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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pavement Music 1998
  • ASIN: B00000DALC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "brasshande" on 8 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Malevolent Creation are one of the finest bands ever to play Death Metal, and their debut The Ten Commandments is widely acknowledged as a classic of the genre. Despite this, they've never really been taken to the hearts of the majority of DM fans to the extent of contemporaries such as Cannibal Corpse or Deicide who are amongst the most popular bands in the genre as a whole. Despite putting out some quite stunning albums, they've never really took their rightful place amongst the Death Metal elite. When you listen to 'The Fine Art Of Murder' this fact seems amazing, because this is one of the best examples of brutal Death Metal ever commited to disc. From the stunning opener 'To Die Is At Hand' onwards, this superb record simply wipes the floor with 99% of its competitors. Having been on the scene since 1991, Malevolent Creation know every trick in the book, and they show it on this record; blastbeats, death growls, hyperspeed riffs, intricate solos, it's all here, not to mention the presence of the track 'Day Of Lamentation', quite possibly the first example of a Death Metal ballad! For the most part though, it's all very fast and technical as you'd expect from a DM band from Florida, and it's one of the best examples for years.
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The revolving door line-up of Malevolent Creation has never been better demonstrated than with their 6th album The Fine Art of Murder - released only a year after In Cold Blood, and apart from ever-present guitarist Phil Fasciana it's a completely different line-up (and they even had time to hire and fire a drummer between albums!). The line-up here is in theory the strongest the band has ever had - original vocalist Bret Hoffman (The Ten Commandments / Retribution / Stillborn) is back, 2nd guitarist Rob Barret (Retribution) has also returned after defecting to Cannibal Corpse for a couple of albums, and the incredible Dave Culross (from the Eternal album) has picked up the drumming duties again. Unfortunately however, while the band rip through the material with the professionalism you'd expect, the songs here just aren't good enough to make this one of the bands best albums. There are a few welcome bits of experimentalism (the guitar free verses of the title track; the spoken verses of Fracture, and the full on doom metal of Day of Lamentation), but elsewhere it's standard death metal-by numbers, with the band lacking the vital spark of aggression they normally display. The Fine Art of Murder is certainly a good solid death metal album by anyone's standards, but it does feel a little as though Malevolent Creation are just going through the motions at times here. Decent - but no-where near their best.
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Quite a Fine Art. 18 Oct. 2005
By Gunther Haagendazs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Malevolent Creation returned with Brett Hoffman once again on vocals. Once Jason had departed from bass and vocal duties, whom better then take over the voice of Malevolent Creation then the original front man with his unique growls and lyric style. Brett Hoffman has always been the true form of Malevolent Creation with Jason coming in at a second and honestly I don't care too much for Kyle's vocals (the current vocalist). Anyways, Malevolent Creation's revolving door policy continues to this day. Brett would only last for one more album, Envenomed; before finally getting kicked out of the band for good.

The Fine Art of Murder is rather experimental, there are two slow songs (the Title Track and Fracture), a Ballad with Death Metal vocals (Day of Lamination), plus there is this rather dry sounding distortion with the guitars. That may not be the best way to say it, but if you hear the songs, you'll know what I mean; there is a rather unique sound from the guitars. Some people complain about the strange keyboards on the title track, but I say, if in the end the effect works, then use it. The keyboards are not a major element to the song other then setting the tone or atmosphere at the beginning and end. Honestly I don't see why some people complain about it. Those are probably the people who don't care for the strange remixes found on Joe Black. As for the ballad that is acoustic half the time; Day of Lamination is a great song. I often imagine a demon sitting on a rock gazing down upon an earth with people have been laminated with plastic and blood in which he helped create and asking himself, "is this right?"

It's a great album, but there is one major problem. There are hardly any solos. Guitar solos can only be found on Bone Exposed, Purge. And Fracture. This is very strange for a death metal band. There are several excellent songs here like Manic Demise, Rictus Surreal, Day of Lamination, etc. that could have been perfected if they only threw in a memorable solo or two. This is what prevents me from giving this album the five star rating.

Well definitely a great death metal album from Malevolent Creation. They always seem to deliver something good no matter whom is in the band. Definitely something to check out as it is one of the few albums with Brett Hoffman that is still in print. Roadrunner Records better re-release and remaster The Ten commandments, Retribution and Stillborn one of these days. Well pick up a copy and sit back and enjoy, or crank it and headbang to the Malevolence.
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PAINFULLY UNDERRATED 21 Mar. 2005
By Devin Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
as the title says, this album is painfully underrated. a lot of people ignore it or forget it when they think of brett hoffman's work with MC, but it's in my top 3 favorite malevolent creation albums. the drumming (Dave Culross) is amazing and the guitar (Phil Fasciana, SUPRISE!) is brutal yet melodic and catchy. it's brett hoffman so you almost can never go wrong with that, and it's just a very very good album that everyone needs to hear.
Yet another MC offering that delivers a sonic assault 3 Nov. 2007
By Zander Haberstaft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fans had something to rejoice about with 1998's "The Fine Art of Murder", not only was the original vocalist Brett Hoffmann back in the band so were the guitar stylings of Rob Barrett and the drumming talents of Dave Culross (who also appeared on the Suffocation "Despise the Sun" EP of the same year). All of these elements only heighten the expectation for the listener. The album starts off with "To Die is at Hand", which is a good number but not great. "Manic Demise" has some stellar guitar work on it.

Hoffmann's vocals still sound way too in the background and don't invoke the same effect as the intimidating vocals of "Ten Commandments" or "Retribution". They're still perfectly intelligible, but they don't project like they used to. The songs aren't as linear and one dimensional as they were during the Blachowicz reign, so there is still tons of variety, tempos, and groove. The songs don't have the plastic feeling that the Blachowicz' years had.

Even though the album starts off a little slow it does pick up through the half way mark. Not without some weirdness by the way. (Is that Phil Fasciana playing a keyboard on the title track?!?) The title track is...not sure if you've heard of something like this before: a Death Metal ballad. "Face your God" and "Day of Lamentation" are constructed much the same way too. Creative, I can respect that but sometimes it feels like they miss the mark. "Rictus Surreal" may be the best song of the album with not a weak moment in it.

The biggest problems with this release doesn't have to do with the band's ambition (for once), the album is less than ideally mixed and the band doesn't sound as together in previous releases with less interesting songs. The band even admits to this by thanking Dave Culross in the liner notes, "...for coming in at the last minute [to fill in on drum duties]."

(3.6 stars) Better than the previous two records, but still sounds hastily put together.
The Fine Art Of Murder And Malevolence 19 Jan. 2005
By Ronald Placeres - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite Malevolent Cretion albums in my collection. I bought it in late 1998. During this time, the band went through another line-up change. Jason Blachowicz is kicked out of the band and Brett Hoffman, Rob Berrett and Dave Calross are back in the fold. So things look good and it shows on this album because it delivers.

Now for my review. With this album, it is another new direction for the band. However, the production and sound do suffer a little because the drums are turned up a little bit higher but that doesn't at all take away any of the essential elements of the band. The power, heaviness, brutality, assault, aggression and intensity are still here and the instriments still destroy. There are also many great highlights throughout the album like keyboards on the titled track as well as a "sort of" ballad called Day Of Lamentation. This is very unusual song for the band. Don't worry, it's not a love song and the band is not going mainstream but it's a song is about regret. It features some accoustic parts and heavy parts but it's all Malevolent Creation. So all in all, it's a mandatory purchase for both Malevolent Creation and brutal death metal die-hards. Definitely worth picking up. Some of my favorite songs here are To Die Is At Hand, Dissect The Eradicated, Mass Graves, The Fine Art Of Murder, Fracture, Rictus Surreal, Day Of Lamentation and Scattered Flesh. Buy this album and experience the fine art of murder. You'll enjoy it.
AVOID!!!!! 24 Mar. 2009
By Alvaro Isava Tirado - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong..... Malevolent Creation is a great, great death metal band, one of the best, and this CD is not the exception. I really like it; not their best, but very, very good. Some of this songs are enough to make your neck really sore from headbanging... But this particular version is a real cheat. I have not heard of this label, "Crash Music", but is evidently a "company" of thieves dedicated to bootleg some records out of print right now. The disc is obviously one of those that you can buy in any market, those that come in cans and you get for your PC. Even the back is blue!!! The "booklet" is a single piece of paper that doesn't even fits the case of the CD, the printing is really bad and the sound is of mediocre quality. This must be of course a vulgar copy made by starters, disguised as an original CD. So, if you want to get this record (highly recomended) dont buy this... get one used copy or a new one from a particular seller, and look for the label record!!! Stay away from Crash Music!!!
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