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Their Best, Despite the Production - 84%

DawnoftheShred, August 10th, 2007

As far as ultra-cult necro-death recordings, this pretty much takes the gore-garnished cake. Cannibal Corpse's first offering, a brief sampling of songs that would later appear re-recorded on their debut, is their finest confection, despite the horrendous production.

Now I know I've been critical of 80's demos' sub-par production before, but this one really does suck. It's fuzzy as hell and everything sounds cloudy and muffled. But even so, the band's performance on this cannot be denied. The songs on here are just as intense as on Eaten Back to Life and just as tight. Drumming is spot-on, the bass is accurate and audible, and the riffage is true. And though Chris Barnes is on it, the vocals aren't unbearable. Just as John Tardy sang quite coherently on the pre-Obituary demos, Barnes shrieks in a very nasty, but very understandable way. The lyrics are much more easily distinguished, but without loss of aggression. His best performance this most certainly is. Credit also goes to the intro sample of "Bloody Chunks." The lighthearted yet undeniably funny clip (in context of this demo) goes lengths to demonstrating CC's sense of humor; a critical aspect of their sound lost in the blind whirlwind of the growing goregrind movement.

I'd like to have heard an early version of "Born in a Casket" or "Buried in the Backyard" on this demo, but otherwise, the song selection is quite good. It's a must-have for fans of the band or old-school death metal. And since the mp3's are now floating around online, you won't have to scour Ebay to hear these beauties for yourself.

Excellent Demo - 92%

Puss_blood_pentagram, October 21st, 2004

Cannibal Corpse is no doubt one of the original driving forces that made death metal what it is today, and it all started here. this demo contains five songs that would later be re-recorded on the debut album "eaten back to life." Now, there are a couple differences...
first, the guitar tone sounded a little different than on "eaten..." it didnt sound as good qualitywise, but was still pretty good.
the second difference was the fact that a couple phrases were changed and chords were taken out before the debut album, but again, nothing to seriously hurt the quality of the sound or music...
Now, the third and biggest difference was Chris's vocals. He didnt growl like he does today (in his horrible band), which really surprised me the first time i heard it, but i listened closley to the style, and really grew to love it. He kind of did this high pitched yell, which was pretty good, but doesnt match up to the style that was eventually used.
So all in all, yes, this is a very good demo, especially for a band's first recording. if you get a chance to hear these songs, you should do so.