Thursday, May 11, 2023

Demo Review: Cranial Surgery "Promo 2019" (Independent) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Cranial Surgery
Location: East Java
Country: Indonesia
Genre: Death metal
Format: Digital
Release date: October 12, 2019
A CD I snagged recently from CDN Records for five bones was the 2019 promo from Cranial Surgery. I bought this CD blind as I have never heard the band before…but when the disc came in the mail I was quick to put it on. On this promo there are 3 tracks—an intro and two songs including “Devoured Hate” and “Butchering Under Skin”.
First and foremost I need to mention the guitar solos on both tracks. They can only be described as “blistering” and remind me of the work of Dying Fetus on their Grotesque Impalement EP and all releases before that. Secondly—there are a handful of high shrieks—but vocally this is mostly of the “satanic cookie monster” style. The drum work is excellent I might add and overall this is a nice little blast of grindy death. The CD itself is a nicely printed disc with a single card insert in a plain paper sleeve—so nothing too fancy.
The only negative thing I have to say is that this was way too short—but as it is a promo I guess it is what it is. It leaves me hungering for more though! I will for sure snag anything from this band as it becomes available to me—providing the shipping isn’t too insane and the price is just right! -Devin J. Meaney

Orry: Vocals
Sanders: Guitars, bass
Arap: Guitars, backing vocals
Agus: Drums

Track list:
1. Intro
2. Devoured Hate
3. Butchering Underskin

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