"Among the Damned" (Horror Rock; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Kettle Cadaver play an intense music with a death metal / industrial slant. But you probably won't remember them for that. Instead, you'll never forget the images of front man Edwin Borsheim as he mutilates himself live on stage with such items as metal screws, syringes, barbed wire, nuts, bolts and staple guns. Yes, the blood is real. And there's lots of it.

Despite the carnage, however, the music is pretty good. The band plays a style of music that's extreme but also very atmospheric ... something that isn't so easy to do. Imagine trying to make Cannibal Corpse or Cattle Decapitation "eerie."  Not so simple. Kettle Cadaver, however, manage to make their music just that. Watching "Among the Damned' is like watching a musical rendition of the wildest possible "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" film (we're talking the originals here; not the generic re-makes). The DVD plays like a horror film, but though the blood and gore is very real.

Some may prefer to simply listen to Kettle Cadaver rather than experience the entire audio-visual packaged contained herein. It's certainly easier on the stomach. Still, watching the completely uncut and uncensored "Among the Damned" definitely ups the ante. Whether or not that's your cup of tea ... well, that's entirely up to you.

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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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