Review: Cannibal Corpse – Kill

Posted: February 1, 2014 in Reviews
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Simply entitled ‘Kill’, this record saw Cannibal Corpse hone their sound into a razor blade sharp maelstorm of death. There has probably never been a blunter and yet more precise way of describing Cannibal Corpse. Well, maybe slay, but we’re splitting hairs really. Or skulls, whichever you prefer…

From the howl of “Kill!!” that opens the album to the closing instrumental ‘Infinite Misery’, that sways and groans like classic Immolation, the band have totally nailed it.  Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal), the album is clear as a bell, never losing Corpsegrinder’s vocals under the instruments and even pulling off a great Hate Eternal impression on ‘Purification by Fire’, their producer’s work obviously influencing it. Corpsegrinder’s vocals have an uncanny ability to be seriously brutal and yet mostly decipherable, a rare talent in the world of ‘vokills’. As much as I love and respect the quality of the Chris Barnes era Cannibal, I am much more a fan of Corpsegrinder’s vocal style; it is more versatile than just low end grunts and growls. He’s also become somewhat of the band’s figurehead, er, neck.


But it is the early pairing of ‘Necrosadistic Warning’ and ‘Five Nails Through the Neck’ that are technically the most impressive tracks on the record. Both contain probably the most technical riffs the band have ever produced, and show that the band aren’t just a full steam ahead gore machine. They could also teach technical death metal bands that you can still perform epic feats of fretwork without resorting to self indulgent wankery. We all know that Cannibal Corpse have been producing top quality brutal death since their debut, but ‘Kill’ is a perfect example of how they have evolved and improved since the raw days of ‘Butchered at Birth’ and ‘Eaten Back to Life’. The catchy ‘Make Them Suffer’, dark and evil ‘Death Walking Terror’ and the brilliantly named ‘Submerged in Boiling Flesh’ are my personal highlights but there are no bad tracks here.

‘Kill’ began a trend that has led onto the brilliantly savage ‘Evisceration Plague’ and the brutal ‘Torture’. It took the band to new heights of vicious precision and technicality, without sacrificing their infamous subject matter nor their titanic sense of groove. Cannibal Corpse are by far the most consistent of the old guard of death metal, and for that they should be praised. Old and revered they may be, but records like ‘Kill’ piss over 95% of the competition even today, eight years after its release. Essential


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