|©2001 Dismal Records
1. Cast The Stone
2. Carved From Deceit
Having existed with varying lineups for over a decade, Los Angeles' Crematorium certainly has their share of ups and downs while failing to be largely prolific in the studio during that time period. A World Where Only Nightmares Dwell, a 2001 EP released on Dismal Records, suggests that the band's relative obscurity is perhaps understandable and may continue on well after this EP makes the rounds.
The four songs (three originals and a cover of Metallica's "Whiplash") display the band has their foot in older thrash metal tendencies but are mixed with occasional bops into modern radio-friendly metal (ie: "nu-metal") rhythms and of course the everpresent death metal influence, which nearly any average or mediocre band tends to include because it seems to fit the lowest common denominator. There is a relatively energetic display of energy and the production is quite meaty for an independent release. However, the three originals zip on by with little to recommend most listeners who are even remotely picky about their musical choices. The final song on the EP is a cover of Metallica's "Whiplash", so Crematorium better hope that they've secured the proper authorization from music's most infamous litigation happy outfit. There are some ironic samples from a Metallica interview to begin the track, so a little nod of respect to Crematorium for that.
On the whole, A World Where Only Nightmares Dwell is unfortunately yet another independently released disc that will garner little attention and deservedly so. Perhaps the band has been plugging away for many years, but that doesn't mean they've developed into an act that is going to receive more than precursory and obligatory attention.
Review by John Chedsey
Review date: 03/2002