Review – Cadaveric Poison: Fight for Evil

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Cadaveric Poison: Fight for Evil
Death Metal, Thrash Metal
Dying Victims Productions
July 6th, 2014
Release length: 7:55
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Cadaveric Poison is what you get when you happen to cross drummer Felix Darnieder and guitarist Simon Seegel of Witchburner with the legendary Paul Speckmann (Master, Abomination). The international three-piece came together earlier in 2014 and wasted no time in getting material ready for their first seven-inch EP release, Fight for Evil, which was released later that very year through Dying Victims Productions. But is it a match made in hell for the Death and Thrash Metal elite, or is this coupling of talented musicians not as good as one initially would hope?

“Fight for Evil” has its share of catchy Thrash Metal hooks that come off like an edgier version of Testament with plenty of Death Metal elements and grooves thrown into the mix. While not the most unique, it stands out a lot more compared to “Violence Breeds Violence”, which has more of a standard Slayer intensity. There’s also a little more complexity to the music on that latter track, not to mention a tighter performance as far as the instruments go.

Sadly, neither song really sounds too original, almost as if the members decided to play it safe more than really let loose. This doesn’t mean the songs are bad though. Both tracks have a good dose of well paced aggression, “Violence Breeds Violence” more than “Fight for Evil”, not to mention some catchy riffsd and drum patterns that will find your head bobbing along from time to time. The less amount of headbanging can be blamed on the thinner audio quality that takes a great deal away from the overall bite, as well as Paul Speckmann’s vocals that seem to channel a more aggressive Arnold Schwarzenegger quality than that of a comparable growling Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

Given the talented musicians involved, it’s a shame that this seven-inch EP isn’t anything that really stands out. Instead, it caters to an output that just sounds tired and weak, even though it still has some energy left in the tank. This goes especially for Paul Speckmann, one of the most recognizable forces in Death Metal, who just sounds bored compared to what is captured from Felix and Seegel. Had the audio itself not been as thin, and a little more enthusiasm to the vocals, or even if a rhaspy or shouting approach had been utilized (think something like Kreator) then this would have been a much stronger offering. But, for what it is, Fight for Evil is a decent debut that wears thin after the first few listens.


01. Fight for Evil – 4:25
02. Violence Breeds Violence – 3:31
Initial Pressing Score: 4.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Dying Victims Productions.