This is fucking delicious. Once upon a time, I read a review of this record
in The Grimoire of Exalted Deeds.
Bill's description of this album made it seem quite enticing, so I took a
chance and bought my first
Malevolent Creation CD. I will never forget it, either. The minute I got
home, I played it and
when it reached track six, "Enslaved", I realized I'd heard this very song
on the local college metal
radio show. I was shocked. Since then it's been my favorite song from the
album--indeed, one of the best death metal songs ever.
Having never heard any Malevolent Creation prior to 'Eternal', it quickly
became my favorite (and still is, after hearing
all but two of their records). I only found out a year after acquiring this
that drum god Dave Culross
played on this one. His drumming on 'Eternal' is godly. There are tons of
catchy, fast, brutal riffs, loads of
blast, killer deathly groove the way only Malevolent can do it. Not to
forget Jason's powerful mid-range vocals. I've found,
through personal experience, that those are the most tolling vocals to use
because they take so much force. Thus I consider them
damn brutal. To those who say this album is a "riff salad", you are posers.
The best tracks on this one are "Enslaved", a mid-paced in-your-face
number, "Alliance or War", which contains one of
the best riffs from the entire album, "Tasteful Agony", which has a riff
that's so good I can taste it and it tastes like sweet candy, and
"Infernal Desire" with it's insane opening blast and pummeling double-bass.
Some would say that "They Breed" is the band's
strongest material on this album, but I disagree. I found that song to be
rather so-so. "To Kill" has some cool riffs, but
the blown speaker vox (a style that annoys me greatly) make it a little
unpleasant to listen to.
I'm not a stickler for production, but
one of the coolest aspects of the sound on 'Eternal' is the snare drum. It
can be heard perfectly during the blast just as normally as it can during
the normal parts. That doesn't seem to happen much on albums with blast. I
could listen to this a million times. Thus, I deem 'Eternal'
Malevolent Creation's best release ever.
© 1999 goden