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MALEFICE
AWAKEN THE TIDES
METAL BLADE

On their fourth release AWAKEN THE TIDES, UK metal unit Malefice display a hodgepodge of modern metal styles ranging from Lamb of God-esque groove to stock metalcore chug to comprise their brawny sound. Songs like “Flood of Red” and “Minutes” demonstrates this quintet’s successful juxtaposition of hostility and melody, taking nods from Killswitch Engage and Soilwork (“Baying for Blood”) to craft a by the book blend of heaviness that employs a watershed of retread riffs and worn out structures. Well-executed yet unoriginal, the latest offering from Malefice features some sweet spots in between a whole lot of mediocre plodding.
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