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CEPHALIC CARNAGE is an extreme prog metal band formed in the year 1992 in Denver, Colorado. The founding members were Lenzig Leal (vocals) and Zac Joe (guitar). By the release of their first album there was John Merryman (drums), Doug Williams (bass), and Steve Goldberg (guitar). From 1998-2006 Jawsh Mullen was on bass, and from 2006 onward Nick Schendzielos has taken bass and backing vocal duties.

It can be argued that CEPHALIC CARNAGE is just a very technically advanced grindcore band, but that is assuming that being technically advanced doesn't necessarily mean they are a technical death metal band. These guys are more than just a technical metal band; with some experimental sounds, brutal technicality, and soft/heavy contrasts, and with influences ranging from jazz to death metal, they can pass as a technical/progressive death metal band.

The early years of the band saw some of their more progressive releases, and sound different than the later years. They are currently more geared towards experimental and complex songs. Their modern sound is generally more excepted, because they keep the sound from their early days, but make it absolutely perfect.

Their debut album, "Conforming to Abnormality" was released in 1998, 6 years after their formation in 1992. It originally consisted of 8 songs, but in a reissue had 20 bonus tracks. The album received moderate to bad reviews, and doesn?t have the greatness they would soon achieve. It does have some excellent moments, and the 9-minute closer will appeal to more prog metal fans.

Their second album, 2000?s "Exploiting Dysfunction" was considered far better than their debut, and has a more variety of styles. You can hear jazz influences along with death metal sounds, often in the same song. This was where they began to find their sound. CEPHALIC CARNAGE saw their third full length album in 2002, titled "Lucid Interval". This received higher praise from critics, and started a new era for CEPHALIC CARNAGE. The 21-minute closing track (followed only by a hidden song), shows that these guys aren?t a typical deathcore band.

Their two following albums, "Anomalies" and "Xenosapien" was where they began to gain popularity, and are their two best albums as of today. It shows an even more diverse sound, and will appeal to anyone interested in the more extreme side of prog metal.

While it can be argued if some of their earlier albums are really "progressive death metal", the l...
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  • Maryland Deathfest XIII on 21 May 2015

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2.00 | 2 ratings
Conforming to Abnormalty
1998
3.24 | 5 ratings
Exploiting Dysfunction
2000
4.35 | 6 ratings
Lucid Interval
2002
3.19 | 10 ratings
Anomalies
2005
3.73 | 5 ratings
Xenosapien
2007
3.42 | 8 ratings
Misled By Certainty
2010

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Halls of Amenti
2002

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 Halls of Amenti by CEPHALIC CARNAGE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Halls of Amenti
Cephalic Carnage Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by VOTOMS

— First review of this album —
2 stars Halls of Amenti sparked my interest, being a 19:00 minutes lenght song, it sounds prog, but there's nothing new there. It starts sludge/doom, slowly and dark, different than Cephalic Carnage main genre. And the song keeps the same style until the end. Brutal vocals though. It have some strange breaks and beats. But the song takes too long to change (circa 6 minutes) and the next part start to get boring until 11 minutes. The music follow with some non-so- boring passages, but nothing very special. After 14 minutes the song begins to annoy again around the 16 minutes, weird noises. Well, that's all.

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 Conforming to Abnormalty by CEPHALIC CARNAGE album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.00 | 2 ratings

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Conforming to Abnormalty
Cephalic Carnage Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by VOTOMS

2 stars A cool debut. Into grindcore, this is a good album. It sounds like oldschool grind - short songs, sounds from movies, low pitch, massive blast beats and fast riffage. But different than Exploiting Dysfunction (their next album), this album have no memorable song for my head. Something that I really like about them, it's the randomness of some riffs. It's fun and laughable, very pleasent for my ears. The vocals are pretty gross, and some screams are very 'splatter' based. Cephalic Carnage music is very noisy, and it is a good point for me. You will find strange passages, and even jazz times, listening to this album. This is how oldschool grindcore are and how it should be!

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 Misled By Certainty by CEPHALIC CARNAGE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.42 | 8 ratings

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Misled By Certainty
Cephalic Carnage Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by VOTOMS

2 stars Very disappointing. Given how much brutal /technical /grind /death metal /core bands are into movement nowadays (most full of very forgettable songs), the catchy songs and passages are really valuable for bands trying to sound extreme. That's why I really love the oldschool death metal sound. Misled By Certainty is another case of flaw. Some good riffs and songwriting, but, what if I listen to the whole album twice today and tomorrow I remember nothing about it? They're not the same band playing at Exploiting Dysfunction and even Xenosapien. They changed, and it wasn't good. A good point? I like the album cover and sci-fi theme. But it didn't work when the songs aren't great.

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 Anomalies by CEPHALIC CARNAGE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.19 | 10 ratings

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Anomalies
Cephalic Carnage Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by VOTOMS

3 stars This is not a typical deathgrind band. Cephalic Carnage always had something more to show us. You can realize listening to the last song from this album (Anomalies), the track n. 12, Ontogeny of Behavior. It is a ten minute work, really catchy and progressive. Another progressive great shot is Inside is Out.

Overall, this album is more progressive than avant-garde (as their previous releases), but it's still different. I'm not a real fan from Cephalic Carnage, but I'm a Exploiting Dysfunction fan, it's my favorite grindcore album, so I tried their entire discography. I'm disapointed because their late albums wasn't like their three first releases. And this album it's more digestible than their early works. Songs like the stoner Piecemaker do not satisfy me. But they are still Cephalic Carnage, and it's a good album.

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 Lucid Interval by CEPHALIC CARNAGE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.35 | 6 ratings

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Lucid Interval
Cephalic Carnage Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by VOTOMS

3 stars Cephalic Carnage strikes again. A good album. But unfortunately, their album level went down from the last one (Exploiting Dysfunction 5/5). But maybe it is better than the first album. Probably the Ultra Super Brutal Technical Death Grind fans are all against me in my album preferences. By the way, I like their pseudo Hydro Grind. Some strange noises and wtf moments at this album are awesome. The vocals here are bordering goregrind. The presence of short songs are still there, including the 8sec song "Friend of Mine". Other Hand, this album sounds much more prog than the previous ones. Well, even so grindcore, their music was prog from the beggining. Worth check.

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 Xenosapien by CEPHALIC CARNAGE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.73 | 5 ratings

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Xenosapien
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Review by VOTOMS

3 stars Each new Cephalic Carnage album, the band innovates themselves. With Xenosapien, Cephalic Carnage works directly into Technical Death Metal. As you can see, the lenght of the songs are longer than previous Cephalic Carnage. Sometimes the time and tempo changes are suddenly enough, from technical shred riffage and ultra blast beats to sludge/doom metal. The higher point on Xenosapien is some memorable weird riffs and passages. Most of the technical death metal bands are pretty much sounding like the same and are just forgettable. Oh, there are some unexpected clean vocals at this album. The first two tracks are my favorites here. But there are some annoying songs, like "Molting". Xenosapien is OK, but not the kind of album that I would buy for more than 4$

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 Exploiting Dysfunction by CEPHALIC CARNAGE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.24 | 5 ratings

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Review by VOTOMS

4 stars This is a masterpiece of the grindcore/splatter genre. I'm not into other Cephalic Carnage albums, because for real, I think is boring.

Exploiting Dysfunction carries a sick aura. It's a noisy album, and it explores black humor and stuff. It sounds like the oldschool Carcass was influenced by Sonic Youth. The band uses a deep dissonant riffage and polluted 'soundscapes', creating a terrible vibe., in a good way.

If you are into Cephalic Carnage, you know, this is technincal and yeah, it's progressive. This band has dubbed themselves as "hydrogind", fusing marijuana themes with grindcore. And this album shows the psychedelic level of theit grindcore in it's peak.

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 Misled By Certainty by CEPHALIC CARNAGE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.42 | 8 ratings

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Misled By Certainty
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Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Misled by Certainty" is the 6th full-length studio album by US experimental extreme metal act Cephalic Carnage. The album was released in August 2010 by Relapse Records.

Cephalic Carnage used to be known for playing a very eclectic grindcore/ death metal style with elements from both deathcore, sludge, avant garde and metalcore. Things changed slightly on "Xenosapien (2007" though. That album was a more streamlined release allthough all of the above styles were represented to some degree. That development continues on "Misled by Certainty" which is an even more accessible album than "Xenosapien (2007" was.

The music on the album is technical death metal with "core" leanings. The technical riffing and drumming is at times very impressive and I´m reminded of an act like Atheist in the most technical sections. The vocals are predominantly high pitched aggressive "core" type vocals, but there are deeper growling vocals and some aggressive vocal variants present in the music too. Cephalic Carnage haven´t completely forgotten their experimental grindcore past, so there are the occasional spastic grindcore part featured on the album too. Mostly the songs are in the technical death metal style though. The band have found room for a sludge metal track on the album too in the 12:11 minute long "Repangaea". This is something they experimented with before with success and "Repangaea" proves to be a very impressive track too. Great building atmosphere, strong varied vocals and intriguing details. It´s definitely one of the highlights on "Misled by Certainty".

The production is powerful, clean and generally suits the music very well. "Repangaea" would probably have worked even better than it does with a more filthy production, but the rest of the tracks prosper from the sound.

Cephalic Carnage have really grown into a force to be reckoned with in the last 10 years and "Misled by Certainty" is another really strong album by the band. If you can appreciate the "core" elements in their technical death metal sound (cast your conservative old school death metal preferences aside), which is something that took me a while to learn, I think it will become apparent to most people that Cephalic Carnage are a unique and highly talented act with a distinct sound. "Misled by Certainty" is probably their least "experimental" release yet, but it has other qualities that makes it a very worthwhile listen. Great powerful production, extremely high level of musicianship and an adventurous approach to writing music are just some of the elements that makes this album a great listen. A 4 star rating is fully deserved.

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3.73 | 5 ratings

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Xenosapien
Cephalic Carnage Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Xenosapien" is the 5th full-length studio album by US experimental extreme metal act Cephalic Carnage. The album was released in May 2007 by Relapse Records.

The music on the album is experimental and technical death metal with deathcore/ metalcore and grindcore elements. Compared to the music style on the last album "Anomalies (2005)", the sound on "Xenosapien" is a little less eclectic or more focused if you will. Cephalic Carnage are still one crazy bunch though, and you´ll be exposed to more than one weird experimental part and style change on the album. The vocals are mostly delivered in various extreme metal vocal styles but there are clean vocals on the album too. Most notably in "G.lobal O.verhaul D.evice". The musicianship is really strong and besides some very technical drumming, you´ll hear breakneck speed dissonant fretboard runs and other challenging techniques. However weird and technical it gets, there´s always focus on memorability and a surprisingly melodic hook mentality on display too. Compared to the earlier releases by the band, "Xenosapien" is probably the most accessible album yet released by Cephalic Carnage. That doesn´t mean "Xenosapien" is an easy listen by any means though, so expect to be challenged.

The production is powerful and metallic sounding. A perfect sound for the music.

"Xenosapien" definitely marks the beginning of a new era for Cephalic Carnage with more focus on melody, memorability and accessibility. They may have lost just a slight bit of their original crazy sound in the process, but Cephalic Carnage still sound unmistakably like Cephalic Carnage. They have a unique and adventurous approach to writing music that you just don´t hear very often. At least not excecuted in such a convincing, professional and succesful way. A 4 star rating is warranted.

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 Anomalies by CEPHALIC CARNAGE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.19 | 10 ratings

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Anomalies
Cephalic Carnage Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Anomalies" is the 4th full-length studio album by US experimental extreme metal act Cephalic Carnage. The album was released in March 2005 by Relapse Records.

The band are known for their eclectic and experimental extreme metal style that's somewhat rooted in grindcore but far exceeds the boundaries of that style. On "Anomalies" the band incorporate elements from grindcore, death metal, deathcore, metalcore, sludge and avant garde. And most of the time you'll have elements from several of those genres within one track. The vocals on the album are mostly very extreme, ranging from death grunts to higher pitched screaming vocals and everything in between. But in addition to the more extreme vocals on the album you'll also be exposed to raw sludgy type vocals and even some clean metalcore styled vocals in the track "Dying Will Be the Death of Me". I guess it's needless to say it, but there are a plethora of vocal styles on the album. It can be both a strength and a weakness depending on your point of view and open mindedness towards those vocal styles. Whichever style of music the band chose to play and incorporate into their songs they pull it off with ease and conviction, be it deathcore breakdowns, sludgy parts, fast blasting grindcore sections, groove based death metal or avant garde sounding dissonant fretboard runs and other oddball ideas ( including the rather unconventional lyrics).

The production is professional, powerful and suits the music perfectly.

Cephalic Carnage is the kind of act that defies valid catagorization. Fortunately they are fully capable of succesfully mixing the various styles in a seamless fashion. They are not only extremely skilled musicians, but also rather accomplished composers. Of course an album like "Anomalies" require an open mind and I have to admit that it's taken me a couple of years to fully digest and appreciate the album. The first time I gave the album a shot, I simply didn't get it. I felt the music was all over the place and it simply didn't appeal to me. I knew from the first listen that there was something about the album though, so I've taken it out and given it spins once in a while to try and understand what the band's vision is and finally my patience was rewarded. After a couple of years it was like the album opened to me and the songs became memorable and distinguisable from each other. The mixing of different extreme metal styles is quite ingenious and deserves praise. This could have resulted in utter failure and unlistenable music, but Cephalic Carnage skillfully combine all styles into an adventurous sound that's unmistakably their own. A 4 star rating is deserved.

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