Album Reviews
Band: Cannibal Corpse

Title: Red Before Black

Label: Metal Blade

The undisputed kings of death metal return with a master class in the art of brutality.  Yes, Cannibal Corpse once again raise the bar proving they can still cut it with the best nearly 30 years into a distinguished career. Reunited with producer Erik Rutan (who previously worked with the band on 2006's Kill, 2009's Evisceration Plague and 2012's Torture) ‘Red Before Black’ delivers an unstoppable death metal onslaught.  

Spanning 12 songs and 47 minutes in length, this latest creation is as batteringly heavy as you would expect from a Cannibal Corpse record.  The Buffalo born and bred quintet administer an unrelenting siege of old school death metal with head banging grooves and blood splattered lyrics paving the way.  From the chainsaw riffage of ‘Only One Will Die’ to the irresistible ‘Scavenger Consuming Death’ there is plenty to like about this album.  Unlike their previous effort ‘A Skeletal Domain’ which I felt tailed off after about 9 songs, this cut of compositions seem far more thought out, straightforward and memorable.  Personal highlights have to be the catchy ‘Heads Shoveled Off’ and the unforgivingly brutal ‘In the Midst of Ruin’.  

There is nothing more to say other than this is a superb album that deserves praise and will be a strong contender in my top 10 at the end of the year. 

Review by: Rob Herald

 

Tracklisting:

1.  Only One Will Die
2. Red Before Black 
3.  Code Of The Slashers
4.  Shedding My Human Skin
5.  Remaimed
6.  Firestorm Vengeance
7.  Heads Shoveled Off
8.  Corpus Delicti
9.  Scavenger Consuming Death
10  In The Midst Of Ruin
11  Destroyed Without A Trace .
12.  Hideous Ichor

 

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