Time has been good to Cannibal Corpse, as tracks on â€œKillâ€ (for example, â€œBarbaric Bludegeoningsâ€) come out first with the same fury that has been present through all of the Cannibal Corpse albums, and then expand the bandâ€™s palette to allow for a greater toolbox for the band to choose from.
The vocals are gruff but are not the much-maligned â€œCookie Monsterâ€ style that has invaded all of hardcore and a great deal of metal. What distinguishes Cannibal Corpse from a great deal of the other metal bands currently out on the market is their ability to change styles at the drop of a dime. This mean that there might be a straight-forward guitar-laden metal riff giving way to a pit-worthy metal-hardcore fusion and then something else all in the space of about three seconds. However hard and rough Cannibal Corpse gets with the music on â€œKillâ€, the simple fact is that the band imbues each of their tracks with a melody that may not be always heard, but is always there. There is a beauty among these craggy peaks and jags, and this is perhaps why Cannibal Corpse has such a loyal fan base. The style of music on â€œKillâ€ is something that is fairly cohesive through the entirety of the disc, but there are some noticeable derivations to this style. This means that there are tracks like â€œBrain Removal Policeâ€ in which Cannibal Corpse shocks listeners back to full attention with a guitar line that only can be categorized as a klaxon.
Where the guitar/drum dynamic sits in the background somewhat quietly (at least in Cannibal Corpse standards), the vocals present on this track do the most in creating a harmony to the track that they have ever done; also pulling harmony duty on this track is a bass line that hides behind these vocals. The band works just as well in three minute tracks as they do in one a half minute songs (â€œDeath Walking Terrorâ€). This is due to the fact that Cannibal Corpse essentially sticks three seconds of music into every one second of actual time. This means that they could come up with a full track on â€œKillâ€ that is only a minute. There is not rushed sound to a track like â€œDeath Walking Terrorâ€, and it may just be during this track that the bandâ€™s solo ability is able to shine through the greatest.
Top Tracks: Death Walking Terror, Barbaric Bludgeonings
Cannibal Corpse â€“ Kill / 2006 Metal Blade / 13 Tracks / http://www.cannibalcorpse.com / http://www.metalblade.com / Reviewed 23 April 2006