Cardiac Arrest – The Day That Death Prevailed

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Cardiac Arrest – The Day That Death Prevailed
Reviewed: August 2020
Released: 2020, Memento Mori
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

Chicago’s Cardiac Arrest are like that mosquito from Jurassic Park – stuck in amber, frozen in time while the world evolved around it. And you remember how much crap that mosquito ended up causing, right?

THE DAY THAT DEATH PREVAILED is the Cardiac Arrest’s latest release, and it sounds as fresh as if it was released in 1992. The band has never shied away from their old school roots, nor have they made any attempts to polish their sound. Recalling fellow death metal relics like Autopsy, Incantation, and Cianide, these 9 new tunes recall a time when the world was simpler and death metal was in its brutal infancy.

Songs about ghouls, mass annihilation, and general nastiness are present in ample supply, as are caveman riffs deployed with brute force. But the band really brings their A-game on shorter, faster tunes like “Naegelric Outbreak”, “Eradicate the Masses” and “Sodomite.” Ripping through your speakers like the Tazmanian Devil on amphetamines, they’ll make you long for the circle pits we lost this Summer…

Cardiac Arrest have been doing their thing for over 20 years now, proving themselves elder statesmen of the Midwest metal scene and shrugging off the fads and trends of the last 2 decades. THE DAY THAT DEATH PREVAILED is a no-frills old school death metal album, and if there was ever a time when we needed some musical comfort food – we’re living in it.


Track List:
1. Thrive on the Fear
2. Naegelric Outbreak
3. Birth of Hideki
4. Plague Ridden Destiny
5. A Call for Violence
6. Eradicate the Masses
7. Endless Dread
8. Sodomite
9. Up from Oblivion


Adam Scott – Vocals, Guitar
Dave Holland – Bass, Vocals
Tom Knizner – Guitars, Vocals
Nick Gallichio – Drums