is a death metal band which originally hails from Buffalo, New York.
When they moved to Florida in 1987, they became a part of the emergent
local death metal scene, landing a deal with Roadrunner Records. Their
debut album, ‘The Ten Commandments’, became something of a landmark in
the death metal underground, expanding on the early work of Slayer and
fellow Floridians Death.
completed work on their eleventh album, "Invidious Dominion",
which was released recently via Germany's Massacre Records. The new
album was recorded at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Vital
Remains, Goatwhore) in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan
(Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse). The band has also just
signed a management deal with Extreme Management Group (Suffocation,
Commented guitarist Phil Fasciana: "Malevolent Creation have
found a winning combination working with Erik Rutan, putting together an
album filled with every bit of hatred, speed and aggression the band has
ever recorded. 'Invidious Dominion' contains 10 full-throttle
songs from start to finish and will be embarking on a massive world tour
upon the album's release in August 2010. See you then!"
It appears that there is much to talk about and so we tracked down
Gio Geraca (Lead
who’s currently on the road with the band in the U.S.A. in support of
their latest effort. Here you can read what he had to say.
First of all, how are you doing? Could you start this
interview off with a little update about Malevolent Creation, it’s been
3 years since you released your previous album ‘Doomsday X’?
I'm fine thanx, well as you know we have just released the new CD
produced by Erik Rutan @ Mana recording studios and are currently on
tour with Exodus and yes 3 years have gone by since ‘Doomsday X’ ..time
How did you launch into writing the material for
‘Invidious Dominion’ , did ideas come easily so that you just had to
write them down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
Man, Phil’s a riff monster, I really don't know how he does it , he
would come by my house with full arrangements written, the whole thing
was written really quick and we collaborated on a few things as well
plus Gus wrote two tracks so things just naturally progressed really
quick and before we knew it, ‘Invidious Dominion’ was complete .
Which approach did you choose to create this album, did
you go for a more raw exposition.. or something more reminiscent of your
previous other works, or something all together different?
I think everyone wanted some speed on this album and the focus was
short, fast and sweet . Not too much focus on a certain sound, just 5
pissed off dudes retaliating through music in a hot warehouse !
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to
record ‘Invidious Dominion’, any elements you definitely wanted to
include on the album?
Dark Angel came to surface a few times. You know, just that old
relentless angry sound they had. Not that riffs were copied, more of an
attitude thing is present on this Album, but like I said it just came
out the way it came out with minimal effort.
Was it a conscious decision to do it this way?
You mean pissed off,short ,fast and to the point ...yes!
How hard was it to come up with a follow-up for your
previous album ‘Doomsday X’?
Not hard. You know Phil’s definitely got riffs running around in his
head 24/7 and we had some new inspiration in the song writing
department, being me and Gus, we kind of both knew what direction Phil
was going in after we heard the first song he wrote. It wasn't hard at
Did you spend a fair amount of time working on the album
before heading over to record it? How much time did you spend in the
We only spent about 3 months rehearsing and writing for ‘Invidious
Dominion’ and 2 weeks recording in the studio, the whole thing was
How did the recording process proceed, did you work
differently this time than you did with your previous works?
Hmm hard question to answer being this is my first album with these guys
Is there a typical process for Malevolent Creation when
you are in the studio?
Get it done man !
Could you please describe the implications of the title
‘Invidious Dominion’, what does it stand for and is there a special
meaning behind it?
World of hate, it fits the whole sound and theme of the album. Plus, it
was a great title for the art work and we were able to bring back the
demon from the first album cover, everything just fell into place.
Of course the main themes of the songs are clear, where
do you get your inspiration from? Can you tell me something more about
the lyrics, is there a story behind them?
Brett man, he's a library of knowledge I mean that dude is really smart
and he's got a real gift for story telling, there's not too much
symbolism with the lyrics on this album, everything is pretty much
straight forward. "Slaughterhouse” is about a human slaughterhouse,
“Compulsive Face Breaker” is about Phils brother breaking heads and so
on, but as far as inspiration I think he's just pissed off like the rest
How important is it to you that people pay attention to
the lyrics apart from listening to the music?
Well it always helps paint the final picture when you can read the
lyrics with the music so I think it's very important.
What are your main influences on the new album? Is it
difficult to sound original these days?
Mine are the usual suspects / Sabbath, Maiden old thrash, Bolt Thrower,
Pestilence and Malevolent. Sounding original for these guys is easy,
nobody sounds like Malevolent Creation.
The album was produced by Erik Rutan, what made him the
perfect producer for Malevolent Creation?
Easy, we listened to his work. I mean he is the new Scott Burns in a way
plus he knows the band’s history .
Are there songs on the new album in which we can clearly
hear his vision and ideas?
He pretty much had ideas for bits and pieces of all the material, but
mostly he liked everything we had written.
What is the utmost important ingredient for a song?
Not having too many riffs is a plus, it's the art of brain washing and
beating the shit out of a few great riffs, that to me makes a great
Do you have any favorites on the album?
Shit man honestly it's hard to pick a fav out, they’re all killer but if
I had to I'd say “Target Rich Enviroment”.
Overall, are you pleased with the outcome of the songs or
would you have liked to have changed anything in retrospective? Which
element of the CD are you most proud of?
No man everything came out pretty killer as far as I'm concerned.
With several albums under your belt, how far has you
career surpassed your original dreams and what would you say is the most
rewarding part of being in the band?
Shit, for me being a long time M Creation fan this is a dream come true.
I'm stoked to be able to play these songs I grew up with on stage every
How has the band's sound progressed from your first album
‘The Ten Commandments’ to ‘Invidious Dominion’ in your opinion?
It's changed here and there but with Phil, Jay and Brett in the band you
can always count on that good old Malevolent sound ending up on each
Do you feel you have to prove yourself with each release
due to the metal climate nowadays?
I don't think Phil even thinks about that kind of stuff, he just goes in
there and tries to make the best record possible without thinking or
being influenced by anyone .
Which song is your favourite one to play live? Which song
do you feel is the most challenging one to play live?
Well, right now we only play one new song live: "Slaughterhouse" and
it's fucking relentless from start to finish so that's been great to
play live but my fav is “Coronation” for sure.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of
things that motivate you in your writing, your poetry and your lyrics?
Well, you'd be better off to speak with Brett and Phil about that one,
but for me I'm always trying to speak from a dark place inside myself.
What is your opinion on the deathmetal scene these days?
What do you think about the overload of bands at the moment? Is there
anything missing in the scene?
Wel, the resurgence of metal in general is fucking great to see but a
lot of these bands sound so much alike and I fuckn hate metalcore shit.
In your opinion, what makes Malevolent Creation stand out
compared to other bands out there?
Well I mean just listen to the albums man, no one sounds like M Creatio
, MC is like a fucking wall of hate rolling forth .
Could you respond to the following terms in just one word
: is life
: should stay that way
: no time for endless debates
: fucking great
What can we expect from Malevolent Creation in the near
future, are there any touring plans?
Oh fuck ya lots of touring, Europe, South America, Puerto Rico and who
knows after that .
Anything left to say to our readers?
Ya check out my side band at
featuring members of Malevolent Creation, Hate Plow and
Kult ov Azazel.
Thanks for your time,
Brett Hoffman – Vocals
Geraca – Guitars
Phil Fasciana – Guitars
Jason Blachowicz – Bass guitar
Rios – Drums
Nickles – Guitars
Kyle Symons – Vocals
Jeff Juszkiewicz – Guitars
Barrett – Guitars
John Paul Soars – Guitars
Jason Hagan – Guitar
Gordon Simms – Bass Guitar
Marco Martell – Guitar
Justin DiPinto – Drums
Alex Marquez – Drums
Mark Simpson – Drums
Dave Culross – Drums
Derek Roddy -
Fabian Aguirre - Drums
(1991) The Ten Commandments
(1997) In Cold Blood
(1998) The Fine Art of Murder
(2002) The Will to Kill
(2007) Doomsday X
(2010) Invidious Dominion
(2004) Conquering South America
(2008) Live at the Whiskey