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Chaosbreed; Brutal
Death Metal
Century Media Records
April 26th, 2004
Release length: 40:30
The “supergroup” Chaosbreed bring us their full length debut album, Brutal, which is one of the most misleading titles for a death metal album. While the band vowed to create old school death metal, this release is basically a rather bland homage to early Entombed, and nothing really that fantastic either. Brutal does have some positive aspects, but it also has as many negatives.

For one, the vocals on this release just sound horrible. They are most notable during the track “Rotting Alive”. It seems as though the vocalist is just pushing himself a bit too much, his voice even cracking. It also doesn’t help that the vocals on this record are rather loud in comparison to everything else, and often just sound as though he is just making random noise as if he should be wearing a helmet to protect himself. Aside that, the guitars on this release are heavily distorted, and the drumming is, for the most part, a mid paced style with some groove and, once in a while, a hint of two-step can be heard as well.

There are, however, some enjoyable tracks on this release. “Casket Ride”, “Faces Of Death”, “Rotting Alive” (if you don’t go deaf by the high pitch squeel in the start of “Rotting Alive” that is) all make up the earliest enjoyable tracks. The oddest track on Brutal, and easily one of the most boring, would be the song “Demon Skunk”, which clearly is meant to be a song that gives the feeling that you’re high, and tripping, and is probably more enjoyable in that state of mind. The biggest clue to that would be the sound of someone taking a hit off of a bong at the start. But it’s after this point the album becomes really enjoyable. But, it’s after this point the album starts picking up with “Symptoms Of The Flesh” and “F/C/D/C”, the best tracks on here and sound as though the most time were put into them musically. “An Evil Eye” is another slower paced track, but the music works well with the lyrics, much as the odd music on “Demon Skunk” works for the lyrics as well. This isn’t that great a song, but it’s better then half the other songs on the album, as it is more of an experimentation with really heavy doom aspects and an outro of the instruments ringing out so loud you’ll be deaf again like you were with “Rotting Alive” if playing too loud.

Brutal also comes with a bonus sampler disc (at the time of release at least) that features songs from various bands on the Olympic Records line-up at that time. It’s sad to say that the bonus disc was more enjoyable then this album was. Brutal also came with two live videos included, for the tracks “F/C/D/C” and “Rotting Alive”. The videos are actually rather entertaining, and the band just seems to sound better live then they do on disc. These videos are multi-camera angle videos recording from the speakers themselves, not run through the audio board, and have a great audio level.

So, while this is a superground comprised of members from well known bands such as Sentenced, Moonsorrow, Gandalf, and many others, Brutal is just a decent album with a few good tracks and terrible vocals with bonus materials that are better then this Chaosbreed release. If you have to check the band out, sample the release on-line and see if it is for you, but definitely check out “F/C/D/C” and “Symptoms Of The Flesh”, as these two are must hear tracks. The rest you can live without hearing at all.

01. Wretched Life – 3:27
02. Casket Ride – 3:49
03. Faces Of Death – 3:43
04. Moralized – 4:14
05. Rotting Alive – 4:08
06. Demon Skunk – 5:55
07. Shitgrinder – 1:38
08. Symptoms Of The Flesh – 3:36
09. F/C/D/C – 3:29
10. An Evil Eye – 6:31
Overall Score: 4/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.