Cephalic Carnage
Misled by Certainty


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raz0rGrind23 USER (18 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2010 | 73 replies | 17,329 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Play me something hot and spicy!.......Spicier!!!! SPIIICIERRR!!!!

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Let’s not mince words; this is another solid release from the hydro grinders of Denver, CO. Everything is done exceptionally well and delivers a hefty dose of head-banging guitar work and guttural vocal attacks. Unfortunately for Cephalic Carnage this is a bit of an understatement with regard to their already impressive catalog; especially in comparison to earlier outings Xenosapien and the all powerful Anomalies. Perhaps extra time is required with this release, whereas all new offerings require patience to be truly appreciated. Unfortunately, at this juncture, much of Misled By Certainty’s material tends to stray toward a more mainstreamed approach easily accessible to those initially turned off by this band’s hectic and spiraling time signatures and melodies. Take this as both a negative and positive whereas this release still delivers the goods tenfold while maintaining a fairly consistent pace from start to finish.

Opening tracks ‘The Incorrigible Flame’ and ‘Warbots A.M.’ rip through the gates, dishing up some appetizing riffage that holds true to their famed characteristics. The real problem with much of this material which later becomes apparent at the mid-marker is it fails to truly stand on its own and hold differentiation from its peers. One can’t help but feel an uncanny resemblance to The Faceless on several of these musical compositions. Rest assured ‘Abraxis of Filth’ is another true, return to form, carrying both the zany characteristics that Cephalic Carnage fans have grown to love. The vocal work, although a little less dynamic from past albums, still reign’s supreme over much of the genre’s excess and fits well with the crunchy riffage. This correctly leads into thirty second, grind scorcher ‘Pure Horses’, another fitting slab of punishing technicality.

‘Cordyceps Humanis,’ although slightly cut and paste, has a nice punch. Sherwood Webber (ex Skinless, and former vocalist for Enemy Reign) provides back-up vocal work. The doomy ambiance of this track adds a different approach to the material. Guitars plod slowly from one blast beat to the next with lyrical bursts accentuating a deranged and off setting picture of fungal spores entering human hosts through the respiratory system, eating flesh, manipulating thought process and causing self-induced cannibalism. Quite the mind trip…. Tackling this type of subject matter is nothing new for Cephalic Carnage and the spiraling, frenzied songwriting further augments these lyrics.

While catchy and pummeling, it’s apparent that Cephalic Carnage continue to step further from their experimental acid-jazz-grind days that they are both loved and hated for. Listeners are offered a more, clear cut death grind approach with a few minor tidbits hinting to the band’s former self. This deviation from form can be seen since their progression from 2005’s Anomalies. Each track from this release offers something for every listener and while not easily accessible on first listen, Anomalies takes the prize for being one of Cephalic’s best works to date. While its follow-up, Xenosapian, took a small step away from this frantic experimentation, fans will see an even bigger step in this direction with Misled by Certainty. Fans of old will be slightly turned off by this new material but will make believers out of the former naysayers.

‘Raped By An Orb’ and ‘P.G.A.D.’ are other noteworthy tracks that fans of old will come to expect. As mentioned above, listeners will be slightly torn on this one. Those who have been along for the ride will find more enjoyment with the first half of the album. ‘Dimensional Modulation Transmography’ is the first tell-tale sign as to where things begin to run together if only slightly. While the material isn’t by any means bad, most of these tracks, with the exception of album ender ‘Aeyeucgh!,’ offer very few distinguishing attributes. Regardless, it’s unjust to overly dismiss this album whereas there is still a lot going on for metal and grind fans. Still, there is a lingering fear in the back of my mind as to what these guys will offer next and if they will continue to stray further from what Cephalic Carnage do best. Only time will tell…

3.9/5



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TBliss
September 2nd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules. Good review dude.

Inveigh
September 2nd 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

definitely a good review, and yes the album rules. it just doesn't sound like Cephalic Carnage hardly at all.

I think instead of Mislead By Certainty they should have just named the album Symbolic 2010.

Raz0rGrind23
September 2nd 2010



422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks fellas. Ya, its definitely a good album but at this point I find myself going back to Anomalies and Lucid Interval more.



Thor
September 2nd 2010



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this more than their past two albums.

Inveigh
September 2nd 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think it's definitely better than Xenosapien, but not as good as Anomalies or Lucid Interval. There's just nothing original about this, as good as it is.

Raz0rGrind23
September 2nd 2010



422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ I don't see this as being better than Xeno. This one does have a tendency to run together. Xeno still holds the characteristics of LI, Conforming...., etc.

Inveigh
September 2nd 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

eh, nothing on Xeno really stood out to me that much, I felt like the songwriting took a hit. been awhile since I listened to it though, and tbh I wasn't in much of a death/grind mood when it came out

Raz0rGrind23
September 2nd 2010



422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya, i'll admit its quite a bit behind the albums before it. Still, Xeno holds the signature CC sound and I dig the increase in death grind with those elements.

How is Exploiting Dysfunction? I am yet to hear that one?

TheFantasticDangler
September 2nd 2010



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anomalies is a little better than this. Really like this though. First three tracks and Orhwurm slay.

Oh, and great review dude.

Zip
September 2nd 2010



5312 Comments


"Raped by an orb" roflcopter

Inveigh
September 2nd 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't have anything by these guys before Lucid Interval

ianjulian
September 2nd 2010



621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

acid-jazz-grind

Raz0rGrind23
September 2nd 2010



422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Conforming to Abnormality is a bit primitive but a fun listen for sure. Check it out.

@ Dangler
Appreciate the feedback...yep I enjoy those as well along with Raped by an Orb and P.G.A.D.

Raz0rGrind23
September 2nd 2010



422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ianjulian

Sing loud sing proud

Inveigh
September 2nd 2010



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah Lucid's the best.

seriously though, how has no one else commented on how much this sounds like Symbolic-era Death?

Raz0rGrind23
September 2nd 2010



422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^
Lucid Interval is great but still second behind Anomalies....

I haven't heard Symbolic. I'll look into the comparison....

DeafMetal
September 2nd 2010



8584 Comments


got this yesterday not bad

DeafMetal
September 2nd 2010



8584 Comments


the clean vox are pretty weak tho

Raz0rGrind23
September 2nd 2010



422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Has anyone heard their one track doom album Halls of Amenti prior to this? One 19 minute song...Another tidbit that sounds nothing at all like Cephalic Carnage.

Not sure if I'm a fan of it..........

Raz0rGrind23
September 2nd 2010



422 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@DeafMetal

That track is one of the weak moments all around IMO



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