Cannibal Corpse
Gallery of Suicide


4.0
excellent

Review

by K. McNichols USER (16 Reviews)
July 24th, 2007 | 82 replies | 12,470 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Managing to successfully revise and reinvent the Cannibal Corpse formula, Gallery of Suicide proves the band's flame is still hot.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

On the 21st of April 1998, Cannibal Corpse's sixth studio outing Gallery of Suicide hit commercial America. At that time, Cannibal Corpse was probably the farthest thing from my mind. Hell, I didn't even know who they were, and who could blame me considering I was a mere eight years old.

Nine years have passed since that day, and at the age of seventeen, I guess you could say Cannibal Corpse is kind of important to me. When my ears were first violated by Meat Hook Sodomy, I can remember actually being a little intimidated by this new form of intense music. It isn't a daunting task to blow off Cannibal Corpse as any other typical brutal blood-n-guts parody band. A little time was all I needed to determine that Cannibal Corpse had some major potential, and as I devoured classics like 1992's Tomb of The Mutilated, it gradually became clear that Cannibal Corpse was growing on me.

There are two kinds of 'Corpse fans: the ones who listen to the new albums as well as the old, and the ones who only listen to pre-Vile material. (And then again there are the ones that have only heard the song Hammer Smashed Face, but we'll disregard them for our purposes here.) As a member of the second group of fans, I can say that upon my initial dissection of Gallery of Suicide I was left much more than dissatisfied. Gone were the days of abnormally low grunts and signature incognizable vocals of the legendary singer Chris Barnes. Replaced in 1995 by George "Corpsegrinder" Fischer (of Monstrosity), the unmistakeable sound Cannibal Corpse had adeptly forged with albums like Eaten Back To Life had undergone a major metamorphosis. While Cannibal Corpse albums have always been less than commercially appealing due to the inaccessiblity of the music coupled with song titles like Necropedophile and Entrails Ripped From A Virgin's Cunt, it seems with Gallery of Suicide that Cannibal Corpse has actually toned it down a bit. It doesnt take a skillful eye to determine with a brief glance at the cover artwork that the band wasn't going for a commercial conquest, yet the song titles seem cheesy at this point.

It is very important to adress the sonic transformation that I mentioned earlier. The most obvious reason for Cannibal Corpse's new sound is the addition of a new vocalist George Fischer, who was also in command of vocal duties on the previous album Vile. However when you compare Gallery of Suicide to Vile, you'll notice they are two very different records. There is an obvious reason for this difference. Enter Pat O'Brien of Nevermore. Pat's furious fretwork on Nevermore's first two albums is beyond outstanding, and his contributions here should not be overlooked. One major difference in the sound of Gallery of Suicide when compared to one of the Barnes-era Corpse albums is its accesibility when it comes to the music. Amelodical solos and frantic riffs have been excised for a more approachable sound. One of many examples of this trait appears on the track Stabbed In the Throat. Another considerable difference of Gallery of Suicide to Barnes-era records is the use of seven-string guitars, which adds a sludgy feel that was previously nonexistent.

Pat O'Brien's style of guitar playing is much different than that of his predecessor, Rob Barret. Instead of attempting to cram as many notes into a solo as humanly possible, he opts for a more melodic style of soloing which adds to the approachability of the album. If you really sit down and take the time to listen to Tomb of the Mutilated, you will find that it is not an easy record to digest upon first spin. These traits have all but disappeared on Gallery of Suicide, and for those of you who insist that Cannibal Corpse are just a bunch of terrible musicians who can't play their instruments, this is definitely a record to dispel these accusations. While many would find it unthinkable, Gallery of Suicide even manages to secure a spot for an instrumental track, From Skin To Liquid.

From a musical standpoint, Gallery of Suicide is an unquestionable triumph. A great quality of any 'Corpse album is the work of bassist Alex Webster, who plays with the famous dexterity he's always displayed. While most bass-work is usually mixed very low-profile in death metal, Alex's lower register is not drowned out amidst the pounding drums and guitar. Webster's bassline in Crushing The Despised is a great example. The music on the album is more complicated and displays a diversity in the vibe of the record. Almost every song here is memorable at least by it's main riff, and titans like I Will Kill You will have you in a neck-brace after the first listen. I would have to say that for the most part the songs on this record are not as straightforward as on previous efforts, such as the many tempo-changes which are present here coupled with the dissonance in the harmonies which adds to the feel of the album considerably.

When it comes to weak points on this album, I would be forced to point a finger at the vocals. While I think Fischer is a capable vocalist, Barnes' style appealed to me so much more. George's singing, if we can call it that is a clear departure from Barnes' work. At the same time, I can't say Fischer's vocals are much of a flaw considering that they suit the band's new style of writing. While most of what I have covered so far has been positive, I can't exclude the fact that Gallery of Suicide is far from perfect, or even classic. Many of you Barnes purists will know when I'm talking about when I say I simply miss the rough and raw style of the old Cannibal Corpse. This is no Tomb of The Mutilated, and that saddens me.

Overall:
Gallery of Suicide is a refreshing blend of technicality and death metal savagery. Although easy to underestimate, it is certain to reveal its uncompromising strength with a little time and patience. A solid addition to the band's discography, it may alienate many but it will surely attract and secure an entirely new breed of 'Corpse fanatics.


Pros:
-Technicality/Solos
-Hooks
-Diversity throughout the record
-Accesible, an easy listen for the most part

Cons:
-New vocal style
-Completely different feel than previous albums
-No bass solos from Alex Webster, ala Addicted to Vaginal Skin
-Lyrics are not up to par with those of Barnes
-Song Titles

Recommended Tracks:
From Skin To Liquid
Stabbed In The Throat
Chambers of Blood
Centuries of Torment


Final Rating: 3.8



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Angmar
July 24th 2007



2689 Comments


Good review but.... I find this album boring and tasteless, even for Cannibal Corpse.

LifeInABox
July 24th 2007



3708 Comments


Dammit. I was gonna do this.

rattlehead42147
July 24th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks to corpseslayer for pointing this out to review.
yes i hated this album at first but i had to be honest with my rating, i prefer barnes era corpse so much more. this album deserves some credit at least for the addition of technicality and proficiency in the music.This Message Edited On 07.24.07

LifeInABox
July 24th 2007



3708 Comments


This is the best Corpsegrinder I have imo, but I also prefer Barnes era voc's.

rattlehead42147
July 24th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes this is definitely the best fischer album.
thou shalt vote! This Message Edited On 07.24.07

Confessed2005
July 24th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I prefer Vile to this and Fischer sounds best on Kill in my opinion.

I thought there was an instrumental track on Vile too? From Skin To Liquid is definitely the highlight here - although Sentenced to Burn is undeniably groovy...

Great review too, I'm voting. I intended to review this myself, I may do so...but you did a stand up job.

BallsToTheWall
July 24th 2007



44164 Comments


Great cd.

LifeInABox
July 24th 2007



3708 Comments


yes this is definitely the best fischer album.
thou shalt vote!
I was starting to review this. No vote!

rattlehead42147
July 24th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought there was an instrumental track on Vile too? From Skin To Liquid is definitely the highlight here - although Sentenced to Burn is undeniably groovy...

nope not on vile. vile is pretty good though, absolute hatred is my favorite fischer song.

LifeInABox
July 24th 2007



3708 Comments


I like Disfigured.

rattlehead42147
July 25th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dammit, this review is getting just about 0 views due to idiots like hyperboleking spamming the site with terrible reviews.

kalkal50
July 25th 2007



2386 Comments


And then their are the fans that have only heard the song Hammer Smashed Face

their/there/they're confusion :D
I can say that upon my initial dissection of Gallery of Suicide I was left much more than dissatisfied.

When my ears were first violated by Butchered At Birth's Meat Hook Sodomy, I was less than impressed.

As I devoured classics like 1992's Tomb of The Mutilated, it became clear that Cannibal Corpse was growing on me.

When you have punchlines (or however you call them) like this, make sure you don't often repeat your feelings too often. In the first 3 paragraphs you've done it thrice.
There is an obvious answer to this difference.

Maybe "reason" would be more apt?
A great quality of any 'Corpse album is the work of bassist Alex Webster, who proves yet again that he's on top of his game with Gallery.

A lot of people use colloquialisms in their reviews now, but when you have a formal register and then go over to these kinds of expressions, you're style of writing fluctuates. Just a thought.
From a musical standpoint, I would be willing to say that Gallery of Suicide is another successful addition to the discography of Cannibal Corpse.

Hasn't this already been inferred in the beginning. Dunno about placing it in the second last paragraph. Try to make it sound more as if it summarizes the album. The "I would be willing" part sounds as if you have just introduced the idea.
Try to make a concluding paragraph, maybe referring back to the introduction.
Excellent review though, I genuinely enjoyed it, it was smooth to read , rich in content and informative. *proffers vote*This Message Edited On 07.25.07

rattlehead42147
July 25th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wow thanks a million kal! i'm going to fix those things, all of those suggestions make sense.

kalkal50
July 25th 2007



2386 Comments


no problem man ironically I can never write reviews using those guidelines

rattlehead42147
July 25th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes but then again you spent 4 days on one of your reviews, i churned this out in about 2 hours. just out of curiousity, what time is it in sweden? i know that sounds weird.This Message Edited On 07.25.07

kalkal50
July 25th 2007



2386 Comments


exactly, in that much time I still don't apply them very well.
It's 11:12 am in Sweden, shouldn't you be in bed young man?This Message Edited On 07.25.07

rattlehead42147
July 25th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes its about 5:14 here. i should be heading off haha. i cant believe i missed the "their" on my initial edit.This Message Edited On 07.25.07

kalkal50
July 25th 2007



2386 Comments


ok well cya in the final hours of the morrow, you didn't like my first and last suggestion :O

rattlehead42147
July 25th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nah it just takes me a while to edit, i'm gettin there

kalkal50
July 25th 2007



2386 Comments


oh kk, I'm going to listen to this album soon



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