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Biomechanical
Cannabalised

Company: Earache
Release: 2007
Reviewer: Nailer
Rating: 4



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.
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Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: BIOMECHANICAL
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
CannabalisedBiomechanical
2007
Frank Hill2/1/2008
Eight MoonsBiomechanical
2003
Frank Hill10/8/2003
Empires of the WorldsBiomechanical
2005
Frank Hill6/12/2005


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: BIOMECHANICAL

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ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: BIOMECHANICAL
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
John KBiomechanicalFrank Hill6/10/2005
John KBiomechanicalFrank Hill10/23/2003


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