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Cephalic Carnage


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.19 | 11 ratings

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2 stars And I thought Death was heavy...

I've been really into bands like Opeth, Edge of Sanity, Death, and Cynic lately, so I figured I'd try out a band in the same category of technical death metal. I found them through Wikipedia, and while I was browsing through their discography I saw they had some extended song lengths in addition to being considered a technical death metal band, so I figured I'd try them out. And now that I have tried this out, Opeth might as well be Bach or Beethoven in comparison to this. I have NEVER heard such heavy music in my whole life! Even Death, who I'm beginning to like very much, has slowed down tempos at times, and more variety in their music. Throughout almost this entire album is just blast-beat drumming with repetitive and very fast guitar riffs, and Lenzig Leal screaming. This almost defeats the purpose of music itself, in my honest opinion.

What makes good music, in my mind at least, is simply variety. This is something that is severely lacking on this album. Everything sounds the same. Everything is simply a repeated note at 500 times per second, blast-beat drumming, and screaming. The only exception is a few moments in the closing track. This certainly is technical death metal, but progressive death metal? I'm not sure about this. I guess it could be called that, but this is far more focused on brutal technicality than anything else, including even making captivating riffs or something worth listening to. I would rather listen to excellent straightforward death metal that's captivating instead of this unnecessary complexity.

I helped get this band added into the Tech/Extreme prog metal category because clearly that is where they belong. But that doesn't mean I like them at all. The only good thing about this album is the occasional slower riff in "Dying Will Be The Death of Me", some nice contrasts in "Inside is Out", some clean vocals at times, and the decent closing track. Other than that, it's just unmemorable fast and complex death metal. The production quality on this album is incredible, but that's the only thing that is outstanding.

I really don't like this album at all in case you can't tell. Death usually draws the line for me. Anything heavier doesn't appeal to me, and this is heavier by miles and miles. I am positive that this will appeal to many very extreme metal/grindcore fans, but this just isn't for me at all. And that's why I'm giving this two stars. It will surely appeal to some very extreme metal fans, but considering Death, Opeth, and Edge of Sanity are some of my favorite bands and I can't stand Cephalic Carnage is saying something. This will be loved by many, but very few on this site including prog metal fans like me.

2 stars.

J-Man | 2/5 |


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