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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crank and speed can't do this much to a band!
Every once and awhile a band releases a new album, and the people tell their friends, "High on Fire must've been on speed for Blessed Black Wings" or "Metallica must've been drunk or in therapy to release St. Anger". The new Cephalic Carnage has arrived and all this reviewer can say is there is no drug in the world that can create this kind of chaos. "Xenosapien", the...
Published on June 1, 2007 by S. Chamberlain

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2.0 out of 5 stars brutality with techno?!?
Poor songs and low creativity combined with drum programming in a band which does not pass the minimun conviction. Really disappointing record.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crank and speed can't do this much to a band!, June 1, 2007
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S. Chamberlain (Rowlett, TX United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Xenosapien (Audio CD)
Every once and awhile a band releases a new album, and the people tell their friends, "High on Fire must've been on speed for Blessed Black Wings" or "Metallica must've been drunk or in therapy to release St. Anger". The new Cephalic Carnage has arrived and all this reviewer can say is there is no drug in the world that can create this kind of chaos. "Xenosapien", the follow-up to Anomalies is a compact slice of complete insanity. Basically, this release pushes Cephalic Carnage into a whole new territory as a metal band.

To describe what kind of genre Cephalic Carnage goes into, you would have to list off about 5 or 6 genres just to come close to what it really sounds like. While Anomalies did have more memorable songs, "Xenosapien" is the more complete package. When the band experiments, it works to perfection whereas Anomalies more experimenting moments (Piecemaker or Kill for Weed) just slowed the album down.

The musicianship is as tight as it gets. What I love about Cephalic Carnage on this album is they play very tight throughout the album but still have great songwriting. While I appreciate Psyopus and bands similar to that, they just can't write memorable songs. "Touched By an Angel" and the soon to be classic "G.O.D." displays a great sense of awareness of not over doing it. Where does "Xenosapien" really show that Cephalic Carnage has progressed? The album's closing tracks display that the band was truly ready to make a complete package. Tracks 8 through 11 are some of the most brutal and amazingly written songs the band has ever produced. "Ov Vicissitude" is a complete part of your balanced metal meal. With shredding guitar solos and blasting beats, the band makes you quiver to your knees and surrender. The production for the album also has to be commended for the simple fact that every instrument is heard very clearly.

Speaking of which, my MVP of the album has to go to Nick Schendzielos, the bass player, who has such a technical presence throughout the album. It is refreshing to hear the bass not overdone or unheard on such a brutal metal album. It should be stated that the guitar work on the album is very much worth challenging Necrophagist for most insane guitarists right now. Both John Merryman and Lenzig Leal are amazing as they have been in the past, but I just thought the guitars and bass were greatly improved.

We still have a long way till' the end of the 2007 metal season, but I would love to see some band challenge Xenosapien for album of the year. Overall, I give the album a 4.9 out of 5 ( 0.1 deducted for the cost of the clean-up)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most underated band in metal!, May 29, 2007
This review is from: Xenosapien (Audio CD)
This new album from Cephalic Carnage blends the crazy jazz/fusion of 'Lucid Interval' with the heaviness of 'Exploiting' and the precision of 'Anomolies' into their best album yet. By far the most underrated band in metal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Carnage from Colorado's finest, October 6, 2007
This review is from: Xenosapien (Audio CD)
You will be sorely disappointed if you listen to "Xenosapien" and think it will be a continuation of 2005's "Anomalies." In fact, you're better off not even beginning to speculate what this album sounds like at all if you haven't heard it because I can already tell you that your predictions are going to be wrong. In other words, the only thing fans can expect from Cephalic Carnage is the unexpected.

However, that's not to say that this Denver, Colorado-based five-piece has gone soft or anything of that nature - in fact, "Xenosapien" is more fast and brutal than anything they've released to date. And CC's core sound (a melting pot of head-spinning technicality, crushing grindcore, death, black, and doom metal, and even a little Dillinger Escape Plan-style free-jazz) is still the same as it always was. But this album differs from some of the band's previous releases (especially "Anomalies") because there are no silly or haphazard-sounding tempo changes this time around. As a result, "Xenosapien" sounds much tighter, and more focused, professional, cohesive, and easy to digest.

Most of these eleven songs are all-out speedsters that are as brutal as one would expect from a death-grind band. Opener "Endless Cycle of Violence" breakneck, thunderously b-b-brutal assault of pummeling, rapid-fire blast beats and scary, frog-throated vocals. Following this, "Divination and Volition" is a bass-driven schizophrenic freak-out, and "Molting" and "Touched by and Angel" are two more hyper-speed onslaughts (even though the former track has shockingly gentle guitar harmonies at the end.) Despite being a bit more groove-oriented, "Vaporized" is still blisteringly fast, and also features strong, rubbery bass line and some super scary, Vital Remains-worthy bellows.

It isn't until midway through the album, when the mostly restrained sixth track ("Heptarchy") approaches, that the listener is allowed to catch his or her breath or even blink. Then we're dealt another curveball with "G. lobal O. verhaul D. evice," a really dark and ominous piece of straight-up, bone-chilling doom metal which has a gentle acoustic intro and clean backing vocals that are sure to throw you for a loop.

But immediately after these two monotony breakers, the breakneck onslaught commences. "Let Them Hate so Long as They Fear" is a vicious, face-ripping sneak attack, and since it's only one minute and four seconds long, it's over before you even know what hit you. Next up, the fiery "The Omega Point" is backed by fiery, chugging riffs, and a weird, Primus-esque slapped bass part; and "Megacosm of the Aquaphobics" is highlighted by a terrifically deft, ten-second drum solo. Finally, "Ov Vicissitude" is easily the record's crown jewel, thus also making it a perfect way to end it. It is chock-full of rocketing speeds, scorching riffs, and impeccable drumming, and an excellent, lengthy, blazing-yet-simultaneously-melodic guitar solo also sprouts up.

To conclude, as if it weren't already painfully obvious, "Xenosapien" is further proof that Cephalic Carnage are, almost without question, the smartest and most inventive, interesting, and unique true grindcore band on the planet. And it's doubtful if anyone will eclipse them of that title anytime in the near future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hydrogrind Pioneers Do It Again, July 3, 2007
This review is from: Xenosapien (Audio CD)
If there is any band that knows creativity and perfects it well in their music, it is Cephalic Carnage. "Xenosapien", the band's 5th full-length, is proof that the band still makes excellent, mindblowing music. Chaotic and technical riffs give it a perspective on insanity, and sometimes, the band will slow things down in a doom metal like fashion. The songwriting is spectacular. This CD blew me away on the first listen, and I have been a fan of the band's previous works. I highly recommend this album, and it is definitely one of the best albums of 2007 I have heard so far. Keep up the good work, Cephalic Carnage, and I look forward to your future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technically Complexed, Ferocious, and Mind-Blowing, April 14, 2008
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This review is from: Xenosapien (Audio CD)
I got Cephalic Carnage's new album "Xenosapien" for Christmas just this last year, and I fell in love with it instantly and became a fan of these guys. This album is by far Cephalic Carnage's most focused, strongest and most importantly their best album, no questions asked. It's just an absolute chaotic, pulverizing extreme technical grind/death metal assault that is just absolutely mind-blowing in both complexity and ferocity. There's no question that Cephalic Carnage are truly one of the best and I DO MEAN one of the best bands in today's extreme music scene. These guys can blend different styles music such as death metal, grindcore, technical metal, jazz-fushion metal, sludge metal, doom metal, black metal, hardcore/metalcore, and they make it work. Like S.Chamberlain said in his review, the musicianship on here is as tight as it gets. These guys can play extremely tight, and not to mention they also have great songwriting skills as well. Lenzig Leal's vocals are just crazy and insane. He can go from beastly death growls and squeals to wicked schizophrenic-like high pitched shrieks and screams, his vocals always gets the job done. The guitar playing courtesy of Zac Joe and Steve Goldberg is totally chaotic and technical. The riffs are heavy, fast, bludgeoning and technical and the solos are just wild and insane. Nick Schendzielos's basslines are just excellent and audible, and I do agree with S.Chamberlain that Nick has such a technical presence throughout the album. Skinsman John Merryman delivers such a tight, strong and powerful performance with fast chaotic slamming blastbeats that will just hammer your skull until it's bleeding bright red and fractured.

I love every song on this album, but I thought I'd give you a look at my favorites on here anyways.

The first song "Endless Cycle of Violence" is a great blasting opener as well as one of my all time favorites on here that features blasting jackhammering drums, frightening death growls and great heavy riffage, while the second track "Divination and Volition" is an absolute scizophrenic freak out that is highlighted by insane guitar leads, crazy tempo changes and great vocals by Lenzig. Track three "Molting" is another ferocious slammer that features fast pounding drums and some wicked harmony style guitar soloing that is just sick yet fun to bang your head to. The fourth track "Touched by an Angel" starts off with some soft gluey basslines before going into high gear with splattering blastbeats, ear shredding leads, fast nimbling basslines and wicked demonic shreiking vocals. The chorus is very catchy and that spiralling solo at the 1:50 mark is just excellent. Track five "Vaporized" is highlighted by punishing skin pounding, massive grinding riffage and beastly death growls. "G.Lobal O.Verhaul D.Evice" is an excellent doom laden song that is higlighted by slow yet heavy doomy riffs, a slow and steady powerful doomy drum beat, and the 4:23 mark there's even a brief soothing jazzy saxophone solo, while track eight "Let Them Hate So Long As They Fear" is a 1 minute sneak attack that kicks the album back into extreme high gear with earthshaking blastbeats and frantic bludgeoning riffage. "The Omega Point" another favorite highlighted by some great eye popping jazzy basslines by Nick as well as some hard teeth grinding riffs. The closing track "Ov Vicissitude" is an excellent brutal closer that's highlighted by vicious shrieks and growls, wild slamming skin blasts and some shredding guitar solos to boot. Please read on for my song ratings.
Jeremy's song ratings:
1. Endless Cycle of Violence - 5/5
2. Divination and Volition - 5/5
3. Molting - 5/5
4. Touched by an Angel - 5/5
5. Vaporized - 5/5
6. Heptarchy - 5/5
7. G.Lobal O.Verhaul D.Evice - 5/5
8. Let Them Hate So Long As They Fear - 5/5
9. The Omega Point - 5/5
10. Megacosm of the Aquaphobics - 5/5
11. Ov Vicissitude - 5/5
12. Hidden Track - 5/5

Overall, this album is an absolute must have if you're a fan of Cephalic Carnage, technical metal, death metal, grindcore, or just extreme heavy music overall. If you don't own "Xenosapien" or any other Cephalic Carnage album, then you are really missing out on some awesome extreme technical metal man, buy this album now!! Recommended for fans of Cannibal Corpse, Black Dahlia Murder, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mr. Bungle, The Red Chord, Dying Fetus, Despised Icon, and even Necrophagist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars these guys know how to tear it up, April 14, 2008
This review is from: Xenosapien (Audio CD)
it is very hard to put a finger on these guys of what they play. they are very dedicated to their playing. one of the songs features a solo that sounds like they are playing a video game instead. I think it sounds like a fusion of stoner, grindcore, and metalcore. I see that they re-released their debut on Relapse. these guys have a very good career.
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2.0 out of 5 stars brutality with techno?!?, August 17, 2013
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Poor songs and low creativity combined with drum programming in a band which does not pass the minimun conviction. Really disappointing record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars highly addictive hydro-grind, January 7, 2010
This review is from: Xenosapien (Audio CD)
perspective is 9/10 of reality, the remaining tenth is reserved xclusively for profit-only intradimensional time shares...

time was - for the vast majority of bands - if the verdict, "their 1st album was their best, cause they were hungry", was handed out, it was true ('kill 'em all' instantly leaps to mind). fortunately this cannot be said about 'xenosapien', if anything this is easily Cephalic Carnage's strongest offering to date. the fact of the matter is, CC just keep getting better at their craft, grafting devastatingly tasty riffage onto xpert grind passages, producing metallic complications of the highest order

rocky mountain high never sounded so good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hydro Grind For the Masses!!!!, July 21, 2009
This review is from: Xenosapien [Vinyl] (Vinyl)
This is a landmark in grinding death metal. The 'phalic have become a truly unique outfit. If you like SUFFOCATION, BRUTAL TRUTH and .......say.........a slice of improv jazz......u shall dig this!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cephalic Carnage's Best Yet, July 7, 2007
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John W. Komdat "jwkomdat" (Rochester, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Xenosapien (Audio CD)
Xenosapien, as other reviewers have said, combines the best aspects of Cephalic Carnage's past albums. Cephalic Carnage is lightyears ahead of nearly every other band that could be considered "metal," and this album shows them at their best. Aside from Cephalic Carnage's intense speed and complexity, Xenosapien is an artfully crafted metal album with tireless sound quality and production. I am NOT a metalhead, or even usually able to listen to 99% of metal. But Cephalic Carnage are simply amazing.
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