Cannibal Corpse - Torture
Label: Metal Blade Records
Reviewer: Mohammad 'Fredd' Farid - 2012-08-08
Highlights: Necropedophile, Followed Home Then Killed
The Brutal Death Metal idols, Cannibal Corpse release their 12th full-length album, aptly titled, "Torture". Ladies and gentlemen, to put it bluntly, it's the same (good or bad) as its 11 predecessors minus the shock value.
When I listened to my first Cannibal Corpse song several years ago, I was shocked by the sheer brutallity and perversion of the song. "Necropedophile" was its name. The music was so thick and heavy unlike anything I had ever heard before and the lyrics were truly sick. So I started listening to more "brutal" Death Metal, years passed by and then one day, I got bored of Cannibal Corpse. Lack of variation being the reason.
Enter "Torture", Cannibal Corpse's twelfth album. Same sound as every other Cannibal Corpse album. Same bland, monotonous vocals, same heavily distorted bass, same unrelenting drums. The technical guitar work here is a notch above that of the preceeding albums, perhaps the only element so, but this is masked by the recycled riffs. Also, this time around, they toned down the "brutal" aspect a bit, either to appeal to a wider spectrum of metalheads or because they ran out of inspiration. I like to think it's the latter because this album features some truly brutal (sarcastic) track titles, such as: "Followed Home Then Killed" and "Rabid." I'm assuming that "Torture's" scrubbed tracks had working titles of: "Leg Broken In A Traffic Accident" and "First Degree Burns."
If you're a fan of Cannibal Corpse, you're probably cursing my name as you read this. So here's some positivity: For me, this album would be good A) Live. B)To blast out of the stereos and mindlessly headbang. C)To scare mommies and kiddies.
Recommended if you are a fan.