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Capharnaum are a technical death metal from Florida, the death metal Mecca, but this half-hour album of brutal, catchy riffs, hostile yells and great guitar solos really doesn't accomplish anything that many others haven't to greater effect.
The band's core is the Suecof brothers Jason and Jordan on guitar and drums respectively, and together they form a tight death metal outfit, Jason in particular being the real stand-out with his excellent melodic guitars that never sound forced in the way much melodic death metal tends to, especially nowadays. The album's second most significant problem is that the songs don't go anywhere particularly interesting, mostly being of average length with little in the way of the progressive tendencies expected of "technical" death metal, and there isn't an awful lot that stands out. The album's primary failing, however, is the vocal performance of Matt Heafy.
Heafy's hardcore-style yelling really doesn't sit well with death metal, especially of this variety which customarily features a deeper, more guttural tone to work alongside the heavier tones, rather than screaming out for attention in this way. Even the length of less than thirty minutes is disappointing; at first, I assumed this would be due to the songs packing enough content that extra time would be superfluous, but ultimately it just seems like a lazy excuse to avoid writing any more material.
'Fractured' won't be aggressive enough for brutal death metal fans, catchy enough for casual metal fans, or interesting enough for prog or guitar fans.
3. Perpetuate Catatonia
5. Icon of Malice
6. Reins of Humanity
7. The Scourge Trial
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 Perpetuate Catatonia
5 Icon Of Malice
6 Reins Of Humanity
7 Scourge Trial