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Laceration - Remnants

by Louise Brown at 18 February 2019, 4:54 AM

California Death Metal band LACERATION formed in 2006 and has managed to release three demos and an EP in addition to the compilation album "Remnants".  "Remnants" was released in 2018 and it's what I am reviewing today.

The album starts out with "Realms Of The Unconscious". The song has a melodic intro which gradually speeds up and becomes much heavier as the Thrash Metal influence becomes evident. Infused with powerful percussion, a well-defined bass-line and some impressive fretwork by guitarists Donnie Small and Luke Cazares the track moves along quickly and is extremely good. "Self Deprivation" starts out with sound very similar to early SLAYER music; think "War Ensemble" and you'll get the idea. Once Corey Toleu begins to sing the song switches to something that sounds similar to SEPULTURA. Either way, the track is enjoyable and should be played at a loud volume for the best effect.

My personal favorite off of the album is "Shadows Of Existence" which is both the third and tenth track on the album. Since it is a compilation I have to cautiously assume that one version is the original while another version has been perhaps remastered a bit. I really didn't notice a substantial difference between the two versions so your guess is as good as my own. Luckily, both versions are excellent examples of Bay Area-style Death Metal with a heavy Thrash Metal tone added for good measure. "Shadows Of Existence" is the type of song that many Thrash Metal fans pretty much exist for and will not disappoint anyone who is really into the genre.

Once again I found myself listening to this album and constantly making notes like, "Great!" or "Excellent" about each of the ten songs on it. While it's not perfect (the inclusion of "Shadows Of Existence" twice, for example, causes some confusion) it's far from being a failure. If you are a fan of old school Bay Area Death Metal then you will appreciate what LACERATION has to offer. I certainly did. "Remnants" should be a part of any serious metal head's collection.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Realms Of The Unconscious
2. Self Deprivation
3. Shadows Of Existence
4. Exhausted In Form
5. Bred To Consume
6. Hobo With A Shotgun
7. Critical Biopsy
8. Arise Within
9. Taphephobia
10. Shadows Of Existence
Corey Toleu-  Vocals, bass
Luke Cazares-  Vocals, guitar
Donnie Small-  Lead guitar
Mike Simon-  Drums
Record Label: Unspeakable Axe Records


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