Cerebral Bore – Maniacal Miscreation – Review

This week we’re having a bit of a full blown carnival of female-fronted metal, but this (mostly) Scottish act encompasses a whole different spirit. If you thought Angela Gossow was scary, then check out Cerebral Bore’s frontwoman on their re-issued debut Maniacal Miscreation.


A number of copies were released last year but Earache have re-released this battering, brutal, bloody record to the death metal masses.

Dutch woman Som Pluijmer’s guttural vocals are just as low, if not lower than many of her male peers, and if you don’t believe me, then dare to listen yourself.  Her death metal dynamism is evident, spouting another select sonic attack in the form of a screeching over-boiled kettle whelp, most noticable later in the album in Flesh Reflects The Madness.

The Bald Cadaver is a true vile mess of rapidly changing riffs, and lyrics with no room for metaphor (unless intended in some obscure ‘A Serbian Film’ way) leaving no ambiguity with lines like “I will lick this rotting c**t” and “Bow to me, ripping entrails, severed torso.”

Entombed In Butchered Bodies is as disturbing as you would expect, but this isn’t just a simple quest for notoriety. As far as death metal goes, Maniacal Miscreation focuses solely on typical DM topics, but if that’s your usual bowl of guts as opposed to a tuneful cup of tea, then you’ll be pleased to hear that this debut will swing some aggressive yet enjoyable punches of the genre’s insanest sensibilities – if that makes any sense at all.


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