Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated

10/10

Tomb of the Mutilated is one of the darkest, most psychotic slabs of death metal ever released. Barnes' vocal performance is just inhuman- he was never easy to understand before, but it's hard to make out that there even are any lyrics underneath his growl. At first, I thought that maybe his voice had been heavily processed, but there's a note on the album packaging saying that no vocal effects were used. The guitars aren't trebly like on Butchered, they're just dark and relentless as hell. The production is dense, too, but it actually makes the album even grittier and darker than it would have been otherwise. Even the drumming isn't terrible! There are also a couple of samples that I felt were unnecessary, but that's just a minor quibble.
However, it should be noted that this album is quite samey, even by Cannibal Corpse standards. Even I, who can many of their albums apart quite easily, have trouble distinguishing between some of the songs here. It's almost like it's one long death metal song with breaks every few minutes. Despite that, it's quite possibly my favorite album in the genre. If you listen to only one death metal album, make it this one; you may not enjoy it, but you won't soon forget it.

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