(Review by Sloof)

Another band from Italy, this time from the Southern part of the country, with a name that is translated as gangrene. Well if you have such a venom and bane in your moniker, it’s a denomination that the music will be pretty fucked up. Anyway, the band Cancrena is totally unknown so far, and a little search on the internet indicate that there are two Italian Cancrena dwelling around. The one, we’re talking about is playing a combination of groove and thrash metal, while the other Cancrena is playing Brutal Death Metal, but did split up in the meantime. 

Hidden Depravity is the first album of this quartet that originated in 1999, and recorded only a few demos so far.  ‘Hidden Depravity’ features 10 new songs, and it’s rather strange that none of the demo songs were re-recorded for this album. Perhaps, the changes in lineup resulted in a slightly different musical direction and as they had 6 years since the last demo and this debut album, it might be possible that Cancrena had so many new material available that the choice was made really quickly. ‘Hidden Depravity’ is a dense concentrate of 90’s metal influenced by sludge and southern (Pantera, Sepultura, Down).

They unleash all demons and devils, all condensed in 40 minutes of pure energy and strength, and the saying Thrash ‘till Death is useful from start ‘till finish.  Songs like ‘Ancient Strength’, ‘Pervert Priest’ and ‘Backdraft’ are one of many killer tracks that show no mercy at all. The band is furious, and their quest for revenge is imminent and threatening. It’s like a horde of hounds that haven’t been eaten for days, they will devour and consume all flesh and bones! The aggression is at some moments influenced by a little hardcore touch, and especially, the heaviness of a band like Pro-Pain might be recognized. What this band is delivering is just straight forward thrash with a pleasure to kill. No more words needed, let’s push the play button once again and enjoy the upcoming 40 minutes! 

My rating: 83 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish