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Malignancy: Eugenics
Brutal Technical Death Metal
Willowtip Records
October 9th, 2012
Release length: 31:34
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Malignancy return after a long five year wait following the release of their second full-length album in 2007. However, this is nothing new for the band, and at this point something their fans expect, as the wait between Intrauterine Cannibalism and that previous recording was an extensive eight years. For 2012, the group finally adds the long awaited third recording, Eugenics, to their slowly growing discography. Does this effort stand out as another superb creation, or does this album simply not live up to the expectations given its development time?

Much like any modern Brutal Death Metal release, Eugenics has a decent mixture of modern clarity with some raw heaviness. The audio quality isn’t quite the best, and in fact seems to have a higher pitch than you would hope, thanks largely to how crisp it ends up sounding. It does take away from the experience, but thankfully not by much. The guitars have a strong distortion that sounds a bit mechanical that vibrates with a decent sharpness and volume level. The bass guitar isn’t quite as dominant as one would hope, but it still does its job well to add an additional grounding sensation to the mix outside the much richer passages. The drums sound great too, having crisp cymbals that fill the music nicely without being too overbaring to the hollow snares and the clicks of the bass kick that are a bit unimpressive, but still hold their own. The vocals, however, are the most impressive aspect of the production, being pretty loud and heavy in bass thanks to a rawer approach, or what seems like one. The deeper, often undecipherable growls can literally be felt through the speaker, and mesh nicely with the random screams that appear once in a while with great emphasis.

A deeper sound would have made this a far more brutal experience, but there’s no denying many of these songs are still heavy enough to hit the listener hard. After an interesting “Intro” that clearly mocks pop culture music, you’re greeted with “Type Zero Civilation,” which finds a good deal of technicality at work, but the vocals work well to keep the less complex passages and blastbeat driven sections on a much heavier terrain. The rhaspy shouting adds a nice deal of intensity to it as well that pays off nicely during the breakdown to give it a litten more edge than it would have had otherwise. While a nice introduction, it’s songs like “Monstrous Indifference” that speak volumes of the material on this recording. The tighter performance on this song, and how well it weaves in and out of blast beats with catchy Brutal Death Metal passages is far better. The slower section that hits around the minute mark does its best to pound away at the listener with a dark and sinister atmosphere, but with the crisp sound it simply has a hard time pulling it off despite working well with the flow of the song, but still sounds great, nicely closing this short, but highly enjoyable cut.

While these more Brutal Death Metal driven songs stand out the most, there’s no denying that the technical offerings will leave you with just as many battle scars. “Extinction Event” is a perfect example, moving at a mid-tempo pace and allowing the bass guitar to come through with a truly burdening environment more than anything. This isn’t as complex as others, but what technical aspects do come into play can be rather unique, such as in the leads that hit during the blastbeat passages, and the knee-jerk shifts in speed towards the end. “Cataclysmic Euphoria” pushes some of the more intricate chords a little further, but never to the point where those short riffs become flashy overkill. The song does have a bit of an upbeat Groove section in the last quarter of its length, and despite being incredibly random, it still fits the madness that the group is going for. “Creatures of Conformity” allows the intricate sections to show off a little more, but much of the song sounds a lot deeper, and it really punishes the listener with an adrenaline soaked assault, even when the pace is toning down a little bit and paving the way for the enthusiastic vocals to keep it alive. This all sets the tone for the conclusion track, “The Breach,” which has some excellent timing in its shifts between face melting blast beats and slower, crushing, Doom Metalish passages for breakdowns that tightens the already present grip around your throat..

With the cleaner audio issue considered, Eugenics is still a phenomenal release. Not a single track goes by that makes you want to hit the skip button, outside the somewhat gimmicky “Intro” that will lose its charm a few times through. Aside that, you’ll wish that the music had been a little deeper, and even a little more on the raw side than just how the vocals come out, but the further you get into this recording, the tighter the music becomes, and the more that higher pitch in the material becomes something you won’t spend much time noticing. While it may not have been completely worth the five year wait, Malignancy have definitely put together another fine Brutal Technical Death Metal album with Eugenics that any fan of Death Metal won’t soon remove from their player.

01. Type Zero Civilization – 2:53
02. Eugenics – 2:55
03. Extinction Event – 3:03
04. Global Systemic Collapse – 3:52
05. Cataclysmic Euphoria – 3:17
06. Separatists – 4:44
07. Monstrous Indifference – 1:23
08. Cryptobiosis – 2:28
09. Creatures of Conformity – 2:53
10. The Breach – 4:06
Overall Score: 9/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Willowtip Records.