Cannibal Corpse

A Skeletal Domain

Written by: EL on 02/10/2014 20:34:48

Cannibal Corpse have been around for a very long time, a quarter of a century in fact, so it seems unsurprising that they have yet again hit their own mark with their thirteenth studio album, “A Skeletal Domain”. Falling into the well-equipped hands of Audiohammer Studio producer, Mark Lewis, the level of quality has certainly risen in their new album. In this album you will find more blast beats, more abusive guitar melodies and overall darker, sinister sound. Having said that, this is just another Cannibal Corpse album, which will no doubt please all Cannibal Corpse fans, but may seem lacking in originality and creativity for others. This is not cutting edge nor is it innovative. This is a safely played album, which will continue to carry Cannibal Corpse’s very long reign.

The introduction to the album starts with “High Velocity Impact Spatter”, a slow, eerie climb with an ever-increasing volume until it comes crashing into your speakers with carnage everywhere, yet it doesn't really grip one's attention as much as one would hope at the beginning of any album. The pace seems to pick up halfway through “Kill or Become” as George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher fuels his own brutality and bitter aggression through the use of unbridled guttural lows. Unfortunately the tracks start to wane and become somewhat fleeting again as they continue with songs like “Bloodstained Cement”, which falls short of anything worth remembering. Having said that “The Murderer’s Pact” and “Funeral Cremation” do elevate the intensity and seriousness of this album a little. They bring a sense of urgency and sheer ferocity to the seemingly lacklustre album.

Having listened to this album a quite a few times now I think it’s safe to say that “A Skeletal Domain” is not as strong as their previous album “Torture” but in fact sounds very similar to “Torture Part II: Electric Boogaloo”. This strengthens my previous comments that this isn't something new or something we haven't heard before. It really is just a continuation of Cannibal Corpse’s own spin on death metal, which, for their hardcore fans, will be more than enough to satisfy their ever eager ears. Don't get me wrong this is a worthy successor in a long line of notable albums; it just doesn't scream “pushing the envelope”.


Download: A Skeletal Domain, Kill or Become
For The Fans Of: Dying Fetus, Six Feet Under
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Release Date 16.09.2014
Metal Blade Records

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