"What Have We Become?" (Hell and Death; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

California metal troupe Cerberus returns with a scorching five-track release. Punishing and heavy yet tuneful, this act's intense barrage of riffs fly at your head at alarming rates while the jackhammer rhythms and scalding vocals thoroughly hold their ground. 

"Obsidian" showcases the group's Gothenburg by way of Tampa, Fl influence, while the title track suggests that this band looked to its fellow statesmen to learn some Bay Area thrash metal tactics. 

Bleeding metal throughout without giving you a chance to catch your breath, "What Have We Become?" is a solid offering that heavy music purveyors can easily sink their teeth into. 

For more information, check out www.cerberusmusic.com

"The Cage of Existence" (Hell and Death; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

From the opening scream of "The Cage of Existence," Cerberus establishes its place as an unwaveringly volatile entity. 

This ferocious 10-track disc explodes with shards of death metal proficiency and thrash metal technicality. And then, the gargled glass vocals seal the deal, thrusting tracks like the nasty "Fractured Extraction" into death metal's upper echelon. 

Fortified with crushing death metal grooves, "Brutal Remains" lashes out with bold aggression, while the acoustic intro on "The Path..." foreshadows yet another battering courtesy of "The Gates of Mercy." 

Meshing classic metal's crunch with a heavy-handed death metal aura, this California-based quintet delivers a metal album whose unbridled fury and thrash metal prowess are top notch. 

For more information, check out www.cerberusmusic.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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