On the band's first three albums -- all released by Roadrunner, back when Roadrunner was a metal label -- Malevolent Creation mined the same rut as its more intriguing brethren, while tossing in shades of Death and Slayer. After a three-year disappearance, they re-emerged as a significantly more progressive-minded outfit, almost worthy of serious attention.
But not quite. Malevolent Creation's newest, The Will to Kill, is only for diehards who buy everything with puking-Rottweiler vocals and blast beats, and who don't buy anything without 'em. But live death metal is always at least viscerally enjoyable, a sonic gut-check of sorts, so why not hit this Valentine's Day gig and have Malevolent Creation return the favor?