Cephalic Carnage - _Halls of Amenti_
(Willowtip Records, 2002)
by: Xander Hoose (7.5 out of 10)
Part one of three in a splendid set on Willowtip Records, _Halls of Amenti_ is a 19-minute long doom track that shows a completely different side of Cephalic Carnage. Even the toughest fans might have some trouble recognizing this razorsharp dark-as-fuck slab of doom as being the product of the same band that twists and turns everything from black to death to grind in songs that make your neighbors want to commit suicide. Anyway, where was I... Ah yes, _Halls of Amenti_ is aggressive doom. Don't expect your pussy-style Paradise Lost gothic doom here. Even with clean vocals, all subtleties are lost on Cephalic Carnage as they groan and churn their way from peak to peak (making it fairly obvious that this EP was written with split songs in mind). I tend to agree that this material might be too big a leap for the regular Cephalic Carnage fans, but doomsters will probably soil themselves while listening to this. Ugh!

(article published 5/4/2003)

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