Label: Earache Records
Right from the start of Maniacal Miscreation a drill begins to quickly enter my brain, taking the route through my ears. But rather than being completely sharp, there are sections that are blunted, adding a punching force to the fast spinning, oversized bit that is turning my headmeats into mush.
This must be where the band takes their name from.
“Epileptic Strobe Entrapment”, the opening track, doesn’t let up once, and it isn’t until the second song, “The Bald Cadaver” that we’re afforded a small breather, right at the start. For three seconds. Then the carnage begins again, the blood flowing from my skull rather nicely now. Thankfully, “The Bald Cadaver” has a couple spots where one can take a breath, but “Open Casket Priapism” starts up and the real pummeling begins. There are sections of the track that remind me a bit of newer Cannibal Corpse, with some pig squealing sections tossed in for fun, and there aren’t much slower spots until after the four minute mark. Definitely some moshing sections though, if that’s your thing.
“Entombed in Butchered Bodies” begins with a slaughterfest, filled with Cookie Monster and Miss Piggy in a bear trap vocals, and surprisingly their singer is pretty understandable throughout. Any death metal fan can generally attest to needing a few listens or a lyric sheet to get what’s being said, but for much of this song it wasn’t needed. The track middles and ends with a slaughterfest, followed by more slaughterfest in “Mangled Post-Burial”, which has a more groove-based section, a welcome respite from the pure speed displayed in the first four songs. It’s also the shortest song on the album, not even three minutes long.
“Flesh Reflects the Madness” has some furiously fast riffing and blasts that for whatever reason give a feeling of horror that makes you want to run. In a good way. Think good horror movies, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or House of 1000 Corpses, when victims are getting chased by the psychopath and you, the viewer, don’t want them caught. But in this song, you’re the victim. Cerebral Bore are the psychopath. But, like the movies, you get caught. And you die.
The title track “Maniacal Miscreation” starts off with a more classic death metal sounding riff and growl, stripping away the ‘core for pretty much the entire track. There are still elements with a pig squeal delivery of some vocals and a slow ass breakdown that is far too short for my liking, but for the most part it’s straight up DM.
The final song, “24 Year Party Dungeon” starts fast and stays fast, keeping more of the classic death metal delivery from“Maniacal Miscreation” but adding more deathcore to it, which makes for a really good track. A suitable closer for a pretty fucking good album.
In the end, my cerebrum has been well destroyed, as have my ears, but not once did I get bored. Cerebral Bore, despite being a genre that I normally don’t like at all, have created a disc that I do like, and will probably return to for listening pleasure.
7 out of 10.
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