Review: Crematorium

“A World Where Only Nightmares Prevail”
(Dismal Records)

This is Death Metal by every definition of the genre, but Crematorium’s influences do not begin at Napalm Death and end with Obituary. In their music one can hear the old bay area thrashings of Exodus and Possessed and the vital excitement of that scene. One can hear hardcore-influenced bass work and in some of the vocal delivery patterns. “A World Where Only Nightmares Prevail” is a three song E.P. with a fourth bonus track, a cover of Metallica’s Whiplash, which cleverly opens with samples of Metallica talking about playing fast and those who might consider them sell-outs. The samples are taken from Cliff ‘em All, but reek of beautiful irony and poignancy after the Napster battles and considering they are, after all, sell-outs. Sell-outs of the spirit and bitches of the right leaning multi-billion dollar record industry. Just so your’re not confused if you jumped to the end of this review, I digressed from my review of the delightful Crematorium to speak briefly of Metallica. Sorry if I caused any mild to severe discombobulation.