Cannibal Corpse is easily the most notorious band in the death metal scene. They were one of the pioneers of the genre and the first to create music that revolved solely around blood, gore and violence(often sexual violence).
Tomb Of The Mutilated
is the band’s third full-length album and sees them continue in the same vein of gore-obsessed death metal as their first two. The band seems to have tried harder to shock the general public with an album cover featuring two rotting corpses in a position for oral sex and also by including songs such as: I Cum Blood, Addicted To Vaginal Skin
and of couse Entrails Ripped From A Virgin’s Cunt
The album starts with the great track Hammer Smashed Face
. This song shows you that Cannibal Corpse have not softened. It delivers Chris Barnes’ signature growl accompanied by some quick drumming and heavy riffing. The album’s most interesting riff is on this song and everything sounds well in place. But as soon as this track ends, things start to get more tedious.
Chris Barnes has no range whatsoever. He goes from low growls to more low growls to even more low growls. This grows very tiresome after a few tracks especially since none of them are intelligible. The album would’ve at least had some novelty value if the lyrics on songs such as I Cum Blood
or Post Mortal Ejaculation
could be understood. He consist the main problem with this album because his growls are always in the forefront of the sound and get very annoying after a few tracks.
Instrument-wise the album is decent. Everything is always set on fast and brutal. The drums are fast and essentially blast beats. Mazurkiewicz throws in a few interesting fills here and there but nothing particularly noteworthy when compared to some of the other drummers in the genre. A big problem a find is his drum is too loud. A drummer is there to provide the backbone of the sound but his drum always seems as loud and sometimes louder then the guitars. In songs like Split Wide Open
and Entrails Ripped From A Virgin’s Cunt
, when the drums are going full speed and Chris is growling his ass off one must strain to hear what is going on with the guitars.
The guitars range from great to boring. Hammer Smashed Face
features some interesting heavy riffing and quite a few great riffs are sprinkled throughout the album (the opening riff to Post Mortal Ejaculation
is a perfect example). But by the end of the album, you can’t help but wonder whether you have heard some of those riffs in earlier songs. There is a style of riff that involves playing just a few notes very fast that seems to re-occur in almost every song. The few solos that are thrown in all have a sort of chaotic sound that fits with the music very well and are also technical and show a lot of talent from the guitarists.
One thing that help this album redeem itself is the bass. It is almost always audible. It usually follow the guitar lines (but from the little bit of bass experience I have I’d say it must be pretty challenging in this case). A few bass solos are included in the album. Although all very short they do provide an interesting technical aspect to some songs. The most memorable one is easily the tapping at the beginning of Hammer Smashed Face
While Cannibal Corpse do manage to create a fast brutal experience for the listener, the album is brought down by extremely repetitive vocals, some boring riffing and the production(the drums being to loud is really the main issue with it). Later on the band will fix some of these problems by replacing their one trick poney (Chris Barnes for the slower ones) and cleaning up their production just a bit.
Hammer Smashed Face
Post Mortal Ejaculation
Beyond The Cemetary