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In the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s, the small Roadrunner label was home to numerous underground death metal, grindcore and thrash bands, many of which could not have cared less about appealing to rock's mainstream. One of the company's noteworthy grindcore/death releases of 1991 was Malevolent Creation's The Ten Commandments, a dark and morbid effort addressing such topics as dismemberment, torture, the occult and human sacrifice. This isn't a brilliant album, nor is it very distinctive. But it is exhilarating, and one of the things that makes it effective is Bret Hoffmann's tortured, choked lead vocals. While other grindcore singers are difficult or impossible to understand — and make a point of being that way — it's usually easy to understand the lyrics Hoffmann is belting out. So when the Florida band tears into such gruesome offerings as "Multiple Stab Wounds," "Remnants of Withered Decay," and "Thou Shall Kill!," one knows just how gruesome they are.

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THE definitive death metal album

do not take any notice of the "official" review of this album. during the death metal boom of the early 90's there were a lot, and i mean a lot, of crap albums released. every man and his dog wanted part of the florida sound bandwagon, in much the same way as a few years later any old rubbish would be branded "norwegian black metal" and it would sell by the lorry load. amongst all the rubbish there was also greatness, and sometimes moments of sheer brilliance - some albums that would become true classics. a few examples that spring to mind are Massacre "from beyond", Master "Master" and Nocturnus' masterpiece "the key". however one album stands head and shoulders above anything else with the Death Metal tag. The Ten Commandments is truley the greatest album of its kind. EVERY track is an instant classic, and it sounds every bit as great now as it did the first time i heard it all those years ago. everything - the incredible riffs, the sound, Brett's vocals, the sheer power and intensity of this album is staggering. its a great shame then that nothing they would ever do after would come anywhere even close to matching this album. a TRUE classic. if you like real, brutal, death metal, played the way it SHOULD be played - you NEED this album.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Arising from the death metal hotbed of Florida in the early '90s (but originally from Buffalo, New York), Malevolent Creation tend to be somewhat overlooked in discussions of groups that helped define the sound and style of American death metal. Initially inspired by the sonic and lyrical extremity of Slayer, the group landed a deal with Roadrunner Records at the dawn of the '90s, featuring a lineup of vocalist Brett Hoffmann, guitarists Phil Fasciana and Jeff Juskiewicz, bassist Jason Blachowicz,...
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