Review: Cannibal Corpse “Chaos Horrific” [Metal Blade Records]

Review: Cannibal Corpse “Chaos Horrific” [Metal Blade Records]

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Cannibal Corpse‘s relentless march through the annals of death metal history continues with their latest offering, Chaos Horrific, to be released on September 22nd, 2023. Since their inception in 1988, this legendary band has been a harbinger of brutality, pushing the boundaries of the genre with each release. Following their critically acclaimed 15th album, Violence Unimagined, this new opus marks another gruesome chapter in their legacy.

Chaos Horrific is a monstrous behemoth that picks up where its predecessor left off but morphs into a beast of its own. As bassist Alex Webster aptly puts it, “It’s a full-on death metal album, Cannibal Corpse style.” The band’s trademark technicality and complex songwriting are ever-present, but they’ve let the music follow its own course. Guitarist Rob Barrett elaborates, “I believe that our songwriting has progressed in a manner where every song paves its own path, whether it’s a straightforward or technical song.

What sets Chaos Horrific apart is the organic evolution of their sound. There was no conscious effort to be more technical; instead, the focus was on writing the heaviest songs possible. Guitarist and producer Erik Rutan, in his second release as a full-fledged member, pushed the envelope to expand the dynamics and explore new territories while staying true to Cannibal Corpse‘s essence.

The band’s growth shines through their songwriting, with each track on Chaos Horrific having its own character and potential to be a standout. They craft albums where every song is meticulously designed to leave a mark on the listener. It’s this dedication to uniqueness that defines their legacy.

Recording at Erik Rutan’s Mana Studio in their home state of Florida was a comfortable and fruitful experience. Custom guitars with longer scale necks made the tracking process smoother than ever, ensuring impeccable intonation at lower tunings. The result is a powerhouse of an album that’s nothing short of colossal.

Musically, Chaos Horrific delivers a relentless onslaught of guttural growls, frenetic guitar riffs, and thunderous drumming, creating an atmosphere of unrelenting brutality that encapsulates the essence of death metal.

Lyrically, Cannibal Corpse continues to dwell in dark and twisted realms. Themes such as mass mutilations, zombie invasions, gruesome sacrifices, and revenge against human traffickers are explored with their trademark brutality. The album’s artwork, crafted by Vince Locke, perfectly complements the macabre tales told within.

With the pandemic finally in the rearview mirror, Cannibal Corpse eagerly returned to the stage in 2022 to unleash the fury of Violence Unimagined live. Now, they’re gearing up for the Chaos Horrific tour, where every track promises to detonate like a sonic bomb. After 35 years of ferocity, the band remains focused on the present and future, but their impressive journey is a testament to their unwavering dedication, creativity, and loyalty.

In Chaos Horrific, Cannibal Corpse proves that even after more than three decades of existence, they’re still capable of delivering death metal that’s as ferocious and relevant as ever. With this album, they solidify their position as pioneers of the genre, continuing to set the bar for brutality in the world of extreme music. It’s a brutal assault that will leave you both horrified and in awe of their enduring prowess.

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