Title: A Skeletal DomainLabel: Metal Blade Records
the tremendous success of 'Kill' (2006), 'Evisceration
Plague' (2009) and 'Torture' (2012), Cannibal Corpse
unleashes more blood splattering brutality with their 13th
record 'A Skeletal Domain'. This album does pretty much what
it says on the tin, it’s a typical cannibal album with
grotesque horror fuelled lyrics backed up by savage death
metal riffs played at pummeling speeds from start to finish.
The band do very little to steer away from their usual
writing format which I am sure many will criticize the band
for. Cynics argue every Cannibal album sounds the same with
nothing new on offer. However, the band’s credentials
within death metal are impeccable and they have stuck with a
song writing formula that has seen them become more
successful than they have ever been (rant over)!
of the most surprising moments in the lead up to this record
was that the band opted to work with new producer Mark Lewis
as opposed to the legendary Erik Rutan. This change up has
resulted in a slightly sharper sounding album that differs
from the group’s previous efforts. Musically, it speaks
for itself as ‘High Velocity Impact Splatter’ sets the
tone for the album with a brutal riff assault that does not
relinquish its savagery from the very first note. Keeping up
the relentless momentum, the ear splitting ‘Sadistic
Embodiment’ is one that will surely have heads banging at
the live shows. The zombie inspired ‘Kill or Become’ is
one of my personal highlights whist ‘A Skeletal Domain’
is as haunting as it is ferocious.
One or two of the tracks such as ‘Asphyxiate to Resuscitate’ pretty much fill the gaps but that does little to deter the brilliance of the remainder of the album. Fans of the band will not be disappointed with this release and I am sure this will land in my top 10 at the end of the year.
Review by: Rob Herald
Velocity Impact Splatter
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