CANNIBAL CORPSE

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Formed in Buffalo, NY in 1988, Cannibal Corpse helped found, manipulate and transcend the very boundaries of death metal beginning with the scandalously controversial debut, Eaten Back To Life. Raising the eyebrows of inquisitive metalheads and incensed parents and politicians, the record - produced by Scott Burns at the now renowned Morrisound Studios - was more extreme and confrontational than anything the metal genre had ever known. As a result of the band's gruesome cover art, grisly lyrics and song titles like "Hammer Smashed Face," "Meat Hook Sodomy" and "Addicted To Vaginal Skin," follow-up records Butchered At Birth (1991) and Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992) were met with further contempt by the likes of such organized censorship leagues as the PMRC. In just three years, the sale of Cannibal Corpse merchandise was (temporarily) prohibited in Australia, Korea, New Zealand and Germany.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Discography

CANNIBAL CORPSE albums / top albums

CANNIBAL CORPSE Eaten Back to Life album cover 3.30 | 20 ratings
Eaten Back to Life
Death Metal 1990
CANNIBAL CORPSE Butchered at Birth album cover 3.60 | 22 ratings
Butchered at Birth
Death Metal 1991
CANNIBAL CORPSE Tomb of the Mutilated album cover 3.70 | 27 ratings
Tomb of the Mutilated
Death Metal 1992
CANNIBAL CORPSE The Bleeding album cover 4.07 | 24 ratings
The Bleeding
Death Metal 1994
CANNIBAL CORPSE Vile album cover 3.65 | 19 ratings
Vile
Death Metal 1996
CANNIBAL CORPSE Gallery of Suicide album cover 3.44 | 18 ratings
Gallery of Suicide
Death Metal 1998
CANNIBAL CORPSE Bloodthirst album cover 3.46 | 17 ratings
Bloodthirst
Death Metal 1999
CANNIBAL CORPSE Gore Obsessed album cover 3.61 | 15 ratings
Gore Obsessed
Death Metal 2002
CANNIBAL CORPSE The Wretched Spawn album cover 3.83 | 24 ratings
The Wretched Spawn
Death Metal 2004
CANNIBAL CORPSE Kill album cover 3.83 | 21 ratings
Kill
Death Metal 2006
CANNIBAL CORPSE Evisceration Plague album cover 3.70 | 14 ratings
Evisceration Plague
Death Metal 2009
CANNIBAL CORPSE Torture album cover 3.94 | 14 ratings
Torture
Death Metal 2012
CANNIBAL CORPSE A Skeletal Domain album cover 3.86 | 7 ratings
A Skeletal Domain
Death Metal 2014
CANNIBAL CORPSE Red Before Black album cover 3.87 | 10 ratings
Red Before Black
Death Metal 2017
CANNIBAL CORPSE Violence Unimagined album cover 3.89 | 5 ratings
Violence Unimagined
Death Metal 2021

CANNIBAL CORPSE EPs & splits

CANNIBAL CORPSE Hammer Smashed Face album cover 4.07 | 7 ratings
Hammer Smashed Face
Death Metal 1993
CANNIBAL CORPSE Sacrifice / Confessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sacrifice / Confessions
Death Metal 2000
CANNIBAL CORPSE Worm Infested album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Worm Infested
Death Metal 2002
CANNIBAL CORPSE Metal Blade Records: 20th Anniversary Party album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal Blade Records: 20th Anniversary Party
Death Metal 2004
CANNIBAL CORPSE Sounds of the Underground Tour 2006: Live & Rare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sounds of the Underground Tour 2006: Live & Rare
Death Metal 2006

CANNIBAL CORPSE live albums

CANNIBAL CORPSE Live Cannibalism album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Cannibalism
Death Metal 2000
CANNIBAL CORPSE Torturing and Eviscerating Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Torturing and Eviscerating Live
Death Metal 2013

CANNIBAL CORPSE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CANNIBAL CORPSE Cannibal Corpse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cannibal Corpse
Death Metal 1989
CANNIBAL CORPSE Make Them Suffer (Live) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Make Them Suffer (Live)
Death Metal 2013
CANNIBAL CORPSE Red Before Black album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Red Before Black
Death Metal 2018

CANNIBAL CORPSE re-issues & compilations

CANNIBAL CORPSE Deadly Tracks. Best Of album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Deadly Tracks. Best Of
Death Metal 1997
CANNIBAL CORPSE Classic Cannibal Corpse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Cannibal Corpse
Death Metal 2002
CANNIBAL CORPSE 15 Year Killing Spree album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
15 Year Killing Spree
Death Metal 2003
CANNIBAL CORPSE Digital Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Digital Box Set
Death Metal 2009
CANNIBAL CORPSE Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal
Death Metal 2013
CANNIBAL CORPSE When Death Replaces Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
When Death Replaces Life
Death Metal 2017
CANNIBAL CORPSE The Undead Will Feast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Undead Will Feast
Death Metal 2019

CANNIBAL CORPSE singles (1)

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Inhumane Harvest
Death Metal 2021

CANNIBAL CORPSE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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2.33 | 3 ratings
Monolith of Death
Death Metal 1997
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Live Cannibalism - Ultimate Edition
Death Metal 2002
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4.67 | 3 ratings
Centuries Of Torment: The First 20 Years
Death Metal 2008
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4.17 | 3 ratings
Global Evisceration
Death Metal 2011

CANNIBAL CORPSE Reviews

CANNIBAL CORPSE Violence Unimagined

Album · 2021 · Death Metal
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"Violence Unimagined" is the 15th full-length studio album by US, Florida death metal act Cannibal Corpse. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in April 2021. It´s the successor to "Red Before Black" from 2017 and features one lineup change since the predecessor as guitarist Pat O'Brien has been replaced by Erik Rutan (Ripping Corpse, Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal). The former had what can probably best be described as a psychotic episode i December 2018, which led to his arrest, and after some uncertainty regarding O'Brien´s situation and his legal issues, Rutan started filling in for him on tours in January 2019 and finally replaced O'Brien in February 2021.

Stylistically the material on "Violence Unimagined" is the sound of Cannibal Corpse as we know them. Brutal gore/horror themed old school death metal played with great technical skill. Rutan is a suitable replacement for O'Brien, so the guitar riffs are as challenging and sharp as always, and the guitar solos few and far between (as usual). Lead vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher has a pretty one-dimensional growling vocal style, which becomes monotone after a few tracks. The monotony of the growling vocals are thankfully interrupted by a couple of higher pitched screams here and there, but the vocals are generally not that interesting. A little more emotion and a few catchy vocal phrases would have helped, but I´m not hearing that. The only track I remember after listening to the album many times is album opener "Murderous Rampage" (and bits and pieces from other tracks).

Cannibal Corpse are a technically well playing band, and every track is loaded with fast-played riffs, Paul Mazurkiewicz distinct sounding drumming, and Alex Webster impressive bass lines. This is what we´ve come to expect from the band, and they fully deliver on that promise. The songwriting is solid, but like the growling vocals, "Violence Unimagined" quickly becomes a little monotone and one-dimensional. More spins help, but Cannibal Corpse often appear more interested in delivering brutality at any cost than delivering catchy and memorable songs (I guess that can be said about a great deal of their albums). It´s interesting because the parts are pretty strong. There are some killer riffs on the album (I love how thrashy some of the riffs actually are), and the rhythm style is unique, and although I find Fisher a monotone listen, he arguably gets the job done, so it´s the sum of the parts, which could have worked better.

The whole thing is packed in one of those dry and sterile Rutan productions, and that doesn´t help the material shine either. Riff details are often blurred in the production, and although it initially appears to be a professional and well sounding production, something is off. So upon conclusion this review came out pretty negative, but it´s only because I expect high quality from an artist like Cannibal Corpse, and all the prerequisites are here for success, but to my ears the songwriting isn´t memorable enough to warrant more than a 3.5 star (70%) rating.

CANNIBAL CORPSE Red Before Black

Album · 2017 · Death Metal
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"Red Before Black" is the 14th full-length studio album by US death metal act Cannibal Corpse. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in November 2017. It´s the successor to "A Skeletal Domain" from 2014 and features the exact same lineup who recorded the predecessor. Cannibal Corpse are by now an institution on the death metal scene, and one of the most commercially successful artists on the scene too, but when you reach your 14th full-length studio album, it´s always interesting to hear if a band as seasoned as Cannibal Corpse can keep up the pace. There´s also a question of not stagnating artistically, and most artists would probably struggle with that at this point in their career...

...but that´s not really the case with Cannibal Corpse. Sure the quality of the songwriting has been a slightly (only slightly) up and down on their now many studio albums, but there has always been a certain standard that they have never sunk below. You can always count on excellent musicianship, a professional sound production, and consistent material, and nothing has changed in those departments on "Red Before Black".

Stylistically we´re treated to the brutal death metal sound, that is unmistakably the sound of Cannibal Corpse. George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher´s brutal growling vocals and occasional higher pitched scream, technically intriguing and powerful guitar riffs, the occasional screaming guitar solo, and the ever solid and hard hitting rhythm duo of bassist Alex Webster and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. The gory lyrics (and another signature Vince Locke cover artwork) are also in place.

"Only One Will Die" opens the album in great style and establishes right away, that we can expect to be bludgeoned as always. From then on it´s one solid death metal track after another. Some faster, some heavier, but always of a good quality and in a few cases memorable. They could overall easily have been more hook laden though, and thereby also memorable longer after the album has ended, because that´s not exactly the case, and it´s not an album you remember many songs from. It´s not a major issue considering the brutality level and the fact that a one-dimensional songwriting style isn´t anything out of the ordinary on other contemporary releases in a similar style. At least Cannibal Corpse have a signature sound, and they deserve praise for that.

"Red Before Black" was produced by Erik Rutan, who has previously produced several of the band´s albums, and he has created a powerful, raw, and detailed sound production, which suits the material well. So upon conclusion "Red Before Black" is another quality death metal release by Cannibal Corpse. It´s not one of their most standout releases, but it´s consistent in quality and style and an overall solid release. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

CANNIBAL CORPSE Red Before Black

Album · 2017 · Death Metal
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With a band like Cannibal Corpse, it would be entirely reasonable to expect to find a body buried in the back yard, or a disfigured sibling kept locked in the attic, but it just hasn’t happened. Despite the themes of murder, mutilation, cannibalism, tracing back to the band’s earliest days, there are no true life horrors like "St. Anger", "Cold Lake", or "Risk" lurking anywhere in their back catalogue. The days of a tour de force like "Butchered At Birth" or "Tomb of the Mutilated" seem to be a long time ago, but “Red Before Black” proves that the same band which recorded those slabs of maggot riddled carrion still exists today.

Metal has evolved since the heady days of the early 1990s, and Cannibal Corpse have also evolved, while still keeping the essence and vitality which made them unique. This is a band which started out playing death metal and is determined to keep playing it until the bloody end.

“Only One Will Die” blasts off, no horror movie or acoustic intros needed, and it’s death metal bliss. Ah, fuck, you know what it’s like. Hammer smashed face drums, monolithic bass, hatchet to the head guitars, and vomit the soul vocals, and the aural horror show is back for another instalment. “Code of the Slashers” is one of those songs which should become a live favourite, with an impending doom crushing opening riff, followed by Corpsegrinder’s bestial vocals, and then a fast section kicks in. It’s uncompromising as fuck. It’s hard to imagine five guys all aged around 50 are still making such fucking brutal, complex, crushing, unearthly, thunderous music, but they are.

“Remaimed” is, if anything, heavier than “Code of the Slashers”. Once again, it seems Cannibal Corpse are going to sacrifice speed for the sake of heavy, but the song changes gears effortlessly between the two. And that’s one of Cannibal Corpse’s great strengths. They make this seem easy, when it’s anything but. Screaming “head shovelled off!” at the top of your voice along with Corpsegrinder is great fun, and that is exactly what “Red Before Black” is all about, albeit a dark sort of amusement. There are still plenty of elitists out there who wrote off Cannibal Corpse a long time ago, and can’t or won’t change their opinion. The band’s crime? Becoming too popular through their controversial artwork and lyrics, and even popping up as “thrasher band Cannibal Corpses” in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. That’s like judging a beer by the bottle and not what’s inside. Fuck ‘em. They are the ones missing out on some of the finest crafted death metal there is, and the band’s longevity has proved beyond doubt that any hint of gimmickry is long gone. Cannibal Corpse is no longer the most brutal and vicious band around (and fuck off once again to the elitists who say they never were) but fucking hell, how many bands are still creating such killing riffs 14 albums and nearly 30 years into a career? And look at the regularity of those albums too. There are no half decade gaps anywhere in the discography. This is a band that lives, breathes, and shits death metal. “Red Before Black” is for the fans who do the same.

CANNIBAL CORPSE The Wretched Spawn

Album · 2004 · Death Metal
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"The Wretched Spawn" is the 9th full-length studio album by US death metal act Cannibal Corpse. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in February 2002. "The Wretched Spawn" features the same lineup who recorded the three previous studio albums. At this point the most stable lineup in the band´s career. It was however the last Cannibal Corpse album to feature founding member/guitarist Jack Owen (who after a short break in activities would join Deicide). "The Wretched Spawn" was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas with producer Neil Kernon.

"The Wretched Spawn" pretty much continues down the same gore themed brutal death metal path as the path tread on "Gore Obsessed (2002)". Sharp precision playing, tempo changes, brutal growling yet intelligible vocals (and occassional higher pitched screams) and an emphasis on brutality that has always been a trademark of Cannibal Corpse.

The material are generally well written and tracks like "Severed Head Stoning" and "Blunt Force Castration" are incredibly powerful but there are one particular track on the album which needs a special mention. "Frantic Disembowelment" is a technical beast of a track, which all members of the band also comment on during the "Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years (2008)" DVD. It´s a Pat O'Brien penned track, and his tracks are usually in the more demanding end of the Cannibal Corpse spectrum. This one is positively insane though. Ultra fast technical riffs, blast beats, and fast rhythmic vocal lines. But as Alex Webster exlains on the documentary, Cannibal Corpse never deliberately wrote technically demanding music, but if technical riffing helps make a track more brutal and punishing, they have no problem including them.

"The Wretched Spawn" features a powerful professional sound production, which suits the music well. A bit more grit probably wouldn´t have hurt, but that´s always an aquired taste and objectively seen it´s a strong production. Overall "The Wretched Spawn" is another strong death metal release by Cannibal Corpse. Some tracks could have been more memorable, and as a result of the band focusing as much on brutality as they do, their music has a tendency to become a bit one-dimensional over the course of a full album, but a 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

CANNIBAL CORPSE Gore Obsessed

Album · 2002 · Death Metal
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"Gore Obsessed" is the 8th full-length studio album by US death metal act Cannibal Corpse. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in February 2002. "Gore Obsessed" features the exact same lineup who recorded both "Gallery of Suicide (1998)" and "Bloodthirst (1999)". This time the band have opted to record the album at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas with producer Neil Kernon (Nile, Nevermore...etc).

I don´t know if it´s the change of producer (Colin Richardson produced "Bloodthirst (1999)") or if it´s something else, but "Gore Obsessed" is just a much, much better album than both "Gallery of Suicide (1998)" and "Bloodthirst (1999)". Maybe it´s because the band spend more time writing "Gore Obsessed", because the songwriting is much more inspired than were the case on the last couple of albums. So with a better and more powerful sound production, and more well written and memorable material, Cannibal Corpse have redeemed themselves after a couple of more mediocre releases.

They come out full throttle with the opening track "Savage Butchery", which is the kind of death metal track that´ll beat you to a bloody pulp. There is so much passion and conviction behind the delivery here, that it´s hard not to be affected. As always the band are technically very well playing and everything is delivered with precision and great conviction. Both the really fast-paced sections and the brutal mid-paced grooves work very well this time around. An example of the latter type rhythm style is found in "Pit of Zombies" which features an absolutely killer mid-paced groove/riff. Lead vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher also delivers one of his most inspired and powerful performances. His deep growls are ultra brutal yet intelligible, and his higher pitched screams (which there are quite a few of on this album) are very well performed too and provide nice variation to the vocal department.

So all in all "Gore Obsessed" is a high quality death metal album. I think most of the band´s albums are quality wise in the better half of what is released on the scene, and even when they release a less inspired effort, it´s still a quality release. But some of their albums do stand out as something special in their discography, and I count "Gore Obsessed" among those albums. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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