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Crematorium - For All Our Sins - reviewed by: 1EVIL1

Track Listing

1. Seasons Of Nothingness
2. The Murder Process
3. Through Adversity
4. Nightmares Fused Within Reality
5. Unlearn
6. A Disconsolate Winter Landscape
7. The Dying Place
8. Life:Sick
9. Bright Lights, Grey Skies
10. Carved From Deceit
11. Hidden
12. From Order And Chaos
This band is about nothing but straight up head-banging metal!

LA lends the talents of Crematorium to brutally kick our ass with undying aggro/death groove. Proven on songs like the lead tracks "Seasons Of Nothingness","The Murder Process" and "Through Adversity". These guys really hit the mark with what I believe to be their strongest point GROOVE which is just bleeding through out the whole album. Take that mixed with drums straight from the heart of hell combined with the machine driven riffing styles of Frank & Moshe and you create the recipe for infectious metal.

Each song is filled with so many twists, turns and breakdowns structurally ("Nightmares Fused Within Reality") you cant help but be captivated. Check out the atmospheric and creepy instrumentals "A Disconsolate Winter Landscape" and album closer "From Order And Chaos" to see that these guys are not just out on a killing spree. This is the type of musical blend that has been missing from the metal scene for awhile, combining the best elements of hard-core, death metal (Morbid Angel influences throughout), black metal, thrash metal, doom metal and the Swedish styling made famous by In Flames (Whoracle). To hear an onslaught of all these elements combined check out "Life:Sick" and "Bright Lights, Grey Skies".

Not to take anything away from the CD because its excellently produced and mixed thanks to Michael Rozon but if you ever get the chance see this band live they are tight and the sound will blow you away. Rarely do you get a live performance of such caliber. 12 tracks of killer and absolutely no filler on this album. If you like your metal tainted with a little hard-core and plenty of groove look no further than CREMATORIUM! The future of metal has come!

--1EVIL1 5.20.03

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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For All Our SinsCrematorium
2002
Troy Cole5/23/2003


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