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Review of the Album "Warkult" by Malevolent Creation

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Bret Hoffman Does Not Do Lead Vocals on This Album

Warkult is the 2004 studio album released by Florida death metal band Malevolent Creation. Because of the YouTube channel called The Metal Archive I decided on a moment’s notice to listen to this Florida band’s 9th studio album and give it a good, detailed perspective. Most of us will more than likely be familiar with this band because of the vocalist Bret Hoffman (R.I.P. 2018). However, providing the vocals on this album is Kyle Symons. He has that sort of really brutal, rough voice similar to Peter Tagtgren. Kyle is one of those vocalists who shows that he can growl pretty well. That’s a very important quality for any death metal album to have.

Warkult is An Example of How American Death Metal Should Be Written

Malevolent Creation is one of several bands that made themselves known in the 1990s along with Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Death and Morbid Angel. Listening to Warkult even in 2021 tells me on a certain level that this is the way that American death metal should be written and played. What this means is that there should be riffs that fit well enough within the context of a whole musical work and the drums should complement the riffs as well.

Some people will miss Bret because he was with these guys for so long and people may have gotten used to him but change is inevitable. The riffs in the album Warkult are in a word…savage in the sense that you can hear the musical precision in them.

These planes represent a symbol of warfare and also symbolize part of the album's title.

These planes represent a symbol of warfare and also symbolize part of the album's title.

"Dead March"

About the Songwriting in Warkult

Songs such as “Dead March” have that sort of Carcass feel to them because of the way the section after the beginning part is structured. To refresh your memory, Carcass is a death metal and grindcore band from the UK. Lyrically, this first song is about marching on towards the battlefield to take part in a war. It is kind of cheesy though that these kinds of lyrical themes have been covered by so many bands. There is still the double bass drumming present. The drumming really speeds up in the song called “Murder Reigns.” I haven’t heard enough of the discography of Malevolent Creation to say that this is their best album but in terms of the riffing, brutality of the vocals, and fast double bass drumming it is an album the delivers the goods on all three of these factors. The 5th song called “Captured” melodically has a section that reminds me of something that Spanish death metal band Avulsed did in 1999 with their second studio album but given the fact that Malevolent Creation started before Avulsed did, they opened the door for other similar types of bands to showcase their talents and skills. As part of this skill set, Malevolent Creation may have even influenced bands such as Kalmah because in the song called “On Grounds of Battle” the guitars are tuned down low enough to make it sound like the way Kalmah played in 2006 through 2008. This is just a matter of perspective but one of the other reasons that Warkult stands out as one of the best releases of Malevolent Creation is due to the guitar play and contributions of Rob Barrett who has returned now to Cannibal Corpse. Some of you may say how can one person make such a dramatic difference in an album? Sometimes, this kind of thing does occur.

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