With Deicide‘s classic self-titled debut just turning 28(!) years old – and Entombed‘s Left Hand Path recently celebrating the same milestone – Worship Metal takes a look at the definitive death metal full length debuts.
No bullsh*tting around, let’s crack on with it…..complaints/gripes/grievances/general whinging (or praise if you feel so obliged) can be left in the comments section below:
Malevolent Creation – The Ten Commandments (1991)
A perfectly executed balancing act between thrash and death, Malevolent Creation‘s The Ten Commandments remains a transitional milestone and one as instrumental in bridging the thrash/death divide as Pestilence’s Consuming Impulse and Sepultura’s Beneath The Remains. The band may have evolved into an even more potent death metal machine in the preceding years but this outstanding debut arguably remains their finest moment; feral, unpredictable and fearless.
With no jazz influences, no classical interludes and no experimental or technical showboating, The Ten Commandments simply let rip with ten tracks of direct and clinically efficient hammering and herein lay the key to The Ten Commandments‘ success; consistent songwriting.
Carried over from thrash’s heyday – with Malevolent Creation distancing themselves from death metal’s penchant for blasting away just for the sake of it – catchy choruses were paramount (check out “Thou Shall Kill”), groove initiated and confidence in ‘their’ sound flowed with abundance, a band content to let the quality of the songwriting speak for itself.