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Album Review

Cannibal Corpse get right to the point on "High Velocity Impact Splatter," the opening cut on the venerable death metal outfit's 13th long player, the predictably vile and antagonistic, Metal Blade-issued A Skeletal Domain. After a slow fade-in of caustic feedback, the band tears the bandaid off in a fit of atonal riffing and punishing percussion, revealing a festering wound that dutifully sets the tone for what's to come. True to its name, "High Velocity Impact Splatter" serves up a sizeable body count ("At the site of shredded innards, brains exploded"), and its esoteric (and on the nose) subject matter and appetite for sonic destruction will only shock those who haven't yet spent time dining with the pioneering gore-metal unit. In fact, outside of the drums being a tad beefier and more upfront, there isn't much on the 12-track collection to differentiate it from 2012's Torture, which for most Cannibal Corpse fans isn't really a problem, as "if it ain't broke don't fix it" has been the band's M.O. since its inception in 1988. Still, it's impressive that a group approaching its third decade can still bring the noise, so to speak, and songs like the muscular title cut, the frenetic "Icepick Lobotomy," and the lurching and doomy "Kill or Become" deliver their dark wares with the subtlety of a morning star to the head. A Skeletal Domain may not move Cannibal Corpse forward, but it does nothing to hold them back.

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Takes no talent?

To the two guys that say that this takes not talent and make the cookie monster comment, why are you even reviewing this? Pat 184 is into Asking Alexandra, and gives pretty much everything he reviews other than that 1 star just to be a troll. As for Bob, he likes Queensryche, and that's about it. This is technical death metal at its core guys, something neither one of you like or have any appreciation for. The guitar playing is a good example of guys playing some pretty complicated riffs at a million miles per hour, which takes a lot of talent. I can agree that this is not their best album, but it just seems silly to me that you would even bother to review this since it does not fit into your musical tastes. As for the content, I have heard the whole album, and it sounds pretty good to me! My favorite tracks are Kill or Become, Skeletal Domain, and Funeral Cremation. There is just the right blend of brutality and catchy guitar hooks that introduce some melody into the equation in order to make the songs memorable. The production is better than usual for this band. All in all I would say that this was a very solid effort. I would love to see the guitarists of Asking Alexandria and Cannibal Corpse to go head to head to measure their skill. It would be hilarious to see CC wipe the floor with AA. Really amusing stuff Pat and Bob, thanks for the laugh. Now please go back to the kiddie playground and get on with pushing each other on the swings or jump into the play pit at Burger King while we are all in the mosh pit listening to these guys.

Not music?

So because you don't like it, it's not music? I hate to be the one to tell you, but you don't decide what is and what isn't music.

Perhaps if you're a hard rock fan, maybe you should stick to what you know.

Love it

Still the same keep being great death metal forever


Formed: 1988 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

"If vomit were a movie, this would be the soundtrack," wrote one critic of Cannibal Corpse's music, some of the most extreme, violent death metal sounds and subject matter ever committed to tape. Reveling in splatter-horror imagery in their often indecipherable lyrics, the group's graphic album artwork and song titles like "Meat Hook Sodomy," "Entrails Ripped from a Virgin's Cunt," "Fucked with a Knife," and so on, have -- not surprisingly -- attracted a fair amount of controversy and sometimes resulted...
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