Year : 2012
Genre : Old School Death Metal with New Tricks
Label : Metal Blade Records
Origin : United States
Rating : 8.5 / 10
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Cannibal Corpse's new LP brings all the subtlety of 111 strikes to the truck tire by a sledgehammer. The album, for the most part, is coming to you as black belt level vintage death metal with a sense of more pronounced variation than the genre most often cares to tolerate. Warning! This is not to say that the release would go Barbie on your bitchy little ass. This still is uncompromisingly hard and exigent music, but it bends to the will of the groove that is out to Slaughter All, - as a start - and this is a highly acceptable sonic stance, of course. The delivery seeks and finds relevant pleasure in indulging amidst classic-, exclusively guitar-centered death metal, with more success than with failure at that, and, while I realize that this latter segment of this sentence might just about be enough to bring the Cannibal Corpse maniac into the mood and desire to skin me alive, (as a capricious warmup exercise) I will be the first to admit that the veteran squad brings quite luscious variation on this disc, for most of the time. But not throughout.
As noted, the audio data on this LP is legit old school death metal, yet it brings an increased amount of good propensity to seek out colors and moods to enrich its robust genre with, but, without ANY tolerance towards the presence of anything less heavy than a mammoth in adamantium armor. The Cannibal Corpse dudes deserve immediate respect for delivering a flow of well varied 43 minutes with a common denominator of being heavy as the tenderness of a Gorilla on Viagra to connect them. Read on to find out more about this spin.
There are times when death metal reveals a new face, like it does via this release, in my opinion. I still can't truly - or remotely - understand why I am the only one on the face of this Earth at this very moment who reviewed THAT album. The LP's favorite method of machination revolves around the constant exhibition of super-massive, charismatic sonic volumetrics, while the face of the kinetic sledgehammer-variation the disc won't relent bringing is mainly thrash-, and groove metal in character, except that well sculpted riffing and/or inventively structured definition is not frequently offered and revealed, - nor fucking needed, paradoxically - though examples of more ripped sequences and more pronounced clarity than those obtainable in an adrenaline rush, ARE present. But it mainly is about going fucking crazy, so deviations from normal insanity - aaah! - are only revealed so you can dive back into All Things Crazy with a fresh mind. Ha, ha. I dare say that this release, upon multiple listens, reminds me of Lamb of God's Resolution, only this shit is more bruuuutaaaaaal!!!!!!11evelen
You may be thinking that you are more into the super-modernistic side of death metal, and listen exclusively to technical death, but let me tell you that the Cannibal Corpse dudes are bringing pretty admirable variation herein with a relentless intent to steamroll your spiritual anatomy into all things coming your way, and I like this attitude a lot. Old school death metal with new propensity to offer variation : Approved / Encouraged / Graced by.
Rating : 8.5 / 10
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