Malevolent Creation Brings Out The Old Metalheads In New Orleans
It’s been too long since Malevolent Creation has graced New Orleans with their awesome presence. So there was, of course, a good turnout when they finally came back. Just before they went out on the March of Brutality Tour with Exodus, Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation went on a short headlining tour in support of their latest creation “Invidious Domain.” The show featured all local support by Demonic Destruction, Machine Made Slave, and Built to Destroy. I was able to interview some of the members of Malevolent Creation. Watch the interview and the grossly hilarious Pit Story.
Demonic Destruction is a newer band in the scene, but has very talented guitarists. Sharing some members with the band performing after them, Demonic Destruction features some members that hail from South America, hence the names of their songs. In true black metal fashion, the riffs are quickly strummed and bleak, the drums are double-bass, and the vocals range from incredibly low growls to high shrieks of pain. Demonic Destruction’s setlist included “The Throne of the Dark Angel,” “Fuego Eterna,” “Muerte y Destruccion,” “Guerrero del Infierno,” and “Infierno de Dante.”
Machine Made Slave, playing the best black metal in NOLA, melted ears off of heads, as per usual. Although the band has parted ways with their female singer, Jason does just fine as the solo singer, belting out their awesome songs like “Corpus Dilecti.” He also didn’t hesitate to speak about his extreme dislike of terrorist activities that night. Brothers Kevin and Rene Roche on the guitars play some of the best intertwined riffs and solos I’ve ever heard. Their beautiful Spanish-style opening to “Mota Negra de la Muerte” always garners attention. Among their setlist was a cover of “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden (one of Machine Made Slave’s staples).
Built to Destroy, filling in at the last minute, did a crushing set. The talented bassist Jorge Caceido is a sight to behold in action, and was a true showman. His blazing fingers burn up the neck of the bass as he plucks rapidly or plays the neck with both hands. Let’s not forget vocalist Marshall Bridges who’s gruff voice was very powerful and impressive. Their setlist included “God of War,” “Descent into Savagery,” “The Ashen Road,” “Within the Swarm,” and “Self Destructive Dogma.”
Malevolent Creation is back with the three founding members; Brett Hoffman on the mic, Phil Fasciana on guitar, and Jason Blachowicz on the bass. With as much energy and fury as ever, they put on one hell of a show. This band brought out metalheads who haven’t seen a neon Pabst Blue Ribbon sign in decades. Brett growled like a hell beast in his Hank III work shirt with cut off sleeves, completely unbuttoned. The sweat poured down his chest and stomach while he leered at people and screamed out the lyrics to “Slaughter of Innocence.” Phil and fellow guitarist Gio Geraca tore vicious riffs right out of their axes and hurled them into the pit.
Gus Rios beat his drums wildly for the whole one hour set. Malevolent Creation played one song from their new album “Invidious Domain” called “Slaughterhouse” which the crowd loved and moshed very, very hard to to show their approval.
Whenever Malevolent Creation comes back, hopefully before some more decades pass, we will give them all of the mosh madness and general debauchery that they deserve. And if any other town doesn’t do that much, these legends of death metal will make them pay for it.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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