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Sunday Metal Song: Suffocation, “Blood Oath”

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , on Sunday, June 21, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Like every other musical genre, over the course of the years the death metal landscape has become an over-populated sea composed mostly of bands relying on mimicry and unabashed idea stealing to produce a sound that nearly always comes back to the ideas started by the genre’s pioneers in the early 90s. But while all these new cats on the block aimless  try to make the “ultimate” death metal album, it seems unlikely that any of  them will ever push the revered innovators in Suffocation off of their throne. After five albums, the NYDM quintet continues to forge ahead with their sixth release next month, incessantly blazing a path that their peers will have no choice but to follow.

“Blood Oath” is the first track to be released from Suffocation’s forthcoming (releasing on July 3rd) full-length album of blisteringly brutal technical death metal, and it showcases a band firing on every cylinder, completely undeterred by the over-abundance of new bands trying aping their sound. On “Blood Oath”, Suffocation separates themselves from the pack with a masterful display of the headbang inducing rhythms, blasting drum hits, and sneering vocals that make them the envy of every death metal band on the planet. Listen in for yourself below…

LISTEN: Suffocation, “Blood Oath” (from Blood Oath, available 7/3)

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Sunday Metal Minute: Cephalic Carnage, “Lucid Interval”

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , , , , on Sunday, February 15, 2009 by Ryan Buege

This week, Mayhem’s Blackened Fest tour was announced, and with such a well-rounded list of band’s scheduled to play, it can be easy to overlook some of the talent that will be on stage before they get to play.

Cephalic Carnage may be the biggest misfits of the entire tour, if only for the reason that they actually inject some humor into their brand of technical death metal. Over the course of the years, I’ve seen Cephalic Carnage playing support at nearly every type of aggressive show; death metal, hardcore, thrash metal – you name it, they’ve played it. The beautiful part about it is that they typically start these sets as unknowns, but no matter who they’re playing with, they always win over the entire crowd by the end. During their last performance at Triple Rock, they incited even bigger pits than the headliner, Darkest Hour, and their hilarious costume changes and over-the-top antics were laugh-out-loud funny with their clever pointedness.

Cephalic Carnage has had a long and storied career in the death metal/grind underground, and they’ve got incredible newer albums, like their recent Xenosapien, but this video of  “Lucid Interval” from their 2002  album of the same name sums up their approach perfectly. Cheap and gritty, dirty and sickening, brutal, and truly hilarious.