Cannibal Corpse
Gore Obsessed


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 66 replies | 22,132 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Okay, here's how it's going down. These guys have quite a history so I'm going to paraphrase best I can. After forming in the mid eighties and hailing from Buffalo, NY, Cannibal Corpse practically set the standard for brutal death metal music. After releasing about ten albums, the band proves that they haven't even come close to burned out after all these years. Despite being attacked by political and overly moral figures including Gore, Lieberman, Dole, and the PMRC, the band continues to feature lyrics violent enough to get them banned in Australia, New Zealand, and Korea - not to mention being forbidden from preforming any music from their first three albums in Germany where Butchered at Birth is banned from store shelves all together!

Savage Butchery - 4.25/5
Sort of a summary of the band. It packs a minute fifty of straight heaviness and their famous lyrics. The rhythm is nice and more flowing comapred to most of their stuff. Despite the length, they manage to cram angry riffs and iller solos into one small space. A great start to an album like this.

Hatchet to the Head - 4.75/5
We should all be excited now. This is another well-flowing song, but manages to keep an equilibrium of being choppy and chaotic with a feeling of "rolling rage" (like that? made it up myslef). This is easily a highlight, what with it's moshable melodies and a length that's is perfect for the song to pwn but not drone on and on. A nice, heavy, well-written song.

Pit of Zombies - 4.5/5
I always loved how this band could take the cheesiest of song titles and make it sound badass. This one flows even better than Savage Butchery, but don't worry, that won't last much longer. The blast beats and heavy riffs carry the song chugging along to the top of the album. There are some great songs, so it's not quite a highlight. Still a great song.

Dormant Bodies Bursting - 4.25/5
Here we go. Choppy, grind-esque death metal. The double bass gives feeling of carniverous urgencies, while the bass makes me feel like a tree is about to fall on me in the woods. And yes, it definitely makes a sound. The growling of "dormant bodies bursting" over and over in a gradually higher voice makes this a pretty energetic tune. Of course, this is an energetic band.

Compelled to Lacerate - 5/5
Great song. It starts out with crazy lead guitars and goes into our favorite growling while the main riffs and chorus consist of rapid power chordage. And yes, the guitar solos here are amazing as usual :thumb: .
This track is pretty unrelenting, but you'de have to hear iot to understand. I now have a sudden urge to severely cut someone...

Drowning in Viscera - 4.5/5
Gore Obsessed keeps going strong with Drowing in Viscera. It's got speed combined with heaviness gained by the rapid blast beats. George's growling seems to hang with me giving a feel of asphyxiation if you catch my drift. :naughty: Oooooohhhh...is it just me, or have the guitarists outdone themselves with both of the solos?

Hung and Bled - 4.75
Starts out pretty **** slow. It goes on instrumentally for a while (nice drumming!) untill it picks up into one of the fastest songs on the album. It's amazing how George's Cookie monster type voice can stll pronounce words so quickly and clearly. Once again we're met with a massacre of blood and decay, this time in the form of music instead of a war.

Sanded Faceless - 4.75/5
:angry: I expected to have gorier lyrics with a promising title like Sanded Faceless. Nobody's perfect. But anyhoo...killer intro! The beginning guitars, while simple and mid-paced, sound great and prgressive in volume slightly untill the whole song breaks out. Lyrically, this song has enough speed to rival Hung and Bled, but let's not get carried away here. Never forget that there's more than one use of a power sander :D .

Mutation of the Cadaver - 4.5/5
This is lyrically the most sophisticated song on the album. The song actually tells a stopry instead of random deaths followed by me bleeding from my eyes (which I have over time grown to enjoy :thumb:)The music is really good too - it's pretty creative with intesting guitar riffs of varying pitch and George holding the world's second longest scream. And - by God - that's one painful guitar solo!

When Death Replaces Life - 5/5
Alrighty then. The music intro sounds pretty evil with the slow guitars and od drum rhythms. It's got a nice long intro and after the drums speed up the song turns to a pretty dark tune. It's a nice highlight of the album. It's kind of a relaxing track after all the flat out ear-bleading music. They turn it down a notch with When Death Replaces Life to just a mild nosebleed. It's a pretty consistent track, and doesn't have their usual random blasts of death and unholy frenzy.

Grotesque - 4.25/5
starts out similar to the precedding song. It's got nice, slow music, and then picks up heavily after the drums speed up exceedingly. George's repeating one line (can't make it out) over and over, each time a higher pitch and more angst ridden, sound pretty **** sweet. It's a nice pre song for the next mindblowingly good track. Don't let the back of the CD case fool you- we still have one more pile of corpses to burn through.

No Remorse (Metallica cover/hidden track) - 5/5
Several things intially stood out that suggested that this was not Cannibal Corpse. 1. Guitar solos. Nothing they've ever done. 2. No blast beats or double bass the whole song. They mix up the drums and match the music nicely. 3. Since when does the band make a six and a half minute song? 4. And finally, George's screaming "NO REMOOOOOOOORSSSSSSSSSE..." at the end gave it away. :D . An excelllent cover and great song, even after being deathisized.

Conc...
To be honest, I love this album. Cannibal Corpse proves that they can still go strong and put out kickass music even after all these years. This is a pretty diverse record with a little something for everyone. It's a good CC CD that one not acquainted with Cannibal Corpse can start with (like I did). I don't claim to be a CC expert, but I have heard some of their older work, and this is right up there with it.

Recommended songs:
Hatchet to the Head
Compelled to Lacerate
When Death Replaces Life
No Remorse

Final Rating - 4/5
A well-rounded album from the kings of modern death



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sr800bkBassist
September 17th 2004



115 Comments


i dont know...
my problem with this band is that they have no multiple dimensions. IMO a band should be able to capture every emotion over a span of a couple records, but all these guys seem to care about is the same redundant rage theme over and over. they need variety.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 17th 2004



826 Comments


The whole point of Cannibal Corpse is redundant rage They're an institution that way, and if they tried to incorporate more variety, they'd die.

Shadows
Moderator
September 17th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

People listen to Cannibal Corpse for that redundant rage. It's what people depend on them for. And in that catergory, these guys are at the top. Saying they should incorperate more variety, etc. is like saying they should make cocaine in a form that isn't addictive and won't get you high. Kind of pointless and disappointing.

manuscriptreplica
September 18th 2004



431 Comments


Heh... good review. That album cover is gold. Especially the guy holding the brain.

bassaholica2004
September 18th 2004



40 Comments


I've heard lots of praise for CC, but I've never actually heard them. Today I got paid, and I wanna buy a CD tomorrow. Is CC like Cryptopsy? If or if not, what is their best album? And great review D-T-PP.

manuscriptreplica
September 18th 2004



431 Comments


Cryptopsy are possibly the best brutal death band ever, they are far better than the Corpse are.

Death to Pop Punk: What do you mean by banned in Australia? Does that mean they're not allowed into the country to play live? Because I bought Butchered at Birth in store, and you said it's banned?

Bartender
Emeritus
September 18th 2004



826 Comments


Butchered at Birth was most famously banned in Germany. I've never heard of it being banned elsewhere, though that doesn't mean it wasn't.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 18th 2004



106 Comments


4.75 is way to much for a Cannibal Corpse album.

Shadows
Moderator
September 18th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=manuscriptreplica]Cryptopsy are possibly the best brutal death band ever, they are far better than the Corpse are.

Death to Pop Punk: What do you mean by banned in Australia? Does that mean they're not allowed into the country to play live? Because I bought Butchered at Birth in store, and you said it's banned?[/QUOTE]
Their records are still being sold but according to the CC official website they've been banned from playing live.

Shadows
Moderator
September 18th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra]4.75 is way to much for an Cannibal Corpse album.[/QUOTE]
I like Cannibal Corpse. I suppose the rating is all just a matter of taste or opinion.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 18th 2004



106 Comments


Yes, I know, but i'm just expressing opinion.

Shadows
Moderator
September 18th 2004



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nothing wrong with that. It's what these threads are for.

LordDargon
February 11th 2005



165 Comments


Bassaholic: CC sound nothing like Cryptopsy, and unfortunately do not even come near their greatness.

Yeah, 4.75 is too much. CC are cool at first, nice aggressive music, but after a few listens it's just... there's nothing really of interest there. It's too shallow.

Shadows
Moderator
February 11th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I guess you guys were right. CC is one of my favorite death metal bands, but I really overrated this album.

I'll edit it later today.

Nra4ever_17
March 8th 2005



65 Comments


^^^
This is just what the new site doesn't need.

Good review, but I really, really hate CC.

SickSlap
April 11th 2005



7 Comments


death metal in general needs to add more dimension, it really is very shallow. I have listened to CC before, I have the box set, the DVD is pretty cool. But in all fairness, death metal takes almost no talent, its all a matter of how fast you can play and how gore obsessed you can be.

Nra4ever_17
July 6th 2005



65 Comments


See, that's an untrue stereotype of death metal. One which is most likely CC's fault. Bands like Opeth or Dark Tranquility, or later Death, or plenty of other bands, are more than just bellowing about colons.

Dead_Trench
July 13th 2005



159 Comments


Cannibal Corpse may stick to a certain subject but it's done well for them. Asking them to change it is like asking AC/DC to write about space or something.

kornsoad132
February 25th 2006



31 Comments


i have heard this is their best cd, and i want to get it. its somewhat hard to find their cds anywere though due to the gory album covers. i saw it at best buy with a black cover over the cd, and i was wondering do all of their cd come this way?

Cravinov13
February 25th 2006



3854 Comments


probably. the covers are pretty gross.



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