I love a frontman that can scream in their native accent. Ben Louttit does it, Rou Reynolds does it, and Dale Butler does it. For that reason, I’m onside with Malefice’s new EP, Gravitas. This EP is not one of those “we’re a new band, please like us” EPs, or even one of those “we’ve been around forever, but we can’t afford anything more than this” EPs. This is very much a “we’re working on something big and this is to tide you over until we release the full length” EP.
While there are only four songs on offer, they are of a superb quality. They remind me of Hatebreed, for some reason. Probably because it’s just straight-up, no bullshit metal. Y’know, Hatebreed’s modus operandi. The riffs are tasty and the composition is flawless. I almost crashed my car because I was head banging so hard during “Escape”, and the chorus during “Heroes” is choice. When Dale was all “WE’VE BECOME THE HEROES!”, shit got so intense that I started throwing down in my lounge room (much to my fiancé’s consternation. Sorry babe).
I guess the only issue with Gravitas is the same problem with basically every single metal album since Reign In Blood – it doesn’t do anything new. I get that it’s hard to come up with ideas, and these guys do chuck in the odd bit of math here and there, but everyone’s doing math these days. Breakdowns and polyrhythms are the best ideas we’ve had since the 1980’s. That’s not good. Every riff, every vocal line, every breakdown is perfectly structured and positioned, and just shows that this genre has hit its limit. There’s just nowhere new to take it. I’m a diehard metal head, so I still love it, but even I can concede that things have hit stagnation.
Anyway, if you’re a metal head like me, this thing is your perfect EP. If you find yourself wearied by the constant “same old, same old” of metal, you’ll find conclusive proof to validate your concerns. You can bugger off, though. This shit rules.