Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Captain Cleanoff - Rising Terror

Rising Terror cover art

One of the things that always captures my imagination with heavy metal is how sometimes there are obvious combinations lurking just beneath the surface. Such is the case with Captain Cleanoff a band who find an unholy fusion of the most vile grind with crossover thrash riffs that makes for music that will appeal to a wide range of extreme metal fans. Endlessly aggressive Captain Cleanoff are great because it almost feels like they are the logical endgame for thrash metal meaning their new record Rising Terror is an instant classic.

The thing is, there is almost a sense of... dare I say, fun? to the Captain Cleanoff sound. Sure these songs blast forward and are wonderfully brutal, but they also have that DRI-ish sense of humor. They deal with serious topics but you can see yourself getting into a circle pit with your friends for this shit. It's a delicate balance that Captain Cleanoff find themselves in but it helps to make them great. Beyond that, Rising Terror is ruthlessly efficient with sixteen songs and only one track, the epic closer, Threads, clocking in at over two minutes. It makes for a record that never lets you get bored and instead pummels you with one assault after another.

The concentrated violence of Rising Terror is impossible to deny and speaks to the eternal power that this kind of music can have. By fusing two surprisingly similar concepts Captain Cleanoff have been able to take the music of bands like Noisem, Carcass or Repulsion to the next level. The crossover power of this music refuses to be denied and will get you pumping your fist and screaming along to the aural blasphemies that define the Captain Cleanoff sound. So get into the pit and prepare to crush some skulls, the music demands it.

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