Friday, July 31, 2009
Cannibal Corpse - Evisceration Plague
Most people try to stay away from brutal death metal and the mention of Cannibal Corpse simply cements their stand on it.By far their most technical recording, "Evisceration Plague" is exactly what you would want from a Cannibal Corpse album.
The album starts off with “Priests of Sodom,” which doesn’t mess around with a slow, ominous buildup. Instead, the track explodes with high-speed rhythm work, pounding drums, and a bellowing growl from George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.Evisceration Plague definitely revolves around the manic rhythm driving many of Cannibal Corpse’s songs, but there is also plenty of intriguing lead work to back that aspect up.The main attraction in terms of both rhythmic and lead work is actually not even the title track. If you want to hear a modern day “Flight of the Bumblebee,” check out the amazing guitar work on “Carnivorous Swarm.” As the title indicates, it almost sounds like there is a huge swarm of, well, something evil chasing after you. Along with guitars, the percussion is also adding to the ambience, and in the final moments it seems the drums are recreating the sound of flapping wings. It may be total coincidence in that section, but it’s still a very cool effect. But that doesnt mean that the title track "Evisceration Plague" is a mediocre piece of work. Keeping their signature evil sounds in track ith some odd time shifts and bends this piece somehow doesnt stop you from lifting your head up from all the headbanging you would havedone coming upto this track.
Death metal is often so heavily compressed (especially in the middle frequencies) that it can exhaust your ears from trying to put some order to the sound, but Rutan’s deft hand keeps all the instrumental parts in check – including Webster’s fluid bass line, which is powerfully pronounced, showcasing some elaborate and smooth fingering technique. Mazurkiewicz is a wizard at the expected double-kick blastbeats, but he’s not a one-trick pony by any stretch, and carries off intricate rhythmic change-ups and amazingly complex fills. Fisher's vocals, as always, are a solid gut-punch of rage, but just as tightly controlled and rhythmic as the other instruments. Just the right touch of doubling and overdubs fattens the vocals even more, filling the stereo field with demonic incantations.
2009 is off to a brilliant start with this brutal album fulfillig the hunger of all death/extreme metal fans. More bands are coming out with thier albums but till then stay brutal