"MALEVOLENT CREATION's first album THE TEN COMMANDMENTS took the metal world by storm in 1991. it is without a doubt one of the top 10 classic metal albums of all time. all of MALEVOLENTs albums are classics, but what seperates this one from the rest is the way the band presents themselves as an original outfit. the vocals are very unique...an extreme deathy growl with a hint of melody and even a little bit of rhythm...i dont want to say rap, but you'll know what i mean when you hear "multiple stab wounds". brett hoffman's lyrics were obviously precisly planned and well crafted. not to disrespect his latest efforts, because they are sick as hell, but brett has since dismissed his unique style and has not equalled it since for reasons that i cant provide details for. the musicianship of course is amazing and the songs are catchy and memorable...standout tracks are "premature burial" "thou shall kill!", "decadence within" "remnants of withered decay", and the above mentioned "multiple stab wounds". the drums stand out for being tight and well executed. what keeps it from being five-stars? this album is quiet and very hissy...and is in dire need of being re-mastered..."
Where Has This Classic Been???
Masked Jackal | Ft. Lauderdale, FL United States | 02/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my all-time favorite Malevolent release. I can't understand why it's taken so long for a record company to re-release this masterpiece. It's without question one of the strongest, and most brutal Death Metal efforts ever released in the early 90's....This is also without question one of the best Death Metal bands to come out of Florida as well, along with the likes of Obituary and Death, Malevolent were certainly one of the best. These guys are from Ft. Lauderdale, and that's my hometown, so I consider myself very familiar with the best that Death Metal has to offer. "The Ten Commandments" is certainly worthy of top status.....Don't let this classic masterpiece slip through your fingers. I'm not sure how long this will be available considering it's been out of print for years since now, so buy it any time you get a chance. You wont regret it one bit...BUY IT WITH CONFIDENCE!!!The Ten Commandments Rules!!!"
Fred Dursts Numba One Fann = Scum
Bill Lumbergh | Initech | 05/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This pathetic idiot doesn't know about true music, obviously. He said this: "Look people, listen to all the good innovative bands that get no exposure, those killer technical bands are Limp Bizzkit, KoRn, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Disturbed, Papa Roach, Staind, Drowning Pool, Mushroomhead, Endo, Nonpoint, Shuvel, E-Town Concrete, Blink 182, Green Day, Good Sharlit, Simple Plan and the intelligent yet brutal Green Day!!" Most of those bands get a LOT of exposure (I do listen to some of them, except for Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and those 4 other poser punk bands listed), and he recommended Green Day twice! I hate Green Day now.
Now that I took care of that, I'll get to the CD. I don't own this, as it is out of print, but I have the best of Malevolent Creation (the one Roadrunner issued out) and enjoyed many of the songs on there. "Sacrificial Annihilation" is the title track on this rarity, and the 5 second bass solo is addicting at about 20 seconds throughout the track. This is my favorite song off there. I also enjoy "Multiple Stab Wounds", "Premature Burial" and "Remnants Of Withered Decay" as well. This CD stands out from other death metal releases, because the vocals are cleaner and you can follow along with it more easily, despite the results I've had when listening to Deicide and Mortician. I am far from being a death metal purist. I listen to all types of rock music, but this is a CD you should be lucky to own. If not that, purchase "The Best Of Malevolent Creation" for 6/10 of the CD, along with tracks from "Retribution" and "Stillborn"."
One of the most solid and consistent first generation death
Zander Haberstaft | Miami, Florida | 08/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"During the earlier days of death metal, before the sound of the scene became more uniform and less inventive, there were bands who did sound largely different from each other. Enter: Malevolent Creation. Although originally from Buffalo, NY the band wisely decided to relocate to the Ft. Lauderdale area. Malevolent Creation did occupy a lower tier on the Florida death metal radar, but their first two albums weathered time far better than quite a bit of their competition at the time and had a few tricks the other bands didn't have. The first thing that is striking about MC is that Brett Hoffmann's vocals are perfectly intelligible unlike most death/grind vocalists who make it a point of not being understood. As a plus, Hoffmann sounds incredibly convincing and that only adds to the aura of the music! One of the few death metal vocalists I could actually say I like in his own possessed sounding throaty mid-range style. The Phil Fasciana (more so than) Jeff Juszkiewicz guitar-team comes up with some pretty cool licks that are played at varying speeds and techniques. Something you don't find often enough in death metal. Jason Blachowicz's bass performance isn't the most stunning (some cool slides on "Thou Shall Kill!"), but it is thoroughly audible thru the entire production and helps round out the bottom end of the production. Mark Simpson's drum performance is nice because he doesn't constantly play everything on top of each other. In other words, he uses space quite well and has the ability to change-up and offer alternate tempos or same-tempo-different-drum-patterns at the drop of a hat.
What makes the album even better is that all the band members know their own limitations and they keep things interesting through inventive yet simple song writing. Everyone knows their place here and doesn't try to offer more or less. This is one of those metal albums that is great as an album. It's not great for any particular song (with the possible exception of "Thou Shall Kill!"), but remains great as a whole. It's one of the few death metal albums I'll listen to from beginning to end without skipping tracks."
My second-favorite MC album...
Joseph D. Losch | Bartlett, Illinois United States | 06/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off, to set the record straight, the reviewer below incorrectly stated the drummer is Dave Culross on this one, it's actually Mark Simpson.
With that said, I know everyone wonders "Why not 4 stars?" The drumming on this album is horrific, but it honestly fits the songs perfectly. I really do enjoy this album. The only gripe is, Simpson doesn't use "blast beats", he more or less hits both the drum pedals with the snare, so it just doesn't sound right; however, again, it fits the music perfectly.
The production on this album is solid considering the date it was created. I love this album, and I still remember the first time I heard "Sacrificial Annihilation". I couldn't tell it was Brett Hoffman. I had heard "Envenomed" first.
I think this is one of the few albums where the intro track actually fills it up and leads it nicely.