Laceration – Remnants

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/Label: Unspeakable Axe Records
Released: 2019
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Band lineup:

Mike Simon – Drums
Donnie Small – Guitars (lead)
Corey Toleu –  Bass, Vocals
Luke Cazeras – Vocals, Guitars

  1. Realms Of The Unconscious
  2. Self Deprivation
  3. Shadows Of Existence
  4. Exhausted In Form
  5. Bred To Consume
  6. Hobo With A Shotgun
  7. Critical Biopsy
  8. Arise Within
  9. Taphephobia
  10. Shadows Of Existance

Laceration are one of 17 other bands of the same name, with ten of those other variants being based in their home country alone. Most are also either death or thrash metal… or death and thrash metal like the band we have come to muse over today. Laceration are a four piece band from Windsor, California who have three demos, a split and EP which has led to the compilation that we have here in ‘Remnants’ a mix of ten original tracks that takes us through the 13 years of the band’s existence.

In all honesty, Laceration are fairly accomplished in the art of thrash metal. I would say the death metal elements are fleeting such as in the opening track ‘Realms Of The Unconscious’ where we start off very old school death metal but then shift into the more modern thrash stylings that dominate the band’s music. The aim is old school all the way but this blending of subgenres tends to lead to a more modern sound. Some of the riffs are quite potent and others can be fairly standard and repetitive but they know how to work it all into a solid structure. They do have some fairly anthemic tracks such as the opening track and the well rounded ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’. There are some fine moments (Self Deprivation as a whole is a belter) and others not so fine so it’s a bit of neither here nor there at some points.

The production values vary from track to track as we venture through the years and the releases. There are points that are more pristine, basically anything outside the EP ‘Consuming Reality’ can vary in terms of production values but this doesn’t necessarily hinder the effect; sometimes it works in the song’s favour and adds an element of rawness to the track. Mainly, it’s the vocals that suffer as the rest comes through quite reasonably but it’s a flip of the coin kind of thing and overall you can find the genuine quality throughout.

‘Remnants’ serves as a good way to provide an insight to some of the band’s best works over the years. If it serves to bring some followers to the band then it can’t be a bad thing but other than that, it serves not much more unless something big is planned ahead and maybe joining forces with Unspeakable Axe Records may lead to something more. There’s lots to love there so all I can say is ‘all the best’ and ‘here’s to more’ and all that.

Review By Pete Mutant