Retribution – 1992 - Roadrunner
Stillborn – 1993 – Roadrunner
Eternal - 1995 – Pavement
In Cold Blood – 1997 – Pavement
The Fine Art Of Murder – 1998 – Pavement
Envenomed – 2000 – Pavement
The Will To Kill – 2002 – Nuclear Blast
Warkult – 2004 – Nuclear Blast
Conquering South America – 2004 – Arctic
Doomsday X – 2007 – Nuclear Blast
Live At The Whisky A Go Go – 2008 – Arctic
Invidious Dominion - 2010 - Nuclear Blast
Dead Man's Path – 2015 – Century Media
The 13th Beast – 2018 - Hammerheart
S= Resthaven>>Brett Hoffmann>>Silent Death, Down The Drain, Fire For Effect – Jason Blachowicz>>Divine Empire, Murder 101 – Resthaven, Silent Death, Down The Drain>>Brett Hoffmann>>Down The Drain, Fire For Effect – Hateplow, Sickness, Upon Infliction>>Kyle Symons>>Upon Infliction – DieVersion, Throne Of Nails, Imperial Empire>>Lee Wollenschlaeger>>Imperial Empire, Throne Of Nails
G= Resthaven, Hateplow>>PHIL FASCIANA>>Hateplow – Leviathan>>Jeff Juszkiewicz>>Let The Night Roar – Solstice>>Rob Barrett>>Solstice, Cannibal Corpse, Hateplow – Monstrosity>>John Rubin>>Malevolent Creation – Pain God, Burner>>John Paul Soars>>Divine Empire – Solstice, Cannibal Corpse, Hateplow>>Rob Barrett – Divine Empire, Against The Plagues>>Marco Martell>>Divine Empire, Against The Plagues - Imperial Empire>>Lee Wollenschlaeger>>Imperial Empire
B= Jason Blachowicz>>Divine Empire, Murder 101, Murder Suicide - Gordon Simms – Upon Infliction, Wykked Wytch and Crucifeast>>Gio Geraca>>Upon Infliction – Divine Empire, Murder 101, Murder Suicide>>Jason Blachowicz>>Murder 101, Murder Suicide – Solstice, Thrash Or Die, Swamp Gas>>JOSH GIBBS>>Thrash Or Die, Swamp Gas
D= Mark Simspon – Solstice, Resurrection>>Alex Marquez>>Solstice, Demolition Hammer, Mortuary Society, Anger, Sargon, Excessive Bleeding, Hypgnostic, Pessimist, Create A Kill – Hateplow>>Crazy Larry Hawke>>Hateplow – Resurrection, Solstice, Demolition Hammer, Mortuary Society, Anger>>Alex Marquez>>Sargon – Disgorged>>Dave Culross>>Suffocation, Gorgasm, Incantation – Derek Roddy>>Divine Empire, Hate Eternal, Council Of The Fallen, Nile, Fleshgrind, Aurora Borealis – Disgorged, Suffocation, Gorgasm>>Dave Culross>>Hateplow – Ariel Alvarado – Mortal Decay, Vukodlak>>Justin DiPinto>>Pyrexia, Waco Jesus – Naphobia, Eulogy, Nile, Angelcorpse, God Dethroned, Brujeria>>Tony Laureano>>Dimmu Borgir, 1349, Nachtmystium, The Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch - Disgorged, Suffocation, Gorgasm, Incantation>>Dave Culross – Divine Empire, Upon Infliction>>Gus Rios>>Divine Empire, Upon Infliction, Create A Kill - Mortal Decay, Vukodlak, Pyrexia, Waco Jesus>>Justin Dipinto>>Waco Jesus – Nocturnal Wind, Bits Of Gore, Primitive Brutality, Hank Williams III>>Philip Cancilla>>Bits Of Gore, Primitive Brutality, Hank Williams III
Malevolent Creation is a death metal band, which was originally from Buffalo, New York. Bass player Mark Van Erp of Monstrosity was in the band at this stage. Later on, many other Monstrosity members, tours and guests would come and go. Future hypocrite Peter Tägtgren was also involved with the band and later would admit to inspiration from Malevolent Creation when forming his own. The band made a 1988 move to Florida thus joining the Florida death metal scene. The band obtained a recording deal with Roadrunner, which at the time was signing acts like Cynic, Disincarnate and Gorguts, and began issuing albums. The group’s earlier sound was a mix of thrash and death metal. The sole original member consistently in the band is guitarist and songwriter Phil Fasciana.
The band’s initial line-up was vocalist Brett Hoffmann, guitarists Phil Fasciana and Jeff Juskiewicz, bassist Jason Blachowicz and drummer Mark Simpson. The Ten Commandments landed with a thud in the underground scene, but by the time the band’s follow-up, Retribution, was out the endless cycle of wife-swapping had begun and guitarist Rob Barrett replaced Juskiewicz while drummer Alex Marquez took Simpson’s stool. The group toured North America with Devastation and Demolition Hammer in support of the debut. Another tour had the band on the road with Epidemic and Suffocation. Stillborn was the band’s last for the commercially ADD-ridden Roadrunner Records. The band re-emerged on the ever-fledgling Pavement with an even more extreme sound. The band ended its newest album with a scream about a ‘nigger’ which coupled with Rob Barrett’s outbursts soon created some racial controversy for the act. Fasciana denied everything of course. The group toured with Incantation and Anal Cunt. Another questionable choice was the Joe Black remix album which appeared in 1996 and disappointed many with its techno remixes. Hoffmann was back for 1998’s The Fine Art Of Murder. Malevolent Creation postponed their US tour (with Monstrosity opening) due to the arrest of vocalist Brett Hoffmann. Hoffmann, who was apprehended upon entering the USA following the band's European tour, was allegedly guilty of crimes committed in 1995 and was to be incarcerated for at least two months. Pavement issued a farewell compilation called Manifestation and the band graduated to Nukie Blast. The Will To Kill was recorded in Canada with Kataklysm’s J.F. Dagenais. The record was due to be recorded by Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren, but the Swede had not become available. Just prior to the release of Warkult, and according to Malevolent Creation, Metal Mind Records and Productions from Poland released an illegal live DVD/VHS from the band taken from a show in early 2003 at the Metal Mania Festival in Krakow Poland. The band initiated legal proceedings after discussions with the label failed. The band would release a DVD later that summer through Arctic Music Group. Malevolent Creation hit Europe with Incantation and Rotting Christ in 2007. Live At The Whisky A Go Go was actually recorded nine years earlier. Crash Music announced February 24th, 2009 as the release date for a digipack compilation entitled Essentials. It featured 38 tracks. The band was hitting Singapore, Indonesia and Australia in the spring of 2009.
Guitarist Phil Fasciana was reporting that he walked into a robbery in progress and a shootout at a corner store in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Apparently, looking to buy chocolate milk he walked in on the robbery, was shot at, took one gun away from the would-be robber before being shot at with a second gun and, in reaction, killed the assailant. Local authorities reportedly soon refuted the implausible affair. Fasciana vowed to never speak of the affair again! Guitarist Gio Geraca (Upon Infliction, Wykked Wytch and Crucifeast) was the latest bassist in Malevolent Creation in 2009. The band was expected to release a new album in late 2010. Malevolent Creation signed a management deal with Extreme Management Group (Suffocation, Origin, etc.). The band set April 5th, 2010 as the starting date for recording a new album with Eric Rutan at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Vital Remains, Goatwhore, etc.). Malevolent Creation’s Invidious Dominion album was out on August 27th, 2010 through Massacre Records. The album was released by Nuclear Blast in America. The band was touring the USA in July. Original bassist Jason Blachowicz once again rejoined Malevolent Creation. According to the band's latest statement, "Blachowicz initially left on good terms to further his tattoo career..." Australian thrashers Truth Corroded, as well as Krisiun, Malevolent Creation and Vital Remains are touring across Europe from January 27th to February 18th using The Sounds Of Extreme Tour 2012 monicker. Drummer Gus Rios left Malevolent Creation due to personal reasons. He was looking for a new gig. The band, however, claimed to have fired its “gay” drummer due to a snafu with flights and a show in Chicago. Justin Dipinto who recorded the Malevolent Creation album The Will To Kill was back. In mid-2014, Malevolent Creation again recruited Jason Blachowicz (bass) and Justin DiPinto (drums) to the band. The latter man played on the group’s The Will To Kill album. Former Obituary and current Gorgoroth bassist Frank Watkins was the group’s manager. In late 2014, Malevolent Creation signed a deal with Century Media Records. The band was working on its next full-length album for a 2015 release with returning drummer Justin DiPinto. Malevolent Creation would release a new album, called Dead Man's Path, on September 18th 2015 through Century Media. Malevolent Creation was touring the USA in October, 2016 supporting its latest album, Dead Man's Path. The group was also commemorating the 25th anniversary of its debut, The Ten Commandments. Another exodus took place in 2016 leaving Phil all alone. Former members Bret Hoffman who recently left the band, guitarist Gio Geraca, bassist Tony Choy (Pestilence and Cynic) and former Suffocation drummer Mike Smith banded together in Fire For Effect in 2017 and were recording a demo. The new line-up of Malevolent Creation was founding guitarist Phil Fasciana, singer and guitarist Lee Wollenschlaeger (Imperial Empire), bassist Josh L. Gibbs and drummer Phil Cancilla. The band was working on a new album for 2018. Malevolent Creation signed a deal with Hammerheart Records in 2018. The group’s next album was tentatively due later that year. One-time Malevolent Creation singer Brett Hoffman was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and had undergone surgery in 2018. Since the USA does not have health coverage for its population, the man’s friend and family were fundraising for him via GoFundMe. Bret Hoffmann succumbed to colon cancer and died on July 7th. Malevolent Creation finished recording its The 13th Beast album in the summer of 2018. The album was due through Hammerheart Records in the winter of 2019. Per tradition the membership was entirely revamped. The tradition continued when Malevolent Creation lost singer/guitarist Lee Wollenschlaeger and drummer Phil Cancilla in 2020 and replaced them with Ryan Taylor (Body Blow, Solstice, etc.) and Ronnie Parmer (Angelcorpse, Amon, Brutality, etc.) respectively. Lee lived too far from the rest of the band.
Somewhere along the way, Fasciana and partner had set up the Arctic Music label and were soon also releasing Malevolent Creation live albums through the imprint. Malevolent Creation and Hateplow (formed in 1994) take the concept of wife swapping to the extreme acting as incestuous brother bands.
MALEVOLENT CREATION - IN COLD BLOOD - PAVEMENT
MALEVOLENT CREATION - ENVENOMED - PAVEMENT
MALEVOLENT CREATION - THE WILL TO KILL - ARCTIC
MALEVOLENT CREATION - WARKULT - NUCLEAR BLAST
MALEVOLENT CREATION - CONQUERING SOUTH AMERICA - ARCTIC
MALEVOLENT CREATION - DOOMSDAY X - NUCLEAR BLAST
MALEVOLENT CREATION - DEATH FROM DOWN UNDER (DVD) - ARCTIC/HARDLINE MEDIA
“A lot has been happening lately” guitarist Phil Fasciana sums up to Ali “The Metallian.” He proceeds to describe the series of developments surrounding Malevolent Creation in the two years since the release of Stillborn, the band’s last album on Roadrunner Records. Bruised, but all the more vicious as a result, the creature is back and Phil takes up the story, “For Stillborn Roadrunner wanted us to try a studio other than Morrisound. We ended up going into a studio with people who didn’t know where we come from. We never saw eye to eye with them and it ended up being a most unprofessional recording session. Simultaneously, our (former) singer Brett was falling out of the picture. He didn’t do a good job in the studio; Roadrunner wanted him to redo the vocals, but he refused. So the production and the vocals were awful.
“We knew there would be problems with Roadrunner. We always had problems with them to begin with. Jon, Jason and I got together - at first, with drummer Larry Hawke. Then we found our current drummer, Dave (ex-Disgorged), who was recommended to us by Cannibal Corpse. Brett was out of the picture so instead of finding a new singer we let Jason take over the vocals.”
With the tribulations of stabilizing a line-up over, the quartet set out to acquire a new record deal. “We were originally in touch with Metal Blade,” reveals Fasciana. “But nothing came out of that. We later negotiated with Nuclear Blast, and all was going well. But at the last moment they decided not to go through with it. We are now on Pavement Music.”
The result of which is the current album entitled Eternal. “The album is diverse, but we are a band with no limitations,” claims the guitarist. “We have a couple of different influences. A couple of songs are out of control! Vocal-wise, everything is heavier. Some of the drumming on this album is the most extreme ever. Dave is twenty years old and his drumming is a miracle. The album is superior to our other albums. We haven’t turned into an Entombed or Carcass — we still have grinding to do.” The ‘grinding’ can best be heard on album tracks like They Breed or Alliance Or War (arguably the strongest cut on the album). I had also come across Malevolent Creation earlier this year courtesy of The South Florida Slammie Awards compilation CD. The band, however, are less than happy with their participation on the said disc. “Oh, that shit should never have come out,” reckons the six-stringer in a bout of anger. “We’re about to kill the person who put that out. That song (Tasteful Agony) is the demo version and features Crazy Larry on drums. While it originally sounded good, the DAT got x-rayed in the mail. After trying unsuccessfully to remix it we told the guy not to even think about putting it out. He then went ahead and did it anyway! Now Pavement is licensing that sampler and our song will be exchanged with the album version.”
Which can only mean that I will possess the limited version! Phil, second guitarist Jon Rubin, singer/bassist Jason Blachowicz and drummer Dave Culross will spend June and a portion of July on tour in Europe with Vader, Solstice and Oppressor following which they will ravage these shores with Broken Hope.
This interview initially appeared in Pit Magazine No. 14.
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