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havencoverIt's not often that you can review one album by a band and then essentially apply the exact same review to their next album. In the case of CARDIAC ARREST,much of what I said regarding their excellent 2008 release CADAVEROUS PRESENCE can be applied to their latest album HAVEN FOR THE INSANE.

The Chicago death metal monsters' first album for IBEX MOON and third album overall serves up another hearty helping of pure American death metal at it's best.

Skipping the intro action and jumping right into the blood and guts with "Insanity's Grip," the band has retained all of their energy and ferocity while taking a more focused attack to their sonic destruction. "Haunted Remnants," "Rage On... Fuck Off," and "Unearthly Pleasures" are all killer cuts in an album that crushes from beginning to end.

The only quality of HAVEN FOR THE INSANE that was better handled on it's predecessor is that of it's production. While both albums were produced at Polymorph Media Studios, CADAVEROUS PRESENCE had a deep, fuzziness to it (think OBITUARY tone) that HAVEN lacks, opting for a slightly more high-end, trebled sound.

CARDIAC ARREST will be making the rounds this summer, so try to catch them live if you can.

Rating: 4/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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