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On disc: Kerasphorus

Cloven Hooves At The Holocaust Dawn - Mike Thompson - 9 stars

Cloven Hooves At The Holocaust Dawn

Cloven Hooves At The Holocaust Dawn
(Nuclear War Now! - 2010)

This EP is the first release from Kerasphorus, but the members have all been in respected bands such as Cremation, Order From Chaos and Angelcorpse. In this release this American blackened death trio off nought but punishing and crushing extreme metal.
I could wax lyrical about the influences on this short release, draw comparisons to other bands that you may or may not have heard but really, what would be the point? All you need to know is this EP will cause you to smash your head into a wall until your face is nothing but a coagulated mess of blood and bone, after which you'll laugh maniacally as a nuclear explosion tears the skin from your mortal frame.
Musicianship on this aural holocaust is well above par. The vocals are hoarse and barely decipherable litanies invoking the apocalypse. The drumming is an infernal war engine akin to a battalion of howitzers letting rip on an unsuspecting target. The guitars are a full-force hurricane of destruction, a poison wind of death from the underworld. The bass, barely audible in most modern extreme metal, is prominent in the attack and hits you with the force of a battering ram.
This EP may not feature anything particularly innovative, but if you want pure crushing extreme metal that doesn't let up in its furious assault then look no further than Kerasphorus!

9 stars

Mike Thompson


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