ARTIST: MALEVOLENCE 

TITLE: THE OTHER SIDE

LABEL: MLVLTD

RATING: 9/10

WORDS: LUCA CESCON

Once talking about metal music, it’s hard to agree or disagree about its current form. Some people might say that this genre belongs to its former glory, while others could reply that actually heavy riffs and circle pits are not dead yet. What’s 100% sure is that this popular yet underground culture still gathers lots of fans together and it’s extremely easy to be passed on to the coming generations.

From Black Sabbath to Iron Maiden, from Metallica to Pantera, millions of metal listeners have devoted their lives to attending concerts, playing an instrument and collecting tons of records. Moreover, metal has been influencing other genres, such as hardcore for instance, bringing back some old-school vibes that go hand-in-hand with modern riffs and vocals styles.

Nevertheless, it is even easier to fall by the wayside for those bands that are not able to create a personal sound that could skyrocket them into something bigger than their rehearsals room. This is not the case for UK heavyweights Malevolence. The Sheffield’s quintet is one of the biggest names inside the (relatively) new metal scene, and it’s easy to understand why.

“NEEDLESS TO SAY, MALEVOLENCE ARE SOME OF THE BEST MUSICIANS IN THE GAME.” 

The band started its incredible path back in 2013 by releasing the highly-acclaimed debut full length Reign Of Suffering. Since their beginning, Malevolence have created their own context into which they deliver their sound: their city, their crew, their stages, everything has been under the “Malevolence sign” since day one.

Four years and thousands of touring miles later, the Sheffield-based act came back to the fray with a new release, the eleven-track ‘Self Supremacy’. A heavier sound and even stronger production behind this record allowed the band to see its name written all over the world on flyers and shows’ advertisements, with sold-out gigs and an even more active global fanbase. Needless to say, Malevolence members are some of the best musicians in the game, and this is why the band didn’t take too long to come out on top of the metal scene. Now the wait is over, and the boys are back with their new EP ‘The Other Side’.

“THIS IS THE PROOF THAT METAL IS ALIVE AND WELL.” 

This is a special release for Malevolence, since it marks the first collection of tracks to be delivered via the band’s own label MLVLTD. Two singles off the EP were released some time ago, both including amazing videos. ‘Remain Unbeaten’ starts the record, showing us the band in the streets of Tokyo while solid lyrics’ contents and drums parts drive us towards the about four minutes of this track. The second song, called Keep Your Distance, features Bryan Garris from Knocked Loose: the bands toured together later last year and this song shows no mercy from start to end, delivering one of the best riffs ever created by Malevolence. The EP’s title-track is definitely a metal ballad in the vein of previous Malevolence songs, such as Turn To Stone and the interlude 4AM on West Street.

The Other Side is pure Malevolence style, a unique EP that strengthens the name of this Sheffield-based act: despite its short run-time, this release won’t disappoint you. This is the proof that metal is alive and well, and its new name is in front of us all: Malevolence. 

The Other Side is out now through MLVLTD.   

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