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Review: Cannibal Corpse – Evisceration Plague

In Music on February 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm


The veterans of Death Metal have returned with the follow-up to their 2006 album “Kill” to spread the “Evisceration Plague”. Anyone who has followed Cannibal Corpse through any portion of their career knows exactly what to expect with this.

The album opens with the crushing Priests of Sodom. In my opinion, this is the best song on the album. To me, everything in this song just “clicks” perfectly, which results in damn near perfection. And don’t think the album drops off after this, because it certainly doesn’t. Every track from Priests of Sodom through Beheaded and Burning are great. However, I must say (with the exception of Evisceration Plague), every track after Beheaded and Burning comes off as being filler (to me, at least). There were a couple of songs that sounded a little too similar for my taste.

Before the album hit stores, bassist Alex Webster was very vocal in saying that this album contained the best guitar sound the band has ever recorded. Was he correct? I think so, yes. I also think the drumming/drum sound has made a significant improvement with this album as well.

A couple of the songs on this album have a bit of a “groove” to them, but don’t worry, you’re not getting a more tame version of Cannibal Corpse here. This album is more or less what you’ve come to expect from the band. If you enjoyed any of the previous albums, you’re going to find enjoyment in this album as well. However, I highly doubt that this album pulls in any new fans.

If it’s not broke, you don’t fix it. Cannibal Corpse don’t reinvent the wheel with this album, but they remain faithful to the sound and formula that has made them so beloved by death metal fans around the world. And if you’re a fan like myself, that’s all you can ask.

Final Grade: B+

Comics Reviews: "X-Factor" #40, "The Outsiders" #15

In Comic Reviews on February 24, 2009 at 2:48 am


“X-Factor” has proven to be a surprise hit.

As we hit the 40th issue, the series continues to maintain its stride, taking a team of second tier X-Universe characters and putting them on their own team, and adding a splash of noir and mystery. This issue, we catch up with Madrox, having walked to see John Madrox, the one dupe he never absorbed. Madrox is having a bit of an existential crisis after the events of last issue, and now has come to speak with John to essentially give his last rites.

Last issue, Peter David asked that we not spoil the ending, and rightfully so. It was a bit of a shocker. And now, at the end of this issue, we see why he’s asked us to do it again.

(And no, I won’t spoil it here.)

So it goes without saying, this is a difficult review to write. Regardless, the story is fantastic, the art is gorgeous, and if you’ve been following X-Factor since the beginning (or, at the least, since Messiah CompleX), the pay off of this issue is in spades.



“The Outsiders” hits a new stride with #15.

After a quick reboot that included a barely there Martian Manhunter and the ghosts of Ralph and Sue Dibney, “The Outsiders” are again rebooted. This time, the new team is Geo-Force, Black Lightning, Halo, Metamorpho, Katana, The Creeper and Owlman. Needless to say, a few surprises in the line-up, especially in that Owlman is revealed as a Golden Age legacy character. The series starts off with the team being informed of the new status quo: they will literally be “outsiders”, cut off from the world for months on end as they strive to complete missions.

The art comes across as passable, and the writing is decent, but this issue seems to serve only to introduce readers to the new team. It wouldn’t be so bad, except for the fact that we’ve just done this twice in the past 15 issues. Team shake-ups are one thing, but not when we don’t have enough time to actually get to know the team. I’ll probably be sticking this one out to see what happens, but the first issue certainly seems to be lacking a certain quality to it.