Khthoniik Cerviiks – SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementia)

Rating: 3/5

Distributor/label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Distributor/label URL: http://www.ironbonehead.de
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: http://necroshrinerecords.de (CD) or http://shop.ironbonehead.de/en/
Band Website: https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/khthoniik-cerviiks-heptaedrone

SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia)

Band Line Up:

Okkhulus Siirs – Bass and Vocals
Ohourobohortiik Ssphäross – Drums
Khraâl Vri*ïl – Guitars and additional Vocals

Tracklistings:

1. Schizophradio (KC Exhalement 2.0: Technocide Inertiia)
2. SeroLogiikal Scars (Sequence 1.0: Vertex of Dementiia)
3. Miindwrecked (Project Eigengalaxy)
4. Biinary Epitome (Spyder’s Web)
5. SeroLogiikal Scars (Sequence 2.0: Veiled Viiral Vektor)
6. Cranial Leftoverture (Angel’s Pyramiid)
7. Voiidwarp (KC Inhalement 2.0: Meta Material Monoliith)

Review:

After the success of Khthoniik Cerviiks’ demo of 2014 they return with their debut album SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia). This is an unusual and somewhat progressive album full of complex rhythms, relentless changes and in places, total chaos.

The alienesque sci-fi intro to this album is instantly unsettling, followed by waves of riffs ‘Schizophradio (KC Exhalement 2.0: Technocide Inertiia)’ has a progressive, technical edge both it its construction and sound. The second and title track ‘SeroLogiikal Scars (Sequence 1.0: Vertex of Dementiia)’ is is full of upbeat fills, fast riffs and aggressive vocal lines that pound their way through to the third track with precision.

‘Miindwrecked (Project Eigengalaxy)’ certainly has an uneasy beginning with the unusual use of tempo variations that quickly unfold into an onslaught with further rhythmic changes before ‘Biinary Epitome (Spyder’s Web) ’ settles the pace, and changes the feel to a slower, somewhat more conventional feel. ’SeroLogiikal Scars (Sequence 2.0: Veiled Viiral Vektor)’ recapitulates the fast, riff based feel of its previous sequence throwing in some slower drudging chords and oppressive tones. ‘Cranial Leftoverture (Angel’s Pyramiid)’ shows further displays of polyrhythmic frenzy before slowing into the outro ‘Voiidwarp (KC Inhalement 2.0: Meta Material Monoliith)’ which leads us into the haunting and lonely abyss.

Khthoniik Cerviiks use a huge amount of rhythmic changes and textures which create schizophrenic, intense and unpredictable listening experience. It suffers a little from repetition in places and the vocal lines are fairly similar throughout which unfortunately results in some loss of interest, however there are a lot of good ideas in this album. SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia)… if you’re not crazy before hearing this you may be after.

Review by Helena Byrne
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