As I was a genuine bad decision taker and collector of mistakes, back in 2002 it was a rather strange period for me. I was wondering from a university to another, moving from town to town, having spending my life on worthless jobs, shitty apartments, cheap drinks and shallow women. Probably the fact that all adjectives fit on all subjects in the previous sentence, it just reveals that things was really a mess. So trying to remember how things were back then is like looking from binoculars upside-down. Still I had enough time and money to spend on finding the books I adored and the records I wished. “The Will to Kill” is one of these gems I bought back then in cd and now Repulsive Echo reissues in vinyl format and this is a great opportunity to refresh my memory and besides that (and mostly) something that surely will make their fans worldwide crazy. At the same time Malevolent Creation was in a strange mood too. The circumstances were discrepant. Their two last efforts were strong and “The Fine Art of Murder” (1998) and “Envenomed” (2000) were fine examples of a band still hungry and thirsty for blood. Plus a new contract with Nuclear Blast, but also with a new lineup that turned things difficult for the new start. So they had a new drummer, Justin Dipinto (ex-Divine Rapture), that replaced Dave Culross, as Dave decided to focus on his personal life, and most important change was the vocalist Kyle Symons (Hateplow) that replaced Brett Hoffmann earlier in 2001. Of course Hoffmann’s throat is legendary now as it was back then too. Actually it wasn’t the first time Brett Hoffman was away from the band, but unlike Jason Blachowicz who fronted the albums “Eternal” (1995) and “In Cold Blood” (1997), Symons is quite close to Hoffman hint and the way his sung. This factor gave a sense of coherence with their back catalogue and while the material was a simplistic dive into their glorious past (but with a fresh look upon it) it turned to be as vivid and lively as a one night stand with a 25 years old blonde to a 30 years marriage…Their performance is tight and solid, the song writing is top notch once again and the riffing has this 80’s aura that brings in mind Bay Area legends and their best works. The songs are memorable filled with several mid-paced parts and have this groovy tempo that makes you head bang all the time. Blast beats aren’t meaningless and have these tempo breaks and double bass kicks that make the final result less predictable and monotonous. Please have in mind that this was their 8th studio album after almost 15 years of career and the band faced a difficult crossroad back then. Some may be disappointed if they are searching for something innovating or experimental. Because “The Will To Kill” is all about entertaining with killing and mutilating bodies lyrics, thrashy riffs and blasting drums with 11 killer tracks that punch you in the face. As it had to be…Highlights: “All That Remains”, “With Murderous Precision”, “Superior Fire Power” and “Divide and Conquer”.