WORDS: LUCA CESCON | PHOTOS: NAT WOOD / MATT GABEL
Is there anything better than releasing your brand new EP via your own label in a time where the future is uncertain?
Sheffield’s very own riffs masters Malevolence are back with three songs that won’t disappoint their old fans while attracting new listeners all over the world. The Other Side marks the highly-awaited comeback of one of the best heavy acts in the modern scene, and despite being “a step out of our comfort zone” (as drummer Charlie Thorpe revealed us), this EP will literally blow you away. Three new tracks that put motivation and personal experiences first, while the amazing Malevolence sound goes on in the background. Released by the band’s own label MLVLTD, a project that started as “just a joke”, The Other Side features one of the best singers in the game, Bryan Garris from Knocked Loose, who collaborated in the track Keep Your Distance.
“WORK HARD AND DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN FOR YOURSELF UNTIL YOU PHYSICALLY CANT.”
This friendship was cemented by the European tour which took place later last year, and Charlie describes us this featuring as “an absolute dream, he recorded the track and after a couple of days he was on stage with us singing it”. The Other Side shows the progress made by Malevolence over the past years, and Charlie himself told us that “the band definitely matured musically over the course of our career, understandably since we were basically kids writing Reign of Suffering, early 20’s writing Self Supremacy, and collectively mid 20’s now”.
This aspect is extremely important for a band that decided to walk the path of self-production despite selling its name to a label. “I think it’s imperative to have a ‘DIY attitude’ because when you start a band (most of the time) nobody is going to do it for you: you have to put in a shift and make things happen for yourself”, replies us Charlie while talking about this important step forward for Malevolence. Destroying musical boundaries with every release, the UK’s act is still playing music without thinking about any precise genre: “we just write what we think is cool and love to listen to which happens to be a very wide range of genres”, reveals Charlie. But behind a great record there’s always a great artwork, so the Malevolence’s drummer explained us that artist Eliran Kantor chose the golden apple as “a modern code name for perversity”.
“IT’S A MODERN CODE NAME FOR PERVERSITY.”
Including an incredible title-track metal ballad and a mosh-starter track called Remain Unbeaten, this new EP has been showing the world what Malevolence are here for: keep destroying stages with their breakdowns and lyrics’ contents, while stepping out of the mainstream zone in a personal yet professional way. After reflecting on their triumphant career thus far, Charlie offers us one final piece of advice.“Work hard and do as much of it you can yourself, until you physically can’t.”
The Other Side is out now via MLVLTD.