Today we are privileged to be joined by ‘Hardcore’ royalty, Malevolence, who are already blistering 2017 into a mound of ash as they power forward after their hottest and latest offering Self Supremacy. Representing the Sheffield outfit we had drummer Charlie Thorpe who answered a few questions we had eagerly prepared for him. Check them out below and fasten your seat-belts!
It’s been a long 3 years since you released your first album, Reign of Suffering, how do you feel about your evolution and progression onto your latest album, Self Supremacy?
We really didn’t rush anything, we took the extra time to be able to make it as good as we possibly could. I feel as if we have stepped up as a band all round, taking it from semi to fully professional, in terms of live performance, song writing, touring, as well as making sick riffs and breakdowns. We focused on better song structures, catchier songs, choruses and overall better lyrics in general that fans can relate to.
The Self Supremacy Tour kicks off May 26th alongside No Zodiac & Revulsion, how are you feeling about this Tour, how does it feel to get the response you get within the UK?
We were super excited yet a little nervous to finally bring out some supports ourselves and headline. It turned out to be a huge success and we smashed it harder than we ever anticipated, which was a great feeling. The UK was straight up nuts and we expected it to top the rest of Europe, but thankfully this wasn’t the case and shows all round Europe were consistently busy and wild!
What is your favourite song off the new album, and what are your favourite songs to perform live?
Slave to Satisfaction is a fun, slow but heavy opener with Kon’s introductory vocal part bringing everyone straight up to the front for a sing along immediately, it also warms the rest of us up musically for the faster songs that follow. Wasted Breath is an obvious banger that always pops off but I think I speak for all of us when I say Self Supremacy is the one.
You are held in high regard by many as a crucial band to the “Hardcore” scene, how does this make you feel?
Delighted. However, we’ve always considered ourselves as ‘metal’, and none of us dress like typical metal heads so I guess a lot of people just twist the brand image we put out. We all support hard pitting and doing spin kicks to breakdowns so call the music whatever you want, that is what we’re about. We play a lot of hardcore shows and festivals which is great because there is generally more crowd participation and energy in the room, but we’re all total old school metal nerds deep down, which is the music we all grew up on.
What was the creative process like when writing and recording Self Supremacy?
Very challenging. We actually found it very difficult to find inspiration to write new material initially. We had to stop touring for a short period, head down to the practice room and really put heads together. This was slow at first, but once the riffs started flowing it all eventually came together. We drew influence from the bands we’d played alongside on recent tours as well as built upon our previous material, attempting to cut the crap and reproduce the most successful aspects of our music.
Last Question, what do you strive towards in the near future and what do you aim to achieve in 2017?
Whether it be this year or next year, we want to step up onto a big boy main support slot. The next countries we’re dying to tour are Spain, France, Portugal, Japan / South east Asia, Australia and anywhere more exotic than the UK, although we are organizing a monster of show at the end of the year, which involves us coming back to smash up our home town, Sheffield. Top of the list for festival season is, however, two fat circle pits spinning simultaneously.
We thank Charlie for his time and for the excellent answers he provided. If you enjoyed the interview, then pick up Malevolence’s latest album from all outlets. Get throwing some fists and get checking out the guys on any upcoming shows, you will not regret it.
Self Supremacy – 9/10 [*Spin Kick Warning*]