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A Sterile Copy - 20%

Svartekrist, September 9th, 2011

Having been around for over twenty years is what have made Cannibal Corpse such a well known act, along with of course the supporting fans. A band without fans is a band unknown. They are known for the lurid imagery of gore through the lyric as well as making straight forward death metal. But is it enough? For some, sure. After all, taste is a subjective opinion no matter how objective one might attempt at being. But still, is it enough here for Evisceration Plague? No, not really. In fact, it may not be enough for this hardened Cannibal Corpse fan anymore.

The instrumentation found on Evisceration Plague is tight. For starters, there's the drumming. It blasts away like never before, well, very similar to the previous effort by the band, but the difference is that the drums feel and sound more clean and are void of any seemingly human interaction. As for the bass guitar, it feels and sound nonexistent. It is heard once in a while, but is heavily drowned and requires acute hearing to really pick it up. The guitars do not do much better, mostly chugging away with riffs that are predictable and dull, but manage to create some interesting sections here and there. The vocals are average and in this case, seeing as everything else is as well, actually become a problem. Aside the screams, the vocals stay pretty much within the same range from start to beginning.

Production and mixing-wise, it is what you can expect from a band with a big budget that want to create a sonic and dynamic album. The mixing does not go in favor of the bass guitar, drowning it nearly away. And the production? As clean and sterile as an inhuman machine in a laboratory. It basically removes the human element from the music, thus removing all the small quirks and flaws making it feel cold and dead. It is highly overproduced and excessive.

It seems as though the band have tried to reinvent themselves, but in the process just went around themselves until they ended up where they were at, and this is the final result. Truth be told, the only major positive with Evisceration Plague is the drumming, which is fairly well performed, albeit inhuman and lacking warmth. Other than that, everything else found here is sub par for Cannibal Corpse, thus disappointing this fan at least.

In the end, what we have is a technically accomplished death metal album that lacks character and soul. It has everything to create something great, yet has no soul or human touch.

Stand-out track: Carnivorous Swarm.