Vore's third album Maleficus sees this Arkansas death metal ensemble putting together some crushing and brutal sounds that could very well see them climb the ladder of modern day extreme metal. Those who reveled in the sounds of 2001's Lord of Storms can expect Vore upping the ante a bit on this latest platter of death metal ferociousness. While not nearly as chaotic as bands like Cannibal Corpse or Cryptopsy, Vore blend doomy guitar passages with pummeling double bass drums and deep growling vocals, putting them more in line with early Death, Immolation, Obituary, Nile, Deicide, or even Morbid Angel.
Many of the tracks on Maleficus have an epic feel, and the riffs dig deep and hard, like on the brutal "The Line That Divides, a song that really combines doom and death metal pretty effectively. Other hot tracks include the menacing shuffle of "Threshold of Empowerment", the Nile-ish "Legion of Martyrs", and the absolutely crushing death march of "Wrath Wrought Ruin".
If you are a death metal fan that likes things slowed down just a tad, then Vore's Maleficus will certainly be an album that you can crank loud and bang your head proud to. The production on the CD is solid, the musicianship quite good, and the vocals are certainly of the old school variety but feature a myriad of styles. This is not the most technical of death metal albums, but again if you like some of the early 90's bands than this is recommended stuff.
2) The Line That Divides
3) Threshold of Empowerment
4) Legion of Martyrs
5) Misery Embrace
7) Wrath Wrought Ruin
8) Fall Unto Chaos