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Cephalic Carnage : Halls Of Amenti

If this isn't a surprise, then I don't know what else it could be. A band renowned for its grind background and its brutal live gigs with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Kreator and Destruction turns into epic doom territory and decides to stretch this concept over three mCD's!

The first question that burns on our lips - suspicious as we doom fans are by our own nature - is of course: "Do they pull it off well?" My answer to this question is an unambiguous "yes!" The band's experience shows in the solid production of this MCD, the powerful riffs, the unquestionable heaviness and the intelligent way they have managed to mix all this into an irresistible cocktail of epic doom, grinding outbursts and punishing riffing.

No experimentation is too much for the band in the mammoth-track offered on this MCD: we are treated to double grinding vocals, threatening breaks, epic intermezzi, 'Sabbathy riffs, psychedelic feedback sounds and heavy-weight drum pounding. Still, the band never forgets to sound heavy, punishing and focused.

After the legendary Visceral Evisceration CD, this is only the second attempt of which I know combining two at first sight irreconcilable genres: doom-metal and grind. I must admit that this attempt is much more serious and convincing providing new possibilities for the future of doom-metal and its different manifestations.

Destined to become cult.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Halls of Amenti

Duration : Approx. 19 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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