No signs of easing up with album number 10
Cannibal Corpse is somewhat of an institution when it comes to death metal. Let's face it. There are not many death metal bands that can stake claim to an 18 year career and that's without the controversy that Cannibal Corpse have encountered along the way. The departure of original guitarist Jack Owen (who has since officially joined Deicide) in May 2004 reduced Cannibal Corpse to having two original members in bassist Alex Webster and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz along side vocalist of ten years George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher and guitarist Pat O'Brien. Returning to the fold as Owen's replacement is Rob Barrett who played on Cannibal Corpse's highly regarded 1994 release The Bleeding and its 1996 follow up Vile. With their line-up issues behind them, Cannibal Corpse set to work on album number ten with Hate Eternal main man Erik Rutan behind the console and the result is clearly one of Cannibal Corpse's finest releases titled Kill.
Fisher's blood curdling guttural scream of “Kill!” remorselessly kicks in over the bludgeoning speed of the opening track, The Time To Kill Is Now, and throughout this two minute aural slash fest, the riffs flow thick and fast. With very little breathing room, the barrage continues with the equally brutal Make Them Suffer which sees O'Brien and Barrett unleashing further fret-board ferocity - a trend that is apparent over the course of the entire album. Murder Worship offers the first real tempo change of the album is the pace drops off quite substantially during the majority of the second half of the track before things return to the intricate and vicious best with continually changing tempos of Necrosadistic Warning and Five Nails Through The Neck.
The straight forward blast of Purification By Fire is as unforgiving as the blistering lead work contained within compared to the pedestrian pace of Death Walking Terror which offers a little breathing space on the pace side of things without relenting any heaviness. The likes of Barbaric Bludgeonings, The Discipline Of Revenge and Brain Removal Device take the listener on a twisting and turning rollercoaster ride of brutality with tempo changes aplenty being thrust at the listener at the most unexpected of times Maniacal is as the name suggests whilst Submerged In Boiling Flesh continues the brutal technical chaos of earlier tracks before the album winds down with the slow, instrumental piece Infinite Misery whose strength comes from the massive wall of distortion that shape its crushing riffs and fitting solos.
Album number ten shows no sign of this seminal death metal band slowing down. Kill is every bit as vicious as we've come to expect from Cannibal Corpse over the best part of the last two decades. With Rutan's skilled production and 13 bruising tracks at hand, Cannibal Corpse have delivered a concise and technical slab of death metal which is their strongest in quite some time.
(Metal Blade Records/Stomp Distribution)