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Cut Up: Forensic Nightmares

In October, I went to a local haunted house attraction as part of my Halloween celebrations. I had a good time, but there are always too many chain saws. I think I understand something of the fear, having seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but I think there's also just something jarring about the sound of that motor and the smell of the gas. When I see that one of the song titles is "Order of the Chainsaw," it brings to mind the strange logic not only of scaring people with those machines, but also the way we let them scare us. I could also mention Leatherface here, especially the part at the end of the original film when he swings his saw around and around in a futile effort to remind us all of his power. As always, he comes back for more in later films. The order of the chainsaw keeps going and going. The song, by the way, is also pretty solid.

This album pretty much lives up to the brutality of every song title. Like other albums of this kind, there is very little warm up for the onslaught of music and aggression. This is death metal that savors not only the grooves of the guitars, but also the way those grooves can quickly turn to thrash or grind. I liked this album better than the similarly brutal new release by Serial Butcher even though both are operating on roughly the same level. Cut Up has a slight advantage for me because the band moves slightly more in the direction of thrash. Still, both albums are engaging, if somewhat exhausting. If you're a fan of precisely this kind of metal, this album delivers the goods. It also features a good lineup of musicians—including Tobias Gustafsson and Erik Rundqvist from Vomitory but also Anders Bertilsson from Coldworker. Andreas Bjornson, from the band Fetus Stench, plays the drums. To my mind, he's the one who pushes this band into thrash territory. His drumming could wake the dead and get them thrashing. Check out "Dead and Impaled," "Forensic Nightmare," and "Stab and Stab Again."

Track Listing:
1. Enter Hell
2. Burial Time
3. Remember the Flesh
4. A Butchery Improved
5. Brain Cell Holocaust
6. Forensic Nightmares
7. Camouflesh
8. Order of the Chainsaw
9. Stab and Stab Again
10. Bunker Z16
11. Dead and Impaled

Added: November 2nd 2015
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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