Friday, March 5, 2010

Cannibal Corpse - The Bleeding

8/10

During the making of Tomb of the Mutilated, guitarist Bob Rusay got kicked out of Cannibal Corpse because the other members weren't satisfied with his playing. I don't really know how much influence he had over the songwriting (on the first few albums, only the lyrics are credited to individual band members, usually Barnes; the music is credited to the entire band), but the songs on The Bleeding are much simpler, with more traditional verse/chorus/verse structures. That said, this album is still heavy as hell, even if it's a bit less chaotic. It's not as dark as Tomb of the Mutilated, but I respect them for not just wanting to rehash that album (as awesome as it was).
My main issue with this album is that some of these songs just aren't as memorable as others. The more simplistic song structures are all right with me at first- "Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead" is one of the catchiest songs they've ever done, and the next two are very good- but after a while, these songs just get a little more predictable than those on the first three albums.
Thoughts on individual songs: "Return to Flesh" has a great opening riff, but a horribly out-of-place solo; "Force Fed Broken Glass" is one of the lesser songs here, but it has a hilarious bit where Barnes acts like the titular act has been performed on him, and the second, third and seventh tracks are all great songs whose titles I'd rather not mention here.
The Bleeding may be a step down from the earlier albums, but it's definitely worth a listen and a bit more accessible than other CC material.

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