Anno 2014 they are perhaps not the most brutal and shocking band anymore, but
still one to reckon with. This 13th album is a rather logical follow up to their
2012 album 'Torture'. It is again very recognizable Cannibal Corpse, with the
typical low grunting vocals of George Fisher and the brutal blastbeats as a lead.
On this new album the band has again succeeded in playing very technical, but
without losing the grip on writing real songs. Besides the fast blastbeating
parts there also are a lot of early eighties thrash riffs involved in the songs,
listen for example to the track "A Skeletal Domain". Also the fifth track opens
like a thrash song, with a nice riff and it is because of the grunting vocals
that you call it death metal. When the songs slow a bit down they have a
nice kind of groove and the bass gurgles on and on in the background. Hasn't
there changed anything then?, well you can conclude that several songs have
refrains that sound more catchy than on earlier albums. The first song
immediately shows that and there are a few more.
The lyrics are again about nice subjects like zombies, killing and other bed
time story stuff, but without becoming childish. The artwork is again nicely
done by Vincent Locke and the production of Mark Lewis sounds great and gives
the album a different sound compared with the last few albums, perhaps more
modern is the correct word.
An album you should own if you call yourself a real death metal fan!