Malevolents (Metal/Hard Rock) - Nanaimo, Canada
Malevolents is a hard rock/heavy metal band founded and currently residing in Nanaimo, BC, Canada.
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"Dead To Rights" Album Review
This is an advance review of the upcoming full length album from Malevolents. It's release date is tentatively in Spring 2017 so keep your eyes and ears peeled to them for more information. There's a few tracks from their previous "Attitude" EP along with some brand new originals and two cover tracks. Let's dive in and see what they're all about. "Dead To Rights" is the opening track and really knows how to bring the driving riffs. Once the double bass kicks in, the listener is just along for the roller coast ride through six minutes of Hard Rock tinged with a bit of Metal. The guitar solo takes it to heavenly heights. "Attitude Adjustment" is a crunchy hard rock gem of a track. The aggressive melodic vocals bring to mind James Hetfield of Metallica and combined with the hard rock sound make this a stand out track that is sure to get the pit moving. The guitar solo on the track is mind blowingly delightful. "Out Of Sight" is hard as nails and brings the Metal sound to the forefront. The track is extremely catchy and should be played as loud as possible. "Drown In Yourself" will attract the headbangers in droves, It's a track that doesn't mess around and will be a Metalheads favorite track off the album. "Giving Us A Future" is an eight minute stunner of a track. The epic sound on the track brings to mind Metallica's "The Unforgiven II". The track needs to be heard to be believed as there's so much talent that shines through the eight minute journey. "Burning With Envy" is a Hard Rock banger of a track. The riffs on the track are remarkable and it's yet another track that's heavy as hell. "So Damn Good" is more radio friendly than the previous tracks. The track is a surefire single and it simply shreds. "Same Old Stories" is a nice follow up to "So Damn Good" as it has the Hard Rock roots while still injecting some traditional Metal sound. "It's All Over Now" right from the get go goes straight for the jugular. It's heavy, fast and is guaranteed to stir up the live crowd. "Was Willst Du?" features a whirlwind like sound that is almost transcendent. The track brings to mind Rammstein as it's in German and is extremely heavy. "Alive and Well" kicks it the album into high gear. The track is a phenomenal Hard Rock track to jam out to. "Requiem For The Gods" is the last original track on the album. The track starts off with thunderstorms and continues the thunderous sound throughout its nine minute span. It's a breathtaking track that puts the bow on top of the absolutely incredible full length album. "Seek & Destroy" is a Metallica cover that they put their own spin on. It's a track that is extremely heavy and Malevolents keep that intensity and may even crank it up to another notch. The closing track is a cover of the Megadeth track "Symphony Of Destruction". The track is pure Malevolents as they whip through the new four minute cover with such confidence that Dave Mustaine will surely be smiling.
Malevolents take their Hard Rock/Metal sound to even greater heights with their new full length album.
"Attitude" EP Review
Malevolents is a Metal/Hard Rock band from Nanaimo, Canada that recently released this four track EP. Straight off the bat, we're not sure what they're putting in the water up in Nanaimo but with Wise Youngblood and now these guys, the talent up there is off the charts. Let's dive into this EP and see what Malevolents are all about. The opening track "Attitude Adjustment" starts things off in a crunchy hard rock fashion. The aggressive melodic vocals bring to mind James Hetfield of Metallica and combined with the hard rock sound make this a stand out opener that is sure to get the pit moving. The guitar solo on the track is mind blowingly delightful. "So Damn Good" is more rock radio sound than the opener. The track is a surefire single and it simply shreds. "Giving Us A Future" is an eight minute stunner of a track. The epic sound on the track brings to mind Metallica's "The Unforgiven II". The track needs to be heard to be believed as there's so much talent that shines through the eight minute journey. The closing track "Alive And Well" kicks it back into high gear. The track is a gem of a hard rock track and closes ut the EP in spectacular fashion. Anyone who is into the sound of Motorhead, Metallica or Megadeth will eat up this EP in no time.
This new EP from Malevolents puts the intensity back in the Metal/Hard Rock genres.
"Face The Music" Album Review
This is the 2015 full length effort from Canadian Hard Rock/Metal band Malevolents. Their most recent "Attitude" EP was recently reviewed here and is a release we said "puts the intensity back in the Metal/Hard Rock genres.". Be sure to check out that EP at once. Today we dive back into their early catalog and we're reviewing their album before the EP. Let's see what their previous effort was all about. The opening track "Serenading The Gods" kicks off by way of pure guitar shredding before transitioning into an absolute monster of an instrumental metal track. "Face The Music" brings to mind "Reload" era Metallica with its guitar riffs combined with that borderline hard rock/metal sound that simply blasts through the speakers at full volume without effort. "Into Darkness" slows things down a tad before building itself back up. The track steamrolls full speed ahead and is relentless with its delivery. It's a near seven minute track full of crunchy hard rock that'll get the adrenaline pumping. "Malevolence" is a track that would bring to mind Motorhead's style. The driving force of the track is the vocals and guitars which are just sludgy and melodic enough to set itself apart from the pack on a slightly but still awesome way. "Everything I Hate" kicks things up a notch and it just rocks your socks off. The headbanging factor is off the charts with this track. You'll get singing along to its chorus in no time. "Midnight" is more of an atmospheric rock song and brings to mind the production and theatrics of an Alice Cooper or Iron Maiden. It's really a track that has to be heard to be believed. "Just Don't Care" is a hard rock track that really shines. The near rock ballad is on point in all of the right places and should get the lighters in the crowd lit without hesitation. "My Enemy" is chaotic from the get go. The track will surely get the pits moving and crowd singing along to its gang chant incorporated chorus. "For A Cause" features a slow build up before erupting into a tremendous hard rock track. The brilliance on the track can be heard with the stellar guitar solo. My goodness it's so good! "I've Had Enough" just lets loose on the listener. The track will get feet tapping along to its super infectious melodic riffs and driving instrumentation. The closing track is a cover of the Taylor Swift track "Shake It Off". It's a unique take on the track but it works very well. It's very hard rock and actually adds depth to the track which otherwise wasn't previously there. It's more upbeat and absolutely destroys the original by way of all of the layers. The track is a fun track to close out a beast of a full length.
This early effort from Malevolents hold the roots to their signature sound and is an absolute blast to listen to.
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Malevolents” and is there any meaning behind it?
Liam - I was first introduced to Rock music through my father when he showed me Queen. I was about 5 at the time. At age 6, I had heard Megadeth for the first time on the radio. It blew my little mind away and since that day, I knew music was my path. Megadeth still is my all time favourite band to this day and I owe them everything, including our band name! I wanted a name that started with 'M' because of them. Also, Motörhead and Metallica happen to be 2 of my other favourite bands ever, so it just had to be an 'M' name. Saw the word "Malevolent" in the dictionary, read the definition: "having or showing a wish to do evil to others". Thought "wow! So metal! That's a wicked band name!" And so it was! Ironically, we're the nicest guys around lol.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from the new record?
Liam - We took a melodic approach sort of to Harken back to the 80s style we all grew up with. The whole Death Metal scene is sort of huge where we live and we wanted to stray away from that simply to try something a bit different. As much as we respect all types of Rock genres, Death Metal wasn't for us. There's nothing like a catchy, melodic chorus to draw someone in and hook them that way. We know Rock and Metal is alive and well, and we intend to continue proving this along with our brothers and sisters who both listen to and play this type of music today.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
Liam - high energy! That's pretty much what we're known for. We get the crowd involved as much as possible and people really seem to genuinely like us. It's very humbling. Also, LOTS of guitar solos...
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
Liam - I think unanimously, 'Requiem for the Gods', our instrumental, is our personal favourite. Although when it comes to playing live, our drummer Jon Holden absolutely loses his mind on "Out of Sight". As soon as that bass solo kicks in, that song kind of takes a life of its own until it ends! For me, 'Drown In Yourself' has become my favourite on the record, and is the main song to develop its own following thus far. So that's always a blast. Austen Vandale (our lead guitarist) really loves our album opener 'Dead to Rights'. It's such a jam! And of course, our show ender 'Alive and Well'. That song is our ender for a reason. We had no idea when writing it that it would get the reaction it gets during live shows but... well, you'd have to see it to really understand. It's awesome to witness the crowd from our perspective during that song.
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
Liam - well, Megadeth, first and foremost. Dave Mustaine is a tribute to guitar playing and is the soul reason I ever bought a guitar in the first place as originally i just wanted to be a singer until Mustaine changed my mind one day and I said "screw that, I want both" lol. Metallica would be great, but that goes without saying for any musician I think. And I'm German, so Rammstein happens to be in my top 3 favourite bands. However, they don't tour, so Avenged Sevenfold would be amazing. As far as sheer musical and artistic views, I feel like them and us share a lot in common and would compliment each other greatly on stage. Plus what an honour it would be to open for one of my biggest singing inspirations in M. Shadows!
As for Austen, I know he cited Lamb Of God and Black Sabbath as well as Metallica.
And Jon wanted Anthrax, Metallica, and in fact a local band we've played with before that we're close with, whomever that may be (there are several).
6. Any crazy show stories?
Liam - Not a crazy story, but definitely one that irked me immensely lol. At our last show we played the Queens Hotel in our hometown. The sound guy we had was brilliant, and a good friend of ours. But me being the moron I am decided to stand directly in front of the vocal monitor the whole show and as far away from my guitar amp as humanly possible. Couldn't hear my guitar, could barely hear Austen's guitar, could barely hear the bass guitar, so I was singing kind of blind. During a few of our songs, I thought "man... I'm totally singing out of key...". Watched footage of the show a few nights later, and sure enough, I was singing off key like an idiot. People came up to me after the show and said "man you guys sounded great, etc". But I was just happy, knowing that I totally bombed, that we were the 3rd band to go on stage that night. Meaning everyone was pretty much too drunk to notice by that time. Sweet! Never doing another show without ear monitors again, though. Lol
7. What’s your take on the current state of Rock?
Liam - It's alive, it's just been sleeping. I feel like the 2010s have really brought forth a new outlook on Rock. It's re-energized, and we intend to keep it that way.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in Canada both locally and country wide?
Liam - Where we live (Nanaimo, BC), it's decent. A local band like us usually plays to a decent sized crowd considering some of the ghost town shows I've witnessed. We do alright. Further eastern/central Canada, it starts to trail off and become less active. Once you hit Manitoba though, it explodes again and continues on through Ontario. Canada has quite a massive metal following all around, I think. I just wish Megadeth would come to Vancouver more often!
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
Liam - It is what it is. There's no money in record sales anymore. You wanna make money through your music? You had better learn business, marketing tactics, develop a following through those skills, and then you better tour your ass off! And of course the most important element: Writing good and hopefully memorable music. A record for a smaller band is really just a way to get your name out there faster. If people like what they hear, you'll go somewhere. Illegal downloading is honestly just a quicker way to get a band's music out there even faster, though I do feel for the old timers who aren't making money from their records these days like they used to. It is a damn shame, but that's the world these days.
10. What’s next for Malevolents?
Liam - We are currently label shopping so that we can release this new record through a label that believes in what we believe in and shares our vision. Everyone warns bands about "not signing their life away and doing things themselves", and I respect that. But why are bands still signing with labels, then? Because it's a mutual partnership designed to promote both parties equally. We only want to do this for a living so we can quit our day jobs and pursue music full time. Some musicians want to be rich, some want to be famous, we just want to play and make enough to support a family through our craft. We feel like the more people we reach with our music, the easier a goal that will be to attain. I think everyone everywhere should pursue their dream. Never give up on your goals until you're where you want to be. That's what next for us.
11. Any shoutouts?
Liam - To our favourite bands! Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, Avenged Sevenfold, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Lamb Of God, Meshuggah, Motörhead (rip Lemmy!), Judas Priest, Disturbed, Behemoth, Mastodon, Boston, Queen, Red Fang!
To our friends, family, and fan(s?) haha.
To our local bands we love playing with who deserve a mention: Chunkasaurus, Under The Mountain, As Ash Fell, Ravensun, Evilocity, Wise Youngblood, Forever Frost, The Innocent Truth, The Distributors, Deep Space Burnout, Sunshine & Shadows, Battlesworn, and I'm sorry if I missed anyone!
To local band Smokeout Canada!
To Junk House Productions, our drummer Jon's company!
To our photographers Peter and Chadwick, you guys rule!
To our model and friend Veronica Jacobs! Check her out!
And to all the metalheads everywhere, stay alive and well our friends. We'll see you all soon!
And Thanks to "From The Depths Entertainment" for this interview!