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The Bleeding

Cannibal Corpse

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Album Review

The final album of the Chris Barnes era, The Bleeding continues the trajectory Cannibal Corpse had established during their early-'90s heyday, that being a progressively over-the-top approach to gore-themed death metal that pushed the envelope in every imaginable way, from cover art to song titles to the music itself. The cover art here, as usual, speaks for itself, as do elaborate song titles like "Stripped, Raped, and Strangled," "Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead," and "Force Fed Broken Glass." (Though it's probably obvious, it's worth noting for novices that this stuff isn't for the lighthearted and shouldn't be taken too seriously, even if songs titles like "She Was Asking for It" perhaps go too far, even for this genre.) However, it's the music itself that is perhaps most notable, or at least what should be, especially given the key addition of guitarist Rob Barrett (in place of Bob Rusay), who co-writes a number of songs and plays on all of them. Ace producer Scott Burns gives the album a wonderful sheen that instantly sets Cannibal Corpse apart from most of the other death metal bands out there in 1994. The riffs absolutely grind, just as the rhythms pulverize and the vocals thunder. And it's indeed the thundering vocals of Barnes that make The Bleeding so special, definitely one of the standout death metal albums of the mid-'90s — he's one of the best growlers in the business, and his subsequent departure (to join Six Feet Under) would be a gaping one, albeit one that wouldn't prevent Cannibal Corpse from lumbering on for many more years with their colorful madness.

Customer Reviews

solid

Solid album, last album before barnes' departure his vocals stick out mostly on stripped raped and strangled, but the guitar work sticks out on staring through the eyes of the dead, if you a corspe fan you already own it. if your new and dont own any corpse hear is a great place to start!

Fast and Hard.

This is probably one of my favorite albums of all time. Not only is it brutal and well written but it's just as fast I would like it to be. Seeing them play any of this stuff live is a real treat.

Barnes left, and everything was better.

I like Cannibal Corpse because of Fisher. Personally I like him better. Barnes didn't sound so good back in these days, but now he sounds amazing in Six Feet Under. Everything turned out for the better.

Biography

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 C**t," "F****d with a Knife," and so on, have — not surprisingly — attracted a fair amount of controversy and sometimes...
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