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Xenosapien [Vinyl]

Cephalic CarnageVinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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Endless Cycle of Violence

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Formed in Denver, Colorado, CEPHALIC CARNAGE has set out to break down musical barriers by raising both the expectations and standards of extremity in heavy music. A unique musical hybrid, CEPHALIC CARNAGE thrives on integrating experimental aspects into their unique, forward-thinking style.

In 1998, CEPHALIC released their debut album, ‘Conforming To Abnormality’ and ... Read more in Amazon's Cephalic Carnage Store

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  • Vinyl (May 29, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B000OY8OLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Endless Cycle of Violence
2. Divination & Volition
3. Molting
4. Touched by an Angel
5. Vaporized
6. Heptarchy (In the UK)
7. G. Lobal O. Verhaul D. Evice
8. Let Them Hate So Long as They Fear
9. The Omega Point
10. Megacosm of the Aquaphobics
11. Ov Vicissitude

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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
Format: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.
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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
By M.
Format: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
Format: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.
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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
Format: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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2.0 out of 5 stars brutality with techno?!? August 17, 2013
By andrada
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
Format: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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