Almost two decades after …Got What He Deserved was released, we’re finally treated to a new LP by Spain’s ugliest Satanic export, Christ Denied. For those unfamiliar with the band, they play a style of Brutal Death Metal that’s more typical of a Gore/Grind band than one that hates Christ and praises Satan. This should stand to reason, being that Dave Rotten and Roger Infected are more known for their work in bands like Infected Flesh (Roger), and Avulsed and Putrevore (Dave). The music is decidedly old-school Brutal Death Metal, primarily influenced by the first wave of Pathological Death Metal (essentially the sons of Carcass). It’s slower than most of the Gore/Grind bands that populated that genre, but they make up for the lack of speed with more brutality. What most folks will have a problem with is the vocals. They’re pretty one-dimensional, mostly consisting of Dave growling “Uh-Uh-Uh” in a pitch that’s just slightly above that of Demilich vocalist Antti Boman, and Roger following Dave by gurgling “Gree-Gree-Gree” like some evil mutant toad. If you’ve ever wondered what a Death Metal band formed by Cookie Monster and Kermit the Frog would sound like, this is it. The vocals definitely take some getting used to. If you can get past that, Cancer Eradication is a fairly good LP, though a bit on the hokey side. It isn’t totally awesome, but it does remind me of the early ’90s era of Death Metal. I remember a lot of bands sounding like this back in those days. It’s definitely a throwback in terms of style and sound, so fans of more modern Brutal Death Metal may not like this.
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