Cannibal Corpse
Bloodthirst


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (77 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2017 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best of the Corpsegrinder era-Cannibal Corpse albums, Bloodthirst is the band's peak standard of execution, songwriting, and production.

Times looked relatively uncertain for Cannibal Corpse after the release of Gallery of Suicide. After the viciousness of Vile and the relative restraint of The Bleeding, the band's loss of Rob Barrett seemed to result in a release which demonstrated that all the previous elements of the band remained, but with a generally lumpen feeling. Combined with inconsistency and a general lack of memorability outside of a few songs, it was a dip in quality that wasn't crippling by any means, but was a potential cause for concern for the fledgling Pat O'Brien line up. Thankfully, Bloodthirst followed it up with one of the most tightly constructed and neatly executed Cannibal Corpse albums, and one that has successfully stood the test of time.

Bloodthirst's overall feeling is far more aggressive than Gallery of Suicide, with a production job that is much less lumpen. The guitars feel sharp and clear whilst possessing plenty of girth for the chunkier rhythms, whilst the rhythm section is near perfectly balanced to drive the songs along without obscuring the vocals and wild riffs. Aiding in this more vicious sound is a stronger pacing to most of the tracks: Pounded into Dust, Dead Human Collection and especially the fantastic Blowtorch Slaughter gun it from the very get go and successfully dive into the slower rhythms and dynamic shifts after such strong openings. The transitions between riffs are all much smoother and more logical, with the song structures being coherent enough such that every song with the exception of album low-point Coffin Feeder has a nice flow to it and sufficient catchiness.

A more understated and subtle quality of the album is its variety, not usually a strength of Cannibal Corpse albums. More than most Cannibal Corpse releases, there is a clear differentiation in the feeling of each song based on who wrote it; Dead Human Collection and Hacksaw Decapitation are dead ringers for a Pat O'Brien track, with less active changes in time signature but huge levels of technicality, whilst The Spine Splitter is more indicative of Jack Owen's more sinister, slow paced style. Unleashing the Bloodthirsty and Sickening Metamorphosis carry Webster's distinctive style of writing with their somewhat nauseating scales. In addition, tonal shifts such as the churning, spiraling break of Ecstasy In Decay and the off-kilter midsection of The Spine Splitter provide an extra depth to the songwriting that makes it considerably less repetitive whilst keeping the deliberate, measured approach to the structure of the songs. Thanks to this subtle variety, along with its relatively short length, Bloodthirst breezes by without dragging at any point.

Bloodthirst offers no new ideas, but is an extremely well rounded album with a great deal of polish and gracefulness for such an ungraceful, morbid band. Combining its songwriting qualities with strong technical performances and production, it serves as probably the best of the Corpsegrinder era-Cannibal Corpse albums, and is a very strong death metal album by any measure.



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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2017


5306 Comments


Pos'ing you just for being butcher pals..

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JigglyPDiddy
May 2nd 2017


3215 Comments


hate this band soooo much tho

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Madbutcher3
May 2nd 2017


1884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@butcherboy saw that your review was the one immediately before mine just after i posted this. pos incoming



'hate this band soooo much tho' angery reacts only >



bloc
May 2nd 2017


43559 Comments


Solid ass album

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hansoloshotfirst
May 3rd 2017


529 Comments


"hate this band soooo much tho"
sorry to tell ya but your opinion is wrong but that's ok. everyone makes mistakes.

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Brewtality91
May 3rd 2017


666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not sure how you can hate this band. Is it their imagery? Their song titles? I mean this is just a continuation of death metal at its most raw and violent. To hate CC is to hate what death metal is all about

zaruyache
May 3rd 2017


17743 Comments


Rampant misogyny?

hansoloshotfirst
May 3rd 2017


529 Comments


oh zaru babe don't be grumpy... don't you have some more twinkly atmo bm to rate 3-3,5.

Madbutcher3
May 3rd 2017


1884 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

tbh the misogyny is a legit problem. kill onwards seems to be rid of it thankfully

zaruyache
May 3rd 2017


17743 Comments


i rate new age piano jams now get with the times scrub.

Brewtality91
May 4th 2017


666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I never really thought much about the misogyny on their earlier releases. For the most part these songs take place from the male perspective and often times males will find females as the more vulnerable/easier targets. That fit well into their stories. I do not condone this but it does make sense.

Since Kill they have cut that out completely it seems, which is totally fine.



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