When I got this album I was thinking well, it’s a new Corpse album so obviously I have to get it but I was expecting more of the same. More of the same is not a bad thing but this is definitely not more of the same. The song Priests of Sodom sounds absolutely EVIL. The vocals are outstanding and I don’t recall ever hearing Corpse Grinder sounding like that. I love the departure from his standard corpse style growls on that song, I hope they do more of it. Love the album, another strong one from the boys from Buffalo. (well, they were from Buffalo at one point)
Deluxe two disc (CD + DVD) pressing of the 2009 album from the Metal monsters includes a bonus DVD that contains a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. Aided and abetted by guitarists Rob Barrett and Pat O’Brien, not to mention the unmistakable throat of Mr. Fisher, longtime Corpse members Webster and Mazurkiewicz dismembered and reassembled their latest monstrosity at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, under the expert eye of Hate Eternal mastermind Erik Rutan. ’I think its the tightest and most musically competent record we’ve ever done,’ Webster says. ’Not that the other ones weren’t competent, but it would be hard to find flaw with the execution of this one; the performances are rock solid. Musically, the goal was to make cool, catchy songs that are just as brutal and heavy as any of the older, more obscure stuff we’ve done. Our mission is to be a Brutal Death Metal band, and if we get there by writing a technical song or a catchy groove song, that’s fine, as long as its Brutal Death Metal at the end of the day.’
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We all that Cannibal Corpse simply does not make bad albums. True to form, they release another solid album in ‘Evisceration Plague’. While the album is solid, it manages to be a bit disappointing. Overall, I thought many of the riffs were extremely similar, with very little variation. In turn, this makes many songs sound TOO much alike. There are probably 5 songs that took me about 10 listens to truly differentiate w/o checking the track #. The production also bugs me. Paul’s drums are buried under the guitars, and Alex’s bass (which is extremely powerful, and he’s an amazing bassist) sounds thin.
On to the positive. There are some killer tunes on this album. I’ve seen them live twice since it’s release, and they all sound great live. Better than the album actually. The album opens w/ 2 brutal, lightning fast songs. ‘Priests Of Sodom’ and ‘Scalding Hail’ let you know that this album will live up to the brutality of CC’s previous releases. ‘A Cauldron Of Hate’ and the title track are killer tracks in their own right, with the latter opening w/ an eerie, bone-chilling entrance. My main complaint, is that other than these 4 tracks, nothing really stood out to me. Are these other songs bad? No, I wouldn’t say that. They’re just nothing I’d go outta my way to listen to. Like the title says, many of these are decent tracks, just…….boring. All negatives aside, this album is certainly worth a listen.
Stand Out Tracks:
Priests Of Sodom
A Cauldron Of Hate
Overall Score : 7/10
Unlike most other bands, Cannibal Corpse continues to stay the course with raging death metal. This album will not disappoint any CC fan.
I just saw CC at the Mayhem Festival and they destroyed every other band there including Slayer. The pit was twice as big for CC as for Slayer and 4 times bigger than any of the other bands.
Evisceration Plague should be played as loud as possible!
At this point in their career, it would be very easy for Corpse to bludgeon you with an onslaught of endless blast beats. But Evisceration Plague is far from that. This may be Corpse’s most mature release to date. The album is heavy, dark, intense, and yet, catchy. You find yourself singing along, especially with track 3 (To Decompose). But don’t let my previous statement detour you, despite being catchy, the album still has a lot of balls. The songs have lot’s of depth, with lot’s of rhythm and vocal changes. The lyrics, are as dark and humorous as ever. Webster out did himself this time. Even the slower tracks, such as the title track, have their own presence. They stand up with the rest of the album.
Although in the past I’ve preferred Barnes over Corpsegrinder, this album has made me a believer. I’m going back through the Corpse catalog like someone who just discovered Corpse.
Bottom Line: This album is for old fans and new, there’s something for everyone! For anyone who thinks Corpse is getting old and tired, this album is their response. They’ve still got it, and Evisceration Plague proves it. Weighing in at just under 40 minutes, this album is intense, mature, and worthy of the Cannibal Corpse name!
A little under 4 years ago, Cannibal Corpse brought down the axe and hammer on us and gave us Kill. Brutal, vicious, unrelenting. By far, it was one of their best in a long time. Albums like Vile and Gallery of Suicide, while technically well made and in many cases highly underrated, just weren’t as good, intense, and fan-pleasing as others like Gore Obsessed and Kill were. The rest from the Corpsegrinder era, even with a good song every now and then (i.e. “Unleashing the Bloodthirsty”) just felt messy.
Kill didn’t feel messy at all. It was well constructed and wild as all hell. But even with true crowd-pleasers like “The Time to Kill Is Now” and “Maniacal,” it really felt like something was missing. There was enough power behind the songs. I seriously doubt that anyone would deny that. But there was very little that was truly memorable, and even when I listen to it (my album of choice on a bad day) it makes me sometimes want to listen to the key songs and get on with my life with something else.
Evisceration Plague hooked me the moment I popped up the screen and a little streaming player at the bottom began spewing the title track from my speakers. Slow wailing guitars and a soft (yet hard) drum beat coming in, leading into the now trademark Corpsegrinder sound. The sounds beat into my ears. It was slow, but it really sounded like it had more energy, more steady rhythm and an overall better feel than nearly everything I’d heard before on Kill.
When it finally came in (a day early and with a spare autographed booklet, no less) I felt a little apprehensive putting it in. I was worried I was just going to put it on my bookshelf and hardly touch it again, as many of Cannibal Corpse’s albums unfortunately seem to do. But, I put it into my stereo, pushed play, and the slowness on the title track was gone. The speed, unnerving. The brutality, over-the-top. And to boot, the most energy I’ve heard on a Cannibal Corpse album since Tomb of the Mutilated.
“Priests of Sodom,” “To Decompose,” and “Shatter Their Bones” all really got me, personally, and are now some of my personal favorites. Overall, the album is earth shatteringly fast, heavy, and insane, just as Kill was. But what it does have that Kill didn’t overall are the memorable riffs and hooks. But don’t think that means they’ve sold out. The lyrics and overall feel are just as sick and twisted as they ever were before. It’s almost a wonder the album didn’t receive the infamous explicit warning label, but how many CC albums have lately? It seems their reputation stands as testament enough to that alone. And for those wondering about why the album cover doesn’t seem too gory, pull out the booklet and get a good look on the inside. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
This album, to me above all of their most recent, shows they can be more than just the alleged cartoonish parody of death metal that critics called them over the years. They’re legitimate, brutal, and heavy as they ever were, especially here on this album. If you’ve never given the band a shot, start with either Tomb of the Mutilated (a true fan favorite) or the boxed set 15 Year Killing Spree (to get a taste of their best over the years). Death metal fan that always avoided Cannibal Corpse? Try this one and see what you think. It’s easily one of the best they’ve ever put out.