Formed in the bowels of Chicago way back in 1997, Cardiac Arrest should need no introduction to ardent fans of rotting and blood-drenched death metal, for these grave-dwellers have been carving out aural nightmares of perishing and grime for decades.
Now, more than half a dozen albums deep into their 23-year career, Cardiac Arrest have again have delivered a masterstroke that bands a third of their age would be jealous to release: The Day That Death Prevailed. Much like they did with their previous album for Memento Mori, 2018's acclaimed A Parallel Dimension of Despair, Cardiac Arrest stick to their guns, but come out with those guns fully blazing! Tastes may change, but these U.S. diehards continue to stay true to the iron-clad ethos of genuine, all-caps DEATH METAL; if anything, they get better with age. Indeed, the title The Day That Death Prevailed is fitting, for their rigorously fine-tuned form of death metal squarely harkens to older, purer days - when true songwriting was valued most, and the disgusting chops to back it up. Cardiac Arrest do both here, gutsfucking the listener with a fiercely focused mix of headbanging gallops and well-timed bouts of blasting, a streamlined, shit-heavy steamroller that's as catchy as the clap; hooks and grooves and generally memorable nastiness are all sliced and sluiced across The Day That Death Prevailed with absolute ease. But lest one think "catchy" means "soft," think again: these Chicago miscreants are ever committed to horror in the most classic sense, just like aesthetic forebears Grave, Master, Benediction, Obituary, Cianide, Malevolent Creation, and of course, the Floridian masters Death and Massacre.
released July 27, 2020
Adam Scott - Guitar, Vocals
Nick Gallichio - Drums
Tom Knizner - Guitar, Backing Vocals
David Holland - Bass, Backing, Vocals
Recorded and Mixed at Room 36 Woodridge, IL. by Nick Gallichio
Mastering by Javier Felez at Moontower Studios
Art by Eric Rot
Layout by Silvester "The Gorenome" Koorevaar
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supported by 19 fans who also own “The Day That Death Prevailed”
Such an essential EP for people following "new guard" knuckledragging shit, straight up 11 minutes of some of the best death I've heard in my *admittedly short* life
Fuck the hype, this is the cream, hyped for the LP blastbeatsamirite
supported by 18 fans who also own “The Day That Death Prevailed”
High-caliber Autopsy worship with sick subcavernous vox. Shit-tons of riff and tempo changes; macabre riff progressions punctuated by crushing double-bass/chug passages, sweet Autopsy death/doom and the occasional lethal tremolo-torture lead. (Twitter review) Old Man Metal