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  • 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