Review Summary: And you thought 'KILL' was brutal....
Cannibal Corpse, a band which has achieved (mostly) what they set out to do: shock, repulse, surprise and amaze metal fans and music fans in general throughout their 16 years in the business. Of course, there is always going to be haters of Cannibal Corpse, but at least their fans can appreciate the mind-boggling brutality and technicality that has progressed from album to album. Surely Cannibal Corpse are running out of ideas with their 11th studio release 'Evisceration Plague'? Well, no they are not, in fact this may be their best album since the release of 'The Wretched Spawn'.
Due to me being a fan of Fisher's vocals rather than Barnes', I was pleasantly surprised to see George's vocals as good as ever on this LP, although I had no real doubts, the man is a machine. His performances live are really something to behold and the bands performance in general live should also not go unrecognised. But anyway, back to the album, there is a great deal of creativity on 'Evisceration Plague', something which I though was lacking slightly on their previous release 'Kill'. There are slow songs and fast songs throughout this album, most of which being as well-crafted and brutal as the other. The main riff and song which stood out to me on this album, was the title track. The song starts off with an extremely eerie guitar riff at a slow pace, and the pace is basically maintained throughout the whole track, and Fisher's foreboding vocals only add to the atmosphere.
The fast tracks on this album really are technical, and I mean very technical. Songs like 'Scalding Hail' and 'Carnivorous Swarm' really do push Corpse to their technical limit. The songs on this LP aren't just noise either, the riffs are recognisable and the drumming really is just stupendously fast at times. Although there are a couple of passable tracks on this album such as 'To Decompose' and 'Unnatural', they are over-ruled by the sheer brutality of the album and the overall excellent showmanship of the band members.
Lets face it, Cannibal Corpse are never going to win the prize for best lyrics, and their fans don't really expect this to be the case. However, what they do expect is brutal technicality, catchy riffs and a powerful vocal performance, something which 'Evisceration Plague' more than fulfils.
So, to conclude, 'Evisceration Plague' is yet another solid release from the kings of modern death and features some of their most memorable work to date. If your a fan of metal, buy it, if your a person who is trying to get into death metal, buy it, if your a Cannibal Corpse fan....don't miss it. One thing is for sure, 'Evisceration Plague' doesn't disappoint, it excels.
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