Cenotaph
Putrescent Infectious Rabidity


3.0
good

Review

by TheSpawnOfDeth USER (3 Reviews)
July 1st, 2010 | 14 replies | 4,992 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A comprehensive demonstration in commensurate brutal death metal. Because words with less than six letters are for losers.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

The first half of 2010 has been pretty kind if you're into brutal death metal. From excellent new releases by the likes of "Acephala", "Fleshrot","Hour Of Penance" and "Human Filleted" standout albums from newcomers such as "Bloodspawn", "Colonize The Rotting", and "Parasitic Extirpation". Unfortunately, every album can't escape the confines that seem to plague this genre.

Cenotaph has never been among the first when extreme death is recalled, (well to be fair 80% of brutal death fans only name "Devourment", "Vile", and "Disgorge" anyway) but they're no newcomers...this being their fifth full-fledged album. Formed in 1994, this isn't the band from Turkey's first rodeo...or mass execution?(that sounds more metal, anyway) So by now it would see time for some sort of growth, or experimentation...which almost seems laughable when identifying this is a brutal death album, which isn't exactly famous for change.

For the most part as long as you have a working formula you don’t necessarily need to invest in adding violins, movie samples, or four 2:00 bass solos just for the sake of it. (expecially as far as death metal is concerned) But in this particular case it would’ve been wise. In a time where every band is harder, louder, and faster than the competition, is there a real notable reason to listen to this album over another? Not really…It just misses that…something that makes it stand out in the blood red seas of brutal meh metal that seems to float all around these days.

Things begin commonly enough with "Schizoid Acts of Mental Defloration", which just like a wolf on a sheep, wastes little time. The song readies you for what you expect to be a consistent ride on a helltrain winding off the tracks to a graceful plummet to the 9th circle...but this song foreshadows little. The song carries a nice tempo, with decent enough riffs that change every now and then, with pure out blast beats. As an opener it fulfills its purpose in setting you up .

Too bad the rest doesn't follow. "Menstrual Dismemberment", is a slam-happy attack on the senses, with intense riffing, and demonic growls. But so is "Consumed By Embryophagy"...in fact so much that it could've still been "Menstrual Dismemberment ". There is little in the way of differiating the songs from one another. "Pustulation With Swarming Insectoids" has some harmonics, and technical riffage, but it's nothing you haven't heard 1000 times before. "Gorenographic Pervert Victimology" is literally nothing but playing as loud and as fast as possible, as there is no semblance of an actual song (which some people wouldn't really consider a bad thing).

Don't get things wrong, though. This album has more riffs than Christian Bale has accents, although unlike Bale's fake accents you can rarely tell the riffs apart. The drumming...well, it's there. Sure it's mostly just blasts, but it's to be expected and at the very least they're done well. Even the production is better than majority of their peers, as everything is clearly present. The music is also rather technical(almost to a fault), since again, its quite obvious Cenotaph knows how to play. All that said, the music just seems.. uninspired, as if they're fully satisfied with playing just to play. On more than one occasion there could be an adequate comparison to Brain Drill, because like Brain Drill this band just seems content to showcase their talent instead of actually using it. And therein lies the problem. You see glipses of something more, such as the aforementioned opener, but too much of the album is just too inconsistent. It's almost as if they know they could do better, but why bother?

A common argument used to justify brutal death's habit of dwelling in monotony usually involves "Well, it's your fault for not having the ears to understand the music. You just have to listen better to hear the nuisances and differences. Its brutal death, of course it's going to sound the same." And to combat that argument there's bands like “Flesh Consumed" and "Psoriasis" that play just as fast and brutal as any band, yet also manage to craft each song into its own entity. Just because you play mind-shatteringly fast, and nun-rapingly brutal doesn't mean it all has to sound like an extended loop. Fine, so not every band has to pull a "Prostitute Disfigurement" and alter their entire sound (even though they pulled it off), but it doesn't exactly hurt to try and make the songs, well...different.

Fact is if you love brutal death, there’s a enough here to enjoy. You have talented musicians, excellent production, no wastes of times like acoustic passages or forced interludes, and a seemingly never ending array of riffs. This is straight laced brutal death metal to the absolute maximim Only thing is, that's it. This is just "Reincarnation in Gorextasy" revistied. That’s too bad, because in a year where brutal death has had top tier releases…this just never escapes the clutches of ordinary.


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Emim
July 1st 2010



26195 Comments


1. Schizoid Acts of Mental Defloration
2. Menstrual Dismemberment
3. Consumed By Embryophagy
4. Pustulation With Swarming Insectoids
5. Embalming Maggotized Aborticide (Obscure Perspectives of Forensic Entomology)
6. Gorenographic Pervert Victimology
7. Putrescent Infectious Rabidity
8. Paroxysmal Mutation
9. Embryobscure Hypnosis/Womb of Decay


Bands like this need to fuad.

Dryden
July 1st 2010



12813 Comments


im so bored today i might check this out

XfingTheSullen
July 1st 2010



2191 Comments


I love the track titles.

cvlts
July 1st 2010



8917 Comments


Because words with less than six letters are for losers.

I lol'd

pos.

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

Anthracks
July 1st 2010



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i DISAGREE but is a good review despite some small grammar errors that i am 2 lazy 2 point out

Digging: Tobacco - Ultima II Massage

couch
July 2nd 2010



311 Comments


omg i love this album, whenver i heard it for the first time i was blown away. it is a slammin' good time at some parts, but ye i do love brutal death metal and htis definitely took me by surprise.

"Embalming Maggotized Aborticide (Obscure Perspectives of Forensic Entomology)" is my fav track by far i give it 10/10 sofas.

peace keep it real brutal homies

ur friend couch

TBliss
July 2nd 2010



987 Comments


great review man, pos'd. dont think ill bother checking this out though.

DestroyHim
July 6th 2010



171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pos'd. but this album was boring as hell. song writing ability clearly not demonstrated at all because all of the songs sound like rewrites of each other. there were a couple of stand out moments, but not enough to redeem the failures. The band seem to have good technique, complicated riffs, lots of odd meter, lotsa pinch harmonics, brutal vox and a good drummer, but the songs are all so average and sound almost the same. when you put them all together it makes for poor listening.

(EDIT: moved up to a 3 because i forgot to take into account the production which is great. figured out what made the riffs sound alike: playing the sh*t outta the diminished scale. And yet another band that plays the tiniest section of the chromatic scale during slams. And to make sure we don't forget we've been using the diminished scale the whole time, why not make all the chords tritones? YEEAAH!! great musicianship + great production + lack of imagination = 3.)

Digging: Volumes - Via

Anthracks
July 6th 2010



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

people's inability to distinguish between songs amazes me. one of the greatest rewards of this genre is the amount of time it takes to really be intimate with the individual songs, which lends itself far more replay value than any other genre

DestroyHim
July 8th 2010



171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ahh yes, it is a rewarding feeling when one can name passing vehicles by the sound of their motors. But this reward does not necessarily imply the motors sound good.
I don't have time to listen to albums more than a couple of times. I have given this album a couple of listens, and I'm impressed by the technicality of the musicians (the vocals have become annoying). But they use the same recycled ideas in the majority of each song, with perhaps one or two ideas that are recognisably unique to each song. I have heard much more interesting brutal DM.

nothing 'individual' about these songs to become intimate with lol. This album could be one song. I bet every song has the same tempo (except the last track).
BUT gorenographic pervert victimology is pretty cool. and schizoid acts of mental defloration uses cool pinch harmonic rhythms. but i think all the songs could be potentially good if they didn't fill the idea gaps up with basically recycled riffs. it just murders the song.

TheSpawnOfDeth
July 9th 2010



39 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, there's no excuses for THESE type of bands. They're the stereotypical bands that just play each song like one extended jam session. None of these songs really have any defining characteristics. Especially when you compare it to other brutal bands that acutally seem to concern themselves with actual strong structure. There's something there, as you can see small glimpes of what could've been a decent album. But the band seems more than comfortable with just operating auto-pilot.

Anthracks
July 9th 2010



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5


nothing 'individual' about these songs to become intimate with lol. This album could be one song. I bet every song has the same tempo (except the last track).
BUT gorenographic pervert victimology is pretty cool. and schizoid acts of mental defloration uses cool pinch harmonic rhythms. but i think all the songs could be potentially good if they didn't fill the idea gaps up with basically recycled riffs. it just murders the song.


I can tell the difference between the songs therefore they are individual. You can't tell the difference between the songs therefore you have dicks for ears.

Also, being "impressed by the technicality" is a stupid sentiment considering there's nothing extraordinarily technical about this album.

What more interesting BDM have you heard? Considering that I've listened to near 1,000 BDM albums I'm dying to know these mounds of better and more interesting albums.

DBlitz
July 16th 2010



1685 Comments


album is so fun

asdemonsburn
May 14th 2011



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really good



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