There were two Cancrenas in Italy. This one hailed from Apulia, in South-eastern Italy, and was formed in 1999. The band’s first output was the eponymous demo of 2003. In 2012, the thrash metallers signed a deal with Logic(il)logic Records to release the Hidden Depravity album, which would be available in November 2012 and distributed by Andromeda Dischi.
CANCRENA - HIDDEN DEPRAVITY - LOGIC(IL)LOGIC
For some reason the album gives one the impression that Hidden Depravity is an EP. It flies by fast. More likely tracks meld into each other. At ten tracks, however, this release is a full-length.
Admittedly, it takes one several listens, but even during the first one is seeking and scratching his head wondering of which other band Cancrena reminds one. That band is Exhorder whose debut, Slaughter In The Vatican, mixed death metal with thrash metal and featured guttural-growl vocals. Back to the Italian four the group utilizes the same elements to deliver a tightly thrashed deathly album full of all of the aforementioned elements. Towards the album’s end, To Nerve Oneself, the band’s guitarist showcases his fluid and impressive ability reminding one of Alex Skolnick on The New Order. However, as if proving while some bands are leaders, and others are not, the same track quickly devolves into a piano piece! That is too bad because the group had earlier, on songs like Pervert Priest and Dark Torment, proven its guitar soloing skills.
Cancrena is hardly original, and those über-Pantera vocals never pleased this writer, but as a whole, this release is solid. – Ali “The Metallian”