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Death metal mongers Vore mid-tempo stomp contains more than a touch of evil, as this eight-track offering follows the Deicide/Six Feet Under paradigm well enough, truly sounding foreboding. Doomier than deathier, “Threshold of Empowerment” sounds just as much at home on a Crowbar album, while the deliberately measured “Misery Embrace” feels roomy despite the incessantly intense double bass drumming. Unafraid to wield a 12-string, songs like “Ashes” give the album a more somber tone than overall death and destruction, adding traces of humanity to the typically demonic delivery. Vore does a fine job in conveying their diverse dynamics on MALEFICUS, reaching cavernous lows that shake to your soul with dexterity.
- Mike SOS