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WLM Reviews: Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain

September 11, 2014
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Cannibal Corpse A Skeletal Domain ReviewI was sitting in the VIP section of Rockfest in Montelbello Quebec Canada this year watching Cannibal Corpse absolutely dominate the stage with track after track of legendary death metal. Being in awe of music genius is something I am very guilty of and my mind will wander as I let the music tear through me.  Over and over I said, “I can’t believe Cannibal Corpse is in front of me” and “how in the hell can these guys keep up this pace after all these years?”  The fact is they kept up the literal neck breaking pace George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher set with no problem, and after all these years’ the new album “A Skeletal Domain” not only keeps that pace, but may surpass it in sheer speed and song writing.

Ever since 1991’s release “Butchered At Birth,” Cannibal Corpse has cemented their legacy as the biggest and most successful death metal band in the genres history.  Even with George Fisher replacing the colorful Chris Barnes the band never slowed down on their quest to dominate what can be called the least radio friendly genre of music in the world. With the controversial imagery and incredibly violent themes and lyrics, Cannibal Corpse has managed to captivate metal fans with brutal pounding music that gives us all hope that true creative and innovate musicians can make a living not turning out popular culture crap.

With all of that said and the niceties behind us you have to listen to “A Skeletal Domain” with your neck in a secure position and your belief in true evil pushed to the side.  With titles like ” Sadistic Embodiment,”  “High Velocity Impact Splatter,” and “A Murder’s Pact,” your not exactly getting the light fare of Skid Row’s Youth Gone Wild.

With an overall theme of brutality and face melting there wasn’t a track that really stood out or really lagged for me.  Song after song belted out exactly what I wanted with some riffs thrown in to show Cannibal has not eased off in the creative department.  A Skeletal Domain for me cranked up the volume and intensity over the last album Torture.  If you don’t believe bands write music for live crowds, listen to this album from front to back and your mind will be changed; what’s left to it anyway.  A Skeletal Domain feels like a 45 minute concert set that leaves you exhausted and ecstatic.

Although some will say this is “more of the same,” I have to ask what is Cannibal Corpse to do?  Want them to drop a grunge album?  How about a classical sonnet?  These death metal legends are known for brutal violence filled death metal.  If you feel there is too much of that in the market today, that’s because bands have copied the Cannibal Corpse style.  Fact is, A Skeletal Domain is exactly what we expect and WANT from the most legendary band in the genre.

8.5 of 10

Heed the growl,

Martell



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One Response to WLM Reviews: Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain

  1. Scott Rempfer on September 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Heed the growl indeed. Great insight with the statement- “What do you want from CC? A grunge album, etc.” This is what they do and well.

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