Cannibal Corpse need no introduction. These godfathers of modern gore/death metal have been splaying human corpses for 30-plus years now, and they show no signs of slowing on Red Before Black.
The band have long carved out their own brand of metal, and Red Before Black cements their position at the top of the death metal heap. The band brought Erik Rutan back to the control panel for production, and he breathes crystal-clear life into the album.
“Only One Will Die” opens the album in true Cannibal Corpse fashion – fast, furious, and brutal. They sound like a fine-tuned machine, and the guitar solo absolutely shreds. The title track picks up the pace even more with more of a grinding, chugging feel. “Code of the Slashers” slows things up a bit, but without relinquish any of the brutality. In fact, I think the band really shines on the slower tempo songs. George “Corposegrinder” Fisher’s vocals sound like they are coming straight from hell. “Shedding my Human Skin” has an interesting intro, unlike anything these guys have done before, and before it breaks into a grinding feast for the ears. The song is interesting from beginning to end, with tempo changes galore and more of a modern metal feel. “Remaimed” gets my vote for best song title here, and it is blistering and dark. “Firestorm Vengeance” snarls from the first riff. It’s Cannibal Corpse doing what they do best. “Heads Shoveled Off” and “Corpus Delecti” bring more tasty riffs and leave nothing to be desired for a true death metal fan.
Cannibal Corpse are an enigma. Yes, they have a well-worn sound, but they are one of the true originators of that sound. Red Before Black is a primal beast of a record, and Cannibal Corpse have a winner on their hands.
Red Before Black is out November 3 on Metal Blade Records. Pre-order it here!