Malefice – Awaken The Tides [2011]

Band: Malefice
Album: Awaken The Tides
Release year: 2011
Genre: Thrash/Death Metal/Deathcore

I’ve really tried to like this album yet despite my best efforts there’s just too much metal-core influence here for me to give it a good review.

Here’s why:

Like most of the album, the opening track ‘Awaken the tides’ starts off well. The guitar riffs remind me of Immortal whilst the vocals and the melodic parts reflect At the Gates’ “Slaughter of the Soul”. Sadly this is the only decent song on here.

There are other tracks that stand out but they do so for all the wrong reasons. Take ‘Minutes’ for example. It starts off like a disco track, followed by a progressive part complete with metal-core vocals then there’s what can only be described as an attempt at a ‘rock ballad’, followed by more metalcore. To top off this cacophony is a tranquil instrumental bit at the end. Quite possibly one of the weirdest songs I’ve heard in a long while. It sounds like a jamming session at the studio only somebody accidently pressed the ‘record’ button!

The opening guitar riff on ‘Baying for Blood’ that sounds like it’s been taken directly from Tyr’s ‘Hold the Heathen Hammer High’. The guitar solos halfway through the song offer are a welcome relief from the metal-core vocals. Same can be said for ‘Flood of Red’. Sadly in both cases this is short lived as any atmosphere created is ruined by the vocals.

The intro on ‘The Day the Sky Fell’ sets an eerie atmosphere with melodic undertones and an apocalyptic movie soundtrack feel to it. That is until the vocals kick in and once again the atmosphere is ruined. Such a shame!

Iza Lesniak


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