Cannibal Corpse
Violence Unimagined


3.8
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
April 13th, 2021 | 506 replies


Release Date: 04/16/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meat's back on the menu, boys.

The notorious American cannibal gang has been accumulating dead bodies for three decades now in an unprecedented killing spree. The pile of corpses is so impressive that even the cold-hearted cannot remain indifferent to a slaughter of this magnitude. Meat hook sodomy, necrophilia, severe decapitation, disembowelment - you name it. The sicko death squad has already inflicted all kinds of damage and suffering, showing no sign of regret. This musical psychopathy, despite its different cycles and actors, has never undergone drastic changes. Granted, the Chris Barnes-era can be singled out since it does mirror a rather particular early stage of the band, but the creative DNA, in its essence, has remained unchanged over the years.

The arrest of guitarist Pat O'Brien in December 2018 is a relevant fact in the band's most recent history, not only due to the bizarre nature of the event but also because it led to musician, producer, and longtime friend Erik Rutan joining the band's ranks. With the possible exception of Jack Owen, no one else could fit in so easily. Erik's recruitment not only ensures a smooth transition into this new cycle but also generates high expectations about what he might actually add to Cannibal Corpse's sound. There is common ground between Hate Eternal and Cannibal Corpse, namely the relentless and brutal character of both, yet the question that matters is whether Erik will embed his ultrasonic imprint into Cannibal Corpse's more orthodox DNA, and ultimately whether this blend will warp the identity of the cannibal collective.

Of the three songs Erik Rutan wrote, 'Condemnation Contagion', 'Overtorture' and 'Ritual Annihilation', the latter is the one that gravitates closer to Hate Eternal while being one of the most interesting tracks on the album. It manages to inject some fresh blood into the band's trademark by adding the recognizable Rutan-ish ultrasonic layer I mentioned earlier. This song somehow unveils what it would sound like if Corpsegrinder were part of Hate Eternal's ranks and if Rutan replaced his usual warp-speed blast beats with Mazurkiewicz's more old-school tempos. While 'Ritual Annihilation' and 'Overtorture' catapult the band to breakneck speeds, 'Condemnation Contagion', through its midtempo approach and tasty power chords, mirrors a more restrained side tailored to Cannibal Corpse's personality. Rutan thus succeeds in introducing some novelty into the mix while respecting the band's marked character.

Keeping the tradition alive, the album takes off fiercely. 'Murderous Rampage' and 'Necrogenic Resurrection' are both relentless assaults in the vein of classics like 'The Time to Kill Is Now' or 'Demented Aggression', and honestly, I wouldn't expect anything less. It's the boys' usual warm welcome to their slaughterhouse. This overwhelming facet of the band works like a serial killer's signature mirroring their modus operandi. However, these overpowering moments are promptly counterbalanced by 'Inhumane Harvest' and 'Condemnation Contagion', two mid and slow tempo offerings that not only bring contrast to the chromatic palette but also contribute to the album's initial flow. This balance, while not new, generates dynamics and the required diversity in a style that easily falls into repetition. The catchy breakdown in 'Surround, Kill, Devour' or the superb groovy riff in 'Bound and Burned' are other contrasting moments worth highlighting.

Overall, Cannibal Corpse sticks to its usual formula, swinging between grinding power chords and high-speed tremolo picking, with occasional pinch harmonics. The Webster-Mazurkiewicz foundation remains among the most solid in the business, and even though Paul is not a virtuoso drummer his trademark pounding is already part of the band's brand, along with Corpsegrinder's massive gutturals. Rutan's leads brought colorful tones to the heavy landscape, among which I would highlight the solo in 'Condemnation Contagion' for its interesting flow. The high-caliber performances and in-depth know-how are a common denominator, mirroring the collective's long experience. This musical maturity coupled with the lads' genuine enthusiasm override less accomplished moments such as 'Follow the Blood' and 'Cerements of the Flayed', which despite not being by any means a failure, do not match the quality of the remaining songs, thus not adding value to the whole.

Thirty-two years after the first killing, the vile cannibal squad shows no signs of slowing down or willingness to change its disgusting diet. Meat is back on the menu, now with fresh blood and repulsive new ingredients, courtesy of chef Erik Rutan. Violence Unimagined is thus not only a treat for those who feast upon flesh but also a proof of resilience, power, and determination. It is yet another successful chapter in one of the best portfolios the genre has to offer.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2021


16349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Erik Rutan is definitely the man for the job. Great jam.

The album is out this Friday, April 16th, and will be available on all streaming platforms.

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FabiusPictor202
April 13th 2021


1395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NICE. looking forward to this

slikphuk
April 13th 2021


556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review, been looking forward to this all year. Got my vinyl and shirt today, and I gotta say this album fucking slays, probably one of my favorite CC albums to date.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2021


16349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks man, I can't imagine the look on your family's face when they see you wearing that shirt hahah

BigPleb
April 13th 2021


63121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good review, pos.



I honestly think this might be their best since KILL, Rutan has fitted in seamlessly.



There's some NASTY grooves on here at times, also George sounds even more fired up on here than usual.

slikphuk
April 13th 2021


556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@TheNotrap ahahah true ill just say its an old shirt with a painting of my ex-gf

necropig
April 13th 2021


6255 Comments


Album is out this friday not next :3

look forward to the jam

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BigPleb
April 13th 2021


63121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When that groovy breakdown hits halfway through Slowly Sawn ugh, so good.



Surround, Kill, Devour is one of their catchiest songs to date also, great track.

slikphuk
April 13th 2021


556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I also agree this might be their best since KILL, Erik has proven himself worthy on this one forsure, so much fucking heavy riffage can't get enough

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2021


16349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks, Pleb mate.

Yeah, album's definitely a banger.



Fixed necropig ;)

bloc
April 13th 2021


66214 Comments


If that ain't the most perfect summary for this, I dunno what is

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2021


16349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Cheers bloc ;)

necropig
April 13th 2021


6255 Comments


Salted pork

JayEnder
April 13th 2021


10404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So stoked for this. Awesome review as always man!



Rutan's playthrough for Condemnation Contagion has me hyped to hear that song with Corpsegrinder m/

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BigPleb
April 13th 2021


63121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's one of my faves here, just so massive.



All about those grooves, everyone does such a great job here.

BigPleb
April 13th 2021


63121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have to disagree with your view on Follow the Blood and Cerements though, two great tracks.



The only filler track for me here is Overtorture really, but it's like 2 minutes long so whatever haha.

DaveT0738
April 13th 2021


2834 Comments


Haven't listened CC since Torture and i don't even remember that one it all, time to check what's left on discog

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2021


16349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

They are the weakest tracks, in my opinion, along with Overtorture ;) but as the wise man said: to each his own.

And what about Ritual Annihilation? Massive



Thanks JayEnder.

BigPleb
April 13th 2021


63121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Condemnation Contagion is disgusting too.



These guys do mid paced DM so well, so much groove and punch.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2021


16349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Condemnation Contagion is easily one of the highlights, and yeah, these guys groove hard. Bound and Burned is nice example.



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