"The Day That Death Prevailed"

By Theron Moore

CARDIAC ARREST is the SLAYER of death metal.  Period.  I could literally end this review right now with that one sentence.  Record number seven, "The Day That Death Prevailed", drops July 27th via Memento Mori / Boris and might actually be the best thing this band has ever recorded.  

I remember the first time I heard DEICIDE, I thought they were the most brutal, evil sounding band ever.  I have that same / similar feeling with "The Day That Death Prevailed".  The heaviness factor is spiking off the charts, the brutality and aggression are amped up to levels I haven’t heard from any band in a long, long time. My immediate takeaway:  This is a band that isn’t fucking around.

23 years into the game hasn’t slowed CARDIAC ARREST down at all.  Songs like “Thrive on the Fear,” and “A Call For Violence” are the stuff of nightmares, like being trapped inside movies such as “The Purge” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and having to fight your way out of them. CARDIAC ARREST has mastered the art of creating atmosphere, specifically fear and paranoia, through the lens of their music.  Creatively speaking, they remove you from your safe space and poke at you via the nine songs on this record, making you increasingly uncomfortable and edgy till the end of the disc.  They did a great job at evoking fear and claustrophobia with well-placed audio samples throughout "The Day That Death Prevailed" building the aforementioned fear and paranoia this record wreaks on your psyche.  

At just nine songs, this record moves along at a neck snappin’ pace; I liken it to punk rock inspired death metal. It’s brutal, it’s relentless and it checks all the boxes when it comes to this genre of music.  CARDIAC ARREST has always flown under the radar in terms of how good this band really is.  I hope "The Day That Death Prevailed" lands them the much needed recognition they so justly deserve.