Friday, March 19, 2010

Cannibal Corpse - Bloodthirst

5/10

Bloodthirst is the second Cannibal Corpse album in a row that doesn't do a whole lot for me. On these albums that I don't like as much as the others, Cannibal Corpse were just trying to hard to be technical, and not aiming for the sheer, unadulterated brutality that made the Barnes albums so great. The problem was that while the guitarists are decent players, they don't quite have the ability needed to create a tech-death masterpiece like Gorguts' Obscura or some of the later-period Death albums. Compounding the fact is that Mazurkiewicz' playing is as dull as ever, and Alex Webster's usually lower than normal in the mix, meaning that the rhythm section is nothing to write home about.
There are still some pretty decent songs here, though- "Raped by the Beast" is as chaotic as anything off of the first three albums, while "Dead Human Collection" and "The Spine Splitter" are catchy as hell. "Hacksaw Decapitation" has a great intro, but the Also, Corpsegrinder's vocals are considerably more varied than on the previous two albums.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of songs on Bloodthirst that feel like they were written on autopilot. Maybe the fact that Vile was the last CC album produced by Scott Burns has something to do with how I don't like these albums as much? His style was a hell of a lot grittier. Whatever the reason, I don't listen to this album too much.

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