Written by Alex Stojanovic
Surround, Kill, Devour
Follow The Blood
Bound & Burned
Cerements Of The Flayed
Release Date: April 16, 2021
Label: Metal Blade Records
George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher - Vocals / Alex Webster - Bass / Rob Barrett - Guitars
Erik Rutan - Guitars / Paul Mazurkiewicz - Drums
Getting into the album, it's Cannibal Corpse, and you know exactly what you're getting. Right from note 1 of the bludgeoning opener "Murderous Rampage", all the way down to the brutal closer "Cerements Of The Flayed", there's no letting up as expected. Thrashy sections can be heard in every song, even if certain songs are more centric on groove. People have been wondering what songs were written by Rutan. According to Alex Webster, those songs are "Condemnation Contagion", "Ritual Annihilation" and "Overtorture". The transition in the middle of "Ritual Annihilation" will throw a lot of people for a loop, because the song stops silent for half a second before the guitar chord comes creeping back up and slamming into a mid-paced rager of a riff. One of the more groove-oriented tracks that is one of the highlights is "Follow The Blood", which has one of the darkest riffs on the record. If I may also add, this is the first time in 15 years since The Wretched Spawn that Cannibal Corpse had a gory album cover, and first since Tomb Of The Mutilated that they had dual covers. The cover artwork, once again done by the legendary Vince Locke, is like a combination of Butchered At Birth and Tomb Of The Mutilated.
With all that being said, when comparing Violence Unimagined to Red Before Black, the biggest difference that I can pick out is elements in the production. What I noticed is that the drums sound like they're little more in the background, and that the distortion levels on the guitars are a little higher than usual, resulting in a pretty similar production to that of Torture. As a result, it can be a little bit tougher this time around to distinguish what's being played, and the guitars tend to overpower the drums in certain areas. Is it another great Cannibal Corpse album? Definitely yes. Does it top Red Before Black or A Skeletal Domain which came before it? No. I personally would've preferred another album with production in the style of A Skeletal Domain, because it was more pristine and refined, and you could really hear everything a lot more clearly, but it still retained the brutality that Cannibal Corpse is known for. Violence Unimagined shows that even after more than 30 years of brutality, Cannibal Corpse still have plenty of gas left in the tank, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Highs: Straightforward Cannibal Corpse, just how we like it. Standout tracks include "Murderous Rampage", "Inhumane Harvest", "Follow The Blood"
Lows: The distortion levels of the guitars are a bit too high to where they overpower the drums.
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