is a fairly known band in the slam death scene and I am not surprised. I have been listening to Brutal
/Slam Death for about a year now, ever since I saw Devourment
live. Most of this genre to me is a bunch of heavy riffs, a lot of Slam downs, and some blast beats. Cephalotripsy
is like most others, except they catch my attention a lot more for some reason.
I'd like to start off describing the vocals. From what I have heard, they are inhaled squeals, and gutturals. Now I am not usually a fan of inhaled vocals, because I am a vocalist myself, and I NEVER inhale. Although, I guess for the genre it works quite well. They have kind of a high and low pitch sound at the same time. It is not your average guttural and I like it a whole lot, definitely one of my favorite parts of this album.
The guitars are mostly heavy riffs into a Slam down(slam death breakdown). Not the most creative guitars I have ever heard, but it definitely gets me into the music. Along with drums, bass, and vocals, the guitars are perfect. There is some distortion like most slam death guitarists and it gives you that good Brutal
The drummer in Cephalotripsy
, in my opinion, is great. His blast beats are very nice and his double bass is extremely heavy and noticeable. I love when the double bass is as noticeable as his. The drums go along great with the guitar as I mentioned above. There are some average sounding fills in most of the songs but that does not really interest me nearly as much as his blast beats and double bass. His blasts aren't the fastest I have heard by any means, he just has a really nice sounding snare that sticks out a lot. The cymbals sound great along with the rest of his kit.
I really got into this album quick and I think I will have to check out the rest of Cephalotripsy
's discography. For a slam death release, this is definitely a stand out for me. The quality is great and that is another big factor when I am listening to Brutal
Death. Overall I think this album deserves a 18/20.