Cannabis Corpse
Blunted at Birth


3.5
great

Review

by Justus USER (32 Reviews)
August 23rd, 2008 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Cannabis Corpse knows how to parody, that much is clear. From this album title, Blunted At Birth (a take on Cannibal Corpses’ Butchered At Birth), to songs (I Cum Bud instead of I Cum Blood, for example), down to their very band name, they know how to take on something as brutal as Death Metal and make it funny. Which is what they do. But imagery and lyrics aren’t everything, and that’s where this record falls, but more often than not we experience flashes of brilliance.

One of the major problems this album has is that everything on this record seems too fast to take in, which hardly leaves anything memorable or lasting behind. Not fast as in a blastbeat sense, fast as in quick short songs that seem sloppily put together. The tracks come and go, and only a handful from Blunted At Birth actually seem enjoyable on the first listen, which is another downer; the first-listen appeal isn’t great, and may turn many people off. This is bad, because Cannabis Corpse shows lots of potential. Many of the albums great aspects are brought down, not just because of slack in the songwriting department, but because this bands immaturity and careless show within the production as well.

Recorded entirely on a Boss BR 900 Digital 8 track, the drums are completely dominating. While not as bad as it might seem, because Josh ‘Hallhammer’ Hall is by far the best aspect this band, with technicality and a keen sense of his instrument showing throughout, it does get on ones nerves after so many listens. Splashes because of the cymbals, and the thud of the kick drum especially stand out. The growls and grunts could be thought of as the next layer in production, but why would you want to hear these kind of vocals? Strained, pushed…just some of the things that come to mind when listening to Andy ‘Weedgrinder’ Horns vocal performance. But, as which you will read later on with the rest of the band, the screaming does have a decent amount of brilliant performance clips. ‘When Weed Replaces Life’ (probably the best track on the album) have some of the best grunts on the album. What’s the problem, then?

They aren’t Weedgrinder.

You see, Bunted At Birth has two guest performers on two tracks; Jeff 'Wartom' Bush on 'Force Fed ***ty Grass' and Will 'Power' Towles on the aforementioned 'When Weed Replaces Life'. So most of the great vocals on the album, which come from those two tracks, are irrelevant because they are not from a member of the band. Well, at least we have the guitars. Both Nick Poulos and Philip "LandPhil" Hall (Yes, from Municipal Waste, who also plays bass on this album) are recorded here, but that's not saying much. Because of the production, guitars not only take a huge leap backwards in terms of layering, which makes most of everything stand on front of them, but they sound muddled together as well. Like on 'When Weed Replaces Life', when the only guitar solo on the album is approached, you can barely hear it, and by then you’re so tired of trying to decipher the sounds of the album you just give up all together. However, Blunted At Birth has some good riffs, chugging poweress, and heaviness when you listen repeatedly. The trade-off for that aspect is that, right from the albums title track, they are either completely ripped off each other or branched off one another, and makes a very repetitive album. As for the bass, well, when you can hear it, it's quite impressive, but 95% of the time its just drowned out by the rest of the band. Check out 'Force Fed ***ty Grass' for most of LandPhils finger work on Blunted At Birth.

Now most of you might be muttering about how this isn’t supposed to be taken seriously, and that I am on some kind of high horse. But you forget my rating. Most of this albums appeal is the sheer fun, the pure “laughabillity” that Blunted At Birth beholds. From the water bong sound clip on ‘Staring Through My Eyes That Are Red’ to the atrociously funny lyrics of ‘I Will Smoke You’…

Quote:
Originally Posted by I Will Smoke You
Bleed from my pipe
Revenge on treacherous ganga
I will smoke
Breaking my buds
Sticky fingers my catharsis

I will toke

Into the lungs
Bong injects smoke
Stoned
The one that they got high

He will always stay fried

Plagued by the buds
I will smoke you
Filled in my lungs
Smoke at my face

The grisly resins went un-scraped

Until now
Deep in the hole
You are out of weed
But stoned

Choke on your smoke
Your brain the smoke cuts off
Then your legs
The one that you got high

Will smoke you this way
Scarred by the buds
I will smoke you
Killed by my lungs


Into the throat
The smoke injects
Warm cloud sprays out
The aroma entices

Pull out your lighter
And let you watch
Shove the bong to your mouth
And light the batch

I watch you get stoned

I am released
From years of pain
You weed averted
My becoming insane
I am stoned

I have smoked you!
…Cannabis Corpses debut, while not showing tremendous musical legacy, states that they have enough of the 'fun factor' to save this record from oclivion and appeal to most metalheads. Major props must go to all the guys for recording this album while gone on “the finest bud in Oregon Hill”, but major awe should be towards the bands best (at least the best heard), Hallhammer, for executing such precise accuracy while thoroughly baked. So while I certainly don't regard this as an excellent outing for one of Death Metal's finest, it is great fun to listen to, ripped or not.



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Epilogue
August 23rd 2008


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Smashing the doritos bag, munching religiously
Dealings from the ones who plant the seeds of weed
Wasting inherent smoke
Confronting an inner cough
Praising subconsciously the ones who harvest the seeds of weed

SHOOTME
August 23rd 2008


2393 Comments


hehe this sounds funny. good work.

fireaboveicebelow
August 23rd 2008


6837 Comments


I honestly don't know what to think here

good review, but still

marksellsuswallets
August 23rd 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

hmm...br00tal death and pot jokes...doesn't seem like my thing...
good review thoughThis Message Edited On 08.23.08

Epilogue
August 23rd 2008


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=Blunted At Birth]Chronic fucking, chronic bud
increased libido
Engorging the flesh pipe
smoke cum so green
one spurt is not enough
you crave his warm weed inside your vag
nine months have passed
since that carnal night
you have tried to forget
despite the pot, you cannot
you have become a human bong
for this weakiling fetus to grow inside
putrid fetid infected womb
too lazy to be born
on the hospital bed legs spread open
forceps now become roach clips
swollen placenta, sullen cervix
dilated
now the blunted shall be born
legs spreading further
legs spreading further
the child runs out, drenched in bongwater
blunted at birth
no longer there, mind decimation
brain obliteration, thoughts warped
reality that once has been changed
into a cursed gestation
his cord remains attached
his bong has not yet cached
his eyes they teem with pus
his mouth a weedy crust
his tongue is burnt to shit
his nose still smells the hit
his teeth are black with ash
reeking of the hash
small green deformed head on baby's body
doomed to die sonn
crawling back towards the womb
you have become a human bong[/quote]

Crudo
August 23rd 2008


31 Comments


band rules

McP3000
August 23rd 2008


3941 Comments


This is right up guitrguy's alley

Epilogue
August 23rd 2008


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

Hawks
August 23rd 2008


35837 Comments


I heard some stuff from this band before. It was actually really good.

Crudo
August 24th 2008


31 Comments


their new album isn't as good but it's worth a listen

KieranTVogel
August 24th 2008


19 Comments


I heard the vocalist died in a car accident.


I think it was some sort of April Fools joke or something though, since I can't find anything about it on the web.This Message Edited On 08.24.08

Epilogue
August 28th 2008


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=I Cum Bud]
Scars of the way that my cock used to work
phallus expanded
engorged with blood convoluted
drugs are life, a zombie i've become
veins of dark green-color of weed
semen demon seed
posession, thc i bleed
I CUM BUD
scream for cum
i burst i squirt i spooge i use my prick to stone your face, your mouth, your eyes,your brain
stop, i can't, it burns, it turns into a gory mess
my cock's a gory mess
the horrific pain
it will never end
possessed by evil
choking relentlessly
on buds from my flesh
they keep cuming out
stench begins to grow
drives me insane...insane...insane
buds fly forth to end your life now
like poison these nugs inside your womb
buds fly forth to end your miserable life
like poison, like poison in your womb
buds protrude from my cock in a painful display
stretching my dick larger and larger
oh, my dick, i want to die, this painful display
stretching my dick larger and larger
Scars of the way that my cock used to work
phallus expanded
engorged with blood convoluted
drugs are life, a zombie i've become
veins of dark green-color of weed
semen demon seed
posession, thc i bleed
I CUM BUD
the horrific pain
it will never end
possessed by evil
choking relentlessly
on buds from my flesh
they keep cuming out
stench begins to grow
drives me insane
scream for cum[/quote]

Wizard
August 28th 2008


19644 Comments


Really good review. I've heard of these guys but I've never bothered to check them out. Might do so, I love to laugh hahahaha.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

CoRpSeSlAyEr
August 28th 2008


855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All i got to say is that i love this band. There newest album is even better, Tube of the Resonated.

Epilogue
August 29th 2008


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Laughing adds 8 years to your life

Epilogue
August 29th 2008


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Or so I've heard from a commercial

Wizard
August 29th 2008


19644 Comments


I plan on checking this out in the near future. I have a pile of albums to sift through at the moment. And I've heard laughing too much can actually take away years from your life (no joke). Apparently it causes your heart to beat too much and a heart attack can build over time hahahaha. Why not go out doing something you love?

karina
April 4th 2009


165 Comments


so much better than cannibal

KILL
May 13th 2009


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good shit

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

Epilogue
May 14th 2009


1600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dank



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