CEREBRAL FIX
Thrash Metal / Crossover Thrash • United Kingdom

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Cerebral Fix were an English thrash/death metal band formed in Birmingham in 1986 who originally started off as a crossover band on their first LP. The band produced three more albums, which fell somewhere between thrash, death and doom metal.

Cerebral Fix split up in 1993, but reformed in 2006, and released a split and a fifth studio album in 2016.

However, line-up and personal problems saw the band go into hiatus in January 2017, but guitarist Tony Warburton has left the possibility of the band becoming active again open.
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Life Sucks... And Then You Die!
Crossover Thrash 1988
.. Album Cover 4.16 | 4 ratings
Tower of Spite
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Bastards
Thrash Metal 1991
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Death Erotica
Thrash Metal 1992
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Disaster of Reality
Crossover Thrash 2016

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Sounds Blasts! EP3
Thrash Metal 1989
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Cerebral Fix / Selfless
Thrash Metal 2014

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We Need Therapy - Live at the N.E.C.
Crossover Thrash 1987
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We Need Therapy
Crossover Thrash 1987
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Crossover Thrash 1987
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Tower of Spite
Thrash Metal 1990

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Products of Disgust
Thrash Metal 2007

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CEREBRAL FIX Disaster of Reality

Album · 2016 · Crossover Thrash
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The ‘Fix is fucked. Long live the ‘Fix!

Cerebral Fix never fitted neatly into a single, definable genre of metal. Mixing crossover thrash, death metal and doom, Cerebral Fix would have been equally at home sharing a stage with Bolt Thrower, Cathedral or The Exploited. The closest reference point for ‘Disaster of Reality’ is the band’s first album, ‘Life Sucks... And Then You Die!’ an immature but promising slab of heavyweight crossover thrash, part Cryptic Slaughter, part Celtic Frost. ‘Disaster of Reality’ is a throwback to that previous age, with a casual, under-produced feel to it, with a bit of fuzz and static round the edges, but the band itself is tight as fuck. It has a 1980s crossover thrash feel, mixed with a 90s doom/death attitude, and a fuck-it-all attitude.

First track “Justify” is a solid, heavy hitting opener, a doom/death monster of epic proportions. “Mosh Injury” is Lawnmower Deth-esque silliness, but then without skipping a beat, blasts into the deadly serious “Crucified World”. The song hits one of those slow paced Godzilla grinds which made ‘Tower of Spite’ such a compelling album. And then the band rockets into “Realities of War”, one of the most convincing Discharge covers you will hear. It is followed by “Skate Fear”, which might seem a bit trivial after a serious song, but this cuts right to the core of what crossover thrash used to be- equal parts societal observation and childish fun. And that really is the essence of this band. Fuck only knows what’s coming next, but it’s going to be good.

“Reality Pill” and “Dear Mother Earth” strike a more serious tone again, and are followed by a cover of The Exploited’s “Dead Cities”.

And then when you think you have a handle on things, out comes “Felted Cross”, which wouldn’t sound out of place on Cathedral’s ‘The Ethereal Mirror’, an ode to all the bands of yore which influenced Cerebral Fix’s music.

“Inside My Guts” is a full on hardcore roar of a song, like Agnostic Front with a gutsache. The last track is untitled, a bastard remix of guitar and movie samples, electronica, a throbbing bass line and reggae style vocal shout-outs, with a trip-hop style rhythm. It’s a fucking mess, but it makes sense when you hear it.

The absence of Simon Forrest’s distinctive death/thrash rasped vocals might put some listeners off. Fortunately, Neil Hadden is a strong vocalist, and does not fall into the trap of trying to imitate his predecessor, using more growl than rasp. It still fits in with the band’s bleak, sand-blasted sound, just in a different way.

The word “swansong” often gets used to describe a band’s farewell release, the original definition coming from the belief that a swan gains the ability to produce a beautiful song as it dies. It is bullshit. It would also be bullshit to call “Disaster of Reality” a swansong. Yes, it is Cerebral Fix’s final album, but the music is still as ugly as it always was, and as it should always be.

R.I.P. Cerebral Fix 1986-2017

CEREBRAL FIX Tower of Spite

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Tower of Spite" is the 2nd full-length studio album by UK thrash metal act Cerebral Fix. The album was released through Roadracer Records in late 1990. Cerebral Fix didn´t have the most successful career and disbanded in 1993 after releasing four studio albums (they reunited in 2006). None of which made much impact on the metal scene. They went through quite a few lineup changes in their relatively short career (1986-1993), the most famous one being when bassist Frank Healy departed to join Benediction. This particular album was pretty well backed by their label though and was promoted in various metal magazines at the time.

Stylistically Cerebral Fix took a bit of a left-turn on "Tower of Spite" compared to the crossover thrash metal of their debut album "Life Sucks... And Then You Die! (1988)". While you will still find traces of crossover thrash metal on the album, the music on "Tower of Spite" is predominantly ultra heavy and at times doomy thrash metal. The pace has been lowered considerably since the debut. The slow- to mid-paced tracks are consistent in quality and style. Heavy riffs, heavy beats (occasional more upbeat) and a raw, snarling, and rather distinct sounding lead vocalist in Simon Forrest. There´s little melodic content on "Tower of Spite", and therefore it´s quite refreshing when suddenly in the middle of "Quest for Midian", a melodic harmony guitar section appears. Other than that the music is pretty one-dimensionally bleak.

The sound production is decent and pretty typical for the time. A bit too much reverb on the snare drum and the bass drums sound a bit odd too, but otherwise the sound suits the music. Overall "Tower of Spite" has a hard time convincing me of it´s qualities though. It´s as if the slow pace of the tracks, make them all sound the same and there are generally very few hooks to hold on to during the 11 track, 44:39 minutes long album. So to my ears there is a reason for the relative obscurity of Cerebral Fix. They simply weren´t up there with the best. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

CEREBRAL FIX Bastards

Album · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
Cerebral Fix flew beneath the radar in the wider metal world, but those who happened to discover this band still talk of them fondly. Their sound was uncompromisingly heavy, coming from the same school of hard knocks as the better known Bolt Thrower and Benediction, throwing a big dose of UKHC attitude into a death/doom mix. Many bands played fast because that’s what was expected of them, and as a result, the music suffered. Often, the musicians simply weren’t nimble enough to play at high velocity. Whether Cerebral Fix played slower than other bands due to lack of skill or because that’s the way they always intended to play matters little. What it did mean was that the music pounded hard and heavy. With Cerebral Fix, you’re not going to get songs about titties n’ beer, and the music matches the thought provoking lyrics. There is somewhat of a political slant here, although not near as radical as the likes of Extreme Noise Terror. Fantasy also features strongly, but then issues like environmental damage and drug addiction are also tackled. Most disturbing is ‘Ritual Abuse’, with the lyrics on ritualised child abuse enough to make your spine tingle. Lead off track ‘Bastards’ plays similar to Bolt Thrower’s ‘Through the Ages’, in that it is basically an instrumental with a spoken word list recited under it. The bastards are us. While the doom/death sound was never heavier, the Fix’s punk roots were showing. The last quarter of the album is made up of an early song re-recorded and a couple of covers. ‘Maimed to Beg’ came from Cerebral Fix’s first hard-to-find album, and has more of a hardcore feel than the rest of the album. It still grinds like a motherfucker though. GBH’s ‘No Survivors’ has a different feel again. The almost straight forward cover of The Damned’s ‘Smash It Up’ features Wolfsbane’s pre-Maiden Blaze Bayley on vocals, fucking about for all he was worth. For anyone who has never quite understood where bands like Cerebral Fix or Bolt Thrower evolved from, this little threesome highlights the steps along the way. There’s some heavy stuff here, both physically and emotionally, but there is also a bit of fun. It’s a microcosm of life. OK, so things can be serious and shitty at times, but there always has to be a bit of space to blow off steam. ‘Bastards’ is a buried treasure to be savoured.

CEREBRAL FIX Life Sucks... And Then You Die!

Album · 1988 · Crossover Thrash
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"Life Sucks... And Then You Die!" is the debut full-length studio album by UK crossover/thrash metal act Cerebral Fix. The album was released through Vinyl Solution in 1988.

The music on the album usually shifts between mid-paced thrashy parts and faster paced chaotic sounding crossover parts. The vocals are raw and at times actually to the point of semi-growling. The musicianship is on a decent level but nothing too special. 15 tracks distributed over a 33:07 minutes long playing time, make for a short but most intense listening experience, but also a rather one-dimensional one. One of the few times the band break out of their formula is half way through "Zombie" where they suddenly introduce a harmony guitar section over a non-distorted guitar backdrop. It´s a section that reminds me of "Master of Puppets (1985)"-era Metallica. Actually the lead guitar work on the album is really good, which is a bit unusual for a crossover album.

The sound production is decent too and overall "Life Sucks... And Then You Die!" is a pretty good album although it seldom manages to make my blood boil. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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