Title: Red Before BlackLabel: Metal Blade
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,
Plague and 2012's Torture)
‘Red Before Black’ delivers an unstoppable death metal
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
Only One Will Die
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