CANNIBAL CORPSE – TORTURE (METAL BLADE)
Release Date: March 13, 2012
The pioneers of death metal have once again jumped into the scene with their twelfth studio album Torture. Now, looking at the album art, you are bound to have the idea that the Corpse guys have gone ‘soft’. I mean, after artworks and titles like Butchered At Birth, Gore Obsessed, The Wretched Spawn and Vile, all they could come up with is a bare-skull headed man staring through a hole and naming it Torture? Does growing older have anything to do with this? Trust me, they haven’t gone soft.
In truth, the album title may have more to do with what fans have had to endure waiting for a mercilessly long three years for something new. Well the end is nigh, and the wait has been worth it. Torture is a buzzsaw of grinding aggression. In fact, the album kicks off with “Demented Aggression” which contains all the elements that make a Cannibal Corpse song fast, brutal and chaotic. George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher’s vocals have certainly lost some of their depth. However, drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz gives his best performance. He’s all over the place.
The next track “Sarcophagic Frenzy” opens with a crushing guitar riff which transcends into some more equally crushing riffs which worms their way into your head. The variations in this track are wicked and nasty.
“Scourge of Iron” has a bass-rich sludgy sound and style and is one of those tracks that will get your head banging in no time as you howl along. It has the same tempo which “Evisceration Plague” had, while it is not as catchy as the latter, the riffs are going to stick with you till the end of the album. “Encased in Concrete” has bassist Alex Webster written all over it. It is one of the few tracks where you can witness the master bassist’s dexterity.
“As Deep As The Knife Will Go” and “Intestinal Crank” are the slower tracks with occasional fast-paced sections. “Intestinal Crank” is a definite stand-out track on Torture. The fusion between the slow and fast-paced sections, coupled with a mind-numbing speedy solo with heavy artillery rhythms have always been a part of the band’s foundation of devastation. “Followed Home Then Killed” is nothing too different, except the grim opening distorted riff. Lyrically, “Followed Home Then Killed” and “Intestinal Crank” are sure to find the band picking up its customary collection of bans in the countries it usually gets banned in, and maybe even adding a couple of new ones to the list.
“The Strangulation Chair” is another standout moment for Webster. He has a surprising bass solo which pops up out of the blue.
“Caged..Contorted” is another simple track which includes influences outside of Cannibal Corpse‘s own discography. The final three tracks, “Crucifier Avenger”, “Rabid” & “Torn Through” have a very been-there-done-that feel. The riffs and solos by guitarists Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett boast of some serious musicianship. Paul Mazurkiewicz’s drumming is as solid as ever but could use a bit more fills blended into his techy odd riff approaches.
You may be thinking that you are more into the super-modernistic side of death metal, and listen exclusively to technical death, but let me tell you that the Cannibal Corpse dudes are bringing pretty admirable variation herein with a relentless intent to steamroll your spiritual anatomy into all things which are coming your way, and I like this attitude a lot. For the faithful Cannibal Corpse fans, Torture is another good straight forward deathgore album. The brutal riffs in “Scourge of Iron” and Alex Webster’s bass solo in “Strangulation Chair” with sledgehammer-variation will remain with you by the time you reach the ending track. Torture will surely shine as a kickass, no-frills, Cannibal Corpse album. Harbor no doubt, this is some serious death metal shit by the Corpse.
Bottom-Line: Old school death metal with new propensity to offer variation: Approved \m/