Cadaver – “D.G.A.F.” EP (Nuclear Blast)
Battle Helm Rating
You may not give a f–k, but with a legacy going back to 1989, this Norwegian band were the first to release a death metal album. Cadaver have since been held in cult status, not in the least by Jeff Walker and Bill Steer of Carcass, who signed them as teenagers to their label Necrosis Records (a sub label of Earache) and issued “Hallucinating Anxiety”. Indeed, the opening number to this 3 track EP features Walker guesting on the chorus as a tip of the hat to the legacy of his own great band! Formed by guitarist / bassist / vocalist Anders Odden (Satyricon, Celtic Frost, Magenta) in 1988, Cadaver has featured in its ranks the likes of Apollyon (Immortal, Aura Noir, Dødheimsgard) and Czral (Ved Buens Ende, Dødheimsgard, Aura Noir) among its more renowned members and this time around he has attracted none other than Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, Soilwork) on drums to complete the circle. Whirring in like a surgeon’s electric saw on ‘D.G.A.F.’, Odden’s thick, hammer smashing riffs chug away to the hard precision drums of Verbeuren before it all whizzes off in a stampede of double bass beats and insane wailing guitars as if in a chopping frenzy, while the sick vocal drawls add the final touch to this blood splattered gore fest. With a huge scything old school riff on ‘Deformed Insanity’, clanging melodies collide with Verbeuren’s sophisticated mix of powering beats and cymbals, all timed to perfection with Odden’s sickly spat screams while the arrangements of alternating speed really do the trick not just in shuddering your soul but truly scrambling your mind too. Slowing down for ‘Disgrace’, wailing and squealing guitars intro another blast beating, harsh vocalled execution, but it’s the absolutely catchy monster hook that truly sinks itself deep into you like a tornado refusing to let go as its twisted revolutions speed up faster and faster until its frenzied climax – a land speed record no less! Make this death metal orgy your soundtrack to the end of days.