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Review: Cardiac Arrest - Haven for the Insane
Cardiac Arrest
Haven for the Insane

Label: Ibex Moon Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 48:11
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: August 12, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (16 Votes)

Some pretty cool Death Metal from Chicago here. Cardiac Arrest's brand of Death Metal is mostly influenced by old school USDM, though one can hear more modern influences creeping in here and there. The vocals and raw throaty growls for the most part, with some more guttural vocals making an appearance here and there. The album is mid to fast-paced, though it never gets to the point of being a wall of sound made of hyperspeed blastbeats and guitars on steroids. Old school, remember?

The guitars are often a bit on the Thrash side of things without quite lowering the bar that low, but you'll still find some guitar melodies reminiscent of early Megadeth and the likes (check out the beginning of "Entrance the Aftermath".) "Rage On...Fuck Off" kicks off with a "1...2... Fuck You!" that is bound to make any fan of Slaughter (Canada, of course) smile. Not sure if that's a tribute, but it catches me off guard every time.

Cardiac Arrest marry speedy, in-your-face Death Metal with slow, grinding, melodic and very catchy Death/Thrash, effortlessly alternating between the two and as a listener it's barely noticeable since they've managed to make it flow together pretty well. Haven for the Insane is both dark and fun at the same time and is bound to please both the more extreme thrashers as well as death metallers.

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