In Malice’s Wake – The Blindness Of Faith
While the lyrical content and song titles tend to stay the same as they did on the previous album- poking fun at religion- the music is certainly a bit more melodic than before. ‘The Blindness Of Faith’ opens up with typical thrash churning fashion, but as the track progresses, the more chugging, mid paced catchy rhythms take hold. Vocally, the group switches between the usual thrash rasp with hints of backing death growls, though not quite to the scale of a group like Vader. ‘Graven Image’ is where things start to slow down and while the group does seem to trade speed and technicality for a rather simple riff that dominates most of the song, that riff is very memorable and will certainly incite head bang moments. Plus, the slower pace of the music brings more attention to the solos which are just as melodic, but certainly faster. Other tracks like ‘Religious Holocaust’ opt for the same route, but add slower, more melancholic solos which just makes the music darker and atmospheric, and the drums shine for once rather than being buried in the chugs.
For more speed thrash, listeners will enjoy ‘To Die As One’ or ‘Into The Outer Darkness’ where the thunderous tones do justice while not swallowing up the other instruments and here and there the song breaks down for more melodies without losing the thrashy edge. The solos are faster here as well, and the group even adds in some vocal samples on ‘To Die As One’ to enhance their ideals about religious or social blindness. The album closes on ‘Gehenna’- the group’s longest track so far on albums- and while it doesn’t go all out, the rather restrained pace and leaning more towards death metal vocals with thrash riffs, no matter how repetitive, probably make this track one of the most memorable on the album. The vocals are rather limited here so one can really enjoy the instrumental side of In Malice’s Wake.
As a result, the group have their best offering to date with “The Blindness Of Faith”, avoiding the pitfall of trying to sound too similar to their previous record and expanding on their sound while sticking to their core thrash roots.
4 / 5 STARS