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Artist: CeDigest (@)
Title: Walking In The Flesh
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
It can be a big loss, if a label like NoiTekk has to replace both of its most popular horses in the stable. DAWN OF ASHES and PSYCLONE NINE are meant, whose musically direction has turned from the once in a lifetime Harsh EBM/Hellectro-inspired kind towards to a Black-/Death-Metal related sound outfit, which does no longer fit with the tastes of an Electro/Industrial label. NoiTekk's decision, to pick up those notorious British bulldozers of CEDIGEST, has at least also surprised some experts of the European Harsh EBM/Industrial scene. CEDIGEST, backed up by the responsible mastermind Joss [Avi] Iles, are far away from being bloody newcomers, as they have released two previous albums in limited esitions under their very own small British TriTech Records label. And 'Walking In The Flesh', with its bloody cover art, points out already with the first tones of the brutal opening track 'Evil Returns', that to take prisoners is seemingly a sign of weakness. CEDIGEST know exactly, how push the right knobs by offering the expected harsh and pummeling bass line and kick work, combined with disturbing guitar riffs. Extremely fx-processing works are featured too on the vocals, so a sound-wise relation to those above mentioned prominent colleagues is surely intended. But asides all roughness, CEDIGEST do mainly satisfy thanks to their ability, to deal with diverse styles, rhythm changes and to create different moods, just check the track 'Fermenting Remains' as being an outstanding example. And if they fall really into a kind of morbid mood, instead to destroy and smash down hardly all hope, 'Abattoir' acts like a perfect soundtrack for an imaginery doom apocalypse. Hard stuff for hard people, may a bit lesser suitable for Electro/EBM purists, but still intensely enough to convince.



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