Released: 2002, Dismal Records America
Back after a two-year hiatus, Crematorium is currently preparing their new full-length album. In the meantime, they’ve released this 4-song mission statement to let people know that they’re back. Even though they’ve been around since 1991, this is my first encounter with Crematorium. Their bio says that they’re death metal, but I don’t hear too much of that in their sound. Sure they’ve got semi-growled vocals, occasional blastbeats, and satanic album cover, but for the most part the band’s sound resides in the new hardcore style of bands like Shadows Fall. Or maybe that’s just a symptom of how close those two particular genres have gotten over the last few years.
Whatever the case, this disc failed to impress me. The band may be trying to “stretch the boundaries of extreme music” but it doesn’t sound like it to me. What I hear is a fairly paint-by-numbers disc that really doesn’t distinguish itself from most other bands in their genre.
The disc offers three originals (plus a cover of Metallica’s “Whiplash”), none of which are too great. “Carved from Deceit” would be OK if not for some annoying vocals, while “Cast the Stone” and “Unlearn” have some cool growls but dull music. On the plus side, their cover of “Whiplash” is heavy as hell and pretty cool. I dunno, I’m not really moved by this, but if you’re interested you can contact the band at: