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Cephalic Carnage

Cephalic Carnage: Lucid IntervalLucid Interval (2002)
Relapse Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: owenowen
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I can't speak for other scenes, but around my city it seems like metal-core kids are getting more and more intersted in straight-up metal. I went to a Dimmu Borgir show earlier this year and I saw almost as many black do-rags and zippered hoodies as I did long hair and high tops. I don't know if i.
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I can't speak for other scenes, but around my city it seems like metal-core kids are getting more and more intersted in straight-up metal. I went to a Dimmu Borgir show earlier this year and I saw almost as many black do-rags and zippered hoodies as I did long hair and high tops. I don't know if its just a passing trend or whatever, but a lot of the people around the Northwest scene are turning into full on metalheads.

I was introduced to this CD at a party a few weeks ago by a friend of mine who has been getting really into metal within the past year. To say the least, I was blown away from the very first riff of the first song on the album.

Cephalic Carnage has none of the makeup, keyboards, or that leather & spike foo-foo that some of the more popular extreme bands rely on to convey their intensity. Instead, this band focuses on straight up musicianship highlighted with a vocalist who sounds like he's on work release straight from the bowels of hell. This guy has some crazy range, shifting from mid range hardcore shouts to low bear growls (think Cookie Monster) throughout the CD. At some points it gets so low it sounds almost like he is gargling maple syrup - it's insane.

The drumming mixes jazzy odd-time signatures with straight up blast beats similar to something you might hear from the Dillinger Escape Plan. The unpredictability of the rhythm adds to the songs' intensity and makes every time you listen to it almost a learning experience of sorts. The band may not approve the term, but it is "math-rock" in its most caustic state.

It sounds like the guitars and bass are tuned all the way down to C, almost to the point where the strings are so loose they will just flap around on the fretboard. The guitar work reminds of the interplay you might hear in an improv jazz band but with careful calculation that lets you know they have their shit planned out note-for-note. At points it seems like the guitarists even hold back on technicality in favor of letting the drums and vocals come through, which helps the music from becoming one big distorted mess.

"Lucid Interval" is a CD that will appeal to both metalheads and fans of hardcore math rock like Dillinger or Botch. Cephalic Carnage is taking metal and hardcore to a new level that is really making me interested in extreme music again.

 

 
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istapledmyfoot (November 20, 2006)

best album ever.

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

you guys are funny no like really...you guys bitch over stupid stuff...really

Anonymous (December 15, 2002)

word to the guy below

BrandonSideleau (December 15, 2002)

I hate it when people try to generalize other people by saying "all the hardcore kids this and all the metal kids that", it's fucking annoying, I can listen o whatever the fuck I want and hardcore, to me atleast, is about being independent and not relying on a "group" or "scene". People who fight with their friends are pussys, not "hardcore". To the guy a couple below- don't judge an entire fucking genre on the actions of a few knuckleheads who feel they can only listen to one kind of music and can't fight themselves so get 10 of their friends to. Open your head.

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

awesome review,

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

(a 5 because I haven't heard it)

All the hardcore kids in my scene listen to more metal than hardcore, but if you call it metal, or ask them why they're calling it hardcore, when it's basically metal, they get all pissed off, and threaten to kick your ass. That's why I hate "Hardcore".

These guys weren't too bad when I saw them though.

Anonymous (December 13, 2002)

a 10 for reviewing it at all. All my metalcore friends just went into straight metal.

Gunship 666 is japanese metal whose entire US tour last year was one stop in des moines. They play at hairy marys this weekend in des moines. If you want metal with samarai kitanas, get there.
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