I have been a HUGE Cannibal Corpse fan since I first picked up “Vile”. That was back in 1997. After having seen them in concert, I still love that album.
Fast forward to 2006. Only 2 original members remain. They have become the “Incantation” or “Malevolent Creation” of this era, recycling/axing/adding previous members and new members alike. Most bands suffer or at least their sound drastically changes from album to album. Not so with the case of Cannibal Corpse. Seeing as how the 2 original members, Paul Mazurkiewicz and Alex Webster, and “Gallery of Suicide” newcomer Pat O’Brien wrote most of the music, the sound got BETTER.
The Chris Barnes’ era music was simple. Then, with the two aforementioned members writing more music, “The Bleeding” became a better album. Like most of the Chris Barnes’ era music, the first half of the album was great, the second half sucked. Once Corpsegrinder came on, the music got a lot better.
“Bloodthirst” and Gore Obsessed followed to similar of song structures. “Vile” and “Gallery of Suicide” were very good albums, the latter being underrated. “The Wretched Spawn” started having more variation in the song structure, but the production of the last 3 albums has been HORRIBLE. The double bass sounds like paper.
Since Erik Rutan produced this album, I expected nothing short of great. I believe we got close. The drums and bass sound similar to “Conquering the Throne” by Hate Eternal. The riffing; however, is very Cannibal but very different. Just listen to “Purification by Fire” and you will know what I mean.
No, this album isn’t perfect…the drums can use some inspiration for better fills, and the guitars could be a little more razor-sounding, but the vocals are some of the best Corpsegrinder has EVER produced. He is finally able to annunciate his words perfectly and still have that deep growl. I am very impressed, as always, with the drum and bass work.
Overall, I would give this a 4.5, solely based on the fact that some of the songs do sound recycled, but I am glad I picked this up, and find it worthy to be placed in my Cannibal Corpse collection.