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“Karma, Bloody Karma” by Cattle Decapitation

Artist: Cattle Decapitation
Title: “Karma, Bloody Karma”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 7/11/2006
Genre: Grindcore
Rating: 4/5

If Karma has anything to do with how one’s expectation is perceived then Cattle Decapitation more than live up to the lavishly destructive combination of killer instinct and constructive chaos embedded in their own existence. Since 1997’s Ten Torments of The Damned the blood flowed, the bowels fretted and the brain fried in Cattle Decapitation’s cataclysmic karma and death drill. Bleeding from their bowls and brooding from the boils of their previous barrage, Cattle Decapitation brings forth their latest effort. Greeting Grindcore aficionados with an accentuated assault on the academician. The design of their destiny is the bloody karma of Cattle Decap’s latest cacophony. There is no guise of groundbreaking greatness, rather, it’s a refinement of their readily available assault on the aural ideal that makes Karma.Bloody.Karma so successfully sanguine.
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“Fallout From The War” by Shadow’s Fall

Artist: Shadow’s Fall
Title: “Fallout From The War”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 6/13/2006
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 2.5/5

The fallout from being one of the quintessential artifacts of the New England Metalcore scene lends itself to the uneventful execution by stalwarts Shadows Fall. Delivering uneven, tremor trembling thrash metal…or something like that from the fallout of a war, the western Massachusetts Metal core mayhem that once defined the SF execution now sees itself come to terms with tumultuous tenacity. The release is a multi-song full-length that is more apt to be an EP or B-side status than a true-to-form full-length album.
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“Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead” by Skinless

Artist: Skinless
Title: “Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead”
Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: 6/13/2006
Genre: Grindcore
Rating: 5/5

To Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead should be the mantra of every technically inspired Grind outfit on the planet. The bombastic approach that defines the genre is as much about the imagery as it is of the end-result on the listener’s tympanic membrane. Leaving the ear-bled ruins of Death Metal’s underbelly gasping for their own survival, Skinless has returned with what might be a new benchmark for the genre.
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“The Truth” by Bleeding Through

Artist: Bleeding Through
Title: “Truth”
Label: Trustkill Records
Release Date: 1/10/2006
Genre: Metal Core
Rating: 3

The Truth. Sincerity, integrity and a fidelity to an original standard. The Truth is Bleeding Through’s latest offering and their attempt at living up to the boldness of their title in an Orange County frame of mind. The Truth is also Bleeding Through’s pick up right where they left off on This is Love, This is Murderous, (their Trustkill Records debut) with a predictably solid offering of riff-laden romance gone wrong. It features an even more polished production and an even tighter delivery with more focused song structures. The Truth builds upon the breakdowns, the keyboard undertones and blackened hardcore that the quintet has become known for. Bleeding Through are designed to evoke passionate responses and one can not help but feel during the record the seismic pain that the band expresses. However, unlike the rawness of their debut this is paved over by an opportunity to share it more with the masses. The choruses are more prominent and the definition features a simplistic sensibility in the tried-and-true of the current scene.
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