CANNIBAL CORPSE - Evisceration Plague
Released: February 2nd, 2009 | Label: Metal Blade | Rating: 7/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Target

01. Priests of Sodom
02. Scalding Hail
03. To Decompose
04. A Cauldron of Hate
05. Beheading and Burning
06. Evidence in the Furnace
07. Carnivorous Swarm
08. Evisceration Plague
09. Shatter Their Bones
10. Carrion Sculpted Entity
11. Unnatural
12. Skewered from Ear to Eye

I didn’t like Kill all that much when it was released, and my expectations to Evisceration Plague were a bit mixed. To be able to make a comparison of Kill and Evisceration Plague I decided to give Kill another try and it’s actually a lot better than I recalled. Kill and Evisceration Plague is not all that different from each other, but the overall song-writing appears a little more interesting on Evisceration Plague.

Cannibal Corpse very much sticks to their guns, but the songs are easier to tell apart than on some of the Americans’ more recent efforts. The riff-work is proficient and there’s lots of diversity in what the band is doing.

As always Cannibal Corpse blasts a lot, but compared to Kill and some of the bands other works the Americans slow down more often on Evisceration Plague and go for some groovy middle-parts. That among other things makes the music both captivating and vigorous. Tracks like “Carnivorous Swarm”, “Evisceration Plague” and “Skewered from Eye to Ear” are examples of this, but Evisceration Plague is not an effort where just two or three songs tend to be good. Almost every song is able to capture interest.

On a lot of the post-Chris Barnes efforts, the production could have been a lot more interesting. With a different producer, things became a little better on Kill and with Evisceration Plague the band has gotten their perhaps best production to date – it’s juicy and meaty. Evisceration Plague is obligatory to any Cannibal Corpse fan, but it’s a good listen as well for anyone who just likes straight forward death metal.

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