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Purple 180G Vinyl.Tomb of The Mutilated is the third album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. It was released in 1992 through Metal Blade Records and is the last album featuring founding guitarist Bob Rusay. The album was banned in Germany until June 2006, due to the cover art. Chris Barnes’ vocals on Tomb of The Mutilated are exceptionally guttural, and the liner notes proudly state an ”Electronic Harmonizer was not used to create any vocals on Tomb of The Mutilated”.

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  • Wow. Never would I think that the Cannibal Corpse review pages would be infested by total idiots. You people sicken me. You write a negative review for every Cannibal Corpse record, complaining about how gross, vile, and disgusting it is. You, obviously, have no life, because Cannibal Corpse is happy that you hate them, and are probably laughing at all of you right now. If you want a review for this particular album, then skip a few paragraphs down. But, for the kiddies who bash Cannibal Corpse, don’t skip anything. Because you obviously need schooling on death metal, because even though you think you know the sub-genre, you don’t. Bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden are not death metal. And I am going to settle this now. Cannibal Corpse isn’t the most talented band in death metal, but they deserve a lot more respect then they get. Also, they never claimed to being the best death metal band ever. They just play what they like and enjoy what they do, and that is making music.

    These guys do not mean what they say. If you went around doing the stuff that Cannibal Corpse describes in their music, they would be arrested. These guys don’t have serious criminal tracts. So, if they aren’t doing the stuff they describe in their songs, then it is obviously made-up. Death metal is not about the lyrics. It’s about the music. The vocals and lyrics are just there to add shock value, which Corpse is great at, because we got idiots reviewing the album who think this is real. Shock value has been used for awhile now, yet Cannibal Corpse has perfected it by being the first to implement the most wrong things ever to tape. Some of their album covers, most notably 1991’s “Butchered At Birth” and 1992’s “Tomb Of The Mutilated”, were pulled off shelves and replaced by simple, white-background covers with the band name and album name in red (at least Butchered…I don’t know about Tomb). The obscene song titles and even worse than obscene lyrics is the reason these guys are the top-selling death metal band ever, and also the reason they are still making albums now.

    To say that these guys have no talent makes me want to slap them silly. First off, Jack Owen and Pat O’Brian are excellent guitarists. If you know anything about death metal, you would know that this stuff is very hard. Just take a look at some of the tabs from their later work. You losers who say this band has no talent could never pull this off. Bassist Alex Webster is a monster, and if you deny that, then I will destroy you. He has excellent bass-lines and amazing solos every once in a while. He is still today one of my favorite bassists. Drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz is another great death metal drummer. He has amazing double pedal work, and should definitely be looked into if you are a drummer. So, you got two great guitarists, one of the best bassists ever in metal and a monster drummer, who play extremely technical stuff at high-speeds. Chris Barnes was a good vocalist, and his replacement George Fisher is even better. You morons complain about the vocals. I think that if they tried to sing over the chaos in the background, it would sound pretty bad. Also, at least the Barnes years, the vocals were mostly incomprehensible, which is a good thing, depending on how you look at it.

    But the thing that angers me the most is the people who say about fans. Come on. They say that we Corpse fans can’t get laid, can’t get a girlfriend, like the lyrics, and other stuff that is so stupid that I am not going to repeat it. First off, I have a steady girlfriend and I do not have a fetish to (…) to the lyrics of Cannibal Corpse. Sure, there are some fans who worship this band and are sick necropedohomobestialiacs, but that is with every band. Also, with some idiots saying that Cannibal Corpse fans are violent, angry, dumb 19 year old unemployed losers in Kreator t-shirts, I must correct that. Every Corpse fan I know is really down-to-earth, intelligent and really has an open-mind. Unlike the angsty Slipknot 666 fan who has a hemorrhage because he couldn’t stay up past his bedtime. If you can’t realize these points, then I have given up. Sure, most of you will contue on and on and the fight will continue, but whatever. The lyrics, as ridiculous as the song titles, can be quite disturbing and hard to digest, but are meant to be taken with a grain of salt. Come on…really. If you take a song like “I *** Blood” seriously, then I really pity your soul.

    Okay, THE ALBUM REVIEW finally. While “Tomb Of The Mutilated” cannot come close with the other Barnes releases, it sure beats the hell out of the 1996-2003 years of Cannibal Corpse. The band released the highly-controversial “Butchered At Birth” a year before in 1991, (I think you could figure out what that album was about), and because of this garnered some mainstream attention with their disturbing, violent lyrics. But, instead of recycling the same gore-ridden lyrics, they added something that no band really touched before, and that was the song topics of the big “R” word. Starting with the ridiculous album cover of a male and female zombie having “fun”, the song titles indicate this album is going to be one helluva ride. With over the top song lyrics and titles, Cannibal Corpse became “mainstream” through politicians, censorship programs and even Jim Carrey. While not their best, this album was important for the band, with some great, memorable riffs to keep you headbanging for a while.

    The album starts off with “Hammer Smashed Face” and “I *** Blood”. Both songs are fan favorites, and still their most popular live acts. Both songs have great riffs, intense drumming and even a bass solo in “Hammer…”. “Addicted To (…) Skin”, “Split Wide Open”, and the most disturbing song ever written, “Necropaedophile”, all add a ton of shock value, but these songs do not add up to really anything memorable. These are the filler songs, really just there for people to go “they really said that?”. Actually, “Split Wide Open” is alright. “The Crypic Stench” is another great, lesser known song. Then, the best song title ever, “Entrails Ripped…” and so forth. Not their most memorable song, but that song title just makes you think…Next, “Post Mortal (…)” (which is sounding pretty tame compared to everything else) is next, followed by the death metal classic “Buried In The Backyard”. These songs are also amazing, and cap off a pretty good album by Cannibal Corpse.

    To cap this review off, this album is essential for any death metal fan or any person wanting to get into the quality death metal out there. Not for the weak, and certainly not for the people who can’t take life with an open mind. The reissue, along with “Eaten Back To Life” and “Butchered At Birth”, was remastered in 2002, and an added live song is at the end of each of those albums. If you own the original, then you might just want to invest in the reissue. The reissue’s artwork is either tweaked a little in terms of intensity or brightness. All four original Chris Barnes albums were banned in Germany and some other places, but the ban was pulled in June 2006. There is also one single off this album, and that is “Hammer Smashed Face”, which was released as an EP with two covers of Possessed and Black Sabbath.

    Posted on December 12, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • WARNING-This is just an example of what the pethetic,follow the crowd,think they know what they are saying,big shot that give death metal a bad name people say-in no way is this making fun of Cannibal Corpse but making fun of TRL fan losers(i love C C!!)- ” Yo guys!! Wut is up in here? Cool yo!! Yo i was tripping out when i started to hear this music a playing in my crib yo and it sounded weird and different yo and not popular you know what i’m saying? So i decided it wasn’t on TRL or rap or anything popular so i just like dissed it you know i’m saying. Yo this isn’t cool like me or popular music. Popular music is supposed to be repetitive and not musically talented or anything good that has to do with popular music like Limp Bizkit. Yo they just keep rolling and throwing out those pointless and stupid lyrics and same old un technical easy riffs 4eva dog!! Yo another cool one is Linkin Park!! Dude…these guys are so bad they make me want to hide and shiver. Yo they are so bad with their slow riffs and piano riffs in their songs and they are so bad they jump on stage!! How wild and rebelious is that?!? Yo!! Cannibal Corpse wishes that they were as bad as the bizket with there chocolate starfish and other food products and linkin park with their piano slow music!!!Yo Cannibal Corpse wishes they were that bad even though Liberman and Dole tried to get them banned in the USA,and they are banned from playing Germany,and are banned in New Zealand and 2 other countries. They wish they were as bad as them!Yo either you like popular music or you don’t and you aren’t cool know what i’m saying? So please don’t listen to anything with music that is hard to play or wit vocal notes that are very challenging to make and sound good and not boring or want to put you to sleep. So please listen to cool stuff that is so bad and rebelious and makes you a gang member and if someone plays C C…kindly ask them to turn it down a skotch. Peace yall! I’m outta here to listen to some Korn!!Wow!!!Wow this is loud and bad!O that guitar work is so good!!Over and over again low riffs!!1 I love it!!!! Peace!!!Tu Pac lives!!!!”-sorry i had to show you that embarrissing mess.Got to go burn some Drowning Pool and Limp Bizket cds outside with my friends!!Say no to lame music!!Later.

    Posted on December 12, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Very energetic. I borrowed it from a friend soon after I saw C.C. perform “Hammer smashed face” in the movie “Ace Ventura, Pet Detective” The Super Heavy Sound and interesting changes in timing in this song is what captivated me and led me to become a serious fan of Cannibal Corpse. I just added this to my collection now so my buddy Dave won’t have to keep asking “where’s my tomb cd, dude?

    Posted on December 12, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • On the uncensored version of “Tomb”, the image on the twisted and some may say “sick and disgusting” album cover has a cleverly placed “Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics” label right next to it. Think about it, have you seen the original cover of this album? Is the “parental advisory” really necessary? I just thought this was funny. Anyway Cannibal Corpse’s third album is comprised of nine tracks which speed by in a blur of growls, riffs, and maniacal drumming and in 35 minutes it’s over. Cannibal Corpse are known for outrageously disgusting album covers and lyrics, but just listening to the music you wouldn’t know it. Vocalist/lyricist Chris Barnes has taken sounding like a monster to another level where you can’t decipher words from his gutteral growls. It’s actually clever because the censored version of “Tomb” sounds the exact same as the original! None of those stupid editing sounds! Thanks Chris! The way I heard about Cannibal Corpse was through the Jim Carrey film, “Ace Ventura”, where they are seen for a few seconds in a night club performing “Hammer Smashed Face”. I thought this part was funny and I thought the band sounded amazing so I went to seek out the band and the album with that song on it – and here we are! Cannibal Corpse would only make one more album with Chris Barnes, The Bleeding, which many fans feel is the peak of their work, but I would recommend “Tomb” as the introduction album because I think the riffs are cooler and it is before Barnes’ vocals became close to decipherable. Not that hearing what he’s saying is a horrible thing (wait, yeah it is, that’s the point!) but, like I said before, his growl is something that has to be heard to be believed. Why do you think that on the inside of the album cover it says “Electronic harmonizer was not used to create any vocals on…”? Because it sounds like he had help, partner, and he didn’t! Obviously Barnes can’t take all the credit. The guitarists, Jack Owen and Bob Rusay (who’s last album with Corpse this is) are technically awesome and bassist Alex Webster should have his own instructional video. Last but definitely not least is drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. I am a drummer and I have to admit that the first thing that intrigued me about Corpse (besides Barnes) was the inhuman speed of the drummer. This guy is nuts and I honestly havent heard beats played at this speed by a human being before. So if you’re into speed drumming and double bass work, you will want to give this album a listen. Just don’t try to imitate it, you could get hurt! I think too much has been made (actually very little) out of this group’s album covers, song titles, lyrics, etc. (which was probably the intention, duh!). If you don’t like something, don’t buy it, look at it, or listen to it. I think Cannibal Corpse wanted to be noticed more so than other bands and they achieved that, but saying they’re just trying to “shock” people is silly in two ways: First, uh, of course they’re trying to shock people! and second, the group is talented and the music is undeniably well executed (no pun intended, well maybe). There is a little known secret out there about censorship: if you want a band to get more fans and higher record sales, put a “parental advisory” label on their album cover, it never fails. So certain people and organizations can keep insulting artists and filing lawsuits and blaming them for the decay of society and the more fans will just continue to get in line to buy their record. Maybe censorship wasn’t such a good idea after all. Oh by the way, buy “Tomb of the Mutilated”!

    Posted on December 12, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Sigh, why must the ignorant constantly prey upon this band? I’m so sick of seeing reviews that say things like “This is noise”, “These guys can’t play their instruments”, and worse yet, “Go listen to Limp Bikzit, to hear what real talent sounds like”. Look, anyone who really knows anything about music will tell you that these guys are very skilled musicians, and this is anything but noise. Bands like Limp Bizkit play basic, simple stuff that any musician could play. Cannibal Corpse makes very complex song structures that would give Wes Borland an aneurism. As a musician, I know what “talent” is, and I know that this is very far from simple music. Bob and Jack are amazing guitarists, and Paul is a drum god. Chris Barnes is one of the greatest death vocalists out there, plain and simple. Death vocals take a lot of skill to execute, and I seriously doubt that Fred Durst could ever make such amazing sounds. Oh, and to those who complain about not being able to understand the vocals. That’s not the point anyway. In death metal, vocals are meant to be another instrument. The lyrics are not even important. And besides, isn’t complaining about the vocals AND the lyrics a bit contradictory? You hate the lyrics, and yet you complain about not being able to understand them. What sense does that make?Anyway, this is a classic death album, from start to finish. From “Hammer Smashed Face” to “Beyond the Cemetary”, it never misses a step. If you don’t like this band, then just leave them alone, and stop bombarding them with false allegations.

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now