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Cannibal Corpse - Gallery of Suicide - 90%

Orbitball, March 5th, 2015
Written based on this version: 1998, CD, Metal Blade Records

In aghast honesty, I've never been a huge fan of this band, but will say that I respect some of their work, especially this one. I like some brutal death metal which is what they represent -- well established in the metal community for the past several years in existence. 'Gallery of Suicide' captures their brutal death sound with chunk laden guitar activity whizzing all in various arrays of significance. From beginning to finish these guys hit home here with a solid, well put together album. They take their guitars and tune them down to B-flat, making that heavy, distorted sound with musical compositions that embrace you alongside "Corpsegrinder's"lyrical tyranny including a vocal onslaught.

What distinguishes this album from their previous others is the fact that it touches on major musical progression featuring compilations of sounds that include heavy palm-muted riffs with tremolo (fast) picking, tapping sequences on the fretboard, innovation of ideology in composing musical supposition and genuinely original extremity of idealization. Their earlier work featured more thrash oriented licks alongside deeper vocals as there was a different vocalist (Chris Barnes) and they seemed to have experimented a lot -- their first 3 albums were brutal death metal like this, but the musical style meaning their combining thrash metal guitar with death voice changed on 'The Bleeding' and on here is different also. Not only did they change vocalists for the better, they thickened their whole entire sound.

The band I would say progressed, sort of regressed then progressed again especially on here. I didn't bother reading any of the current reviews of this album, just the ratings and my contention is that musically this album features something that is quite moving -- a progression, not only with the music, but variation on the vocals as well. You get their thick and heavy sound which most songs here contain fast paced phenomenon, but also catch the listener off-guard with a slow instrumental. There is a combination of intensity, brilliance in the riff-writing, aggressive vocals spewing out gore lyrics, and drum-work that's tight which fits with the music as well as the final outro on the album.

Essence is key when writing successful albums -- here, Cannibal Corpse gives you that. The production quality was magnificent and the music was entirely original. Taking influences on extreme music then conducting songs that seem to entice a number of listeners, making the fans look at brutal death metal in a whole different category...a category that is in a league of its' own. You can hear everything going on here including the guitars, the drums, the vocals and the sound in the recording came out triumphant. This is one underrated album. I don't see why the scores here are in the lower range because it deserves so much more. I'm not saying flattery, I'm saying recognition.

This one is NOT boring, but interesting. Lyrically it has no value to me, but musically it covers a heathen of dynamics and inspirational riffs especially for guitarists. This is one to own that will not, cannot be dull and if it is to that particular listener, then this band is not for you. The music on here captures all different avenues of musical triumph -- originality, intelligibility, technicality and variety. I think this band with this album can inspire because the music is what is so owning to the listener. What exists in the brutal death metal community is 'Gallery of Suicide', a triumph in musical exploratory genius. These guys slay and this album should be owned by all fans because it's in a league of its' own!