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July 2004
Released: 2004, Olympic Recordings
Rating: 3.8/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

BRUTAL—the title says it all. The debut release from Finnish supergroup, Chaosbreed, is unrelenting from start to finish. Combining equal elements of death and thrash, BRUTAL features ten tracks done up right by present and former members of Sentenced, Amorphis, Moonsorrow and The Black League. Joining them is Uffe Cederlund and Jorgen Sandstrom from Entombed on guitars and background vocals. With a lineage like that, how can BRUTAL be anything but?

“Wretched Life” is an excellent kick-off with furious riffing and Taneli Jarva’s raspy growl. “Casket Ride” has some great hooks and a cool spoken part. “Faces of Death” borrows liberally from the main riff of Slayer’s “South of Heaven” making it one of the best tracks on the CD. “Rotting Alive” is a thrashy monster that takes the groove of Six Feet Under and adds a pretty cool solo. “Demon Skunk” brings in a church organ to close out the song and put an air of creepiness in the mix. “Shitgrinder” is a speed/punk-influenced track that gets heads a-banging, but at 1:37, it is over before you know it. “f/c/d/c” has a thick groove to it and some cool grunting/barking sounds that ease into the choruses.

As far as supergroups go, Chaosbreed is pretty good. While its members still have their dayjobs, this is a welcome project whose next album will be the real test. If it’s as good as BRUTAL, Chaosbreed always have something to fall back on.

KILLER KUTS: “Casket Ride,” “Faces of Death,” “Rotting Alive,” “f/c/d/c”
Track Listing

1. Wretched Life
2. Casket Ride
3. Faces of Death
4. Moralized
5. Rotting Alive
6. Demon Skunk
7. Shitgrinder
8. Symptoms of the Flesh
9. f/c/d/c
10. An Evil Eye


Taneli Jarva—Vocals
Marko Tarvonen—Guitar
Esa Holopainen—Guitar
Oppu Laine—Bass
Nalle Osterman—Drums

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