With the release of their debut “Conforming To Abnormality” as well as the follow up “Exploiting Dysfunction” CEPHALIC CARNAGE had established themselves as an off the wall kind of band with somewhat typical, almost childish themes meant simply to disgust and dismay those who didn’t listen to Metal and make those who do laugh because they understood that people wouldn’t get it. However, after the release of “Lucid Interval” it was clear that CEPHALIC CARNAGE had grown by leaps and bounds and now, with the release of “Anomalies” they continue that growth.
“Anomalies” is not only CEPHALIC CARNAGE’s most mature release to date, but it is also clearly their best. Boasting a collection of guest vocalists, such as Travis from CATTLE DECAPITATION and Corporate Death from MACABRE, the songs are noticeably more varied vocally, though none so much as “Dying Will Be The Death Of Me” with Dave Otero who I assume does the clean vocals for the track. More than this, however, is that each song displays more advanced and fine tuned song writing. While everything is still extreme, the songs don’t seem nearly as random as they did before (though that worked quite well as well, like on “Lucid Interval”’s “Pseudo”)
“Piecemaker” shows the bands more Grind‘n’Roll side, acting as very heavy Rock song with Grind tendencies and rough vocals, instead of the screeched ear splitting ones that we’ve come to expect, whereas the aforementioned “Dying Will Be The Death Of Me” shows a much more melodic and technically proficient (in the traditional sense) band.
Above and beyond the best release that CEPHALIC CARNAGE has managed to piece together, now hopefully they can get back to work and complete the “Halls Of Amenti” trilogy. (Online April 22, 2005)