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  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B000008I1U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Retribution is Malevolent Creation at their best... Of course, I'm sure many people will disagree with me on account of their first album The Ten Commandments, however, although that album is top notch I find that Brett Hoffman's vocals on this effort are much better, more guttural, less "thrashy" and simply more brutal! The songs are powerful and aggressive and the guitar riffs are memorable (Rob Barrett would later leave to play with Cannibal Corpse).
Being an album from 1992 there aren't blast beats from beginning to end like most death metal acts these days (or Malevolent Creation's recent stuff for that matter...), but then, that's what makes this album so good. The way the songs flow from one to another, the variety in song structure and Brett Hoffman's great vocals (which allow you to make out and consequently "sing" along with like on outstanding tracks like Slaughter of Innocence and Coronation of our Domain).
This is the kind of album that you can listen to over and over, keep for years and years (like I have) and always enjoy it as much as the first time simply because it's that good.
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9 songs of pure shouty aggressive proper metal from the good ol days when real metallers had long hair and smelled a bit funny.There isn't a bad song on this whole album. If you like your metal big and fat and haven't heard this before , go buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars devastating death 23 July 2000
By Joey from the Bronx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a metal music fan for the past 18 years, I've seen my fair share of bands come and go. I've also seen my share of undeserving bands get notoriety and undue popularity. Malevolent Creation though, fall into a different category; bands that put every ounce of talent and energy they have and not reap well deserved acclaim. "Retribution", the band's 2nd cd, is absolutely one of the top 5 death metal albums ever produced.
What makes this record stand out above the rest of the heap is the absolutely murderous intentions exhibited. Playing with a ferocity and fire rarely achieved in the death metal genre, the Malevolent Ones go on a rampage of technically proficient, razor sharp death. Annihilating just doesn't do justice as a description.
Kicking things off with a reworking of the theme from "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer", "Eve of the Apocalypse" opens and just shreds your ears. Prototypical Malevolent Creation, with plenty of stop and go riffage, unbelievably brutalizing drumming (from the now disappeared Alex Marquez) and, in my opinion, the best death metal vocalist I've heard, Brett Hoffman. Not only does Hoffman NOT do those annoying, gurgling vomit vocals (ie Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation), he gives a unique, individual and by all accounts, terrifying vocal performance. Listen to the shrieks, screams and howls on "The Coldest Survive", "Slaughter of Innocence", and "Mindlock". This is how a death metal vocalist should vocalize. Coupled together with the murderous compositions here,this makes for a seriously damaging listening.
I know I might have gone a bit far with the praise in this review, but for me, there will never be another band like prime time Malevolent Creation (forget the followup "Stillborn", as it is a horrible cd). In a field where immitation is not only commonplace, it is expected, this band stamped out their own identity and made an impact not felt since death metal reared its head as a genre. This might arguably be death metal's answer to "Reign In Blood". This is the one cd that at ANY cost, is absolutely worth every penny spent on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Death Metal Classic from Malevolent Creation 18 July 2011
By J. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Retribution is an excellent example of brutal death metal played with skill and overflowing with riffs. It still has some of the thrash flavor of their debut, The Ten Commandments, but Malevolent turns up the death metal assault here with plenty of blast beats, more aggressive vocals, and more grinding riffs. My personal favorite tracks are Slaughter of Innocence, Coronation of Our Domain, and Mindlock, three songs that just seem to raise the bar on brutality and catchiness at the same time. The rest of the album is far from filler. A lot of fans consider this their best release, and I have to say that it's at least tied for their best on my list. It definitely has some of the classic moments for which the band is most remembered. It's out of print and not the easiest cd to find a good deal on, so if you're a fan without one, you might want to grab a copy if you see one pop up at a decent price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Floridian Death Metal... 4 Aug. 2011
By J. P. Kennon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
...by way of Buffalo, NY. I assume after Cannibal Corpse skipped town to Florida and had some success, the same type of move must have made sense to the guys in Malevolent Creation. This is their second album, and one of their better ones, a crushing old-school death metal assault that never lets up for its 35 minute run time. Speaking of Cannibal Corpse, Rob Barrett, one of their future guitarists, was in Malevolent Creation at the time and left some riffs and solos right here. Good ones, too. Alex Marquez is an excellent drummer, he fleshes out this album a bit more with his skillful playing than Mark Simpson did on "The Ten Commandments." Brett Hoffman's vocals are a treat also...he doesn't grunt or go low, he has an angry psychotic midrange that sounds like he's ten feet tall and gargles broken glass. Totally bad-azz, in other words. There is also a sizable amount of thrash metal in Malevolent's albums, and "Retribution" is no exception to that rule. Great tracks on here are: "Coronation of Our Domain," "Slaughter of Innocence," and the crushing final song--"Iced." Recommended purchase if you can find it at a decent price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Systematic Execution 13 Aug. 2005
By Gunther Haagendazs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm honestly surprised by how few death metal fans are actually aware of Malevolent Creation. They are one of the best Death Metal bands out there and have existed since 1987. Any Malevolent Creation album with Brett Hoffman on vocals is the perfect place to start. There are few Death Metal bands that stand up to this guy. I like what reviewer Oddity said about this record, in that it is Brett's vocal and lyrical ability that bands like Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Etc. lack in their music. Those guys probably sit and write the lyrics in five minutes and tend to grunt the words together. As a result, all their songs the same and you can't take it too seriously (seriousness is something I like in my music) and becomes boring. Where as the way Brett Hoffman growls and projects his voice and the way he write the songs, you can tell, or at least get the feel that he is dead serious about it and honestly sounds like he came from Hell (and I don't say that too often). Also the Drums, Bass and Guitar are excellent. Just check out my particularly favorite song titled Mindlock for proof. If you like Death Metal like Vader then this definitely for you.

An interesting thing about Malevolent Creation is that their lineup practically changes on every album, keeping them fresh. It's sad that Roadrunner decided to discontinue most of their Malevolent Creation albums. Get a copy of this as quickly as possible off eBay or something; you'll be glad you did. Hopefully they will re-release these but that doesn't look like it's gonna happen anytime soon. This is difficult to find but the search is worth it. It shreds, it pounds, it screams, it kills, it owns. Just hunt down a copy and you'll be one happy head banger.

Interesting Fact: This album was produced by Scott Burns, who also Produced Sepultura's Arise and Beneath the Remains. His great production shines on this record as well as those.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slaughter Of Innocence - Die Motherf--ker !!!!!!!!!! 28 Jan. 2004
By Ronald Placeres - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Malevolent Creation album as well as my favorite death metal album of all-time. I bought it on my 15th birthday along with The Ten Commandments and a Metallica cassette single of Wherever I May Roam all in the year 1992. I bought all 3 on cassette. Anyway, these were the times when I was first getting into death metal. It all started with this local radio station here in Florida called WSHE and their Sunday Night 12:00 AM program that consisted of only music by bands from Florida. They were playing a lot of death metal and they kept playing the song Eve Of The Apocalypse dozens of times. That song was the most scarriest, heaviest, brutal song that I ever heard in my life. It's scarred the hell out of me at first but it quickly grew on me. I was only new to death metal at the time but I really was hungry for the heaviest, most brutal kinds of metal possible. It was a slow process but it gained a whole lot of momentum. Than one day, Florida was striken by Harricane Andrew and I went through the aftermath. During these times, I kept turning into that same local show and awaiting for them to play Eve Of The Apocalypse. I even requested it but they didn't play it. Than, I spent some time trying to decide rather to buy the album or not but there came a point where I just couldn't take it anymore. So I went to the old Sound Wherehouse and brought this album and the other 3 items that I mentioned and they all ripped. I played the Metallica cassette single first. And than, I played this album and it blew me away. In other words, all hell broke loose.

Now for my review. This is the second album by the band as well as their second one on Roadrunner Records. This is the album that made me become a death metal fan and ever since its release, there hasn't been an album that could top its power. I mean this is an album that can destroy a whole city or cause a nuclear disaster of ignited radiation if played on a high leveled PA system. In other words, this is some really heavy, intense, extreme, all-out, powerful, assulting, intimidating, dominating, annihilating, punishing, unrelenting, uncompromising, apocalyptic, skull-crushing, brutal-as-hell, old school death metal officially created on endless truck loads of Stone Cold Steve Austin cans of whoop-a--. This is an album for fans of bands like Lamb Of God, Deathchains, Demented Ted, Hate Plow, Divine Empire, Nile, Brutality, Oppressor (Elements Of Corrosion), Resurrection (Embalmed Existence), Monstrosity (Imperial Doom and Millennium), Sinister (Cross The Styx, Diabolical Summoning and Savage Or Grace), Diabolic (Subterranial Magnitude) and an old Christian death metal band called Obliteration. Some of my favorite songs here are Eve Of The Apocalypse, Systematic Execution, Slaughter Of Innocence, Coronation Of Our Domain, No Flesh Shell Be Spared, Monster and Mindlock. WORDS OF WARNING: Before playing this album, make sure you're in an opened field with nothing around and have a costum-made body suite and helmet on because all hell is going to break loose. You've been warned.
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