It's good to see this made an eventual release considering that half of the band was gone due to internal strife. I've listened to each of Biomechanical's CDs from "Eight Moons" to "Empires of the Worlds" to "Cannabalised" and they have gotten more violent and punishing as they went along. "Eight Moons" was mostly progressive and introspective. "EotW" added more brutality to their output with songs like "Assaulter" and "Enemy Within". "Cannabalised" has gone over the edge that they previously set--way over. Closest metal I've heard to this style, which is a hybrid of progressive and thrash, is Strapping Young Lad's last couple efforts, Fear Factory and a lesser-known band named Outworld. It changes rhythm often and John K's vocals border on complete hysteria. The consistent comparisons to Phil Anselmo's growling should go away with John staying more to his higher ranges. Traditional metal usually has a steady rhythm or riff for the listener to focus and ground themselves on, but listening to "Cannabalised" is akin to grabbing at items in the midst of a tornado or maybe a multi-car pile up. This is very turbulent, decentered, extreme metal the majority of the way through. Simply, it's not for the weak.
About this Writer: Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.
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