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Xenosapien

Cephalic Carnage

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Album Review

There are some extreme metal bands that appear to have one single goal in sight, and that is to be deemed "the heaviest band on the planet." Well, Cephalic Carnage are certainly one of those bands in the front running for this title, as they've made a career out of pushing sonic boundaries. "So heavy it hurts" is a fitting description for their 2007 release, Xenosapien, which is one long, rapid-fire metallic frenzy from beginning to end. You'll become breathless just listening to the musical acrobatics on display throughout such tracks as "Divination & Volition," and you'll get a lump in your throat hearing how screamer Lenzig Leal pushes his vocal cords over the limit on "Touched by an Angel." Metal never sounded as precise nor as consistently punishing from beginning to end as it does throughout Xenosapien. The perfect soundtrack to listen to the next time you're sitting in the waiting room of your local dungeon's torture chamber.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

This crazy concoction of truly experimental grindcore, death metal, and jazz came together in Denver, CO, in 1992. Founding members Lenzig (vocals) and Zak (guitar) put together a demo entitled Scrape My Lungs in 1993 and then took a break until 1996 when they recruited John (drums), Steve (guitar), and Doug (bass). Soon after their reformation they released a second demo, Fortuitous Oddity, and then hit the road on a self-financed tour across the U.S. in 1997. It was during this tour that the band's...
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