UK hardcore/metal crossover kings Malevolence announced the details of their new album Self Supremacy which is due out on the 19th May, a couple of weeks ago. Since then there’s been a new video, a sell out on pre-orders and an insane amount of anticipation for the album to drop – we had the chance to sit down and talk with drummer Charlie about all of this.
The video for Slave to Satisfaction has been shared loads since you released it, how has it been?
“Exciting and a little bit scary to finally release some music after three years or so with a new twist and see what people have to say about it. We were banking on the internet booting off and expected much more hate and negativity to be honest but everyone just seemed to love it. I saw the odd comment saying they hoped the album wasn’t all in that particular style but that’s it”.
What’s your favourite track from Self Supremacy? And what song are you most excited for people to hear?
“I like Outnumbered the best personally, but that’s definitely not anyone else’s. Self Supremacy the title track is a game changer however”.
The pre-orders for Self Supremacy went live on BDHW and the most limited variant sold out within half an hour, how does that feel?
“It feels great that people still fuck with us. You can never know how it’s going to go after leaving the amount of time that we did without releasing anything but after such anticipation I’d have been disappointed with anything less. We see it as ‘only 100 copies’ but it’s a start. I would have liked to keep one of those to frame for my wall though!”
It’s been three and a half years since Reign of Suffering was released, how excited are you to finally get a new album out and show people how much Malevolence have developed musically?
“I don’t know, it’s been so long it’s hard to comprehend now. I spent the first 2 years absolutely gassed for it and now it’s just surreal. The annoying thing is we developed musically ages ago… wrote the whole thing ages ago and then by the time it’s actually recorded and dusted, we’ve all personally moved on and the record is old in our minds”
What can we expect from the new album?
“Take all your favourite bits of the last album and multiply it by 3, with more hooks than a curtain rail”.
In Slave to Satisfaction, we see Konan (lead guitarist) has taken on a lot of the vocal duties, is this consistent throughout the album?
“There’s more of Konan, but it’s another diverse album. Each song is different”.
What made you go with the guest vocalists that you’ve got on Self Supremacy?
“We got Kevin from the Merciless Concept because he has one of the hardest voices we’ve ever heard, his band are absolutely sick and also surprisingly unheard of, therefore our unique guest! (Check them out ASAP) He kindly put us up when we played near his town in the USA and he is one hilarious dude.
Andrew from Comeback Kid’s voice is also outstanding but it gives a great contrast to that of Alex’s, Kon’s and Kevin’s. Those guys took us on our first ‘legit’ euro tour in 2013. They’re one of the kindest, most supportive and fun bands we’ve ever befriended so we are honoured he agreed to feature. We knew he’d come through with something sick but exceeded all expectations”.
Talking about guest vocalists, do you think that some hardcore/beatdown bands have too many on their releases? There’s been a couple of EP’s in the last six months where 4 out of 5 songs have had some featuring on it – do you think it stops the band being able to show their full potential, especially when it’s bigger names featuring?
“No, the more guest vocalists the better! Although that is pretty funny and I know what you’re talking about. If you’re serious about your band, you may not want to fully take the focus away from your actual singer, unless he’s dogshit”.
What would you say has the best guest feature on any album ever?
“The old school Nasty albums have some ridiculously hard ones from 6 ft Ditch for example. That time the Oceano singer did MVP live with Despised Icon back in the day is the winner for me though”.
In the past you’ve said that Crowbar have been a massive influence for the band’s sound, who else would you say influences you?
“Each member has their own personal ones. I suppose the core influences comes from Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Crowbar and Chimaira but I could just go on forever, then add in every other thing we’ve been into at some point and you have our sound.”
Talking about your sound, do you mix multiple genres into your music on purpose, or does it just happen?
“We just make metal that we like then try to make it flow despite throwing in a fucked up mix of genre. So it ‘just happens’ really. John writes a riff and I come up with a beat, then we try and get to the next riff in the sickest way possible. But these days we take a step back and actually look at the structure whereas previously we used to veer off on mindless tangents. Lyrics come second in the process but not in terms of importance”.
Going onto shows and touring, how was the USA tour with Jesus Piece and Kublai Khan last year and what was the craziest thing that happened on it? Mustangs and guns seemed to play a big part.
“Absolutely sick! Very interesting and eye opening to experience things over there as it was also the first time for some members. Quite rough in a way too as the open armed hospitality that the Europeans bombard you with just doesn’t happen over there (bar Texas) – they go hard as fuck in the pit but at the end of the day you’re just some lads in a van to them. The UK is similar in that sense..
Yeah, guns and Mustangs for sure! And maybe the first show in Orlando which was a new level of violence we’d not experienced”.
Last time we spoke with you, the band said their favourite place to play was Sheffield, is this still the same or has it changed?
“I suppose it is because it’s still where we draw the biggest crowd somehow, our families come out and we know everyone”.
If you could arrange a tour and have any 4 bands, active or not – who would you pick?
“If I had to personally spectate then: Lamb of God, Despised Icon, Dying Fetus, Cold Hard Truth.”
Thanks to Charlie for taking the time out to talk to us, grateful as always!
Malevolence embark on a month-long tour supporting Self Supremacy starting on the 26th May in Glasgow. They’re taking along No Zodiac and Revulsion as support, full dates on the poster below.
You can pick up pre-orders for Self Supremacy on vinyl, CD and with merch packages over at BDHW Records.