Malevolence are a band from Portugal that plays a progressive mixture of black, gothic, doom and death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Antithetical" which will b e re-issued on vinyl in September 2021 by Firecum Records.
Keyboards and whispered vocals start off the album before going into a heavier direction while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats. Vocals are a mixture of death metal growls and black metal screams along with the riffs also adding in a lot of melodies and elements of doom metal are also added into the slower sections of the sogns.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very aggressive style while the music also has its progressive moments. The keyboards also give the songs more of a gothic metal touch along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
A great portion of the tracks also being very long and epic in length along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them as well as a small amount of tremolo picking is also added into some of the faster riffing, as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts and acoustic guitars can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Anti Religion and Human Sorrow themes.
In my opinion Malevolence are a very great sounding progressive mixture of black, gothic, doom and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Slithering" "Antithetical" and "Mechanisms Of Destructive Behavior". 8 out of 10.