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Cerebral Fix - "Disaster Of Reality" (CD)

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"Disaster Of Reality" track listing:

1. Justify
2. Mosh Injury
3. Crucified World
4. Realities of War
5. Skate Fear
6. Reality Pill
7. Dear Mother Earth
8. Dead Cities
9. Never Say Never Again
10. Felted Cross
11. Inside My Guts
12. Untitled Mystery Track

Reviewed by on September 10, 2016

"There's some real classic sounding thrash on display here, but perhaps it's a case of too much of a good thing."

It's been a long time since Cerebral Fix released a new album. The British thrash metal veterans made a name for themselves back in the glory days with their brand of break neck music, which somehow had a heavier sound than many of their contemporaries. In their original run they released four studio albums, the last of which, "Death Erotica," was released a good twenty four years ago. With this new offering, "Disaster of Reality," the band is well and truly back. So, what's changed since Cerebral Fix last hit the shelves? Well, not much.

Putting it simply, "Disaster of Reality" is a thrash album. It doesn't pretend to be anything more to be honest, save perhaps for the intro to opener, "Justify," which is probably the best song on the album and begins with an ominously slow intro before exploding into a full throttle charge of thrash metal. It's complete with socially conscious lyrics about war and nuclear weapons, though the lengthy amount of feedback rounding the song off gets very annoying, very quickly.

Unfortunately, that's pretty much it as far as variation goes, though that's not to say it's a bad record. There's some real classic sounding thrash on display here, but perhaps it's a case of too much of a good thing. Songs like, "Never Say Never Again" and "Reality Pill" are quality mosh pit anthems, while "Skate Fear" sets itself apart for humorous lines such as the spoken word, "I've twisted my fucking ankle!"

All in all, it's a decent effort. Longtime fans of the group shouldn't be disappointed here, as the band picks up where they left off. No frills, no messing about, no bullshit, just a ferocious thrash record which fans of the genre will enjoy, though some more than others.

Highs: "Justify," "Skate Fear" and "Never Say Never Again" stand out more than other tracks.

Lows: The mess of a closing track and lack of variation.

Bottom line: A solid thrash album suited best to fans of the band and the genre.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)