Cannibal Corpse
Kill


4.5
superb

Review

by JohnnyGetYerKnife USER (19 Reviews)
November 16th, 2009 | 62 replies | 3,627 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cannibal Corpse's tenth studio album raises the bar for modern death metal...

Cannibal Corpse is one of the world’s best selling death metal bands. Despite censorship from countries all over the world, (in Germany, Cannibal Corpse are prohibited from playing songs off their first three albums, while in Australia, New Zealand, and Korea, the group's merchandise was temporarily banned) the band has managed to sell one million albums over a period of eighteen years. This was obviously going to happen sooner or later, with song titles such as Shredded Humans and Post Mortal Ejaculation. However, the disgusting images on their merchandise also contributed to their sales. Of course, crucial to the band’s success, Cannibal Corpse has evolved into a formidable technical death metal band. The group doesn't play as fast or complicated as, say, Hate Eternal or Origin, but in a metal world of ever-increasing chops, Cannibal Corpse has more than held its own.

Although Cannibal Corpse have generally been hit or miss since the release of their debut, Kill is definitely a place where the band hits quite well. The album is among the more coherent and consistent in their song structure and songs, generally, relying heavily on a balanced diet of thrash sections and breakdowns, without overdoing them like some bands do today.

Alex ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher breathed new life into the band. Corpsegrinder brought even harsher vocals to the band, as well as his legendary head banging and his stage energy. The band’s sound grew increasingly sophisticated, as did their album’s production. Vile was, not only the band's first death metal album on the charts, but the first death metal album on the Billboard charts, which showed Corpsegrinder at his peak, along with the Worm Infested EP and The Wretched Spawn. Vile, Worm Infested EP and The Wretched Spawn all contain excellent production, thanks to Neil Kernon, and the latter an entertaining making-of DVD. Given the quality of the albums produced by Kernon, producer Erik Rutan (who also worked with Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal) had large shoes to fill.

Kill is, hands down, Rutan's best production yet. The sound is clear and heavy without the over-processed sheen that afflicts many modern metal productions. More importantly, Rutan brings out the best performances from all members of the band. Kill has a precision and power about it that comes from a band that’s fully in control. The album opener The Time To Kill Is Now is two of the most vicious minutes of sound ever recorded. Straight away, Corpsegrinder screams ’Kill!’ as breakneck riffs and drums fly by. The band's trademark pinch harmonics lead to the irresistibly catchy refrain, ’Time to kill is now.’ One can't help but sing along. Make Them Suffer operates similarly, with tremolo picking and thrash drums beats. Despite the constantly shifting time signatures (there's very little 4/4 here), the songs always returns to hooks or phrases that tie everything together. Bassist Alex Webster writes most of the band's material, and his songs deftly balance technicality and brutality. For such short songs (only one exceeds four minutes in length), there’s a lot going on. Five Nails Through The Neck is absolutely crushing, easily one of the highlights of this album. The album has no weak songs, and has enough variety (album closer "Infinite Misery" is a surprisingly slow, doomy dirge) to keep the listener engaged throughout. At this stage in the game, Cannibal Corpse won't win any awards for innovation. Over the years, the band has stuck to the brutal death metal template it helped invent, while tweaking its sound just enough to remain relevant. Cannibal Corpse has given us a nice surprise here; the crafting of the tracks, the catchiness and the pure energy makes Kill one of Cannibal Corpse’s best albums. Cannibal Corpse is one of the few bands that plays death metal for a living; this album is ample proof why.

Unlike many of their past offerings, Cannibal Corpse’s Kill treads the line between being old school yet maintaining a modern character in the production quality. The riffs are muddy, but no overly enough to turn it into pure noise. It refuses to become redundant and boring. Tracks like Barbaric Bludgeonings, Murder Worship and The Time To Kill Is Now are over in a thrash, whereas tracks like Death Walking Terror and Infinite Misery take it a bit slower, almost sounding death/doom, only without the atmospheric quality. But, these slower songs prove one thing, the aggression is still there.

Of course, this is death metal. Songs eventually get repetitive, mainly because they consist of thrashing, blasting, breaking down, and then repeat the whole thing again. But, beside that, this is a solid album. I wouldn’t say that it measures up to the genius of Eaten Back To Life, but it is definitely among the best offerings that Cannibal Corpse have given to us. It’s a perfect example of how modern death metal should sound…



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TheSpirit
November 16th 2009



17739 Comments


Good review/ decent album

Digging: Emarosa - Versus

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 16th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man.

TheSpirit
November 16th 2009



17739 Comments


No problem. This your favorite CC album?

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 16th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably, I prefer newer DM to old school. EATEN BACK TO LIFE was good, but the production was 'too 80s/90s' for me.

TheSpirit
November 16th 2009



17739 Comments


I hear ya

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2009



16315 Comments


I don't see what people like about this band to be honest... they just never really struck me as a great band.

TheSpirit
November 16th 2009



17739 Comments


I don't think they're great either but for a DM band they have some catchy tunes

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 16th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They're talented, no denying that. By the way, my next review: Morbid Angel's Alters Of Madness. And to turn a death metal song into a catchy song, that requires sheer talent.

turnip90210
November 16th 2009



309 Comments


I don't like the "80's/early 90's" american death metal production sound - sounds kinda artificial.

about time you posted another review. was getting worried about ya :P what ya gonna do next? EDIT: answered. sorry :P

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 16th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was gonna post my CC KILL review last night, but some guy banned me for a day.

turnip90210
November 16th 2009



309 Comments


...you know, "Altars Of Madness" already has a bunch of rather satisfying reviews as is. since you claimed you know a bunch of underground bands nobody on here even knows exist, maybe contribue some of that?

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 16th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, fine. I see what you mean. I'll go back to that list you gave me.

cvlts
November 16th 2009



8954 Comments


I guess you can get banned for posting too many reviews lol

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 16th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Clearly. I thought it was a permanent ban. Only a day though.

turnip90210
November 16th 2009



309 Comments


if possible, dont pluck stuff from my list if you have other unknown bands - I know that stuff already, and I'd like to get to know some other bands too. deal? ;]

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 16th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I'll definitely search stuff for you and me. I'll do it in a minute. I'm trying to do geography homework whilst listening to CC whilst on sputnikmusic. =) What kinda metal are you into?

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 16th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Brutal, grind, gore, thrash, etc etc?

turnip90210
November 16th 2009



309 Comments


all sorts of stuff, from old school swedeath (both old guard like grave, and newer apprentices that evoke the times of old if they do it well enough) and geman CC worshippers I mentioned in another comment through some of the more intense slam to be found around (due to the staleness of the genre, this usually stems from the production), but I also fancy american gigants Immolation, italian speed demons Hour Of Penance, Funebrarum's cryptic emanations and the slightly freaky Infested.

Hawks
November 16th 2009



35647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man you guys are in love. This is so cute!

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JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 16th 2009



157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh man you guys are in love. This is so cute!


Hey dude, fuck off.

And thanks man, I'm researching this now...



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