CD review CANNIBAL CORPSE ‘Violence Unimagined’

Gore-iented lyrics and a splatter artwork, that belongs to Cannibal Corpse as well as the controversy discussions resulting of it. If a band can release 14 album though until now, it seems like the discussions never added any harm to Cannibal Corpse’s rise in the fields of extreme metal and also the new longplayer ‘Violence Unimagined’ will be appreciated by the wide fanbase of the Florida-based quintet.

‘Violence Unimagined’ is the 15th longplayer from Cannibal Corpse and things didn’t become calmer. The new record is a massive and savage death metal assault that features eleven skull-crushing death metal anthems. There is a lot of typical Cannibal Corpse that comes with the new longplayer but there is an adjustment in the line-up too. Pat O’Brien, who was also in the news with some non-music related ‘activities’, isn’t part of the band anymore and instead it’s Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) who’s handling the second guitar on ‘Violence Unimagined’.

Rutan and Cannibal Corpse isn’t a new combination since the guitarist acted as a producer for previous albums of the Florida-based death metal legend. With having him on board, the quintet gets a next boost, also because of Rutan adding three songs to the new album. Chemistry is always an important thing and here everybody seems to be on the same mission: brute death metal from the South of human soul.

‘Murderous Rampage’ kicks off album number 15. The recently as single released track marks a heavy pounding beginning of an album that doesn’t intend to make compromises. The opener is a aggressive start into a 43 minutes musical inferno with no chance to escape. Blazing leads, a merciless beat and Corpsegrinder’s unmatched growling are trademarks of Cannibal Corpse and totally present in songs like ‘Inhuman Harvest’. And not to forget, the massive riffs. In this context also the drumming needs to be mentioned. Paul Mazurkiewicz isn’t only adding the heartbeat to this album. There are some rather challenging parts embedded as well, that showcase a clear technical movement.

What always amazes me with a Cannibal Corpse releases is the passion for details and layers that runs in parallel to the aggressiveness. The quintet isn’t only a musical steamroller. Instead Cannibal Corpse is more of a sophisticated powerhouse that utilizes musical savvy for creating mighty and morbid songs. It’s the means at hand that allows the quintet to create such a hellish sonic blast.

Also to mention is the furious ‘Inhumane Harvest’, which is a rather grooving and moderate paced track on the album, spiced-up with Cannibal Corpse-ish blastbeat parts that increases the impact of the tune dramatically. ‘Follow the Blood’ is also one of the groove-based songs, equipped with well-placed breaks too. The band shifts gears with the raging ‘Overtortured’ that doesn’t aim for filigree and is not more that a grinding monster, unleashed by the Floridian death metal pioneers.

To conclude: Cannibal Corpse’s newest strike mirrors 100% what the band stands for. Meat-cleaver riffs, merciless speed, grooving sections and the typical Corpsegrinder growls. In many meanings of the word, this album isn’t a bloodless one. Cannibal Corpse show for the fifteenth time why they belong to the spearhead of death metal and training your neck-muscles is more important than just being an option.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Murderous Rampage
  2. Necrogenic Resurrection
  3. Inhumane Harvest
  4. Condemnation Contagion
  5. Surround, Kill, Devour
  6. Ritual Annihilation
  7. Follow the Blood
  8. Bound and Burned
  9. Slowly Sawn
  10. Overtorture
  11. Cerements of the Flayed

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: April 16th, 2021

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