MALEVOLENCE – release ‘Higher Place’ video + alternative acoustic version

With their critically acclaimed new studio album Malicious Intent, Malevolence has staked out their place as one of contemporary metal’s heavyweight acts.

These rising UK stars are now out to conquer the world, undertaking a huge run of major live dates this summer and into 2023. After blowing away audiences at the likes of Download Festival UK, Knotfest Germany and the Bring Me The Horizon Malta Weekender, following on from a UK arena tour with Architects and Sleep Token, the British bruisers are pleased to announce more shows.

Malevolence has revealed two new headline shows this August, in Colchester (UK) and Paris (FR), before they launch into two German shows supporting Lamb Of God, followed by an Australian run in September with Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex and I AM. The band will also be accompanying Trivium on their extensive EU tour leg, with Heaven Shall Burn and Obituary, following on from the UK shows.

To support these dates, the band have today released a brand new video to accompany the album highlight ‘Higher Place’. Showing off their creative breadth, the single breaks with their usual aggressive metal swagger. ‘Higher Place’ is a show-stopping, southern groove-flavoured ballad.

Front-man Alex Taylor commented,
“Higher Place focuses on a subject that everyone will deal with at some point in loss; death/bereavement. This is one most heartfelt songs we have written as a band, however, once we began writing this song, it came together very naturally. This song is a huge step outside our comfort zone, we hope you enjoy it!

The visuals for this song were our first venture into a narrative-driven video, filmed in our hometown of Sheffield. We worked closely with Enon Films to bring the concept to life.
Video Director Gabriel Fernández-Gil commented,
“The song inspired sorrow, drama, and a dark epicness, which is what guided us in the making of this video.
In the story, you’ll be able to identify themes of loss, revenge, and the UK’s knife-crime epidemic.
As the lyrics and instrumentation, our characters “ascend” to different metaphorical planes of existence or lack thereof.”

To accompany the video, the band have released an alternative acoustic version of ‘Higher Place‘ digitally, giving fans yet another glimpse into Malevolence‘s bottomless artistic flair. 

Download/stream the ‘Higher Place‘ acoustic version:
Order Malicious Intent

Watch the video for ‘Higher Place‘: 

With an impressive set of tour dates on the horizon alongside the record of their career, this is inevitably Malevolence‘s time. Catch them live at the following show dates:

2022 Summer Festival dates
05 Aug 2022  CH, Open Air Gränichen, Gränichen
13 Aug 2022  UK, Walton-on-Trent, Bloodstock Festival *Sophie Stage headliners*
2022 Summer Headline shows

15 Aug 2022  UK, Colchester, Arts Centre
17 Aug 2022 FR, Paris, La Bellevilloise
Lamb Of God DE shows
18 Aug 2022  DE, Nuremberg, Z-Bau
19 Aug 2022  DE, Koln, Live Music Hall
Thy Art Is Murder Australia dates w/ Carnifex and I AM
07 Sep 2022  AU, Perth, Magnet House
08 Sep 2022  AU, Adelaide, Lion Arts Factory
09 Sep 2022  AU, Melbourne, Northcote Theatre
10 Sep 2022  AU, Sydney, Manning Bar
11 Sep 2022  AU, Brisbane, Princess Theatre
2023 Trivium UK dates w/ Heaven Shall Burn
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

2023 Trivium EU dates w/ Heaven Shall Burn and Obituary
17 Jan 2023  NL, Tilburg, Poppodium 013
18 Jan 2023  DE, Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle
20 Jan 2023  DE, Dusseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle
21 Jan 2023  DE, Erfurt, Messe Erfurt
22 Jan 2023  CZ, Prague, Forum Karlín
23 Jan 2023 PL, Warsaw, Klub Stodoła
25 Jan 2022  FI, Helisinki, Kulttuuritalo
27 Jan 2023  SE, Stockholm, Fållan
28 Jan 2023  DK, Copenhagen, Amager Bio
29 Jan 2023  DE, Leipzig, Haus Auensee
31 Jan 2023  BE, Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
01 Feb 2023  FR, Paris, L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
03 Feb 2023  ES, Bilbao, Santana 27
04 Feb 2023  PT, Lisbon, Sala Tejo
05 Feb 2023  ES, Madrid, Sala Riviera
07 Feb 2023  ES, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
08 Feb 2023  FR, Lyon, Transbordeur
10 Feb 2023  DE, Ludwigsburg, Mhp Arena
11 Feb 2023  DE, Hamburg, Sporthalle
12 Feb 2023  DE, Berlin, Verti Music Hall
14 Feb 2023  HU, Budapest, Barba Negra
15 Feb 2023  AT, Vienna, Gasometer
17 Feb 2023  DE, Munich, Zenith
18 Feb 2023, CH, Zürich, Samsung Hall
19 Feb 2023, IT, Milan, Alcatraz
20 Feb 2023, DE, Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
Still Waters Run Deep‘ official music video:
Life Sentence‘ official music video:
On Broken Glass‘ official music video:

Malicious Intent was recorded at Tree House Studios, UK. The record was produced by Jim Pinder and co-mixed by Jim Pinder and Carl Bown. The Malicious Intent artwork was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor
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 is poised to become the next legacy name in all of heavy music.

Malevolence is:
Alex Taylor | Vocals
Konan Hall | Guitar / Vocals
Josh Baines | Guitar
Wilkie Robinson | Bass
Charlie Thorpe | Drums

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