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Cephalic Carnage: Misled by Certainty
Death Metal, Technical Grindcore
Relapse Records
August 31st, 2010
Release length: 53:06
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Cephalic Carnage has has been a band that seems to shift themselves around every album. Misled by Certainty marks the Death Metal/Technical grindcore band’s sixth full-length album, amid the flurry of split releases and other efforts, and it once again finds the group journeying in their own path by inorporating elements of Metal to their style that their fans are well accustomed to already, as well as introducing some other aspects that may leave the listener uneasy. But, the real question is, does this album have enough strong Cephalic Carnage to stand up against the rest of their rather unique discography?

Misled by Certainty definitely shows a shift within Cephalic Carnage as far as the music goes. While it does still retain some of the band’s more technical Grindcore aspect, the band seems to be substituting much of that technical prowess for a more Progressive sound, which is blatently obvious right on the first track, “The Incorrigible Flame”, which still has some technical guitars going, but it lafks the Grindcore definition that the band is known for, and can sometimes just drift into a Math Metal style, such as the bridge as you come up to half way through the CD that just continues to distort throughout and play on the more atmospheric and airy Progressive guitar riffs that introduce a rather traditional atmosphere commonly associated with Progressive Rock efforts. When judging Misled by Certainty by this treack alone, it’s enough to be a letdown as there’s really no impact in the music, and much of the band’s game plan has clearly changed. Luckily, this doesn’t cover everything on the album.

Almost immediately, the next track, “Warbots A.M.” picks up the pace that “The Incorrigible Flame” lacked and brings in some heat. The song is more Death Metal then anything outside of some scattered blast beats for the Grindcore effect, but this is the Cephalic Carnage that fans will remember, but either way there is no escaping the semi-Progressive guitar riffs as this song features a nice little guitar solo that may seem a bit out of place, but in the end works well with a more Progressive Death metal version of Cephalic Carnage instead of an airy version that first song on this release leads listeners to believe. Luckily, it’s about this point that things start to sounds really deep, and are just flat out heavy, but still just not quite up to par with what you would expect from the group. outside of the band’s earlier playing with Progressive elements on this release, like on many albums a heavy Sludge aspect appears in the music that often makes the songs just sound menacing, and for some tracks it works. “Dimensional Modulation Transmography” is a fantastic song that keeps a pretty steady pace and utilizes some technical Death Metal elements with that some Sludge sound to create a very appropriate science fiction atmosphere to it. However, this does not really help the band out with the one song that all listeners will flock to: “Raped by an Orb”. Instead, this song seems to go on and never end, especially at the end when the whole thing slows down to a chugging pace and feels like it’s only purpose is to tack time onto the overall length of Misled by Certainty.

All that aside, there’s still plenty of other great songs on here that listeners will enjoy. The big draw of the album is the song “Ohrwurm”, which is just a non stop metal assault full of a crushing bad attitude, as well as a very random jazz solo sample that works very well with the technical math guitars utilized to create absolute havoc within the song. Even the following tracks “When I Arrive” and “A King and a Theif” carry that same strength with them that it really leaves the listener checking for clues of some kind of continuity between the tracks in the form of some kind of concept. But, even with these fantastic songs, youc an’t forget about the two true Grindcore tracks “P.G.A.D.” and “Pure Horses” which seem to have more intensity behind them then some of the longer tracks on the start of the album.

On first listen, Misled by Certainty is an album that may not grow on you at first. However, this release has many things going for it. outside of the band growing once more on here. it’s also one of the most honest album titles ever for fans of Cephalic Carnage that walk into thsi release expecting another Anomalies of Xenosapien effort, they are greated with incorporated styles to create both a unique album, and one that simply doesn’t let go of your attentio, causing the listener to be “misled” by what they would expect from the previous efforts. Sure the album starts off rocky, but the more time you give it, there’s plenty to esperience that you ight not have known before, such as the chanting of the elder one Cthulhuat the end of “Warbots A.M.”, as well as perhaps a new appreciation for the fusion of Death Metal and freeform jazz during “Repangaea”. If you enjoy this band, it’s clearly worth a shot, and if you never heard it before, then there’s no better chance to check out the latest direction of Cephalic Carnage than with Misled by Certainty.

01. The Incorrigible Flame – 4:30
02. Warbots A.M. – 4:39
03. Abraxas of Filth – 3:44
04. Pure horses – 0:38
05. Cordyceps Humanios – 5:06
06. Raped by an Orb – 4:15
07. P.G.A.D. – 0:34
08. Dimensional Modulation Transmography – 5:05
09. Ohrwurm – 4:56
10. When I Arrive – 3:08
11. A King and a Theif – 2:45
12. Power and Force – 1:38
13. Repangaea – 12:07
Overall Score: 7.5/10
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