I saw CEPHALIC CARNAGE open for CRYPTOPSY back in November of 2004. I had heard a couple of songs prior to seeing them live and I remember liking those two songs. Now, when the band hit the stage, something was amiss. Their set just seemed like a giant collection of riffs and it seemed like they just played randomly throughout their entire set. Needless to say, this made me angry during the set and I just wanted them to get off the stage.
So when I got this, two thoughts went through my head. “Why did I like those 2 songs?” and “why did I hate their set so much?”. After listening to this record, I may have figured out the answer.
Sometimes, CEPHALIC CARNAGE is able to piece together some cohesive riffs that make sense and constitute a ‘song’. For example, on this record, “Piecemaker” is a groovy number; “Dying Will Be the Death Of Me” is a lesson in Melodic Death; “Sleeprace” is pure Stoner material and “Ontogony Of Behavior” just builds up perfectly. See, the band is able to write cohesive songs that are heavy, technical and brutal.
However, some other times, it seems like everything was thrown in at random and changes occur for no apparent reason. The riffs are bizarre but without purpose, the drumming frantic but meaningless and the song structures creative yet without direction. Looking back, it makes sense why I didn’t enjoy their set. There didn’t seem to be any focus in the music, it just seemed like a display of musical talent.
Some songs are amazingly written, some songs just seem to be held together with duct tape. (Online May 21, 2005)