Malicious Inc are the heavy, groove metal quintet from Bristol that have been circulating the rock scene since 2019. Signed to Sliptrick Records, they are armed with debut EP, Red Flag and are ready to reach listeners with raucous riffs and dark, enlightening messages. We were lucky enough to virtually sit down with lead guitarist, Morgan Weeds to chat metal, raw truths and water fights.
Morgan: If we had to choose 4 words to describe ‘Red Flag’ they would be; honest, dark, hard-hitting and raw.
M: The reason for this is that all the content comes from a genuine place, none of it is fictitious or conceptual. The EP covers a range of topics such as; self-worth, suicide, abuse and rape, and all the stories are accounts from people in the band or people that are close to members of the band. It’s not shock-factor. We’re doing this because it needs to be heard and people need to start talking about these things you know?
M: Our advice would be to reach out, that would be number 1. Talking to someone can always help. Organisations like Crisis text line can help and just announcements from people on social media saying, “my door’s always open” and people mean it. Another would be getting professional help, not just talking to your friends but getting help at the Doctors. Overall, keep struggling on really! Every day is a struggle; I and most of the band struggle with mental health issues. I myself take Prozac and anti-depressants; just keep struggling on because it does get better. You will have bad days but just keep fighting through because there’s always something worth fighting for and no one is born into this world to be alone- so always reach out!
M: One of the biggest would be that your one-dimensional, especially from a musician’s point of view. People think that if you’re into metal you only listen to and play that- a one trick pony. Another is that we’re looked at as Devil Worshiping and horrible people when metalheads and the metal scene is one of the safest and most inclusive sub-communities.
M: It was amazing. The other bands were great and really nice too and the crowd were exceptional. It was our second gig and preview show as Malicious Inc, so to have that response and the crowd singing our songs back to us was amazing.
M: 1 member! Me I’d probably pick all or nothing. Matthew Hulin (bass) gave a joking response about picking me because he’d like to torment me (laughter).
M: Water fight across the board!
M: We are currently working on our debut album and have 12 tracks of 13. We were due to record 3 of them and put them out as tasters before the final release, but that’s unfortunately had to be put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as things change for the better, we will re-book studio time and carry on with it.
Keep posted to Malicious Inc’s socials to track their new releases and for genuine updates from this lovely band.