Following the stellar "Bloodthirst"-album comes a live-album of equal proportions. "Live Cannibalism" marks the 2nd official live release from the Corpse, and also sees massive improvement over its predecessor.
Let's start with the set list, shall we? If you're a longtime fan of CC, then one thing will become instantly apparent to you. Unlike just about every live-release on the market today, "Live Cannibalism" rips through every one of the Corpse's 7 albums, tearing equal chunks of bloody flesh from each. All the choice cuts are on this one, and while I would have been satisfied with a complete album of "Bloodthirst"-tracks done live, the fact that they don't focus on one album in particular serves as a definite plus as far as live albums go.
As for the sound and production; this is a far cry from the fuzz and noise pollution we heard on "Monolith Of Death". Every tune from "Staring Through the Eyes Of The Dead" to the inevitable closer, "Hammer Smashed Face", is damn near crystal clear. Even first time listeners will be able to thrash along with songs like "Gutted" and "A Skull Full Of Maggots".
Now then, the performance itself. It's always been said that the Corpse's only weak point centered around Paul's skinsmanship. I will say that the drums are a little weak during some of the slower parts, and in the case of "Stripped, Raped And Strangled", so was the timing. But hey, this is live after all! Aside from that minor insignificance, everything is well oiled, and ready to kill you! Jack and Pat annihilate every tune with ease, clearing the path of assorted limbs and entrails for Alex (Huh? Who talks about me here? - Alex), who proves once again that he is untouchable on the five string. Corpsegrinder's vokills vomit-blast their way into the hearts of Death Metal-fans across the globe; sounding better and more guttural than ever.
All in all, this is a must have for every fan - newcomers especially. If you've never heard the Corpse before, this would be a perfect opportunity to catch up with what you've been missing for a decade.