Metal Review – Waking the Cadaver: Beyond Cops, Beyond God

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Metal Review – Waking the Cadaver: Beyond Cops, Beyond God
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Waking the Cadaver: Beyond Cops, Beyond God
Brutal Death Metal, Deathcore
Siege of Amida Records
August 10th, 2010
Release length: June 10th, 2010
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Ask what one of the worst bands in the Deathcore scene, and almost immediately any metal fan would look you square in the eye and tell you Waking the Cadaver is absolutely untolerable. Well, this perception is actually about to change with the release of their second full-length album, Beyond Cops. Beyond God. With this release, the band really concentrates on being good, and manage to do it well by focusing on writing Death Metal people will actually want to hear. It appears that the recent Deathcore movement to be something enjoyable claimed another victim, and it’s quite a good thing indeed.While the first track, “Beyond Cops”, really isn’t the most entertaining track on this release, it’s still a decent introduction that seems to slowly ween the listener into the new sound of Waking the Cadaver. While the song will definitely shock you from how dramatic the change is from the band’s last album, it also shows that not everything of the band’s past has been dropped, such as the inhaled gutteral vocal performance which appears throughout the CD, but is nowhere near as abused. On Beyond Cops. Beyond God, the vocals are actually a very well done straight forward gutteral style with all generic Brutal Death vocals, such as the aforementioned inhaled gutteral style, being focused solely to specific moments where it feel right, or in the background to support the main gutteral vocals of the song.”Reign Supreme” is really where the album starts to pick up. It is also when you start to come across some of the band’s slower breakdowns. While these slower breakdowns are far from untolerable or just lazy as hell, they aren’t the most impressive you’ll ever hear and could still use a little more of a kick. “Terminate With Extreme Prejudice” is the only song that really has a breakdown that would really get your blood going in any way as it really does seem to have more to it with the guitars and drums, as well as goes faster then many others. Aside these breakdowns, there’s a good amount of solid tracks on here, such as the heavy and addicting “Reign Supreme”, which is easily one of the best songs on here next to the intense “Terminate With Extreme Prejudice”. But, sadly, not every track on here is a gem.While this album is definitely a great change of pace for the band, it’s clear that Waking the Cadaver still need to expand on this newly found musical change a bit more. While some of the tracks on here boast a bit of a Whitechapel feel and breakdowns mixed with early Cannibal Corpse song structuring, there are just some that simply won’t stick. “Beyond Cops”, as stated, is one of them thanks to music that just seems a little weaker compared to some of the other solid tracks on this release. “Suffering Upon Revenge” is another track that could have used a little more work. While the song itself has some very strong moments, there are times where it feels drawn out with changes to the music that feel a little tacked on. Aside that, the album does seem a bit repetitive after a while. Not all of the songs on here are very unique from each other, and by the time you hit “Boss Status”, the album starts to lose some of it’s appeal.So, while this new change of pace for Waking the Cadaver is a very positive thing, it’s clear that the band needs to sit down and concentrate on writing more unique songs. Beyond Cops. Beyond God is a highly enjoyable album from a band that use to be a running joke in the metal community, and it’s great to see this band go so willingly into this change to create an enjoyable album. If you didn’t believe this band had any actual talent, get ready to be surprised as Beyond Cops. Beyond God is easily one of the most shocking albums of 2010, and is worth more then a snicker and a simple passing glance.
01. Beyond Cops – 3:56
02. Reign Supreme – 3:09
03. Sadistic Tortures – 5:02
04. Made in Hell – 3:25
05. Boss Status – 2:19
06. Terminate with Extreme Prejudice – 3:05
07. Suffering Upon Revenge – 3:26
08. Waking the Cadaver – 0:44
09. Beyond God – 3:30
Overall Score: 5.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Siege of Amida Records.