Cannibal Corpse
Tomb of the Mutilated


4.5
superb

Review

by LifeInABox USER (23 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2006 | 414 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


Ah, good old Cannibal Corpse. Who hasn't heard of them in one place or another? One thing is for sure though, your never going to hear these guys on MTV. But anyway, just a little background info, this was the Corpse's 3rd full-length album and considered by many, (including me) to be their best album. The lyrics are gory, the riffs are beyond brutal, and the vocals, well, I’ll get to the vocals. Overall, this album just fuels the flesh that has kept Cannibal Corpse running for these past 18 years.


Cannibal Corpse is:

Chris Barnes- Vocals
Bob Rusay- Guitars
Jack Owen- Guitars
Alex Webster- Bass
Paul Mazurkiewicz- Drums

This album defiantly one of my favorite albums in my collection because of its sheer brutality and how it stands out the most in all of CC's list of albums. This album along with Butchered at Birth would help to lie out the concrete foundation in the Death Metal dictionary for Cannibal Corpse to sit in.

1.) Hammer Smashed Face- (5/5) Well duh, this song is going to get a 5. For all of you who have been living under a rock, this song was in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The intro by its self is enough to send shivers down your back. As if that isn't sufficient, this is the first you hear of Chris Barnes's throat-shredding vocals. It bewilders and amazes me how a human voice can be this low and not be coughing up blood all night. But anyway great song. Once you hear it, you will be slapping you knee all day to the "Tsh Tsh Tsh Tsh-Tsh Tsh Tsh Tsh" of the intro.

2.) I Cum Blood- (5/5) Another sweet song. A definite crowd pleaser. The intro is the first and about only time with maybe a couple more where you will hear a guitar...but no other instruments. Soon after we get blast beats and a beefy bass line cranking in the background. Overall this song is great. The verses are extremely technical on all parts. The drums have a strong presence, the guitars are on the dot, and the bass is constantly giving atmosphere to the song. 2 five's in a row? Can Cannibal Corpse keep the streak going?

3.) Addicted to Vaginal Skin- (4/5) No, I guess not, but close to it. This song starts with an odd man saying something very morbid. Listen yourself to find out. Nice and slow when the music kicks in. The bass to the song is incredible. Being a bass player myself, I find it difficult to play Alex Webster's parts. Now this is something new, as most death metal bass lines are chugging or following the guitars. He does follow the guitars, but these aren't crap guitars, these are Cannibal Corpse guitars. Already tough enough. But to add even more, he throws in a nifty tapping solo. Nice. The vocals are on top of the world, as usual. Just overall good song.

4.) Split Wide Open- (3/5) No! A "meh" song! Oh well, every album has to have one or two, unless its legendary. Basically, what we have here is a Cannibal Corpse song. As you get into later Cannibal Corpse records (excluding KILL), you will get alot, and I mean ALOT of these. It’s not a bad song, but it just doesn't have the same stuff about it as the first three tracks.

5.) Necropedophile- (3/5) Again? Same spiel as the last song. Another "filler-ish" song. If I didn't love this album with a passion I could get this song mixed up with the last one. As with before, not bad, but just not good either.

6.) The Cryptic Stench- (4/5) Nice song. Really has that Death Metal feel to it. Has the slow intro, which leads into the speedy verses and whatnot. The drumming on this song is really key to giving the song character. Overall, the guitars keep the song thrashing along with many fills and tricks. Not much else to it folks. An overall good song.

7.) Entrails Ripped from a Virgin's C**t- (4/5) Lovely name wouldn't you say? Besides that, this song is somewhat reminiscent of The Cryptic Stench in terms of the drum fills and double bass patterns. The guitar fills even remind me of the last song. Not that that’s a bad thing, considering I like the last one, but I probably would have given this one a 5 if it hadn't been for that little peeve.

8.) Post Mortal Ejaculation- (4.5/5) Sweet intro. Has nice bass accompanying the guitar. The usual blast beats are here, but what? What is this? Extreme variation with drumming technique? Excellent. Makes this song stand out amongst the last few. The same bullfrog gulp is here thanks be to Chris Barnes. The bridge is sick. It has some of what sound like maybe even synthesizers in the beginning. Has a few stray notes and back into the assault. This song really gets you ready for my favorite song on the album...

9.) Beyond the Cemetery- (5/5) Yay! The 9th and final track on here also happens to be my favorite. Has a speedy intro that leads into a superb palm muted riff, which then turns around and goes into a chugging brain-piercer. The song repeats its genius structure over a few times and gives you The Superman roller coaster ride of Death Metal. This song is really just great all over. Paul makes his presence known with beautifully crafted drum fills and beats while Jack and Bob trade off sawing away at you brain with their lightning-fast fingers. Alex pulls his weight with his usual pulsing bass groove while Chris continues to tear holes in his Voice box with his in-your-face grunt. To cap it all off, Alex again throws in his knowledge of bass tech. and cranks out more tapping on his fret board. All in all, best track, hands down.

Well, there you have it. A wonderfully crafted Death Metal album. Cannibal Corpse has made an album that will be remembered for years to come with this effort. If you don't already have it, buy it the first chance you get, from itunes or your local record store. Itunes will even be nice and throw in a live version of "I Cum Blood" for ya.


Key Tracks:

Beyond the Cemetery
Hammer Smashed Face
I Cum Blood
Post Mortal Ejaculation



Pros[+]:
Top of the line musicianship
Great Vocals, best I have heard on any Death Metal Album
Best Cannibal Corpse album to date


Cons[-]:
Just that tracks 4 & 5 blend a little
That All!



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TheMisterBungle
November 3rd 2006


861 Comments


This looks like their only worthwhile release

Nostalgia
November 3rd 2006


64 Comments


Good review, but I really don't think this is their best album at all. Most Cannibal Corpse fans will say it's their best, but I usually disagree with them. Eaten Back To Life is their best I think because of its thrash elements.

Good review though.

metallicaman8
November 3rd 2006


4677 Comments


These guys are the worst lyricists ever. Period.

Nostalgia
November 3rd 2006


64 Comments


You're missing the point if you're judging Cannibal Corse on their lyrical content. Of course no band is going to have amazing lyrics but yet contain such vile and disgusting lyrical ability. The band has stated many times that they just write what comes to mind and try to have the most gruesome image possible. It's obviously not their cup of tea to right well-thought lyrics, so they write whatever intrigues them.

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metallicaman8
November 3rd 2006


4677 Comments


You're missing the point if you're judging Cannibal Corse on their lyrical content. Of course no band is going to have amazing lyrics but yet contain such vile and disgusting lyrical ability. The band has stated many times that they just write what comes to mind, and try to have the most gruesome image.


I'm not sure exactly what you mean, as there are some flaws with your sentence structure that ultimately make them make no sense. Anyways, it's stupid for a band to just try and make their lyrics as gruesome as possible. Lyrics are supposed to mean something, to have some sort of message, or significance. Just trying to make people cringe with disgust is stupid. In addition, lyrics aside I still find this band to be average at best.

Shadows
Moderator
November 3rd 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anyways, it's stupid for a band to just try and make their lyrics as gruesome as possible. Lyrics are supposed to mean something, to have some sort of message, or significance.

And here I thought you kind of liked metal...

This album is good. Hammer Smashed Face is one of Cannibal Corpse's best earlier songs. I prefer the newer era to Chris Barnes, but this album is a classic.

metallicaman8
November 3rd 2006


4677 Comments


And here I thought you kind of liked metal...


I do like metal, and I'll admit that lyrics usually aren't that important when it comes to metal. The main focus is usually on the instrumentals and the singers voice. So, usually I pay very little attention to vocals, I just find it stupid to just try and gross people out. I don't expect metal bands to have good lyrics, but I expect them to at least try to write good lyrics. Anyways, I may be a little biased in this particular case, as I'm generally unfond of the band lyrics aside.

Shadows
Moderator
November 3rd 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Extreme metal is basically 100% instrumental work. These guys were a crucial staple in the rise of a now world famous scene and style of music. Whether or not you find the lyrics stupid, they're damn good at what they do.

metallicaman8
November 3rd 2006


4677 Comments


mm8 you dont really listen to that much metal at all


Actually I do listen to quite a bit, but admittedly not as much as people think I do. I wish I could get into more, but..well I've explained to you my financial/downloading problems before. So, I'm pretty much limited to what I already own and what I can find on youtube.

Alright review btw.

The Sludge
November 3rd 2006


2169 Comments


I Cum Blood has got to be some of the most gruesome lyrics I've ever layed eyes on. Brutal song as well.

And I here do NOT listen to too much metal.

LifeInABox
November 3rd 2006


3709 Comments


mm8 i can send u a bunch throu AIM if you wish i hav lots and lots u hav an aim that can let u send files?

metallicaman8
November 3rd 2006


4677 Comments


My AIM is BarrMe3, contact me whenever. It'd be great to get some more metal, if you have the time to send.

Bazarov
November 3rd 2006


55 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Psh... Cannibal Corpse blow chunks all over Metallica's country music ass.

Personally, I think Butchered at Birth and Eaten Back to Life are better than this album though..This Message Edited On 11.03.06

metallicaman8
November 3rd 2006


4677 Comments


Psh... Cannibal Corpse blow chunks all over Metallica's country music ***.


Sarcasm?

carney3110
November 5th 2006


310 Comments


Ummm, these guys suck. He can't sing, and the lyrics are shocking enough at first, but they really hold no power. Admittedly, there are a few great instrumental moments, but mostly it sounds as if they are raping their instruments with a fork. Hmmmm, "Raped With A Fork." Sounds like a Cannbal Corpse song title...This Message Edited On 11.05.06

LifeInABox
November 5th 2006


3709 Comments


^ i can tell you obviosly dont listen to death metal, otherwise you wouldn't be complaning about the vocals or the lyrics, but aside that like Vanir said , your really looking shallowly into the band if your judging them on thier lyrical contentThis Message Edited On 11.06.06

Drunken Viking
November 5th 2006


1023 Comments


Unique? Tons of bands make gruesom lyrics, listen to 90% of Grindcore, or virtually any Goregrind.

carney3110
November 6th 2006


310 Comments


I listen to plenty of death metal, but usually more Gothenburg style, in the vein of In Flames and Dark Tranquility (both of which are far superior bands). Try not to make assumptions based on a single comment. The lyrics are just dumb, that's my opinion. The problem I have with the vocals are mostly on what seems to be everyone's favorite, Hammer Smashed Face. He sounds like he's gargaling. Aside from that, the main problem with the vocals is that they really aren't anything I haven't heard before.This Message Edited On 11.06.06

Shadows
Moderator
November 6th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dark Tranquillity and In Flames aren't death metal.

carney3110
November 6th 2006


310 Comments


Damn, that was quick. Anyways, you may be right, but if so, that's what I like. I've never been one to categorize music anyway. Either I like it or I don't, and I don't particularily like this.



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