Khthoniik Cerviiks – SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia) - Gatefolded -LP
350gsm Gatefold Jacket With Matt Varnish And Inside Flooded In Black
140g Black Vinyl
All bands, regardless of how intense their endeavors to achieve some degree of originality are, stand on the shoulders of those that came before them and are essentially nothing more than a product of their own past musical experiences and infatuations. To add some personal twist into proceedings is certainly a bonus, but it doesn’t happen very often (especially within the realm of contemporary death metal), resulting in endless line of insipid and faceless recordings. However, there are always at least a few of those bands who do everything right, meaning that they are consisted of competent, skilled musicians who spent their lives admiring and listening to all the right albums and whose own signature style and artistic personality are singular enough to grant music a distinctive flavor.
Khthoniik Cerviiks are one of them. Their highly acclaimed demo Heptaëdrone, released in 2014 by Iron Bonehead Productions, was another in line of those decent but not quite brilliant recordings, but it is with SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia) that they truly display their monumental musical eloquence and superior songwriting IQ.
In order to fully understand and appreciate the genius of Khthoniik Cerviiks, one must be familiar with the holy trinity of albums produced by Canadian band Voivod between 1987 and 1989, which to me represent the most unparalleled sequence of three consecutive albums in entire metal history. There are so many things that indicate these Germans are also obsessed with Killing Technology, Dimension Hatröss and Nothingface, and those similarities don’t shine exclusively through their music, but also through their affinity to put unnecessary umlauts in their song titles and to generally mess around with the way they write and pronounce words, the futuristic lyrical themes of demise caused by technological development and their logo and album cover that look as if being painted by Away himself. Make no mistake, the spirit of ancient Voivod is omnipresent on SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia) and I can’t imagine any up-and-coming death metal band being under a better influence.
Of course, this is not to say that these three young and extremely talented Germans are in ripping off business. No, Khthoniik Cerviiks are first and foremost a pure-blooded, ominous and repellent death metal band whose music is brimmed with personality and a sense of urgency, but still, there is something about riff progressions and harmonies on this album that just prevents me from escaping the impression that this is how Piggy would have sounded like had he recorded a death metal album back in 1988. Just listen to the entire last minute of Schizophradio (KC Exhalement 2.0: Technocide Inertiia), or the opening sequences of SeroLogiikal Scars (Sequence 1.0: Vertex Of Dementiia) and Biinary Epitome (Spyder’s Web) and you will easily get the picture. Simply amazing.
So, if you are looking for death metal that is both progressive and primitive, unapologetic, adventurous, otherworldly and above all intellectually stimulating, Khthoniik Cerviiks will effortlessly fulfill your desires. They are undoubtedly the most interesting band to come up in recent years and I can only hope that SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex Of Dementiia) is their Killing Technology, in a sense that their creative juices will flow hard enough for them to release at least two more masterpieces in another two or three years, just like Voivod did back in the day. All systems go, blow the reactors!