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Review: Cannibal Corpse – Evisceration Plague

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

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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+

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