"Sickness Amongst the Pure" (Self-produced; 2008)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Malicious Damage, hailing from Florida, is an aggressive metal band that draws from a variety of stylistic influences. The band’s third CD, “Sickness Amongst the Pure,” features eleven tracks of modern metallic scorchers that combine death metal, thrash, and metalcore in a current manner – however, there is nothing particularly “old-school” about Malicious Damage’s approach.

The band’s songs generally feature rapid drumming as the primary, propulsive force along with sturdy, near-brutal guitar riffs. The vocals stay in the low registers managing to find variety between classic thrash vocalizations intertwined with hoarse brutal death metal growls. The majority of the tracks sustain a high level of heaviness throughout. 

Malicious Damage doesn’t necessarily break any new ground with “Sickness Amongst the Pure,” but the band does a pretty good job executing aggressive metal. I’m not sure if Malicious Damage has any desire to break out of their local scene, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the band became more of a regional Southeastern United States sensation. 

“Sickness Amongst the Pure” was produced by Malicious Damage; the sound is up front and center with a significant degree of clarity.

Malicious Damage is Josh on vocals, Tony on guitar, Patrick on bass, and Dave on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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