Nuclear Blast is pleased to announce a global partnership with Steel City shredders Malevolence, in cooperation with the band’s own MLVLTD label. Following several blistering UK performances last year, at festivals Download, Slam Dunk and Bloodstock, on-top of a run of sold-out headline shows, Malevolence have since been tirelessly grafting their 3rd full-length record. The hugely anticipated album, titled “Malicious Intent”, will be released on May 20th, 2022.
Supreme new single “On Broken Glass” has been revealed today, accompanied by a video filmed in the band’s hometown Sheffield. The track is a sludge laden rager, setting out the remarkable ambitions of the 5-piece – flaunting their heavy metal credentials.
Malevolence front-man Alex Taylor stated:
“‘Malicious Intent’ is a demonstration of strength. It is the next step in the evolution of our band and is the product of hard work and creativity over two years of difficulties, lock downs and complete upheaval to every day life. The album embodies the progression of our sound but also our growth as individuals and I feel like with each release we put out, our sound matures with us. The subjects that we touch on with this album will resonate with those who are seeking self reflection and progression. This is something we as a band will always strive for as we continue to carve our own path and build new foundations in the heavy music world. If you are a heavy music fan, there is something on this album for you. These are heavy metal anthems that will stand the test of time!”
Watch the video for “On Broken Glass” below.
Regarding the video, Alex Taylor added:
“The video was filmed on location in Malevolence’s home town Sheffield. Directed by long time friend Daniel Prieß, the concept of the video was simple; to capture the raw energy of Malevolence in a live environment. Everything behind the video was done completely DIY by the band, from hiring the venue, stage and crew to inviting close friends and family down to the shoot. The video encapsulates the loyalty and passion that Malevolence’s fans have for the band”.
“Malicious Intent” will be available in the following formats:
-Green + Sky Blue Splatter (Retail)
-Sky Blue + White Marbled (Nuclear Blast Mail-Order Exclusive)
-Yellow + Blue Corona (Nuclear Blast Mail-Order & Selected Shops)
-Crystal Clear w/ Sky Blue Splatter (US Exclusive)
-Curaco + Sun Yellow Splatter (MLVLTD Exclusive)
• CD Digi-Pack
• Digital Album
Pre-order “Malicious Intent” here.
01. Malicious Intent
02. Life Sentence
03. On Broken Glass
04. Still Waters Run Deep
05. Higher Place
07. Above All Else (feat. Matt Honeycutt)
08. Do or Die
09. Salvation (feat. Matthew K. Heafy)
“Malicious Intent” was recorded at Tree House Studios, UK. The record was produced by Malevolence, with mixing handled by Carl Bown, and engineering by Jim Pinder. The “Malicious Intent” artwork was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor.
Malevolence have a heavy touring year ahead. Their currently confirmed 2022/23 tour dates read as follows.
UK & Ireland Shows 2022:
28 Apr 2022 IE, Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse
29 Apr 2022 IE, Dublin, Whelans
30 Apr 2022 UK, Belfast, The Limelight 2
(headline shows w/ Guilt Trip)
UK Tour Dates 2022:
02 May 2022 UK, Leeds, First Direct Arena
03 May 2022 UK, Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
05 May 2022 UK, Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
06 May 2022 UK, London, Alexandra Palace
08 May 2022 UK, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
(Architects support dates w/ Sleep Token)
Festival Dates 2022:
11 Jun 2022 UK, Donington, Download Festival
24 Jun 2022 NL, Ysselsteyn, Jera On Air
02 Jul 2022 DE, Münster, Vainstream Rockfest
09 Jul 2022 CZ, Fajtfest, Velké Meziříčí
05 Aug 2022 CH, Open Air Gränichen, Gränichen
UK Tour Dates 2023:
12 Jan 2023 UK, Glasgow, O2 Academy
13 Jan 2023 UK, Birmingham, O2 Academy
14 Jan 2023 UK, Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
15 Jan 2023 UK, London, O2 Academy Brixton
(Trivium support dates w/ Heaven Shall Burn)
The undisputed Heavy Metal Kings of the UK. In early 2020 came the highly anticipated EP release, “The Other Side”, introducing a brand-new side of Malevolence. Although only 3 tracks, each song showcased a depth and diversity that is uncommon in modern metal. Heart-wrenching ballads are blended perfectly with technical shredding and crushing breakdowns, effortlessly showcasing the band’s talent as genuine songwriters. Despite the hard-fought success, Malevolence remains an autonomous crew. Operating from their Sheffield-based HQ, a previously derelict warehouse the band transformed themselves, Malevolence handles as much of their in-house operations as they possibly can. Including the formation and operation of Malevolence’s own label, MLVLTD Music. It was through this label that the band self-released “The Other Side” and although it was a first for the band, the release was a resounding success – racking up close to half a million streams on Spotify and Apple Music in its first few weeks of release.
Malevolence fans will know that their records come few and far between. Emerging onto the scene in 2013 with their debut album “Reign of Suffering”, which is currently climbing above 2.15 million streams on Spotify. Released as teenagers, the level of song crafting skill stands the test of time and remains a defining moment in the band’s career. The next four years had Malevolence grinding their way through the European continent, gaining recognition as one of the hottest prospects in this new wave of international heavy metal. 2017’s “Self Supremacy” saw the Sheffield quintet selling out club shows all over Europe, the USA, and even south-east Asia/Japan. This in turn has earned them a cult-like following of die-hard fans, who wear the Malevolence logo on their clothing like a medal of honour.
Now waiting with brand-new album “Malicious Intent” and plans to tour amongst some of the biggest names in heavy music, Malevolence are poised to become the next legacy name in all of heavy music.
Alex Taylor | Vocals
Konan Hall | Guitar / Vocals
Josh Baines | Guitar
Wilkie Robinson | Bass
Charlie Thorpe | Drums