Sunday, 8 April 2012

MALEVOLENT CREATION - Stillborn (1993)

01  Dominated Resurgency
02  The Way Of All Flesh
03  Dominion Of Terror
04  Geared For Gain
05  Stillborn
06  Ordain The Hierarchy
07  Carnivorous Misgivings
08  Genetic Affliction
09  Ethnic Cleansing
10  Disciple Of Abhorrence

Stillborn is the third full length studio album by Florida death metal band Malevolent Creation. It was released on October 26th 1993 by Roadrunner Records. The band originally wanted to go back to producer Scott Burns and Morrisound Recording Studios but Roadrunner Records refused due to financial reasons. The low sales and negative reviews of this album led to Roadrunner Records cutting Malevolent Creation from their roster.

Malevolent Creation's first two albums had brutality and power that tested the limits of death metal, yet Stillborn is the exact opposite of those because of its generic nature and lack of creativity. The guitar work is just a collection of uninspired, repetitive riffs with predictable chord changes and no technical elements whatsoever. There are usually two riffs for each song that switch at standard intervals with an occasional slow part thrown in. Some of the solos are ok, but most of the guitar work on Stillborn is completely average and somewhat forgettable. This record is also cursed with ghastly production that sounds totally rundown and cheap. Brett Hoffmann's vocals are way too muzzled and distorted whilst his bandmates are shrouded with faded guitar volume with an unnecessary emphasis on the drumming.

I'd say the opening track "Dominated Resurgency", the title track, which is by far the most memorable track on the album, incorporating heavier mid-paced riffing and even a hint of melody, and the closing track "Disciple of Abhorrence" are among the highlights here. This is in all honesty (and in my opinion), one of the band's studio lows. The Ten Commandments, Retribution, and a number of the Malevolent albums since this one simply have more to offer from both the songwriting and production perspectives. It's not absolutely terrible, but I wouldn't recommend this record as a starting point when first listening to Malevolent Creation.

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