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Review: Visions of Disfigurement / Chainsaw Castration – Involuntary Cranial Excision

Review by Adriana.

Two great slammers, Visions of Disfigurement and Chainsaw Castration, came together to create this tasty little side album, with Chainsaw Castration leading on the first 3 tracks and VoD with the last 3. The first track doesn’t seem to do anything more than establish what is to come: dirty, violent slam. “Contorted and Aborted” is where this album really starts. It’s fast right from the get-go and already makes you want to kick something. Low­ tuned guitars that play slow notes contrast perfectly with the fast, cymbal smashing drums. The vocals sound more evil as they get higher and overlay angry, beatdown madness that is “Contorted and Aborted.”

The third track is “Enucleation Euphoria” and sounds like the brother of “Contorted and Aborted” that continued on, but made it heavier. “Enucleation Euphoria” has more in the way of guitar riffs and vocal variation. There isn’t much to comment on, except that this song has killer riffs that lead into beatdowns with vocals that switch between guttural and the higher pitched angry tone that was mentioned earlier.

“0161” is when VoD makes their entrance on Involuntary Cranial Excision. This song is the same as Chainsaw Castration’s first track in the sense that they both are short intro tracks that establish the setting for the following tracks. The extremely fast drums, sick vocals, and heavily distorted and down­ tuned guitars on “Necrotic Cranial Fornication” give VoD some bragging rights. This song has parts that are very fast and parts that are slow, but build up to fast sections again. The slower/breakdown ­type sections feature Dan Bramley’s stamina with long pig squeals that make time slow down. This side project/album/collaboration is fun, slamming, and short. I would have taken out the intro tracks both bands did, but that’s because I’m not a fan of short intro tracks like those. The production was decent, nothing overpowered anything else. If you have 20 minutes to listen to music, this is a good candidate.

I rate this 7.8/10, only because of the intro tracks threw it off for me.

You can pick up Involuntary Cranial Excision on their Bandcamp, and pick up the album’s t-shirt on the band’s Big Cartel.


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