Review: Malefice – Awaken the Tides

Rated:

3/5

Many bands have abandoned metalcore since its inception, but with their fourth full-length album, England’s Malefice have remained true. Awaken the Tides boasts all of the Swedish death metal-inspired guitar antics and ultra-melodic choruses that first won fans over the genre. “Baying for Blood” is a spirited charger, and the distorted intros of “Dead in the Water” and “Minutes” add welcome new layers to Malefice’s sound. At times, the album becomes a blur of wheedlies and whoas, but the British six-piece inject enough vigor and catchiness into their riffs to make Awaken’s plodding moments easily forgivable. CHRIS KROVATIN

Check out the title track from Awaken the Tides below: