‘Retribution’ is the second studio album by the American death metal machine Malevolent Creation. The album, which was first released in 1992, was produced by Scott Burns; he had previously worked with Death, Deicide, Obituary, and many more. Now this album is finally available again.
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Tracklist - Retribution
- 1.Eve of the Apocalypse
- 2.Systematic Execution
- 3.Slaughter of Innocence
- 4.Coronation of Our Domain
- 5.No Flesh Shall Be Spared
- 6.The Coldest Survive
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In terms of whether 'Retribution' should be considered a classic, a la 'Altars of Madness', I would personally veer away from such status and merely brand it an excellent piece of early death metal expression. Should one listen to this album then subsequently partake in a little of Malevolent Creation's more well-known peers, the differences are few and far between. Wait, you cry, does this mean they are just clones of the greats rather than artists in their own right? No, I prefer to think of it as meaning they are just as good as the artists to which I draw comparison. And once you deign to give the album a spin, you may just find yourself agreeing with me. One cannot deny both the band's technical ability nor their ability to write consistent and powerful death metal. In fact, if Malevolent Creation had come to fruition just a few years earlier with this album, it may be them we worship today as the forebears of the genre. It is a shame they aren't as well-respected as they rightfully deserve.
So there you go. The first exploration of a lesser-known bands I wish to offer you. Of course, my opinion is my opinion and thus not the world of gospel- I've got no issues with your differences with what I claim. But, if you too enthuse about '90s death metal and how it defined the genre's future and development, I would urge you to give Malevolent Creation a try. They shaped the music too, perhaps not as much as others, but with this album they succeeded in giving us an opus of the style that warrants appreciation of some degree. So, if you agree with me and you want the hidden gems to rise to the fore, move away from Morbid Angel and their pathetic 'Illud Divinum Insanus' and listen to something a little more... Underground. I'm not here to please. But you might just be pleased by 'Retribution'.
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