Following on from 2017’s Red Before Black, the masters of gore have returned with another crushing 43 minutes of new material.
Cannibal Corpse just keep on giving. I mean, how many bands 15 albums into their career keep releasing music of this quality? Of course, not many bands make it to 15 albums, but of those that do, there aren’t many that have been as consistently at the top of their game as Cannibal Corpse have always been. You know what you are getting from Cannibal Corpse, and that’s no bad thing. The band specialise in song-based death metal that’s punishing and brutal, but still retains an accessibility, (relatively speaking), that most death metal bands would kill for.
On this new record it’s clear that the band haven’t been resting on their laurels and continue to push themselves to be the best bloodletters that they can be. This time around they’re augmented with new guitarist Erik Rutan, (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel). He brings years of experience and skill to the band, as well as a fresh vitality that’s infectious.
These new songs kill, maim, and slash with the best of them. The band’s trademark barbed wire riffs and savage drumming are as vital as they’ve ever been, and their ability to combine catchy songwriting with brutal heaviness remains undiminished. Like all of the band’s albums Violence Unimagined is easy to replay. The songs effortlessly give the listener what they want, and do so with a killing smile.
15 albums deep, and Cannibal Corpse are still on fire. Violence Unimagined continues the band’s stellar legacy, and like all Cannibal Corpse albums is pretty much mandatory listening for all death metal fans.