Cadaverous Condition - _Burn Brightly Alone_
(Starry, 2011)
by: Chaim Drishner (7.5 out of 10)
Austrian Cadaverous Condition's early albums failed to catch my attention; I had found them to be middle of the road, bland, doom-oriented death metal showcasing the band's allure towards peculiarities and odd sonic experimentations, but not to a degree that would ignite my interest. 2011's _Burn Brightly Alone_ took me by surprise, being sure the band has long since evaporated, in addition to the interesting and fresh sound of the entire album offered by the band's website.

I know Cadaverous Condition is a name few of you know, despite having existed for some 22 years, releasing a handful of albums, most of which have flown way under the metal community's radar, therefore a brief introduction to their sound is mandatory. Imagine a less heavy Gorefest (_Erase_ and _Soul Survivor_ era, where Jan-Chris de Koeijer had begun to clear his monstrous growls a bit, making them more coherent and intelligible) playing rather slow death metal fronted by an almost identically sounding growler who is always at the front (giving the term 'front-man' a validation like never before), a vocalist around whom the whole of the music revolves, who is the very backbone of the entire show.

The death metal part here is very basic and unsurprising, but then you get folk-ish, acoustic guitar-driven tracks, and if you silenced the vocalist for a moment, you might have thought you're listening to a neo-folk album of sorts. The effect is pleasing, fresh and unique; the idea of incorporating death metal and neo-folk -- into that, couple death metal growls with a neo-folk etiquette simultaneously in the same track -- is a bold attempt and deserves attention, if not praise.

In relation to all of the above, Cadaverous Condition's unique style is now officially (and exclusively) dubbed "death folk".

The outcome is weird and alien, surely not something one hears often, but the repeated listening sessions do justice with this slightly strange album and make the alienation toward it dissipate. It's like a death metal musical, a cabaret of antagonising factors; the music here can leave you disoriented, confuse the senses with its peculiar way of approaching both metal and non-metal elements, with its mode of operation of clashing two extremes of the musical scale, so yes, this album is demanding, both your time and attention invested, yet in the end, you will not easily find a more rewarding, originally approached and interesting experience than this recording.


(article published 27/11/2012)

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