Corpse, a short history.
Cannibal Corpse have been a staple in the death metal world since their inception in 1988. There is no argument there. Ever since they got their start, they’ve been a main driving force that has shaped and sculpted the entire scene. 2023 marks the bands 35th anniversary as well as their 16th studio album.
Due out Sept 22 on Metalblade Records, Chaos Horrific is a continuation of 2021’s Violence Unimagined. Picking up where the previous album left off but not falling short by any means of the bands previous works. Chaos Horrific sonically has the makings for one of the best records that Cannibal Corpse has done in recent years.
Most Cannibal Corpse fans know that Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex- Morbid Angel) joined in 2021 after the bizarre and wild story surrounding Pat O’Brien’s exit. Pat brought a technicality to Cannibal Corpse that most guitarists aspire to bring to their own respective projects. Erik Rutan is no stranger to the band though, having produced 6 albums for Cannibal Corpse, this is his second full length album as a band member.
Carving a new timeline.
Chaos Horrific is a true testament to Cannibal Corpse’s relentless dedication to their craft. George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher delivers without fail. His vocals are the front of this album from start to finish. It’s amazing to hear how his vocals have retained the same trademark ‘Corpsegrinder’ sound over all these years without wavering. While the guitars are super low, which can sometimes make them sound a bit muddy, they still manage to shine through.
One of my favorite tracks on the album is titled “Vengeful Invasion”. This track covers a gruesome act of retaliation against human traffickers from their victims, which I think we can all get behind. However, the album doesn’t fall short from their usual concepts. “Chaos Horrific” is about fighting off hordes of Zombies and random victims being chosen to be dismembered and sacrificed (“Summoned for Sacrifice”). It’s your typical Monday stuff: Criminals being brutally attacked, hordes of Zombies being mowed down, dismemberment.
Cannibal Corpse show no sign of slowing down and their newest album backs that statement. These guys are still performing at their best across all members. Chaos Horrific has something for everyone on this album for fans from the early 90’s to newer fans that might of come on to this train around The Wretched Spawn or Kill.
Overall Score: 9/10
Review by: George J Bauman IV