Cannibal Corpse
Eaten Back to Life


3.0
good

Review

by jayfatha USER (28 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2011 | 41 replies | 9,264 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cannibal Corpse start off a bit rough, but lay down the foundation to what will become one of the best-selling death metal bands ever

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

We all know exactly what they’re about. Gore, brutality, speed, violence, basically what most people see death metal as. That’s how they’ve always been, that’s how they always will be. However, they haven’t always necessarily been the same. Their debut, Eaten Back to Life shows a band that knows precisely what they want to do, but they’re not quite sure how to do it yet. Even the album title shows that, Eaten Back to Life…what the f*ck does that mean? If one is dead, what does the eating of that person have to do with their mortality status? I know that Cannibal Corpse have never been very articulate but come on now. Being cheesy is what they do best I suppose; this album shows they’ve never had a problem with that. It wouldn’t be fair to call out a band like this for the lyrics because it’s really not to be taken seriously at all, but you can bet they’re of the same quality.

The overall feel to this album does differ slightly from what you’d usually get from CC, the production is a bit different and it suits the music very well. There’s also a tad more of a thrash influence than on later releases, you can really hear that in the solos. They’re really messy and fast, they seem like not very much time was put into them. Hell, the same could be said for the whole album, really. It’s very sloppy and fast and brutal, and if that’s you’re thing, this is just right for you.

Obviously, this is the Chris Barnes era, so the vocals aren’t exactly going to be top-notch. He’s a decent vocalist, but on this album he’s quite monotone. There’s more of a thrash-shout going on than a growl, and that’s all it is the whole album. He’s a one trick pony if I’ve ever heard one. That being said, he does fit the sound well enough for it to not be a very big problem. The other band members are a talented bunch, albeit not that creative. Some riffs are really boring, and some are great. Oftentimes, you hear one right after the other (IE: Edible Autopsy). The drummer and the bassist suffer from the same problem, they’re excellent musicians but they’re pretty repetitive on this album. By the way, yes you can hear the bass! Alex Webster deserves some attention; he’s really a great bassist. Their writing skills just needed some improvement.

While this album is an overlooked part of Cannibal Corpse’s catalog, it’s easy to see why. This just isn’t as matured as their later releases (I know, it feels weird saying that). Eaten Back to Life isn’t a very memorable album but it deserves a listen, mostly due to the fact that it’s cool to hear how one of the most popular death metal bands of all time got their start. That, and isn’t half bad either. Yea, it’s kind of boring in places and it’s not very well put together, but it’s a nice slab of raw, old school death metal that most extreme music fans can get behind and enjoy for at least a few listens.



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jayfatha
December 23rd 2011



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And i'm back to metal.
Honestly this would probably be a 2.5 if Born in a Casket and A Skull Full of Maggots weren't so awesome

linkjerk
December 23rd 2011



311 Comments


i despise Chris Barnes, but after him, the band would shoot off into absolute excellence

jayfatha
December 23rd 2011



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't think he's that bad, he was involved with their best album after all, but Corpsegrinder is miles better

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2011



17343 Comments


this is probably their best record

rating is good though

Digging: Monolake - Interstate

KILL
December 23rd 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah bro

MO
December 23rd 2011



17364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A SKULLLLL FULLLL OF MAGGOTSSSSSSSSS

Digging: Soundtrack - Turok 2: Seeds of Evil OST

MO
December 23rd 2011



17364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

butchered at birth for me, but this one definitely slays

Shuyin
December 25th 2011



10429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is great, Barnes fits better on SFU tho.

Digging: All the Empires of the World - Sunscraper

eternium
December 25th 2011



16209 Comments


SFU is lol

Digging: Thou - Heathen

Shuyin
December 25th 2011



10429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is repetitive and boring, these guys did good to bring corpegrinder, he puts alotta energy in the music, imo

linkjerk
December 27th 2011



311 Comments


you can say that again

Auschwitz
December 27th 2011



1285 Comments


these guys have never been good. theyre basically a death metal parody band.

ValeriusTheImmortal
December 27th 2011



1237 Comments


good album

KILL
December 27th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

auchwitz have you even heard metallica? stfu bro

Auschwitz
December 27th 2011



1285 Comments


whos metallica

YUJOS
February 26th 2012



890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ it's them with Lou Reed in Lulu.....

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CaptainDooRight
April 4th 2012



26444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

put them to deeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaatthhhhhh


how does this have one page of comments, fag sput

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Shuyin
April 4th 2012



10429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea, everyone should be comenting on Cannibal Corpse albums

TheSpirit
April 12th 2012



16662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why is your dig not cannibal corpse


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Shuyin
April 12th 2012



10429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no need for that, everyone knows it.

besides i'd have to pick an album, which sucks cuz i dig all of them m/



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