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The five madmen from Denver are at it again, folks. Yep, Cephalic Carnage roars back with XENOSAPIEN, yet another mindbending feather in the cap release from this groundbreaking unorthodox unit. Any band that can hop from a sludgy dirge to a face-peeling grindcore crescendo with the greatest of ease deserves nothing but the utmost praise (and nowadays that legion seems to be growing), yet these dudes go above and beyond the call of duty when serving the underground with their bastardized mix of stoner, death, doom, grind, and jazz metal. Crammed with dizzying tempo swings and jaw dropping guitar fills and riffs, tracks like "Divination & Volition" and "Let Them Hate So Long As They Fear" raise the bar of musical chaos with every shrieked vocal line, while "Endless Cycle of Violence" showcases the outfit's technical metal prowess a la Mastodon, and "G.lobal O.verhaul D.evice" demonstrates that the band's expansive knowledge on how to slow it down to mercilessly brutal levels, with a horn interlude to boot. Way beyond the norm and off the chart, XENOSAPIEN is another triumphant accomplishment by the shape-shifting juggernaut known as Cephalic Carnage.
- Mike SOS