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Cannibal Corpse - Evisceration Plague
01. Priests of Sodom
02. Scalding Hail
03. To Decompose
04. A Cauldron of Hate
05. Beheading and Burning
06. Evidence in the Furnace
07. Carnivorous Swarm
08. Evisceration Plague
09. Shatter Their Bones
10. Carrion Sculpted Entity
11. Unnatural
12. Skewered from Ear to Eye
2009 Metal Blade Records

Reviewed by: Cory   //   Published: 2/8/2009

I can vividly remember the years that I was first being exposed to punk, hardcore and metal music. Coming of age before the Internet had officially become the source of all things music-related, I spent many years experimenting with artists and albums by poring over thank you lists and listening to label comps in a process of trial and error that quickly depleted the meager funds I could accumulate mowing lawns. During those formative years, Cannibal Corpse was always the band at the limits of extreme music and plain old decency. My frame of reference for metal hadn't expanded to include much more than elementary thrash records and hardcore bands that were experimenting with the yet-to-be-named metalcore genre, but Cannibal Corpse were that first band that introduced me to death metal. Almost two decades later, metal has been pushed to extremities that no one could have predicted and Cannibal Corpse have continued to release music that keeps up with the times.

Evisceration Plague is officially the band's eleventh full-length and while the band's artwork has unfortunately hit an all-time low, the music is arguably among the best the band has ever produced. The lineup from the impeccable Kill album returns, as does producer and Floridian death metal god Erik Rutan. At times, it almost feels like everything these guys did during the writing and recording process was intended to top that album's many successes and in many ways, they do. Where the band has been quoted as saying Kill was intended to "rape their fans' ears," Evisceration Plague might aim to strip, rape and strangle one's ears whilst fucking their brain with a proverbial knife. "Evidence In The Furnace" features the band's capacity for blastbeat-driven intensity, while the disc's title track slows things down and showcases a couple of memorable hooks. "Carnivorous Swarm" mixes both approaches together well and ranks among the disc's standout tracks. Fans of death metal will eat this album up like rotting flesh and those not inclined to enjoy the genre might even want to give this a chance to experience what a truly great modern death metal album sounds like.

Despite all its musical virtuosity and accomplished songwriting, the two biggest reasons I love this album are slightly less obvious. First, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher's vocals are both brutal AND intelligible, a rare feat that always evaded the band's founding vocalist Chris Barnes and generally eludes many death metal frontmen. There's a surprisingly fine line between shrieking like a pussy and gurgling like cookie monster and Fisher walks it perfectly every time. The other major strength that sets this disc apart from hordes of other perfectly competent death metal releases is the production. Between the band's collective experience in Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Hate Eternal, Malevolent Creation, Paths of Possession and that of producer Rutan, they just know what death metal should sound like. So many extreme metal releases are hurt by a bad mix or a poor choice of drum sounds or guitar tones. Bands should be knocking down Rutan's door to get their records to sound this good.

The initial pressing of the album includes a DVD on the making of the album that I will admittedly never watch, but for those who see added value in that sort of thing, I would strongly suggest picking up this nicely-put-together double digipak release. While the cover artwork isn't particularly impressive, the multi-panel layout on the inside is pretty well done.

Bottom Line: On Evisceration Plague, the band's eleventh studio album, Cannibal Corpse sound as strong as ever and potentially stronger. While many artists seem to peak within their first few albums, Cannibal Corpse has aged like a fine wine: Wine made of flesh and blood with notes of murder and a hint of entrails ripped from a virgin's cunt.

Cory_   posted 7/21/2009 12:30:20 AM
Beheaded_   posted 5/4/2009 10:29:53 PM
This cd rips faces! Get off your f*cking high horse if it were not not for bands like cc you wouldn't have your precious Bullshit metal that you adore your spineless bastards! The youngest person in the band is 41 and they have been playing since they were in their teens so they have beeen playing metal since berfore you were daddies oil squirt! If that's not metal nothing is!!!
Bianca_   posted 2/27/2009 9:26:57 PM
I f*cking love Cannibal Corpse forever.
dudespace_   posted 2/24/2009 8:54:46 AM
alright CD. not classic CC. oh well. life.
Dylan_   posted 2/24/2009 8:19:31 AM
Anybody who listens to Cannibal Corpse and has the thought "Hey, this is really good music!" go through their head is in dire need a lobotomy.
f*ck all of you.

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