November 1st, 2003 / August 10th, 2012
Release length: 4:12 / 9:05
This recording has a nice mixture of modern clarity with a raw touch, the latter adding a little more edge to the music. The guitars have a somewhat sharper distortion to them with leads that are a bit on the cleaner, muffled side. The bass guitar isn’t really that dominant, but it can still be heard and contributes a decent amount to the mix, though the thuds of the bass kicks are a little stronger, and even more vibrant, helping the deeper tone out more. The cymbals aren’t too impressive but have a decent level that does come through when necessary, but are downed out by the snares, which carry a lower tone. Of course, the vocals are the traditional enthusiastic rhasp fans have come to expect, but still anchoring to a guttural performance.
The EP consists of two shorter songs. The first, “Mother.Cunt.Whore” is just under two minutes, slamming right in with a faster pace and tighter chords that hammer away at the listener. Unfortunately, they end up a bit hollow due to the bass being so dull, but the intensity is far from sterilized. The venomous aggression only lets up about a minute in for a brief two-stepping section that you will instantly bang your head along to before the speed returns to wrap things up. The second, “Cerebus,” doesn’t focus so much on speed, but moreso creating a creepy, heavy environment, which it largely succeeds at. The drums sometimes introduce some marching music, sometimes going into held notes to weave a darker environment. The main aspect that works for the song is how catchy the music is, though it can feel a little like a tradition early nineties song than anything truly unique. There are additional guttural snarls that sound altered in the studio, mostly due to the additional volume they have.
First off, I’m not certain if this is a printing error, typo in the artwork, or just non-existant in the physical print, but the promotional digital copy of this EP received has the order reversed for the final two tracks. Warning aside, this edition does come with rough rehearsal versions of the two songs that comprise the initial pressing, as well as appear on a vinyl picture disc format.
There isn’t anything too drastically different about these songs, other than they are clearly rough versions that were recorded on a tape deck or something similar in the middle of the room. The guitars are decipherable, unlike the crackling yet louder vocals, but they, the drums, and the bass all end up rather muffled. They’re nice little additions to have, but these two song don’t really offer anything new or unique.
Cerebus isn’t exactly the most amazing EP release, and at under five minutes, it’s clearly one that only the devotes Nunslaughter fans are really going to seek out. But, those who missed the boat before now have another chance to own it, and on vinyl picture disc no less. Fans of the group are definitely not going to be let down, but chances are good they already have this entry to the group’s discography in their collection. If you can find Cerebus at a decent price, it’s one well worth checking out if you’ve been curious on what Nunslaughter has to offer.
01. Mother.Cunt.Whore (Studio) – 1:59
02. Cerebus (Studio) – 2:16
03. Mother.Cunt.Whore (Rehearsal) – 2:24
04. Cerebus (Rehearsal) – 2:26
|Initial Pressing Score: 7/10
2012 Reissue Score: 7/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Hells Headbangers.