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Carolina Chupacabra / Press

“Carolina Chupacabra will release its new CD "Living the American Nightmare," a continuation of the band’s pummeling hardcore sound. But be mindful of chilling surprises like “Halo of Thorns,” 2:34 of sober honesty. CC has always rocked hard, but now this band is showing it has touch, too.”

“Born of the same brackish mire that birthed Southern sludge acts like Jucifer, Kylesa and Eyehategod, Carolina Chupacabra’s dense Southern metal is indebted to the swamp: Wade Parrot’s guitar riffs swelter as if burdened by oppressive humidity; Jason Kneece’s bass lines are as thick as pluff mud and gnarled like cypress knees; Jeff Campbell’s battering drums, set to a galloping thrash, are draining, as if struggling through quicksand. Living the American Nightmare, the trio’s latest longplayer, has some strangely serene moments (the sun-baked “Southside”), but proves the band to be at its best when unleashing its inner beast (“Backhand of God”; “A Means To An End”) and succumbing to savage rage.”

“It’s rare that a 3-piece metal band develops and produces a sound that can compare with most bands that have 4 or more members. Carolina Chupacabra has managed to defy those odds with their newest release, “Living the American Nightmare.” This nine track disc paves a way for some of the most sophisticated tunes to have come out of the Columbia, SC metal scene. Compared to their earlier release, “Birth of the Beast”, the new record takes the idea of a metal concept album to a whole new level.”

“Carolina Chupacabra are newer act on national underground scene. They work as a trio, and during the previous 2009 year, they have recorded an EP with 7 tracks in, entitled " Birth Of The Beast". They are musically agressive act, faithful to sludge/doom tendencies, but also as a band includes enough energy in specific atmosphere in each song separately.Its tracks also posses a 90's influences and same pastiche, but I didn' t find any repeatable element or so call archaic approach in its authors offering. They have also sounded as a coherent team, and more or less present materials posses also a modern production. As a sludge/doom act, a mates from band has showed a different energy than many genre's similiar groups, and finally, for the first discographical step, thay shows quite enough potentilas.”

"A vicious South Carolina three piece, CAROLINA CHUPACABRA lives up to the legend of the goatsucker with its ferocity and blood thirsty metal."

B. Reed - FREE TIMES: Sound Bites