on 29 March 2005
As stated in the previous review, fans of technical Death Metal bands such as Atheist, Pestilence, Cynic or Human-era Death need to pick this album up as quickly as they can, because it will simply blow them away. Featuring riffs which are more intricate than most other bands' solos and including the distinctive gruff vocals of Trivium's Matt Heafy, riffs and vocals courtesy of Crotchduster's Jason Suecof (the main driving force behind this band), and the ridiculously talented Daniel Mongrain (Martyr / Gorguts) on lead guitar, this is absolutely essential listening for anyone who likes their Death Metal to contain musicianship of the very highest order. If the bands already mentioned appeal to you, you should waste no time in checking out Capharnaum because they will impress you, without a shadow of a doubt. If you imagine the sound of Tech-Death legends Atheist, except with two equally powerful vocalists and a far meatier production, you won't be too far from what Capharnaum sound like. Utterly brilliant in other words, go and buy it! Willowtip records have come up with yet another absolute gem.
on 25 March 2004
I love Deaths record "Human" and adores the technicality it contains without compromising the melodies. This record can maybe not be compared to that masterpiece but it sure comes close! The technicality is outstanding (dont think I have heard better), the leads is infectious, the riffs inventive and simply cool!, the drumming inhuman and it still manages to "flow" with the music which not often is the case when this level of technique is applied (not just speed/tech for the sake of making things difficult but to make it interesting!).
I do not like Dillinger Escape Plan because they make music that is to crazy for me and they don't make "songs" but just jumbled music parts. Capharnaum keeps the pieces together and makes them Shine!
I love this record and it took some spins to finally sink in but now... it's AWESOME! Do yourself a favor and buy this record NOW! (especially if you like Death, Cynic, Theory in practice etc
Cheers from Sweden (Stockholm)
on 23 September 2005
Fractured is a revelation. Technical Florida Death Metal from Connecticut natives Jason & Jordan Suecof. The two brothers formed Capharnaum when they were just kids! Jason (who is also a producer)plays guitar, while Jordan plays drums. The lads were joined by Daniel Mongrain (Martyr) on guitar and Mike Poggione (Monstrosity) on Bass. As far as the album is concerned the only thing i can criticize on the entire album is the vocals, which are screeched by Matt Heafy of Trivium fame.
The vocals will be way too 'Metalcorish' for some people (me included)to handle. However, there is hope as two of the songs on the album ('Machines' and the excellent 'Icon of Malice') are sung (sic) by Jason Suecof in a more suitable death metal style. Overall 'fractured' is a great album bar the pansy metalcore vocals. It's worth checking out.