Cannibal Corpse
Chaos Horrific


3.7
great

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
September 20th, 2023 | 373 replies


Release Date: 09/22/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Come and get it, you motherfuckers!

There is always a nauseating stench in the air preceding the raids of the world's most infamous cannibal gang; a stink of blood and fear that brings a sense of impending death. You know suffering is coming and there's nothing you can do about it, no matter how much you shield yourself with the pop sensation of the week or some lucky charms blessed by the Dalai Lama himself. You're done, and you know it. So stop fighting and go grab your worn-out Slayer t-shirt, an axe, and embrace the pain; for they're coming, this time with ten new tracks revolving around zombies, pitchfork impalements, human trafficking, mass mutilation, dismemberment, and… oddly enough, knives (go figure). A complete, full-blooded package presented by the same homicidal crew who brought you Violence Unimagined, including guitarist and producer Erik Rutan, who once again shares guitar duties with Rob Barrett.

Composed shortly after its predecessor, Chaos Horrific follows in the footsteps of Violence Unimagined, musically and production-wise, making them close relatives, so to speak. A somewhat expected outcome given the band's well-known reluctance to change and the fact that, once again, they chose to record at Erik Rutan's studios in Florida. There's nothing wrong with playing it safe, let alone a band that rarely ventures outside of its comfort zone. However, despite loving how the album sounds, I'd like to see the lads delve into deeper acoustic dimensions, as they did on A Skeletal Domain. This would provide greater contrasts (production-wise) with Violence Unimagined, giving Chaos Horrific a more distinctive look and feel. Musically, it explores Cannibal Corpse's trademark sonic rollercoaster: overwhelming fast tempos ('Overlords of Violence', 'Frenzied Feeding'), crushing slow-paced sections ('Summoned For Sacrifice', 'Blood Blind') and compelling grooves ('Pestilential Rictus'), all with that unique neanderthal vibe we've come to love. As with the predecessor, Erik Rutan's songwriting makes itself felt again on songs like 'Summoned For Sacrifice' and 'Drain You Empty', adding a Hate Eternal-esque layer to the mix while injecting more diversity and technicality into the formula without detracting from it. The closing track is where Erik's presence becomes most evident, namely with its multi-layered power chords and reverb-laden tremolo picking, which stands out as one of the album's most unusual and contrasting nuances. Although Cannibal Corpse's strength lies in their reliability and stylistic consistency rather than innovation, I like it when the boys add some freshness, however subtle. The restrained 'Blood Blind' and 'Frenzied Feeding' also feature some interesting textures from both ends of the spectrum, with the latter entering territory akin to Violence Unimagined's 'Ritual Annihilation'. Everything about Chaos Horrific screams steadiness, maturity, and professionalism, which ultimately translates into absolute carnage. An unrelenting onslaught carried out by a highly trained squad of homicidal maniacs who have specialized in the art of killing (and riffing) for a few decades now.

Grab your weapons, lads, for the cannibal gang is back in a chaotic frenzy. Yes, I'm talking to you, boy; it's time to man up and start chopping some heads off. The zombie horde is right on your doorstep, and by the looks of things, you'll either join the death squad or you'll be cut to ribbons. But judging by the empty, dead look in your eyes, and that blood in your mouth, I know you'll do just fine.

Come and get it, you mother***ers!




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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2023


18936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

The carnage arrives this Friday 🤘

Hawks
September 20th 2023


84733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LETS GOOOOOO!!!

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2023


18936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

🤘

Pikazilla
September 20th 2023


28995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yes time for some real metulz

JayEnder
September 20th 2023


19139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review crushes as always, I'm sure the album will follow suit m/

Atari
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2023


27901 Comments


sweet, band is crazy reliable

JayEnder
September 20th 2023


19139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Blood Blind is so damn chunky and heavy ughhh can't wait to inject these grooves into my veins.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2023


18936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Cheers JayEnder ;) it's definitely a jam

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
September 20th 2023


20800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Great review! Gotta check this out asap

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2023


18936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Thanks ;)

Kusangii
September 20th 2023


6154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gonna jam ahrd

bellovddd
September 20th 2023


5179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTT I am ready.

Willie
Moderator
September 21st 2023


20203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

I need to give this a few more listens, but it's their best since A Skeletal Domain, IMO, and feels like it could possibly be my second favorite CC album with time (but isn't currently).

Hawks
September 21st 2023


84733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DAMN SON!!!

YuriZakhaev
September 21st 2023


1038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Harder than Portland cem/ent

Pikazilla
September 21st 2023


28995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

stop making me even more excited I can barely contain myself

Spec
September 21st 2023


39063 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I’m pretty damn curious now.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
September 21st 2023


25491 Comments


stoked. killer review as always.

NightOnDrunkMountain
September 21st 2023


502 Comments


I think I'm ready for it

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2023


18936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Yep, it's a jam, Willie.



Thanks Hyperion.



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