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CENOTAPH
CENOTAPH
Rise Of Excruciation
(Dahmer Productions)
34:04min

If you're following the evolution of the pure Death Metal underground for quite a while now, you probably have come across Mexico's CENOTAPH in one way or another at one time. These guys formed back in 1989 and released their first official demo "Rise Of Excruciation" the same year already. The four original songs of this classic tape, along with three bonus tracks (live versions of the AUTOPSY cover 'Ridden With The Disease' and the band's own composition 'Sectophobia', as well as an additional studio recording, 'Evoked Doom') just got re-released through the brand-new label Dahmer Productions. Judging the CD by today's standards, this re-issue is without a doubt only of interest for real die hard underground maniacs, who don't give a shit about perfect sound quality or impressive packaging as both is rather poor here. Especially the sound of live tracks... I suppose they were simply taken from an old live tape, so don't expect too much here. Musically this is still highly enjoyable though, true fuckin' Death Metal in its most purest form (totally old school sounding, with similarities to likeminded acts of the past, such as DEATH, GRAVE, AUTOPSY etc.), but not necessarily suitable for a CD release. Maybe a simple tape re-issue would've made more sense in order not to disappoint those who aren't aware of the material's origin. By the way, just in case you don't know it yet - two of the band's members - Oscar Clorio (drums) and Daniel Corchado (bass / vocals) are nowadays involved in THE CHASM. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, but can't find it in your local area or mail-order lists, feel free to contact the label directly: Dahmer Productions, c/o Miguel Angel Rivera, P.O. Box 18-815, 11801 Mexico D.F., Mexico, e-mail: dahmerprodsmexico@yahoo.com.mx

Frank Stöver

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