|Brutal Death Metal
June 7th, 2011
Release length: 32:22
While the music isn’t the most original take on the Brutal Death Metal style, it doesn’t quite follow a lot of the general stereotypical ideals of the sound. Maniacal Miscreation comes off with a very deep and heavy sound to the music with a modern production quality to it. While it doesn’t feel stylish, the production itself feels pretty clean, but that doesn’t stop the music from sounding heavy and crushing thanks to the distortions on the guitar and rather loud bass lines. The drumming is well done and shows a great deal of differences, changing on the fly to work with the more technical guitar chords that can often change without any real warning, though given the brutality of the music, it does ultimately work with the general flow and lack of transitions, or just general ones that some tracks have, such “The Bald Cadaver” which shifts the music by the music stopping and a random twang on the bass in rhythm with the music will happen before the music busts in again a moment later with a different yet still brutalizing approach.
Right off the bat with Maniacal Miscreation, it becomes clear the band does know what it wants to do, and has a clear understanding of the style to create a very strong release. “Epileptic Strobe Entrapment”, which is just a great song title in itself, is a great showcase of what the listener should expect. The music is simply crushing and not as technical as later tracks can get, but has a very deep vibe that simply feels brutal. The vocals are deep and energetic, as well as have a slight squeel to the growl, and often will go into the “pig squeel” style, but it sounds a lot more ferocious and intense then most Brutal Death Metal and even Deathcore acts that abuse this style. The track does utilize a breakdown at the end, and it fits well with the song to close it out. However, this becomes one of the more enjoyable tracks on the recording because of it’s lack of technical guitar work and non-abusive gutteral squeels. This doesn’t mean all the songs are overly technical or abuse the squeels, as “Flesh Reflects the Madness” has a strong focus on brutal music that creates a dark atmosphere through some really intense and heavy Death Metal riffs, as well as features some background vocals that come off more like screams then anything and are pretty far back in the mix. “24 Year Party Dungeon” is also worth taking note, though the squeels are pretty prodominant on this track as well. However, this track seems to focus more on just amping up the speed of what could have been a solid traditional Death Metal track with a slight groove to it, leaving it to stand out as one of the better tracks on the recording.
As the songs continue, there are times where Cerebral Bore start to fall victim to some of the typical ideas and performances to Brutal Death Metal. While the music through many songs remains as fast paced and intense as “Epileptic Strobe Entrapment”, some songs do almost the opposite. “Open Casket Priapism”, for example, is perhaps the first track that will really start to lose the listener. The music here can often be a little more technical then it really needs to be, though it still manages to blend in some solid non-showoffish music that simply sounds brutal and dominating. The usage of pig squeels, however, have basically double and start to feel more like they are being abused in spots where they aren’t really necessary or even called for, and it just gets worse as the album goes on. The squeeling wouldn’t be so bad if the music wasn’t so deep, leading to a huge migraine enducing clash between the vocals and music, and having them used as much as they are in this track and others, but especially “Entombed in Butchered Bodies” where the song basically boils down to squeels with very few really dominating and soul crushing gutterals thrown into the mix. This is sad considering the music, and the last third of this song is brutal as all hell and just as catchy, as well as utilizes some discretion as to the mixing of the gutterals and squeels together.
All in all, it’s a good start for Cerebral Bore, but it’s not the strongest first impression. The band has a clear idea of what they want to do, and they bring in some solid Brutal Death Metal that both works for and against the stereotypes in the style. The gradual increase of technical guitar work through the recording, and abusive pig squeels that clash with the deeper more intense music lead the album off in the wrong direction. Is it bad? No, but it doesn’t really hook the listener to stay put and pay attention at times, even if that listener is a devoted Brutal Death Metal fan. With nothing too new or original, and an overall brutal sound in fantastic music that is masked between loud clashing vocals and technical music that goes a bit too over-the-top at times, this album doesn’t quite have the impact it clearly has the potential to make, and while not the greatest, it still has a good collection of solid tracks that are worth at least a once over.
01. Epileptic Strobe Entrapment – 4:36
02. The Bald Cadaver – 3:20
03. Open Casket Priapism – 5:30
04. Entombed in Butchered Bodies – 3:53
05. Mangled Post-Burial – 2:54
06. Flesh Reflects the Madness – 3:56
07. Maniacal Miscreation – 3:48
08. 24 Year Party Dungeon – 4:25
|Overall Score: 7.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Earache Records.