Malefaction

Winnipeg’s Malefaction solidified the fact that they are one of Canada’s best metal acts with their last album, Crush the Dream. Now with this lengthily titled disc, they’re following up with an album even more ferocious than the last, with more memorable songs to boot. "I think it’s definitely got more happening with it, arrangement-wise,” says vocalist Travis Tomchuk. "It’s a bit more of an interesting listen. As for the production [by Propagandhi’s Chris Hannah], Clint’s guitar sounds insane, and you can actually hear everything he’s doing.” The band combine the best elements of heavy hardcore and manic grindcore, sacrificing none of the former’s punishing pummel or the latter’s blistering speed. This release puts most of Canada’s more well-known metal acts to shame. And if the music doesn’t bend your brain, Tomchuk’s politically aware lyrics, the driving force behind the whole beast, will. "We’re more metal than anything else, and with most metal bands being totally apolitical and having nothing of any real relevance to say, I guess that potentially there’s a greater audience out there to pick up one of our records, read the lyrics and have some kind of awakening. It’s happened,” says Tomchuk. But the old question looms — shouldn’t we be able to understand these words of wisdom? "I think if you’re a fan of that kind of music, regardless of whether the band’s singing about smashing the state or worshipping Satan, people are still going to check out the lyrics. Maybe even more so if they’re indecipherable.”