With a scorching riff, a pounding, jackhammer rhythm, and a high-pitched, ear drum-piercing shriek of “Kill!” from frontman George Fisher, “The Time To Kill Is Now” begins Cannibal Corpse’s new album. Make no mistake: they’re back, and they’re definitely as malevolent and unrepentant as they’ve ever been.
Love `em or hate `em, you should at least give CC props for one thing. It isn’t every day that you’ll find a band who, even with nine studio lengths under its belt, can still manage to create a ton of new, superb, brutal, catchy riffs (including some of these guitarists’ best riffs to date), and violent, offensive lyrics to produce yet another batch of memorable, bludgeoning songs. In fact, this might be the heaviest and most uncompromising release of Cannibal Corpse’s career thus far. Every crushing song on here (aside from the slowly grinding instrumental at the end) has a blood-pumping tempo and is jam-packed with super heavy, nimble-fingered guitar shredding and skillful, punishing drum work to build massive, impenetrable rhythms. Then George’s deep, evil, mostly unintelligible vocals (which compliment the music perfectly) top the songs off and make them complete.
“Kill” might not knock down any strictly new walls, but this type of music doesn’t have much ground left for CC (or death metal band, for that matter) to cover. Plus, Cannibal Corpse have a niche (they’ve been in it for the past seventeen-some years), and they’ve built a well-known name for themselves by making music like this, so if they ever made any kind of music without almost all of their patented ingredients, they wouldn’t really be Cannibal Corpse anymore.
“Purification By Fire,” with blistering guitar riffs and rapid, thunderous double kick drums, is a skull cracking song and maybe the best of the bunch (aside from the previously mentioned “The Time To Kill Is Now”). “Brain Removal Device” and “Maniacal” have walls of insanely fast, careening guitars and more walloping drums. The surprisingly long and ripping guitar solos on “Necrosadistic Warning” and “Barbaric Bludgeonings,” and “The Discipline Of Revenge,” which is where skinsman Paul Mazurkiewicz really gets his moment in the spotlight (by unleashing a remarkably fast and talented blast beat), are a few other highpoints.
Some of the album blends together since most of it’s equally fast and hard hitting, thus making “Kill” not the classic that some past Corpse releases (e.g. “The Bleeding”) were. But “Kill” is definitely a keeper because you’ll enjoy it substantially more with repeated listens, and you should usually find something new to enjoy (something which had previously gone unnoticed). Plus, there are a few soon-to-be genre classics and concert favorites on here. So, all in all, this is a very good, completely solid, and fairly awesome disc (the best of Cannibal Corpse’s past ten or more years). And it makes for numerous, highly satisfying and entertaining listening and headbanging sessions, so it’s very worthy of your time and money if you enjoy (or are new to) the band and/or death metal.