BODYFARM - Malevolence
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Cyclone Empire
YEAR: June 1st, 2012
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Sure Shot Worx
Judging by the band name I expected some chunky and brutal death metal in the vein of Putrefied, but that wasn't really the case. The music is run-of-the-mill Euro death metal. Nothing wrong about that and overall the band is convincing at what it does, but still I can't help getting a little bored now and then.
Things don't start off all that well with the instrumental opener. The use of piano doesn't work at all and it most of all sounds like a joke. Things get a lot better on "The Butcher". Besides of a few glitches now and then the overall song-writing is good. There are a good amount of catchy riffs and parts. The music is diverse, although the pace is mostly moderate.
I like that the bass get some room and is audible. It does profit the music. All through the CD a solo or two often pop up. It does add some additional bite to the songs. The music does now then have a thrash metal type of feel to it. Similar to that of Legion Of The Damned, and that is not meant as a compliment.
The vocals are the general death metal vocal. You can understand most of what Thomas Wouters is singing. The production is thick and juicy and that does wear of on the music in a positive way.
Malevolence is above all a standard effort. I do think that the band has potential, but there's more work to be done before it gets interesting.