Pyaemia
Cerebral Cereal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (66 Reviews)
October 10th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Few bands have created brutal death metal with staying power, but Pyaemia attempts it and succeeds with their only full length.

It's pretty difficult not to notice that brutal death metal, at least in it's most common form, is an increasingly stagnant beast. Recent releases such as those by Abominable Putridity, Devourment and Pathology demonstrate significant instrumental prowess but utterly uninteresting song writing without the dynamics and capacity for subtle melody displayed on early releases by Suffocation or Deeds Of Flesh; either that or they simply echo their influences but less effectively. However, around the early 2000s, brutal death metal had a series of strong releases, with Disavowed's Perceptive Deception, Disgorge's Consume The Forsaken, and, perhaps most notably, Pyaemia's Cerebral Cereal, which provides strong songwriting, riffs and instrumentation into one simultaneously blistering and crushing package.

Pretty much every aspect of the instrumentation is tight and technical. The guitars don't break into lead, but a powerful mix of fast tremolo picking, crushing chords and technical riffs helps to keep it among the best elements of the album. The bass is also a strong force, performing the same riffs extremely tightly and with added fills on occasion, while the drumming is extremely tight, performing reasonably fast blast beats with extreme precision throughout several songs with some excellent fills thrown in. The vocals also have a forceful edge to them, packing a punch with a mix of low growls and added upper range screams and roars to accentuate certain moments, which works effectively and keeps the vocals from being monotonous. The production is also quite good, every instrument being audible and clear.

The album opens with the blistering Gorging on Mucus and Bile which features several catchy riffs and a consistent tightness that keeps it impressive, while there is enough variation to make it extremely enjoyable to the end where it slams to a halt. The title track also features some of the excellent features of the opener, but with a set of even better riffs and a good variation in tempo that keeps it fresh while also offering some of the best drumwork of the album. Sugar Spiced Anus is nearly as volatile, with fast, harmonized tremolo picked figures often prominent alongside fast muted power chord riffs; however, the transition between the verse and chorus is slightly jarring and could be improved. Impaled On Stakes is one of the slower tracks present, but does feature among the best riffs on the album, with a mix of hammer-ons as well as some more melodic (and dissonant) sections that keep it interesting, while the crushing chords are just as present. Carried in Proboscis manages to provide more of what made Impaled On Stakes so good, with a good variety of riffs executed at a slightly faster tempo, while Blood Spewed On My Face features some more ctachy riffs and a strong set of dynamic shifts that avoid being jarring. Cranial Blowout is probably the fastest track present, with some more great riffs that occasionally implement melody in an effective way. Closer Everlasting Torture explodes into action with even more brilliant riffs, truly ending the album in a way that was just as good, if not better, than how it started.

As one might expect, however, there is a lot of similar material on this album. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as the material here is very strong and actually pretty memorable, unlike a lot of brutal death metal. However, this may put people off listening to the whole album in one sitting as it can make the album somewhat repetitive towards the end, which is a shame because the album has extremely good material throughout that makes it superior to many of the efforts from the band's contemporaries. Overall, any fan of brutal death metal can enjoy this record, but unlike many others, it's also good for a general death metal listener due to its stronger songwriting and excellent riffs.

Recommended Tracks:
Cerebral Cereal
Impaled By Stakes
Cranial Blowout
Gorging On Mucus And Bile
Everlasting Torture
Blood Spewed On My Face

...Although every track here is enjoyable and an excellent introduction to the album.



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Madbutcher3
October 10th 2012


1169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was slightly surprised that this hadn't been reviewed.
Probably one of the few brutal death metal albums worth owning.

evilford
October 10th 2012


22947 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool

good review, haven't heard of these guys. pos'd

MunsuLight
October 10th 2012


567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should listen to this evilford.. Probably one of the best brutal death band IMO.. Nice review madbutcher

evilford
October 10th 2012


22947 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, I prob will check this

nice av munsu ;]

MunsuLight
October 10th 2012


567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not treated as a poser because of this avatar :O ... But seriously the only thing you could dislike about this are the vocals...

CaptainDooRight
October 10th 2012


30252 Comments


excellent review bro, pos'd

im sure i have this somewhere on my comp, ill have to spin it again

Madbutcher3
October 10th 2012


1169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Captain, it's good unlike most brutal death mostly because it isn't like "slamdown herpa derpa slamdown herpa derpa *techy crap*" ect




MunsuLight
October 10th 2012


567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I tend to agree with you Mad.. Bands like Abominable Putridity, Cephalotripsy, Devourment and other "slamming" brutal death are atrocious... But Bands like Deeds of Flesh, Disavowed, Disgorge, Defeated Sanity and many others are nice...

OH you need to correct that

"Adbominable" to Abominable Putridity

GiaNXGX
October 10th 2012


4867 Comments


"Adbominable" to Abominable Putridity

Yeah but it actually says "Abdonimal Putridity," so it makes sense. Lol abdominal putridity hahaha.

MunsuLight
October 10th 2012


567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oups ... But at least he can correct it..


Madbutcher3
October 11th 2012


1169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just corrected it. Abdominal Putridity is a cooler name than Abominable Putridity though :P

MunsuLight
October 11th 2012


567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, but not when you work in health domain XD

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012


21662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sugar spiced anus

Digging: Soen - Tellurian

MichaelMyers
February 17th 2013


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cereal murder

evilford
March 20th 2013


22947 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

24/30 great ass album

Madbutcher3
May 20th 2013


1169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, my only neg's on this review D:

pizzamachine
May 20th 2013


12571 Comments


Pos'd 'cause good review.



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