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Tomb Of The Mutilated

Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated ©1992 Metal Blade
1. Hammer Smashed Face
2. I Cum Blood
3. Addicated to Vaginal Skin
4. Split Wide Open
5. Necropedophile
6. The Cryptic Stench
7. Entrails Ripped From a Virgin's Cunt
8. Post Mortal Ejaculation
9. Beyond the Cemetary

I never have been able to decide if Cannibal Corpse was an actual contender in the field of serious, competent metal or a novelty act that has managed to manipulate their musical joke into a longterm career. And upon listening to 1992's Tomb of the Mutilated, I'm fairly certain that it's more of the latter. Or that the death metal audience is easily suckered into forking over their hard earned wages from 7-11 for material that is honestly subpar and dull in every possible way.

Tomb of the Mutilated apparently was the breakthrough album for Cannibal Corpse that established them as a force to be reckoned with in the death metal world. But outside of that somewhat narrow realm, this album is an exercise in tedium and feeling a bit of pity for those who might have been lured in by the supposed "shock value" of some of the song titles. Beyond that visceral aspect, this relatively brief album is an exercise in stringing together a bunch of riffs with abrupt tempo changes with the "lyrics" being delivered in an entirely monotonous dull gutteral voice. Without referencing the lyrics, the shock value of the various song titles is completely lost. And without that, one suspects Cannibal Corpse has little to offer. I know there's quite a few death metal fans who are titillated by the gore and violent song titles, but at best I find this overly obvious attempts at offending people to be pitiful. Everyone knows a guy who tries just a bit too hard to get attention at parties or at the office. This is how I would describe Cannibal Corpse.

Undoubtedly I may be missing the point of this release, but I still have my suspicions Cannibal Corpse has been playing a prank on their audiences for over two decades now.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2013

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Bloodthirst

Cannibal Corpse - Bloodthirst ©1999 Metal Blade
1. Pounded Into Dust
2. Dead Human Collection
3. Unleashing The Bloodthirsty
4. The Spine Splitter
5. Ecstasy In Decay
6. Raped By The Beast
7. Coffinfeeder
8. Hacksaw Decapitation
9. Blowtorch Slaughter
10. Sickening Metamorphosis
11. Condemned To Agony

Before hearing Bloodthirst, I held this notion that Cannibal Corpse are nothing more than a stupid, pointless band whose existence, let alone their enduring popularity, was a fluke of nature. Turns out my earlier assumption was somewhat mistaken, for Cannibal Corpse's newest ain't half bad. Bloodthirst isn't the most subtle or inventive piece of work to grace my ears, but I must give them credit for their uncompromising attitude towards music.

As most metalheads know, Cannibal Corpse play fast, brutal death metal; if you hear one of their albums, you've more or less heard them all. And though it doesn't pave any new ground, Bloodthirst is well executed and benefits from a smoldering production. I can even enjoy some of these songs, provided that I play them one at a time. This segues unhesitatingly to my major gripe about the Tampa quintet: their albums are boring. No, your eyes do not deceive you. The songs, by themselves, are intense and ferocious and leave you craving for more intensity and ferocity, but after eleven or twelve tracks (i.e. by album's end), the only craving I have is for my Loreena McKennitt CD. If they only learned to diversify their music, who knows what we would have? I suppose I'm being unfair to the brutal death metal subgenre with my critique, but I can't help noticing how the songs blur together and become indistinct from one another. Cannibal routinely take one musical phrase from an earlier song and transplant it into a later track, turning the album into monotonous, repetitive clutter. Death metal zealots, disregard this because you know your tastes.

Not surprisingly, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher grumbles like a primate. The missing link, perhaps? The lyrics are meaningless and offensive, but Cannibal Corpse without the gore wouldn't be Cannibal Corpse. The cover art... Well, need I say more? Don't get me wrong; I recommend this album to any and all fans of brutal death metal. Bloodthirst, though it be a well-crafted slab of beastly and carnal music, just isn't my thing.

Review by Jeffrey Shyu

Review date: 11/1999

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