They really made a believer out of me, did CANNIBAL CORPSE. After years of near misses they finally pulled the stripped, raped and strangled cat out of the bag with this album. “Kill” was a bloody good effort in my book, perhaps even a tad stronger than this one, but “Evisceration Plague” sees Corpsegrinder and the boys deliver what is ultimately their most well-written and complete work to date, of this much I’m sure.
These NY Death Metal veterans have clearly reached that point in their career where they know exactly what they want and how to go about it. Simply, they really had to try hard to screw this one up, and as expected they did not. “Evisceration Plague” is just about a perfect distillation of all the sonic elements they’ve been hacking away at for over a decade; you have the crushing brutality, the low rumbling grooves, the ferocious speed – this one has it all and presents them so masterfully interwoven that I can’t do anything but sit back, grin, and headbang like a beast. “Priests Of Sodom” might not pack the same punch as “The Time To Kill Is Now”, but its a fine mid-paced opener with a solid chorus, while the two-parter “Beheading And Burning” and “Evidence In The Furnace” showcase their abilities to the fullest, with the latter being a lethal groove-driven DM monster with just the right balance between slow and fast. Speaking of fast, “Carnivorous Swarm” is one of their fastest numbers yet, the insanely rapid riffs conjuring up exactly what the track describes – a deadly, flesh-devouring swarm. By contrast, the title track is very slow and demure, and I have this weird feeling that with Randy Blythe behind the mic this could just as well have been a LAMB OF GOD song, and I mean that as a compliment fuckers!
This album really works well when listened to with headphones as it helps accentuate all the subtle intricacies of their music, especially the solid bass work of the always reliable Alex Webster, as well as the boatload amount of riffs on here. 99% of them great, by the way. I found that Coirpsegrinder didn’t belch out such a lot of those high-pitched shrieks this time around but his guttural delivery is still a perfect match for this band, and infinitely more powerful than anything Chris Barnes could ever muster. Compliment all these great elements with a punchy Eric Rutan production job and you have one of the band’s best albums and their third straight hole-in-one on the trot. I can’t see any fan of CC, or Death Metal in general, being disappointed by this superbly crafted slice of smart brutality.
(Online February 18, 2009)