Album Reviews
Band: Cannibal Corpse

Title: A Skeletal Domain

Label: Metal Blade Records

  

Following 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)!

One 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

 

Tracklisting:

1. High Velocity Impact Splatter
2. Sadistic Embodiment
3. Kill Or Become
4. A Skeletal Domain
5. Headlong Into Carnage
6. The Murderer's Pact
7. Funeral Cremation
8. Icepick Lobotomy
9. Vector Of Cruelty
10. Bloodstained Cement
11. Asphyxiate To Resuscitate
12. Hollowed Bodies

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