Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cannibal Corpse - Kill

7/10

Holy crap, this album gets off to a great start, with Corpsegrinder screaming "KIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLL!" while the band sounds like they started right in the middle of a song. It's one of my favorite albums openings ever. Unfortunately, while this album has some equally awesome moments, there are some songs here that just don't cut the mustard. Kill has some great songs that are just as good as the best material released with Chris Barnes, but there's also more than a little filler here (mostly in the second half).
Kill also isn't as varied as The Wretched Spawn- the best songs are all fast and thrashy, such as "The Time to Kill is Now," "Five Nails Through the Neck,""Necrosadistic Warning," and "Brain Removal Device." (When I looked up this album on the Internet before it came out, that last song was mislabeled "Brain Removal Police," which sounds even more interesting to me.) The not-so-great songs just kind of blend together in my mind, with no real memorable parts at all. Songs like this include most of "Murder Worship," "Barbaric Bludgeonings," and the dull-as-dishwater instrumental "Infinite Misery ". This is completely speculation on my part, but maybe the loss of founding guitarist Jack Owen negatively affected their ability to self-edit? He wrote most of my favorite songs on The Wretched Spawn.
Still, there's a lot of great material on here, and the filler isn't that embarrassing, so I can give it a recommendation. It's just not quite as good as it could have been.

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