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Cannibal Corpse – Skeletal Domain

Label: Metal Blade
Format: CD download
Released: 2014
Reviewed By: Rich Catino
Rating: 8/ 10


‘High Velocity Impact’, ‘Asphyxiate to Resuscitate’, and my favorite ‘Icepick Lobotomy’, hahaha, so no, Cannibal have not ran out of creative song titles, slowed down the aggression, or become less brutal. “A Skeletal Domain” falls in line with their previous gore obsessed (pun intended) albums, and the production of the previous three “Kill”, “Evisceration Plague”, and “Torture”. Unlike many bands from the genre, these pioneers in recent years have hacked and butchered out a formula that combines a high level of sonic quality that balances heaviness, bottom end, and instrumentation clarity, with tight precision. Examples; ‘Headlong Into Carnage’, the jack hammering opening to ‘Hollowed Bodies’, or the power drilling riffing behind ‘The Murder’s Pact’ (with a nice tempo switch for the solo). ‘Bloodstained Cement’ begins with almost an old school thrash riff, and throughout the album the musicians push themselves, often throwing in prog like changes within a song, on something like ‘Funeral Cremation’. The longest song is 4:07 seconds, so these tunes get in and get out with maximum devastation.

 

Satisfying for long time fans and a solid introduction for those unfamiliar.

 
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