Michael Gerstbrein | Iowa City, IA United States | 01/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With its twin lead guitar attack, thundering rhythm section and a lead singer who was a spot-on dead ringer for Rob Halford, Malice came on like gangbusters, highly reminiscent of "Screaming For Vengeance"-era Judas Priest. This second album is easily just as good as the first one, "...In The Beginning." Tunes like "Sinister Double," "Chain Gang Woman" and the Stephen King-inspired "Christine" rock with an unbridled fury that puts to shame many of the so-called "nu-metal" bands crowding the market today. If you're a fan of solid old-school metal with killer riffs and malicious (pardon the pun on words) melodies, this is definitely up your alley!"
Too bad Malice didn't make more records, CD's or whatever.
K. Finch | Bemidji, Minnesota | 01/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've worn out two cassettes of License to Kill. I was VERY pleased to finally find it on CD. I believe the musicians are very skilled for this musical era and I have always wondered why they weren't more popular. My favorite part of the group is the bass. Most bass players of this era were just fillers or an unskilled coffin stuffer whose sole purpose was to hold a bass guitar, look pretty, and bang their heads. The fellow who plays bass for Malice definitely knows how to work a bass guitar. The drummer is also excellent. Not just a boom-chick-boom-chick drummer. This dude can bash the skins!!! The voice is good, and the two guitar players are also VERY good. I like guitar players who have the ability to switch back and forth during solos. The writing is also good. The songs aren't about how many women they may have banged, or how much whisky they drank like so many of the 80's bands sing about ad nauseum. Topics like hit men, multiple personalities, evil women, and gov't overthrow: all good stuff. I especially like Malice's hommage to Stephen King's vehicle of evil, Christine. It is on this song all of the musicians show their talent. If you like good metal musicians and a CD that can be played at the highest volume from start to finish, I recommend purchasing this disc. Oh, yeah, this CD has one of my favorite cover illustrations. Definitely cool!"
Malice - 'License To Kill' (Wounded Bird Records)
Mike Reed | USA | 08/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As far as I'm concerned,one of the TRUE unknown metal greats that never got the break they so truly deserved.'License...' was the second of just two actual lp's these heavy metal merchants had ever put out.Believe they had released one,maybe two EP's.Basically just good rowdy old school metal.I saw them open for Nazareth awhile back.Tracks that totally did it for me were "Sinister Double",the title cut "License To Kill","Against The Empire","Chain Gang Women" and "Breathing Down Your Neck".Line-up:James Neil-vocals,Mick Zane-guitar,Jay Reynolds-bass and Mark Bohn-drums.Should appeal to fans of Queensryche,Sacred Reich,Judas Priest and Loudness.Check out their cameo appearance in the '88 movie 'Vice Versa'."
Solid Metal Release From an Underrated Band
Graboidz | Westminster, Maryland | 04/29/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Malice" is a band that got lost in the shuffle of 80's metal. They fell somewhere between the hair metal bands like RATT & Poison and the power thrash metal bands like Testament or Flotsam and Jetsam. Looking at the album cover of "License to Kill" you would probably assume these guys are just another throwaway thrash-wannabe-band....you would be wrong. These guys knew how to write music. I've seen the comparisons to "Judas Priest" and that is valid. James Neal's vocals are fantastic and often can reach Rob Halford like levels that only metalheads and dogs can hear. The guitar work of Jay Renolds and Mick Zane layer each song with a distinct personality, and are immediately catchy. I'm not sure how these guys avoided the attention and fame that they should have received, but it's great that this disk is still available. If you are tired of today's boring metal scene, go back and discover some of the great forgotten bands of the 1980's and Malice is a great band to discover."