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Cephalic Carnage Anomalies


01. Scientific Remote Viewing 02. Wraith 03. Counting the Days 04. The Will or the Way 05. Piecemaker 06. Enviovore 07. Dying Will be the Death of Me MP3 08. Inside is Out 09. Sleeprace 10. Kill for Weed 11. Litany of Failure 12. Ontogeny of Behavior
2005 Relapse Records
Our score 8

4/20/2005

What's left to say about Cephalic Carnage at this pointWhen Exploiting Dysfunction was released, the band was brand new to everyone, save the select few who had their debut release.Even then the band was somewhat dismissed, especially when playing with other acts such as Converge.When Lucid Interval was released the band was touring more frequently with larger acts and suddenly (it seemed) every hardcore kid was talking about these guys. Now that Anomalies has been released it is known exactly what Cephalic Carnage is capable of both on recording and in a live setting. Anomalies is a perfect example of all the tricks that Cephalic Carnage possesses musically. It follows in tow from Lucid Interval, yet is a complete chapter in and of itself.Musically the band expands upon what is characteristic of Cephalic Carnage.The dual guitars are thick and heavy, complementing one another nicely.The heavily distorted bass just seems to permeate everything.The drumming is superb and well-mixed in terms of styles and tempos.Finally there are the trademark vocals, ranging from insanely low gutturals to high pitched screams.It also helps that Cephalic Carnage has always had a sense of humor with their music, from corpse paint masks and trucker hats live, to random, paranoid lyrics like "Jesus Christ, pyramids on Mars", to light hearted sarcasm such as "Dying will be the death of me."The vocals are further assisted on Anomalies by a host of guests from Barney Greenway of Napalm Death to Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation. Bottom Line: In short, the band is great.They play technical metal without falling into the trap of the pathetic songwriting exhibited by most tech bands.They play what has been termed "hydro-grind" while avoiding the repetitiveness of many grind bands.They wear stoner metal influences on their sleeves, though it never becomes boring.Basically, Cephalic Carnage are masters of mixing aggressive music influences and making it their own without having it sound like a piecemeal pile of crap.Anomalies is an album that demands repeat listening.

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Masturbate With Sewage_ 3/21/2005 5:07:02 PM

This album is f*cking brilliant. By far, one the best albums to get high and listen to...buy it if you like crazy, original, and diverse grind.


anonymous 4/20/2005 7:06:40 PM

dude, the singer from cradle of filth is on the cover


Ohhhhh_ 4/20/2005 7:30:53 PM

dyyyyyyyinnnnnnnnnn......good disc.


XOmeletX_ 4/20/2005 7:40:06 PM

This band totally stole of my riffs.


rob_mcfeters_ 4/20/2005 7:48:30 PM

this album is sick. one of the best death / grind bands period.


anonymous 4/20/2005 7:59:14 PM

theyre still good


dutchstep_ 4/20/2005 8:40:51 PM

i dig it this album a lot. in fact, i think i'll listen to it right now. good review.


notorious_dob_ 4/20/2005 9:17:16 PM

funny that this was reviewed on 420


cydrx_ 4/20/2005 11:02:39 PM

sikkest cover art ever


grindmyass_ 4/21/2005 1:31:32 AM

One of my favorite bands ever. Always do something different, and only seem to get better and better with each new release.


ghetto_paul_ 4/21/2005 9:19:44 AM

I like how the sample mp3 is for that joke song. Maybe they'll trick idiots into thinking they're a metalcore band and sell more albums. You know that's what Relapse was thinking.


David Nash_ 4/21/2005 7:26:28 PM

I LOVE this album! they can pull off so many different styles and it flows together so perfectly. yeah thats hilarious it was reviewed on 4/20.. I think Lambgoat purposely did this :)


yousuck_ 4/21/2005 8:35:55 PM

awesome band awesome cd i just wish the vox were louder


rainbowsatan6_ 4/21/2005 8:38:01 PM

Marijuana and grindcore, only in a perfect world.


ThousandBleedingStars_ 4/21/2005 9:20:20 PM

I just heard the mp3 and it sounded pretty good. probably go pick it up from hot topic soon.


SWATMOSH!_ 4/22/2005 12:15:55 AM

They have always been sick this just proves it further


sftp767_ 5/9/2005 5:41:17 PM

band is absolutly amazing


piratehooker_ 5/9/2007 1:39:09 PM

Cephalic Carnage is such a good band. And im deffinently going to go see them in Montreal when they come :]


dude_ 6/23/2010 3:21:17 PM

Phenomenal record. One of the most all around talented bands in metal. KILL FOR WEED, KILL FOR WEED! Priceless.