CANNIBAL CORPSE - The Wretched Spawn

Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn

13 songs
44:22 minutes
***** ***
Metal Blade

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It's already two years since I last reviewed an album by Cannibal Corpse, so there must have been quite a few fans eagerly awaiting their new masterpiece. Can The Wretched Spawn, their ninth album already, fulfil the expectations? The short answer is: yes! The longer answer comes below.

I am not that familiar with Cannibal Corpse, and always thought that they had been fine-tuning their style ever since Pat O'Brien (ex-Nevermore) joined the band. As he is not that much involved in the song writing of the new album, I rather start to see the improvements as a continual process of one of the longest living death metal bands. It will be hard for Cannibal Corpse to earn new fans at this mature stage of existence, but those who have been keeping the faith in the last couple of years will certainly not be disappointed in the new material.

The album starts with the breakneck Severed Head Stoning, the only song below two minutes, but the three following tracks don't break the three minutes frontier either. The title song is the first among three songs to run longer than four minutes. So much for the statistics. The music is still exquisite. Apart from the mid-tempo Festering In The Crypt, you'll only get high speed death metal, played at a amazingly high level. Most effective when played live, The Wretched Spawn not only showcases brutal fast death metal, but also some of the most insane guitar solos, at times nodding at early Slayer atonality, then again digging into territories of psychedelic craziness.

Cannibal Corpse still stand for a maximum amount of quality metal, produced by Neil Kernon, thus guaranteeing perfect sound. The lyrics are still as gory as they used to be, but I doubt that this matters that much to their fans anymore. The music appeals as well to pure death metal freaks as well as to more technically inclined rock fans. They may not have reinvented themselves, the narrowness of their genre doesn't allow too many innovations, but they proved again that they are true masters of the trade.

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