Cannibal Corpse
Evisceration Plague


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
January 29th, 2009 | 317 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cannibal Corpse can no longer be the poster children for everything that is wrong with death metal.

Death metal is the genre that people love to hate and Cannibal Corpse is the genre’s main target of that hate. To be honest, I can’t really say that the hate wasn’t always deserved. Music with vocals so unintelligible that syllables can’t even be differentiated, coupled with high speed guitar riffs that often lack any melody and drums that only have one speed (blast beat) all combined with over-the-top hammer-horror lyrics, song titles and album covers are always going to attract negative attention. Over the course of their career, though, Cannibal Corpse have slowly perfected their music and toned down their song titles and album artwork to the point that their previous album, “Kill”, left very little for anyone to actually be offended by. One might even say that Cannibal Corpse may have even reached some form of “maturity” within the confines of their chosen genre.

A quick glance at the cover and song titles might quickly validate that assumption as there is still nothing as offensive or shocking as on earlier albums, but the real proof is going to be in the music. In recent interviews bassist Alex Webster stated that the goal of his band is to make each new album their heaviest yet. When speaking specifically about this album he mentioned that the band has never played with more precision and power. These are all opinions that I can agree with, and with the opening screams of “Priest of Sodom” all of their fans should agree as well. The guitar sound on this album is gritty and razor-sharp, the drums are powerful and relentless and George Fisher’s screams and growls are more forceful than I’ve ever heard them. This visceral wall of sound is coupled with a surgical precision that easily confirms that Alex’s words aren’t just baseless boasting.

The interesting thing is that despite an increase in aggression they’ve actually managed to build on the (relatively) catchy nature of songs such as “Make them Suffer” from the previous album. A large part of that catchiness comes from the band’s excellent use of dynamics. Of course, their use of dynamics has nothing to do with loud and soft sections; it has more to do with changes in speed and rhythms. There isn’t one song that is blast beats from start to finish, instead the band integrate those high speeds with riff-heavy mid-paced parts and quick solos to create counter-points that always end up becoming the memorable part of the song. It seems as if the most memorable riffs are those that are used in the mid-paced sections, and as such, they almost become the choruses themselves instead of the vocals. Despite the riffs being the focal point of the “choruses”, they are only enhanced by the very rhythmic nature of George Fisher’s vocal delivery which, despite the growling, is generally understandable (at least to those used to this genre).

Another aspect of this album that has seen great progression is the musicianship on display here. It seems that Alex Webster’s time with Blotted Science has bled over just a little bit. With headphones on, there are sections where quick little bass-runs become apparent and add an element of actual subtlety to the auditory beating that is otherwise taking place. The closing song, “Skewered From Ear to Eye” even sounds like it could have been an actual out-take from those Blotted Science sessions. The riffs on that song are fluid and angular, and the bass is clearer here than almost anywhere else on the album giving it a more “technical” feel. The progression in musicianship isn’t just limited to complicated playing and arrangements, though, it is also found in the amount of actual restraint found on here as far as not bludgeoning the listener with the same general song for an hour. Songs such as the title track manage to never succumb to the temptations of speed and, instead, subsist off of thick mid-paced riffs and blazing leads that fizzle out as quickly as they appear.

So, the question still remains: Has Cannibal Corpse and their music actually matured? The answer is that they have, but in the same way Sam Raimi matured between Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. Basically, the blood and gore is still there but it’s presented in a more professional and focused way. For Cannibal Corpse that means that the riffs are crushingly heavy, but also manage to not just come off as noise. It means that musically they were able to inject a fair bit of dynamics into their music while not losing the core sound that they’re known for. Overall, it means that they’ve managed to create a death metal album that should keep old fans happy, but also bring in some of those that have always written the band off… or at least shut them up.



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Rugter32
January 29th 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review. Carnivorous Swarm is ****ing insane.
This guys still have the prize for worst lyrics ever, though. As good as they can get for their standards, lyrically they'll always suck. But the technical level they've reached is exaggerated.

rasputin
January 29th 2009


14555 Comments


Great review Willie. Not sure if I should listen to this, chances are I'll probably snub it, but you make it sound appealing.

BallsToTheWall
January 29th 2009


44805 Comments


Snap crackle pop! This out now, cool. Kill was a beastly album so good chances I will listen to this. Good work Willie.

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Willie
Moderator
January 29th 2009


16147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was told that their album was going to start streaming on their myspace page today, but I'm at work and can't verify that (Myspace is blocked)... but if it's there that is a good place to check this out.

But the technical level they've reached is exaggerated.
I'd have to disagree with that. I've listened to this album quite a bit over the last few weeks, and most of the time I had to do it while at work with headphones on, and the technicality is definitely there.

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Rugter32
January 29th 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh, sorry there, bad translation from spanish. Take in account, english is not my first language, even though at times it seems like that.
I meant that the technical level they've reached is damn high, they do know how to play. I translated it directly from "Ya alcanzaron un nivel tecnico exageradamente alto". Honestly, doing math is leaving my brain dead.

Hawks
January 29th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review Willie. Kill was awesome and I'm expecting this to be great too. I'll check this out soon enough.

And yeah Willie it is streaming on their myspace. Listening right now.This Message Edited On 01.29.09

Hawks
January 29th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album. I'll give it a 3.5 right now, but it could go up in the future.

ninjuice
January 30th 2009


6760 Comments


Artist and summary made me expect Cocaine + negative review. Great review as always.

Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2009


16147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, sorry there, bad translation from spanish. Take in account, english is not my first language, even though at times it seems like that.
Oh ok. I couldn't tell that english wasn't your first language. I just thought you didn't agree.
And yeah Willie it is streaming on their myspace. Listening right now.
Great album. I'll give it a 3.5 right now, but it could go up in the future.
Cool, thanks. That rating is where I started too.


Hawks
January 30th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I definitely see it going up with a few more listens. Corpsegrinder sounds great on this album. His higher pitched screams are awesome.

Douchebag
January 30th 2009


3624 Comments


"Death metal is the genre that people love to hate and Cannibal Corpse is the genre’s main target of that hate."

So true, But I just can't take them seriously
I'm not trolling, so please don't assault me.

Captain North
January 30th 2009


6792 Comments


I've only heard the title track and I was suprised, I was expecting something alot heavier and audibly offensive. To me it didn't sound that shocking or bad at all. I could make out most of the instruments and what the dude was saying. But then judging from this review I need to hear their older stuff.

Douchebag
January 30th 2009


3624 Comments


yeah i looked up one song. It was "I WILL KILL YOU!" screamed over and over again.

Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2009


16147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their full album is streaming on their Myspace page. That is where you need to go to check out some of these songs.
www.myspace.com/cannibalcorpse
I'd reccomend "Skewered From Ear to Eye" and "Carnivorous Storm"
If you're looking for something more audibly offensive then you need to go back to the Chris Barnes-era CC albums. Them just bringing in George Fisher made this band so much less annoying (IMO).

Altmer
January 30th 2009


5652 Comments


Never liked this band. Won't listen to this.

Good review though.

jingledeath
January 30th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Excellent review man.I have this but haven't gotten around to listening to it yet.I feel a bit reluctant as well cause the band never really interested me but this may change my opinion.

alytee123
January 30th 2009


23 Comments


I think this album is certainly better than a good handful of their previous album, including Kill. Good review I agree with most of your points.

Zippermouth
January 30th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In my opinion, Splattercore died with Carcass. I listened to a couple songs and it just seems like they do it all for shock factor. There's nothing that brutal about it, its just pitiful. However,

music wise its not half bad, but I'd never waste money on this band.This Message Edited On 01.30.09This Message Edited On 01.30.09

Fugue
January 30th 2009


7354 Comments


I've neer really liked this band, but fromwhat I have heard this is actually pretty darn good. Great review as well Willie, pretty much the only reason why I checked this out.

Anthracks
January 30th 2009


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

worst drumming ever

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