Cannibal Corpse – “Red On Black” (Metal Blade)
The monster returns. Coming close to 3 decades since their fearsome riffs set them on a path to become one of the legends of US death metal, Cannibal Corpse spew up their latest blood beast in “Red On Black”, their 14th release to date. Still one of the heaviest touring metal bands in the world, needless to say the 12 tracks here are super tight in every aspect, from the intense musicianship to the live sound courtesy of equally renowned Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Goatwhore). While their music is anything but subtle, what is often missed (or tragically overlooked) is the actual growth of the band translated by focusing their composing and then super crafting their songs while being constantly aware of staying true to their roots as that is the clear expectation of their fanatical global fan base – not to mention the band themselves who remain metal fans! Through modest grooves, less apparent melodies and intelligent arrangements are mixed the successful staple of Cannibal Corpse sound of monster grinding riffs, evil warbling, demented soloing and savage roars that would send a bear shitting courtesy of the aptly named George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher. From the barraging groove of ‘Shedding My Human Skin’ where the relentless thwacking of Paul Mazurkiewicz makes you wonder how many drum heads he went through to the gargantuan ‘Remaimed’ with its evil driller killer melodies and savage alternating tempos that batter and bruise you with electrifying amounts of rawness, you know why this band don’t need to induce any mosh pits, as they are a natural subsequence to the unnatural music on show here. Formed in a garage, honed in the brutal underground and now served up to the mainstream, it doesn’t come any more definitive than on the classy but shredding ‘Hideous Ichor’ with its noise wall of sound graced by technicalities, precision drum breaks and of course, a catchy chugging groove once more. Yep. No ballads. No experimentation. No wimp out. Cannibal Corpse is definitely back with “Red On Black”.