Band: Malefice
Album: Gravitas [EP]
Label: Transcend Music
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Reviewer: Habib Tabaja

 Malefice, a five-member metal band from the UK, proved to be a delightfully surprising find. They’ve been around since 2007 and have since released three full-length albums. I couldn’t really find a genre specification for them for the most part, but their four-track EP Gravitas has elements of metalcore, melodic death metal, and thrash metal that complement each other for a more consistent yet different sound.

The opening track “Forsaken” starts off slow and ominous with some electronic influences and then transforms into some full-on metal, torrential drumming, and heavy riffs. It progresses into a fast-paced track with harsh vocals and brutal breakdowns. I absolutely love the drumming on this track. Next is “Heroes” which begins with a melodic riff and has a clean vocals chorus. There’s a beautiful guitar solo towards the end of it and it’s an absolutely heavy track. The third track, “Escape”, opens with a very rapid pace and is a song perfect for the moshpit. Heavy guitar work, powerful breakdowns, and an aggressive atmosphere define this song. The final track, “My Design”, is the most headbang-inducing of the EP. There is great drumming work on this one as well accompanied by a good mix of brutal vocals and guitars. The melodic riff that can be heard with the clean vocals is also very enjoyable.

Overall, the EP is delectable though I felt it has some repetitive moments that can be noticed over the course of the 4 songs as a whole. However, each song is something that would make you want to see the band perform live and headbang with them. Definitely a band to look out for.


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