Country: Finland
Title: Definitive Indication of Supremacy
Label: More Hate Productions
Year: 2018
Style: Black Death Metal

Hailing from Finland, Malefic by Design is a new quintet featuring members of Mormant de Snagov (whom I work with personally since I released a couple of albums under Pest Records), Ablaze in Hatred or the defunct Searing Meadow, and the multiple influences are quite obvious inhere, too, I mean some guitar riffs and the backing Black Metal-like vocals clearly remind me of Mormant de Snagov, but I'm sure you'll find similar parts from the other names, too (I'm not familiar with their music unfortunately). This is the band's debut album, a 12 tracks material clocking a bit over 50 minutes of playing time, a melodic and technical mix of Black and Death Metal, different that what we're regularly used to. Solid guitar riffs combined with melodic, serene even guitar leads and solos, a growling but comprehensive vocalist (I would have liked a bit more variety though), a laid back but supportive rhythm section, that's what makes Malefic by Design's music, but from my point of view their highlight is their ability to create and offer catchy hooks and choruses so that some tracks really stick to your mind for good. Think of a mix between Melodic Death Metal and traditional Black Metal with plenty of brutal and technical edges to make it damn interesting all the time and you get the picture, Malefic by Design did a very good job with this debut album!
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10