Saturday, March 24, 2012
Fortunately, Cannibal Corpse's latest offering ''Torture'' is not the equivalent of yet another death metal release which was released last year. In fact, to the opposite of the faailing Floridian death metal legends, Cannibal Corpse comes back strong with ''Torture'', and stronger than any record that was released in about eight years. It's quite normal how people come with ridicolous comments, praising this album as the best album of the Corpsegrinder era or how it will be one of the best death metal albums of all time. Bullshit. Cannibal released a number of very robust and quality releases with Corpsegrinder, some which are superior to Cannibal's early reservoir of thrash-tinged, Barnes dominated records which are marked as classics. ''Torture'' is nothing that a fan would have never heard of, it simply follows the basic principles of the past album ''Kill'' and ''Eviscretion Plague'' only with a few different twists.
First get you facts straight about Cannibal Corpse. In their elongated career they have experimented over slightly different sounds but they've always stayed true to to their core sound ever since the release of their self-pioneering sophomore. The technical features on this album are highly prevalent just as it was on ''Vile'', and there is a lot of grooving going on aswel, just as you'd expect. Cannibal Corpse are relatively old warhorses, but that doesen't stop them from mustering all their technical talents together and creating a flexible, less controlled and frenzied assault spread out in dispersed formations without tiring the listener of tedious repetetiveness. There is an enermous repertoir of riffs that the guitarists have created, stirring them all together to bling the listener in an orgy of brutalized chaos. Whether it be tremolo assaults, palm muted slams, thrashy verses brandished with hints of technicalty or tapping magnificence, the arsenal of riffs is a never ending nightmare, inundating in such a frantic incursion. The lead section on the album also quite extensive, as O'Brian has almost one solos for every song as if it obligatory. The thundering drums are another wonderful highlight of the album, showing percussion and colliding with the intense riffs. Paul Mazurkiewicz seems as if he has turned 22 all of a sudden, sullenly bashing his instrument of choice. The bass lines are incredibly audiable, and sometimes it seems as if the bass is the main focus point of the album, especially with the ridicolous, laugh-your-ass of styled bass solos that all of a sudden, out of nowhere.
As far as the structure of the riffs go, there is nothing too complex about them because having songs shorter than four minutes each seems more like a disply of aggression rather than a display of technical endurance and diversified compositions. Songs like ''Encased In Concrete'', ''Sarcophagic Frenzy'', ''Demented Aggression'' are damn solid and frantic, showing much ferocity and brutality. ''Scourge Of Iron'' is a bit of a four leafed clover. Neither frenzied assaults of crushing menace nor technical chaos can be found here, but instead a more monolithic structure, groovy and non-various tempo and music wise. The track shows some excellent mid-paced slamming, dominated with engulfing muted chords and a surprisingly fresh sound. For the most part, ''Torture'' shows large amounts of boundless energy and dynamics, razor-sharp and afllicting the listener and forcing to listen. The necrotic and crazed gallops on ''Rabid'', the consuming and diversively technical elements spread out on ''The Strangulation Chair'' and ''Intestinal Crank'' already show that the whole album has joined many different styles together to form one very poweful, solid structure that has been hardened millions of times.
In conclusion, ''Torture'' shows the strict, principal elements of Cannibal Corpse, performed before many times. So as you may understandi ''Torture'' manages to attain the favor of the listener with its perfect display of the classic core Cannibal Corpse sound in the best way possible. The originality level may not be too high, but the almost infinite energy and undeniably desire to headbang through the album is most certain along with the improved technical proviciency that brought the album an even better feeling than the previous releases. All the are meaty as hell, and sullenly harrass the listener with torturing spikes which shows that the level of dynamics in always ranging over high places. There is really nothing to hate about this album is you like Corpse in general, so get this now and don't whine around and complain about Corpsegrinder's fantastic vocal delivery.
The Strangulation Chair
Followed Home Then Killed