Cannibal Corpse
Eaten Back to Life


4.0
excellent

Review

by ScuroFantasma USER (39 Reviews)
November 19th, 2013 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cannibal Corpse erupts into the death metal scene with their excitingly traumatic and exquisitely filthy debut album.

Eaten Back to Life: The twisted album that introduced Cannibal Corpse to the world and acquired infamy after its string of banning’s for both its artwork and lyrical content. Will you find intricacy, delicacy, deep meaning or outstanding musicianship on this album? No. What you will find however, is an authentic and unapologetic death metal experience from start to finish that delivers what it promises; brutality and rawness. Eaten Back to Life is extremely reflective of the band, and as far as debuts go, it’s enjoyable and accurate. To explain that last phrase, an analysis of the sound achieved on this record is required.

First of all, although there is no denying this is a death metal album, there is an unmistakeable thrash influence on this release (which is quickly rectified on the follow up album). What that means in terms of style is that this death metal experience is delivered at a breakneck pace that shows no signs of slowing down to ascertain your head is still attached after the first five minutes. That’s right, they continue this assault throughout the entire album, so prepare yourself.

Instrumentally, it’s hard to say what is accomplished here. The drumming is excellent, the bass is easily audible, and the guitars are fast and heavy. So what’s lacking? There is minimal variation from song to song which is likely this album's biggest flaw. I wouldn’t call the album repetitive as there are numerous hooks and catchy riffs here and there, but there is a general theme on each song that is imitated from the first to last track. That theme revolves around detailed descriptions of slaughter and bodily mutilation, delivered with an unceasing brutality. I know BRUTAL is an over-used and generally hyperbolic description, but it’s far too apt in this case, and I don’t mean that in the complimentary way it’s usually intended. What I mean is that it can cause some songs to sound tired after a while. Most of the time, this disc is easily listenable the entire way through, but sometimes, the exciting and adrenaline fuelled attack grows wearisome. You have to be in the mood for something hard and angry to fully enjoy this.

Now, onto the more positive and flattering section of this review. To begin with, the drumming is very enjoyable and certainly adds an interesting kick to the overall sound on each track. The tribal feeling simplicity to the drumming is very at home on this album, and mixed with the continued ferocity of both the guitars and Chris’s vocals, it definitely lifts this album into the realm of greatness. As aforementioned, the bass is visible within the mix of warring guitars and rhythmic drumming, which is always a welcome surprise, especially in a debut. The guitars are definitely the focus on the album; they build the atmosphere after all. Interestingly enough, despite having a similar sound on almost every track, the guitarists manage to maintain the listener’s interest. Perhaps it’s the little changes that are interspersed throughout each track, which inevitably returns to the chugging thrash sound they are known for, or maybe it’s just the exciting feeling they create. Whatever it is, it’s certainly a positive feature on this album.

I suppose now it’s only proper I delve into the wonderful discussion on the vocal component. To begin, I will immediately state that Chris Barnes was essential to Cannibal Corpse and founded the band along with the other original members. Chris is an accomplished vocalist, very suited to his role in this album. He has given life to some of the lowest growls and harshest screams ever to be let loose on the world. His very callous vocals are put to great use here and are certainly applied to the right genre.

Lyrically, this album is just like any other CC release. Like a vocal retelling of a horror movie (in great and unnecessary, yet intriguing, detail), they include all the gory bits that initially got them banned in several countries. Overall, the lyrics are pretty much there only to entertain and don’t end up having a lot of meaning (assuming you can understand them all with Chris’s low growling). Some listeners find them offensive, but you should come to expect such things when you listen to a genre titled ‘death metal’.

Very predictably I am going to tie this conclusion to my introduction by finally explaining the somewhat rhetorical and questionably worded phrase that ended the first paragraph and all of you reading this have already forgotten about; “Eaten Back to Life is extremely reflective of the band, and as far as debuts go, it’s enjoyable and accurate”. Well, this debut prophetically tells the tale of what Cannibal Corpse will sound like on the next few records. There are certainly modifications along the way, but Cannibal Corpse have forever been consistent with their core sound, and never stray uncomfortably far from their roots.

So tracks that you should definitely check out are:

*Shredded Humans
*Scattered Remains, Splattered Brains
*Born In a Casket
*A Skull Full of Maggots

Add this timeless album to your death metal collection for its brutality and unwavering devotion to its own genre.

-ScuroFantasma



Recent reviews by this author
Horsehunter Caged In FleshFlower Face Funeral Kid
Necrorgasm Blissful ManslaughterRadium Valley Tales From The Apocalypse
Korn All Mixed UpEluveitie Everything Remains As It Never Was
user ratings (527)
Chart.
3.5
great
other reviews of this album
jayfatha (3)
Cannibal Corpse start off a bit rough, but lay down the foundation to what will become one of the be...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Mookid
November 19th 2013


1439 Comments


Not really a fan of this band

Album is ok though

psyclonus
November 19th 2013


134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i don't think it sounds like their other stuff. the CC sound was really honed on the next 2 albums and they got a lot better after this debut. album is merely ok and there was a lot better stuff around when this was released IMO

Digging: Lago - Tyranny

Weirman
November 19th 2013


203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Next one was pretty boring though

psyclonus
November 19th 2013


134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yes it was save for a couple of songs. let's just skip straight to Tomb of the Mutilated :D

ScuroFantasma
November 19th 2013


2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are some great tracks on here though

Digging: Xothist - Simulacrum

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2013


14823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed with the recommended tracks section, but yeah there was a lot to come from the band at this point, I can give you a couple of pointers on the review if you want?

Digging: Off Minor - The Heat Death of the Universe

ScuroFantasma
November 19th 2013


2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sure, I'm always open to criticism

MO
November 19th 2013


18894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A SKULLLL
FULL OF
MAGGOTSSS

ScuroFantasma
November 19th 2013


2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@MO, probably the best track on the album

MO
November 19th 2013


18894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/ hard

shredded humans is sweet too. my buddy did an essay based on it's lyrics and got an A, read that shit, I would've loved to see his profs reaction

ScuroFantasma
November 19th 2013


2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it'd be challenging to do that, must've been good to get an A

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2013


14823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Alrighty.

Eaten Back to Life.


We already know what the album title is, so you could probably scrap this or merge it with the next sentence like "Eaten Back to Life is twisted...". The opening sentence (and paragraph) should draw the listener in, not end dead.

To explain that last phrase, an analysis of the sound achieved on this record is required.


These sorts of sentences (where you're almost taking somebody through a tour rather than a review) really disturb the flow of the writing.

Now, onto the more positive and flattering section of this review.

I suppose now it’s only proper I delve into the wonderful discussion on the vocal component. To begin, I will immediately state ...

Very predictably I am going to tie this conclusion to my introduction by finally explaining the somewhat rhetorical and questionably worded phrase that ended the first paragraph


Same problem.

First of all, although there is no denying this is a death metal album, there is an unmistakeable thrash influence on this release


Seems a little too obvious, maybe something like "as is the case with many early death metal albums, there are noticeable thrash influences here"

So what's lacking? I believe the only way to describe the missing link is by using the word; variation.


First person (which this review is full of) and rhetorical questions are generally a no-no in reviews. Perhaps rephrase this to something like "Despite the instrumental competence, lack of variation is one of the album's weakpoints". Best run through and fix up the other first person misnomers.

I know BRUTAL is an over-used and generally hyperbolised description, but t’s far too apt in this case


First person again, put "brutal" in quotes, "hyperbolic" is a better word choice and fix "t's" (it's*)

The first sentence in the conclusion is a massive run on, and the conclusion itself is a bit of a mindfuck to be honest, if it were up to me I'd scrap it and start again. The conclusion should be summary of your review, so pick the main point from each paragraph and just simplify and condense.

All that said, it's not a bad review, and I'll pos because you're a good sport. Just keep writing, listening to criticism and you'll be better. :D

bloc
November 19th 2013


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

One of the band's weakest

ScuroFantasma
November 19th 2013


2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Perhaps, but a very important one, and overall it's enjoyable.

Necrotica
November 19th 2013


9885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fun album. I like the thrash influence on this one

ScuroFantasma
November 19th 2013


2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I kind of wish they kept it actually, at least a bit.

psyclonus
November 20th 2013


134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Bleeding was kinda thrashy. now that's a real one-off. wish they'd kept that sound for a while but they went pretty formulaic after that, down-tuning the guitars on Vile changed their whole sound.

DreamingWithTheDead
February 16th 2014


207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this is their best, it comes across as the most energetic and dynamic. Its frantic, chunky and with the best vocals.

ScuroFantasma
April 15th 2014


2316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I might have to agree there. I think the 'energetic feel' could be put down to the thrash influences which they pretty much lost completely on the next album.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy