Castigate - _Bring Me the Head of Jesus Christ_
(Pavement Music, 1998)
by: David Rocher (2.5 out of 10)
Now, there's not much in this vile world that may even hope to equal the exquisite pleasure of wrecking your neck to the roaring axe attacks and battering rhythmic assaults of a titanic death metal album. And, quite naturally, this is precisely what makes sitting through half an hour of the pathetic, discordant gruntfest named _BMtHoJC_ such a tedious act of abnegation. Castigate claim to be brutal; I merely call this messy -- somehow, I just don't see that being "brutal" is an excuse for each musician to seemingly be trying to race through his part faster than anybody else. Castigate aren't -always- worse than some bands out there, but with the great number of high-level violent/brutal death metal acts the actual extreme scene is graced with (Cryptopsy, Malevolent Creation, Dying Fetus and others), paying attention to this gurgling, immature, rampaging metal field trip would be nothing more than a waste of everybody's time -- but then again, the lads and lasses who called Suffocation's _Breeding the Spawn_ a great death metal album will probably crave for _BMtHoJC_... No big deal, really.

(article published 13/2/1999)

11/17/1997 P Schwarz 3 Castigate - Plectrum Loveless Method
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