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January 18th, 2013

2013 Album Preview: Malefice – Five

Malefice at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Transcend Records
28 April 2012

What They’re Saying

While Dale Butler and Malefice have actually had their fifth album recorded for quite a while now, it was only yesterday that they gave out some concrete details of the record. Dale had this to say:

“After being written off we’re back to where we thrive the most. Being the underdog. We’ve always delivered something new and exciting in adversity and this time is no exception. The changes we have made have given us time to regroup and reinvent the sound of this band.  Expect more bounce than ever, more hate than ever and more soul than ever.”

What we do know is that the album is only seven tracks long (you can check the tracklisting out down below), and that it (apparently) marks a significant departure from the “old” Malefice sound. Mr Butler had quite a bit to say about that side of things, too:

“This is a record of feelings, how we are, where we want to be and where we will get to. This is the album we always wanted to write, where the evolution has taken us and has renewed our ‘take no prisoners’ attitude, something we always have at our live shows, you can hear the clarion call to arms in this recording. All music is a personal statement, this is our statement that no matter what, nothing can hold us back, nothing will keep us down and together we can, will and have survived all the bullshit thrown at us. This record represents everything we are as a collective and as individuals. It’ll be the soundtrack to your parties in 2013.”

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Thrash Hits verdict:

Although it feels like we’ve been waiting bloody ages for a new Malefice record, it’s not even been two years since Awaken The Tides came out in the summer of 2011. Perhaps it’s because this record has been done and dusted for quite some time now – Dale and the boys in Malefice have been talking it up for so long now. Will it give Malefice the boost they need to step up in to the big leagues, or will their stated intent to use this record to speak out against certain areas of the music business rock the boat too much for that? Not that you get the sense that Malefice really care about that – the Reading five-piece have stuck to their guns and survived for more than a decade so far without compromising on their bloody-minded Brit-metal. Many British bands would lack the stamina to keep going for as long as Malefice have, but then this isn’t a band that’s in it for fleeting glory, that’s for damn sure.

Malefice – Five tracklisting:
The Great Deceiver
Never Say Die
Reach Up



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