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I've always been a big fan of Cannibal Corpse. Both Barnes and Corpsegrinder are fit for the band, and we can debate for as long as we like as to who's better, but I'm not gonna get into that. Vile really caught my attention aside from that horrible mid-pitched growl he had going on there. This was also the first album where the guitarists decided to add just a little bit more technicality to their music. Gallery of Suicide was the same as far as technicality goes and added Pat O' Brien into the band (one of my personal favorite guitar players), although the drumming was stale, Corpsegrinder's vocals got deeper and more sinister, but this one didn't grab me by the throat and pummel me into the ground like it should have.
And here we have Bloodthirst.
Many people, CC fans and even non-CC fans alike say this album is the best of the Corpsegrinder era. I disagree with this, as a matter of fact Torture is my favorite CC album, and I rate that as the album of 2012. But Bloodthirst is a stellar album no less.
The technicality of the guitar work steps up yet again, it's way more technical than Vile, but a hell of a lot more heavy at the same time. Songs like Pounded Into Dust and Unleashing The Bloodthirsty captures exactly what I'm talking about. The drumming, well there isn't much to say except brutal. Fast where it's supposed to be fast and slow/mid-paced where it's supposed to be slow/mid-paced. He really had it together, but if you listen closely, it's nothing interesting. The bass, holy shit. When you can hear the bass on a death metal album, that's fucking awesome. And you can hear it here. It's fast, and it's just as heavy as the guitars, in fact it makes the guitars even heavier, which I guess is the bass' objective in any album.
Now on to the vocals and lyrics. We all know what Cannibal Corpse are about lyrically, the many grotesque ways you can kill, mutilate, torture and dismember someone. And this album is no different. The diction he uses has also stepped up, I never even knew "paroxysm" was a word before I heard this album. Aside from that, it's pretty much the same spiel, your typical gore-splattered violence-fest. Corpsegrinder's growls are as deep if not a little bit deeper than they were on Gallery Of Suicide, and that's a plus. His screams were as gut-wrenchingly awesome as they were on Vile. And from Vile all the way to The Wretched Spawn, his vocals on this album out of that era are the most energetic.
The production on this album is a huge leap forward from Gallery Of Suicide and Vile. Like I said, when you can hear the bass, that should be an instant measure of how good the production is.
In conclusion, this album really does choke the living shit out of you (in a good way). CC's heaviness and brutality on this record is only matched on later releases such as Kill and Torture, but if you're looking for some gore-splattered violence, this is almost a must-have, and a definite must-have for any Corpsegrinder-era CC fan.