Though I’ve long respected the Death Metal offerings from Malevolent Creation, I cannot say that I was ever a proper follower of the band over the years since their inception. Since I make it a bit of a mission to see bands that I might have missed out on for one reason or another, I am glad to see this news about a 25th Anniversary Tour that will celebrate their own debut. Check out the poster, press copy and dates below and I’ll return to close it all up a little later.
The Press Release:
MALEVOLENT CREATION have announced that they will return to the road in the US for the first time in five years supporting their new album Dead Man’s Path. The reviled Florida death metal outfit is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of their iconic debut record, “The Ten Commandments”. The upcoming trek starts on October 6th at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA and ends three weeks later in New Orleans, LA. Fans can expect to hear songs from The Ten Commandments and Dead Man’s Path, as well as select tracks from their vast discography. When asked about the tour, the band simply offered the comment “no flesh shall be spared.” Joining MALEVOLENT CREATION on all dates of the tour are Incantation and Seeker.
Time flies fast and deals cruel hand. For death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION, however, Father Time is weak and feeble, his scythe a cane and his hourglass long broken. To wit: it’s been 24 years since “The Ten Commandments” shocked media outlets and found wide-spread acceptance in death metal’s ardent fanbase. Since then, the Floridians never gave in. Not to waning interest in the genre, not to black metal’s near-takeover of extreme metal, not to nü-metal’s commercial viability. No prevailing force – supernatural or otherwise – has diminished MALEVOLENT CREATION’s aggressive spirit and inexhaustible fire. Certainly, the three original members – guitarist Phil Fasciana, vocalist Bret Hoffmannn, and bassist Jason Blachowicz – didn’t think they’d still be writing, recording, and touring in a band when they formed in Buffalo in 1987, but their tenacity and perseverance over the years has shown dedication to the art of death. And all that comes with it.
Lyrically, “Dead Man’s Path” is commentary on our own brutal reality. Written by and through the lens of Hoffmann, the lyrics on MALEVOLENT CREATION’s newest reflect mankind’s relentless cruelty rather than valorize it. Songs like “Corporate Weaponry”, “Extinction Personified”, and “Blood Of The Fallen” aren’t of legend or folklore – no zombies or mythology here. Rather, they’re straight out of nightly newscasts or horrific stories from social media feeds. There’s also a personal side to Hoffmann’s cutthroat lines. “Bret writes about reality,” Fasciana says. “Whether it’s about himself or what’s happening in the world it’s always real. Bret’s lyrics may always have a theme throughout each song that deals with death in one way or another and it works for him and our music. I know he does write a bit about his own life experiences which are probably things that piss him off in this world and, again, it fits with the music perfectly. We never have to tell him what to write about or how to sing anything. We may have an idea or suggestion here and there but for the most part Bret just does his own thing.”
The Tour Dates:
October 6th – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
October 7th – Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
October 8th – Virginia, VA @ Shaka’s
October 9th – Fredrick, MD @ Café 611
October 10th – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
October 12th – Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear Bar
October 13th – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
October 14th – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
October 15th – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
October 16th – Kent, OH @ The Outpost
October 18th – Indianapolis, IN @ The Headquarters
October 19th – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Garage
October 20th – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
October 21st – Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
October 22nd – Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
October 23rd – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
October 25th – Houston, TX @ BFE Rock Club
October 26th – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I cannot add much opinion to this since as I have disclosed earlier the band seemed to elude me but I will say that if I can work out a visit to the Black Bear Bar when they perform close to my stomping grounds I will be on point and document the proceedings for those faraway readers. Perhaps those of you who are more schooled in the band can fill us in on what to expect. Let me know what you think of this tour in the comments section below.
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