|Review: Cannibal Corpse - Kill|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: December 7, 2006
Reviewed by: Sirliftsalot48
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (24 Votes)
Here we have the newest release from Cannibal Corpse, the New York death metal band that was a pioneer in the "art" of gore based lyrics and guttural vocals. I have been a fan of Cannibal Corpse since I was first exposed to them way back in 1994 when I first saw their cameo appearance in Ace Venture: Pet Detective. I was expecting a lot from this album, I had heard good things about it from people that were not fans of Cannibal Corpse. Alas, I was let down.
When I first started listening to this, I was really impressed, then I listened to the next 11 songs. The album crushes you with the first two songs being absolutely head banging death metal with Corpsegrinder growling and shrieking at his best. The rest of the album simply does not live up to the intensity of these first two songs. Purification by Fire is a slower song with some great riffs but not in the same league as The Time to Kill is Now and Make Them Suffer. Most of the songs here are simply not as memorable as previous albums.
Having recently seen Cannibal Corpse live, I can say that the songs sound much better live, but on the album they don't seem to have the same intensity. A side note that I must say is that I am insulted and offended by the "cover art". Cannibal Corpse are known for their grotesque, gruesome covers, but this time there is no cover art, simply the band's name and the album name. People will spew bullshit about how it just makes you want to listen to the music, but the real reason they made the cover so boring is that they wanted to release one version of the album instead of a censored and uncensored version. This is because when they release two versions, it is counted in record sales as two different albums and they want to be able to rack up those record sales. Did someone say "sell-out"? Why don't you write an acoustic ballad while you're at it? I hope Cannibal Corpse redeem themselves on the next album by having the most brutal, perverse album imaginable. The final verdict on Kill is that it is a decent death metal album with a few great songs. If you want Cannibal Corpse at their best with Corpsegrinder, pick up Vile, Bloodthirst, or The Wretched Spawn.
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