Live At the Whisky A Go-Go is a relatively poor recording of an amazing band. If you love Malevolent Creation because they are the fastest and heaviest death metal band out there, you will probably love hearing this nearly ten-year-old recording. I didn’t know that the show was in 1999 when I bought this album, so I was a little disappointed with the sound quality. The instrumentation is definitely as good as always. Being such an old recording, most of the songs are from the album The Fine Art of Murder. Crowd energy doesn’t really matter to me on a live album, but here it is clearly a very small audience. The biggest drawback of the album is the gaps between the songs (all the audio cuts out for about 3 seconds), but with the tiny amount of attention that even the best death metal gets these days from record companies, I can’t blame MC for that.
The best part of this album is the line-up. Malevolent Creation has changed members (excluding Phil Fasciana) throughout their career (Fasciana immediately kicking out and replacing any member that couldn’t keep up). The line-up on this album is the absolute best of MC’s career in my opinion: Fasciana and Rob Barrett on guitar, Dave Culross on drums, Gordy Simms on bass, and Bret Hoffman (whose name will never be spelled correctly) on vocals.
I recommend starting with Conquering South America for a live MC album. But if you’ve been listening since 1999, I’d consider this a must.