Band : Shrine of Malice
Album/EP : Malinance
Label : N/A
Location : Las Vegas, Nevada
FFO : Signs of The Swarm, Man Made God, Shadow of Intent
The production quality is great, especially for being their debut EP. Nevermore Audio, also in Las Vegas, really killed it on the mix/master. The first track threw me off right away with the cleans. But the way they slowly built up to the insane lows, I really adds to the record. I feel like their shining element, is how you can tell they took a bit from a lot of modern “Deathcore” bands, and made it their own unique blend.
The song structures aren’t too bad. There are a couple sudden tempo changes, but nothing TOO drastic. Everything flowed pretty well otherwise. The breakdowns are super neck breaking, and that’s something I’m a huge fan of. Their definitely was a lyrical theme. Vocalist Greg Gilbert said “Basically the entire EP songs 1-6 is like a catalyst of events building up from Beelzebub to Lord of Flies”.
I can definitely see myself listening to this a lot more. The vocalist has a decent range going. If he practices more, which I’m sure he does, I can definitely see him ranking up there among vocalists. I wont lie, at first the highs bothered me. But then I remembered a couple things. We all start somewhere, and he’s way better than me. But I can definitely see his highs eventually along par with Travis from Cattle Decapitation. My favorite parts are the breakdowns. The lows are super nasty, which make the breakdowns much nastier. I really don’t have a least favorite part. It’s a pretty solid debut EP.
Overall, I back this. All the members are super solid dudes. That make enjoying a band that much better. When members are super cool with their fans. I enjoyed this record a lot, and I really hope the best for them. I cant wait to see what the future holds for these fine young gents.
Star Rating: 9.5/10
Strongest Song: Lord of Flies
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