October 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain

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Cannibal Corpse
A Skeletal Domain
Metal Blade
Street: 09.16
Cannibal Corpse = Malevolent Creation + Monstrosity + Deeds of Flesh

Well, this was a pleasing surprise! Arguably the flag bearers of all death metal, Cannibal Corpse are going to make fans old and new very happy with A Skeletal Domain. Admittedly, I kind of stopped caring about the CC after Bloodthirst, and that was 15 years ago. I listened to every album the band put out afterward and always found a few tracks I liked, but I never really listened to the albums. I have a feeling that this one is going to be playing on my stereo and in my head for a while. Erik Rutan did not produce the album (he did the last three). It’s a welcome change-up that brings a lot of the older elements of CC mixed with the new to the table. It has a bulky yet crisp, not overly blasting drum-click-track sound and a feeling of renewed interest in actually writing good death metal songs. With new songs like “Kill or Become” standing as strong as the classic “Hammer Smashed Face,” this Corpse is ready to crush once again. –Bryer Wharton

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