“Fire up the chainsaw!” “If you want to live you have to kill or become”. Man I love the lyrics on A Skeletal Domain. Plus as usual Cannibal Corpse turns out awesome song titles like “High Velocity Impact Splatter”, “Icepick Lobotomy” “Bloodstained Cement” and “Asphyxiate to Resuscitate” to name a few. These are just some of the reasons that this band is so great. Over their almost 25 year career, Cannibal Corpse’s style and the way they do things has never wavered. Their tongues are still firmly planted in their cheeks. They never take themselves too seriously and they still love to do whatever it takes to piss off the music establishment.
Cannibal Corpse has definitely remained consistent over the years but the one thing that is constantly changing is the evolution of their musicianship. They have always been solid musicians but they continue to show the fans even more with each subsequent album they release. These guys are never given the credit that they deserve by casual and mainstream metal fans. At this point Alex Webster, Paul Mazurkiewicz, Rob Barrett and Patrick O’Brien have to be considered one of the best musician collectives in the realm of death metal and beyond.
Webster is absolutely out of his mind on the latest record with quite possibly the fastest and most technically perfect bass lines of his career. Mazurkiewicz equals Webster’s ferocity on the drums with sick blast beats, great double bass and methodical grooves. Barrett and O’Brien work perfectly in tandem as they both go up and down the necks of their guitars with the greatest of ease. Their solos are chaotic, yet well structured and their leads and dark guitar harmonization are spot on. Then add in the excellent vocal style of George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher and you have one amazing album. I have always appreciated the fact that Fisher’s vocals are just right and that he never overdoes it with over the top gutturals. His work on A Skeletal Domain is top notch, maybe even more so than on any album before.
One of the best things about Cannibal Corpse is that they have always been one of the best in death metal at seamlessly flowing from super fast riffs and blast beats to slow, catchy grooves. With that said, they may have even outdone themselves on A Skeletal Domain. Absolutely nothing seems out of place. Every aspect of each song fits like a glove. Check out the songs “Kill or Become”, “Headlong into Carnage”, “Icepick Lobotomy”, “Bloodstained Cement” and “Hollowed Bodies” to find the best examples of exactly what I’m talking about.
Besides the great mix of paces, there is straight fast, furious, take no prisoners speed found on songs like “High Velocity Impact Splatter”, “Sadistic Embodiment” and “A Skeletal Domain”. While “Funeral Cremation” and “Vector of Cruelty” are full of slightly slower riffs and catchy grooves. “The Murderer’s Pact” and “Asphyxiate to Resuscitate” even throw in a few progressive and chaotic musical elements giving us something just a little bit different.
It’s rare in metal these days but A Skeletal Domain is one of those records that you will want to throw on repeat so you can listen to it over and over again. There is literally nothing not to like about this album. It’s tough to recommend my favorite songs because they’re all great. However if I were forced to, I would tell everyone to make sure not to miss “Sadistic Embodiment”, “Kill or Become”, “Headlong into Carnage”, “Icepick Lobotomy” and “Asphyxiate to Resuscitate”. The latest album from Cannibal Corpse offers both break neck speed and head bobbing grooves coupled with superb musicianship. The lyrics and song titles are as fun and violent as ever and the music may be some of their darkest and most sinister to date. A Skeletal Domain is proof positive that death metal would not be what it is today without Cannibal Corpse.
A Skeletal Domain will be released on September 16, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. When you get a chance, make sure you take a listen. Then come back and tell us whether or not you agree with us by sounding off in the comments section.