When people talk about Cannibal Corpse, they usually wank on about the classics: Tomb Of The Mutilated, The Bleeding or Butchered At Birth. But there’s a slowly growing set of voices claiming their recent output is in fact the best the kings of gore have done. And Torture is the final step needed to premanently raise modern ‘Corpse among the “classics”.
Centuries Of Torment: The First 20 Years by Cannibal Corpse
Metal Blade Records
by Bob Mulhouse
There are faster, more brutal death metal bands than Cannibal Corpse, but there are none more consistent or with such an unearthly ability to write catchy songs.
‘Catchy’, of course, doesn’t mean cheerful – it means groove-laden and unforgettable, like the horrific Hammer Smashed Face or I Cum Blood.
This lies at the heart of the CC approach, and thus at the centre of this lavish 3-DVD package, issued to celebrate two decades of slasher-themed extreme metal.
As Cannibal Corpse are Metal Blade’s cash cow, it’s no surprise that the label have splashed out on a ton of content.
Watch the trailer to Centuries Of Torment by Cannibal Corpse
The three-hour main feature takes the viewer back to the mid-80s with the help of former singer Chris Barnes (now all chummy again with his old band), onlookers such as Monstrosity, Ice-T and Trivium and a slew of associated personnel.
The editing is engagingly brisk, lending Centuries… a professional air which is streets ahead of any other metal DVD issued to date. And the bonus footage? Another three hours of live shows. Essential.
Centuries Of Torment: The First 20 Years by Cannibal Corpse is out on July 8 on Metal Blade