Cannibal Corpse

Release date: March 27th 2006
Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Death Metal

Rating: 80/100
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Reviewed by:
Thomas Nielsen
April 24th 2006

The tenth studio release from über-deathsters Cannibal Corpse continues the style from…err, well, any Cannibal Corpse album…  

Exactly why this band among all the talented death metal bands of their time were to become the most selling I never really understood. Jawohl, they play very decently and they are brutal, but this is also true of many of their peers. Thinking back, I remember one Cannibal Corpse in 1994 or thereabouts were my thought after a while was; “this is too mediocre” and left to see if there was anyone interesting to pick up outside…  

Hence, my expectations weren’t too high when I put on “Kill”. And it is as expected; somewhat mediocre, straightforward death metal with little idea. That is…this is true of the first four songs. What then happens, with the fifth track “Five Nails Through the Neck” (yes, subtle titles as usual), is a true wonder. From there on the album becomes a blast of a death metal attack with earworm riffs and groovy rhythm sections. Erik Rutan’s production and mix is flawless and adds dimensions to the Cannibal Corpse grind.  

Perhaps I should try NOT to avoid Cannibal Corpse the next time around…  

Recommend: “Five Nails Through the Neck” (cool tune!), “Purification by Fire” (that intro riff is pure firepower!), “Death Walking Terror” (a groovy monster of a death tune).