn of Deafeat" has passages that could be on a classic Bolt Thrower record (that's a good thing). "Unleash Hell" is a blast fest of epic proportions. "Bio-terror" is a frighteningly heavy death metal workout with a mash up of tempos and chugging riffs and double bass all a-rolling. There's not a dud in the bunch, folks.

    I'll tell you. It may not be The Ten Commandments for 2008, but Doomsday X is a damn good death metal record, and one I've been spinning quite a bit. To quote Alec Baldwin in the great Glengarry Glenross, "Go and do likewise, gents."


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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