Cannibal Corpse... need I say more? A band name that will have Christians praying and lyrics that'll send mothers into shock, has topped my album of the week list. Ever since seeing these guys feature in Ace Ventura, the only song I was aware of was, "Hammer Smashed Face", which by the way is an absolute classic. But it wasn't until my taste for more brutal playing grew that I delved into this band's catalogue. Personally, "Corpsegrinder's" vocals appeal to me a lot more than Barnes (not to say he doesn't do a good job, but hey that's me).
I stumbled across this album and I was not disappointed. You know what to expect with this band, brutal death metal... but there was something about, "A Skeletal Domain", that had me straight away, so let's get into it.
The album starts with my personal favourite track, "High Velocity Impact Splatter", the band at it again with their horror song titles. This song is mind boggling in its speed, groove and brutality, with a chorus that will send the pit into a frenzy. The band always stuns me at just how good their production is, and I am always particularly floored with the guitar tone and the sheer power of Fisher's vocals.
"Kill or Become, Icepick Lobotomy, Asphyxiate to Resuscitate, Headlong into Carnage", are some more of my personal favourites, but who am I kidding, the whole album is fantastic. From start to finish the band typically does not let up, your ears are not given 1 second to breathe or relax, and that's what I love about this band. Their ability to be straight to the point is a virtue which metal heads tend to respect. They are honest about what they love and have no signs of fixing what isn't broken.
"A Skeletal Domain", is a mouth watering delivery of death metal, and another example of how this band is cementing themselves are one of, and if not the greatest death metal band ever, up there with "Death". I struggled to choose between this album and, "Kill", both don't let up and had me head-banging for 45 minutes. At this core the band has perfected its template, strong riffing, brutal vocals and killer drums, which happen to be the 3 things I I gravitate towards with metal.
Their latest album, "Red Before Black", will grace our ears within the next few weeks, and I think we all know what we're in for.