Music Reviews

Cannibal Corpse

The Wretched Spawn

Metal Blade

Well, the band known more for their album covers than for their music is back with its ninth full-length, The Wretched Spawn. While this marks yet another chapter in the rather amazing history of Cannibal Corpse, it also offers a few moments of refreshment for die-hard fans.

To give you an idea of just how huge these guys are, I’ll quote a few facts from their press sheet: over 1,000,000 copies of their albums sold in 15 years; top selling death metal band of the SoundScan era; only death metal band to be ranked in the Billboard Top 200. For a death metal band, these are some pretty ridiculous numbers. Anyway, the new album is pretty much like the last few. The guitars have gotten thicker and heavier with the passing of time, and there’s not so much of the thrash metal influence in their music now as there was in their early ‘90’s stuff. But they still rock pretty freakin’ hard. Songs like “Frantic Disembowelment” will put a smile on die-hard fans’ faces, as it totally crushes throughout.

To be honest, though, this band’s shtick wore thin a long time ago. The gory album covers, the same bark/growl on every record and the lack of riff variation from album to album is getting really old. I’m just tired of these guys putting out the same album over and over, changing the cover and tweaking a few things here and there. I’m bored with Cannibal Corpse.

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