2/12/2019

Laceration- Remnants (Album Review)


Musician: Laceration
Album Title: Remnants
Genre/ Subgenre: Thrash/ Death Metal
Label: Unspeakable Axe Records
Release Date: February 8, 2019

Laceration are a Bay Area death/ thrash metal band. They formed in 2006 and play music that is fast, aggressive, and heavy. After a five year hiatus, they are back and currently working on their debut album. In the meantime, they have put out Remnants through the label they have joined, Unspeakable Axe Records. This compilation album features: demo and tracks from the split that they did with Tinnitus and from 2009's Consuming Reality and Realms of Unconscious.

Their style of music is very rooted in an old school sound that is extremely welcomed and technically proficient. Their influences clearly lie in bands like Possession, Beneath the Remains and Arise era Sepultura, Death, and German thrashers like Sodom and Kreator. The resulting sound is fucking awesome and uncompromising.

The opening track "Realms Of The Unconscious" has an acoustic intro that leads into thundering  and thrashing music that recalling Metallica and the aforementioned Sepultura. The barked out growling vocals of signer and guitarist Luke Cazares adds seething anger and menace to the head ripping song. "Shadows of Existence" (of which two versions appear, including the closing track which is from the demo of it) opens with a killer riff that as it adds drums and bass builds to a pounding song that has no mercy and rips with unadulterated speed. "Exhausted In Form"'s haunting intro gives a chilling and death filled air. As it drifts away, we are given a masterfully song filled with crunch, soaring riffage, and evil sounding vocals that recalls bands like Demolition Hammer. It is my favorite song found on this compilation. Meanwhile, the pulverizing "Hobo With A Shotgun", clearly inspired by the bloody and wild exploitation, horror, action, comedy film of the name, will snap necks with its ferocity.


Remnants is an awesome compilation from Laceration. It is a great introduction to these decidedly old-school sytled death thrashers. The music is fast, heavy, and angry, just as fans would want it to be. I can't wait for their debut album, as if this is any indication of what they are capable of doing Laceration will fucking kill with it. For now, we headbangers have this fucking killer release to enoy and savor!


4 out of 5

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