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Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain Review

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Released by: Metal Blade Records

Release Date: Septembe 16th, 2014

Genre: Brutal Death Metal

Links: https://www.facebook.com/cannibalcorpse

 

Line Up:

George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – Vocals
Rob Barrett – Guitar
Pat O’Brien – Guitar
Alex Webster -Bass
Paul Mazurkiewicz – Drums

 

Tracklist:

01. High Velocity Impact Spatter
02. Sadistic Embodiment
03. Kill or Become
04. A Skeletal Domain
05. Headlong into Carnage
06. The Murderer’s Pact
07. Funeral Cremation
08. Icepick Lobotomy
09. Vector of Cruelty
10. Bloodstained Cement
11. Asphyxiate to Resuscitate
12. Hollowed Bodies

 

I fucking love Cannibal Corpse. I am completely and totally unbiased towards them in most respects. I used to hate them, but now I am the complete opposite. There was a time I wouldn’t be caught dead seeing them live, but just recently I saw them for something like the 7th or 8th time. In the world of death metal, they rank as my #1 favorite band. They are pioneers that have made a legacy with brutally heavy music, horrific album covers, and lyrics that bring those covers to life. To love death metal and not love Corpse is basically admitting that you are a snob and only against them because it is cool to not like them.

Since 1990’s release Eaten Back To Life, Cannibal Corpse have been a juggernaut releasing albums regularly and touring seemingly all the time. Have all the albums been awesome? Well, no, but even the ones that aren’t the best have good moments to them. I’m not sure what is going on, but they have been on a roll with the last couple albums. Their latest, A Skeletal Domain, continues on the same trajectory as Evisceration Plague and Torture. They have returned to their roots and just made straight forward death metal brutality with that awesome groove they have been known for forever. Of course with the twin guitar assault of Robb Barrett and Patrick O’Brien, the utterly mind boggling bass work of Alex Webster, and the thundering drums Paul Mazurkiewicz  you can’t really expect anything less than death metal perfection. Plus the added aggression of Corpsegrinder’s guttural vocals, songs like “Kill Or Become,” “High Velocity Impact Splatter,” and “The Murderer’s Pact” you have yet another excellent addition to an already legendary catalog.

A Skeletal Domain is yet another solid offering from these merchants of death that should please any Corpse fan. I know I’m all ready for the tour for this album. It’s amazing how a band I hated so much has become such a favorite of mine. Goes to show how ones taste changes over time and how it’s important to keep an open mind about music. Just because a band or style doesn’t work for you at one time in your life doesn’t mean it won’t grow on you. I suppose the same can be said that bands you once loved could fall of the list for you.

 
Written by Chris Martin

Ratings    Chris    9/10

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