Malevolent Creation unleash their eleventh crushing opus this year. I decided to find out a little more about the veterans of the Florida death metal scene, including why they like Slayer so much and what they get up to when not brutalising your ear drums!
Congratulations on the storming new album and thanks for taking the time to answer some questions!
How long did Invidious Dominion take to write and record? Was it ever a struggle?
We wrote it in just under a month. Me and Phil have been writing together since 1997, so it comes very easy. We basically just jam some ideas that either one of us come up with at home, and I record them. Then we'll usually listen to the demo for a day or so...sometimes it's done and sometimes we make some revisions, and then it's done. Same process with Gio, and when I write the music, it's really easy.
The cover art for Invidious Dominion is breathtaking. Who created it and did you have any input into what you wanted on the cover of the album?
The cover was done by Par Olofsson. He was referred to us by our label and he's been doing a lot of good work for other bands. It was our idea to have a world in ruin, but throw in the demon from the first album. Par took our ideas and came up with one hell of a cover! We are super happy with it!
Do you have a favourite song from the new album? Which one are you looking forward to playing live the most?
It's actually really hard to pick! We discussed which songs we want to play live and all of us want to do at least 5-6 songs from it!
If you had to describe the music of Malevolent Creation to someone who had never heard a metal band before what would you say to them?
It sounds like Slayer on crack! A good mixture of thrash and death metal.
Eleven full length albums down the line how do you think you have matured as artists and people from those early days?
I think that everyone has matured.. I mean, you have to. We're also better musicians, and know the business better.
I read that you state Slayer as your biggest influence. What is it about them that makes them so inspirational to you?
Back in the day, they were the ones with the relentless aggression and total disregard for what was acceptable. If you listen to the 'big 4' albums of '86-'87, all the albums sounds tame compared to Slayer's! The pushed the limits!
I see you have quite a few live shows planned across the US and Canada. Will you be bringing the tour to Europe?
100% for sure, Europe is one of our favorite places to tour!
Do you prefer playing in Europe or the USA or is there no real difference between the two?
Europe, for a multitude of reasons. Everything is better for metal there.
Are there any bands you'd particularly like to tour with?
I personally would like to tour with any of the old school Swedish bands.
What is it like on the road with Malevolent Creation? Is every night a party or are you really sensible?
It's still a party for some I guess.
What is the strangest thing you've ever been asked to sign?
Family notification and deportation papers in Indonesia.
How is the metal scene in Florida these days? As strong as ever? Do you think Malevolent Creation would have been the band you are today had you remained in Buffalo?
There's a lot of new bands, which means that its somewhat healthy I guess. Coming out of Florida definitely helped the band I think.. they became part of that first wave of Florida death metal.
You have a long list of ex-members and I notice several members have left and rejoined more than once. Why is this?
This can definitely be a tough band at times...
What was the last album you bought and did you enjoy it?
I bought the latest Aeon album...killer!
What do you think of downloading music? Has the growth of sites such as MySpace, Last.fm and YouTube had a positive or negative effect on metal in your opinion?
It's great for new bands, sucks for established bands. Myspace and YouTube are what's saving the industry.
So what do you guys like to do when you're not rocking out with Malevolent Creation? Anyone with unusual hobbies in the band?
I'm a full time musician and I work with jazz, blues, and top 40 bands. I'm also a golf fanatic!
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions for Ice Vajal! Anything you'd like to add?
Thanks for the support, we appreciate it!