Released 3/13/12 on Metal Blade Records
I have absolutely loved the Florida based death metal band Cannibal Corpse since the first time I heard them. Loved the material with Chris on vocals (1989 - 1995 - now with Six Feet Under) and George on vocals (1995 - present).
I have all of Cannibal Corpse's records (yes on vinyl thanks to the reissues last year on Back on Black filling in some holes in my collection). Funny how Paul (drums) and Alex (bass) are the only members of the band to represent for the entire career of Cannibal Corpse. But it explains a lot as to why I love this band (the rhythm section is highly important in this genre). The mix in "Torture" features the precision drumming which keeps everything perfectly measured. There are no odd tempo changes to leave the listener wondering "What the hell was that?", giving the impression the band lost it's place (or rather doesn't know how to properly structure a death/extreme metal song). Cannibal Corpse are professionals. They write perfect songs. The bass is distinctly heard in the mix. You can actually hear the bass, the technique, the machine-like engine propelling each song. You can hear everything. Rather than one distorted blast, this sounds like a death metal BAND.
There are no weak tracks. "Scourge of Iron" has a beautiful groove that reminds me I need to listen to Celtic Frost soon. "As Deep As The Knife Will Go" is a perfect example of how a band can combine horrific lyrics (yes, if you follow along with the lyrics, I assure you George is actually singing these lyrics and not just growling incoherently), varying tempos and technical musicianship in a creative endeavor that rivals the experience of a horror flick.
I can not wait to see Cannibal Corpse this summer at the Trocadero in Philly PA, Sunday August 5th, 2012.
The LP version is on clear, blood splattered vinyl. Sweet.
Yours in Precision Bloody Chaos,