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The time to kill is now! - 95%

SwagLordPicklePee666, January 11th, 2019

Ah, good old Cannibal Corpse. Although these Buffalo/Tampa death metallers are really not the kind of band you can expect something new from, it's impressive that they managed to stay fresh and consistent throughout the entirety of their over 20 years long career. "Kill" is the album where they shifted definitely towards a more technical and somehow "modern" style of death metal, while retaining the "old school" elements they're famous for.

George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher roars his gory lyrics with as much ferocity and conviction as ever; Paul Mazurkiewicz smashes his drumkit with his powerful, mid-paced bomb blasts and his trademark fills as if he hadn't aged a bit; but it's the guitar department that distinguishes this release from the past ones. The riffing played by the B-tuned guitars is indeed far more technical and groovier, relying not only on tremolo picking and crushing chords progressions, but also on lots of pinch harmonics and complex scores. The songs are usually mid-paced (see the wonderful guitar work on "Necrosadistic Warning" and "Murder Worship" to have an example), but there are even faster tracks (the album opener or "Make Them Suffer"); the solos are chaotic and sinister; the bass is audible and follows the guitars for the most part, although giving proof of the exceptional skills of Alex Webster in the exotic "The Discipline of Revenge". There are also a lot of breakdowns, a common feature in modern death metal, that the band included in their music since 1996's "Vile". The secret to success of "Kill" is the mixture of old and new: the band retained the "old school touch" while making the music modern and fresh, and obviously also catchy, inspired and technically gorgeous.

For the production, they relied on Erik Rutan, who did one hell of a fantastic job, making the guitars sound extremely distorted, yet crunchy and polished, emphasizing the ferocity of George's vocals (this album includes his absolute best studio performances, just think to the insane, crazy scream that opens the album, or the speed he sings with in the first track or in "Submerged in Boiling Flesh"), making the bass audible and the drums powerful (that snare sounds fantastic). Album highlights? Well, surely this album is varied, we have fast tempo tracks ("The Time To Kill Is Now'', where George's vocals are at their best, being ferocious and fast as hell, the aforementioned catchy single "Make Them Suffer"), mid tempos ("Necrosadistic Warning", the amazing "Murder Worship" with its crushing breakdown), an instrumental ("Infinite Misery"), a "slow-and-goddamn-heavy" song ("Death Walking Terror", retaining the title of "heaviest song of the album" thanks to its insanely low G# tuning and the awesome, sludgy riffing). Really, if you like death metal, this album will definitely satisfy you, it's got all you could ever want from a death metal band, especially when it comes to the vocalist and the orgasmic riffing.

Combining elements of modern death metal with their trademark old-school sound, Cannibal Corpse crafted what is one of their best works to date (surely my favourite by them), and paved the way for the musical direction they would successfully continue to follow with their later releases. Don't miss "Kill" for any reason: really, it's awesome!

Cannibal Corpse - Kill - 90%

The Clansman 95, August 11th, 2017

Exquisitely technical and heavy as hell. Kill, the tenth studio album by American death metallers Cannibal Corpse, is a concentrate of energy and raw aggression.

This 42-minutes album includes all the ingredients that a proper death metal album should own: excellent songwriting (every track is well-written and extremely enjoyable to listen), song variety, skilled musicians (a duo of surgically-precise guitarists, a virtuous bassist, an excellent drummer), a fantastic vocalist (George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, who provides a stellar performance), clear production, even the artwork is totally badass. This is one of those albums you could listen again and again without getting tired of it.

Each member of the band has plenty of time to shine, but the duo of downtuned guitars are the element that stands out most, thanks to the relentless assault provided by Pat O'Brien and Rob Barret, whose sublime and technical riffing is a constant through the entire duration of the album. But let's talk about the songs: we have fast, aggressive and energetic tracks (such as "The Time to Kill Is Now" or "Make Them Suffer"), slower but heavier songs (such as "Death Walking Terror"), there's even an instrumental (the album's final track). The lyrics are focused on violence and death, but without the excesses typical of some of the band's previous works (there are no tracks about rape or necrophilia).

Cannibal Corpse's "Kill" is definitely one of the band's finest works, and a must-have if you're a fan of death metal. Don't miss It!

Death Metal for all. - 55%

Tjler, October 6th, 2013

Some people have stated that this is just another boring Cannibal Corpse release, and to fans from the very beginning this might be very true but to newer fans this album will be a treat. I feel like this album is one of the more "groovy" Cannibal Corpse releases with songs like Death Walking Terror providing a very rolling feel to the riffs that are very easy to head-bang to. Cannibal Corpse still retain their unrelenting technical adeptness and brutality with ever changing tempos and they show no signs of backing off.

One of the stand out components of the album is definitely the lyrics, though they aren't very original, they are extremely catchy with an almost "sing along" feel to them. Songs like Barbaric Bludgeonings and Make Them Suffer have very catchy hooks and are delivered brutally by Corpsegrinder. The lyrics to me are able to invoke fear because of the way they are delivered, they are given a very raw and real feeling that makes you believe that the band has really put Five Nails Through The Neck of someone, and are tied beautifully to the music.

Younger fans of deathcore will definitely be able to get into to more old school death metal through this record due to it's great production and strong music, the only thing in their way might be Corpsegrinder's vocals, at times his singing feels very out of time and he has a unique and traditional growl that is far from most of the low gutturals and screams of deathcore vocalists.

The guitar solos are sadly very sloppy and just sound like meaningless death metal shredding, if the band had taken more time to create unique and creative solos then it may have made the album far more likeable to others. They could have used Infinite Misery as a long epic instrumental that showed each members prowess, it could also have been used as a track to have a great guitar solo maybe in the likes of the solo in Necrophagist's Ignominious and Pale.

The music is all tied together well and I feel like the drumming helps keep it all afloat, without Paul's drumming the bass and guitar riffs would have been very weak. I wish that Cannibal Corpse had taken a more adventurous approach to this album and involved some more elements that aren't seen in their music but it's hard to complain about a solid album like KILL.

Pure Homicidal Brutality - 95%

Psychopathogen, August 21st, 2013

Cannibal Corpse have always been utter legends of death metal. Throughout their 20 year plus career, they have always had fans of their music, more frequently than not, however, of only a certain portion of their discography (see the Barnes and Corpsegrinder era camps). Regardless of this fact, the stylistic and musical changes evident over the years have, in my opinion never ventured anywhere outside of the brutal brand of death metal they consistently put forth. Kill is a remarkable testament to the fact that the still rolling death plow that is Cannibal Corpse is still capable of producing ferociously talented and quality death metal music. Kill presents thirteen brilliant and individually unique tracks exhibiting schizophrenic songwriting and supreme musical talent delivered by some of the greatest musicians in death metal. Just as the band has managed to stay fresh for so long each song is fresh in its own manner.

The album begins with likely the most brutal song on the record, “The Time to Kill is Now”. From start to finish each member of the group perform with uncanny precision and rage filled passion. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher spews lightning fast growls and piercing high screams that embody the rabid brutality of the entire song. The guitars, as provided by Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett, are played at ludicrous speed, and by no means in a bad way. Rob puts forth an excellent rhythm while Pat shreds like a berserk beast from hell (the tone is exceptionally chunky and sharp like a nail-spiked bat that’s also doused in napalm). Paul Mazurkiewicz blasts on his drums with extreme endurance and viciousness, in his trademark fashion. The song never relents in its ever-mounting assault on the senses; it sets the mood (as well as the standard) for the aggressive and bestial ride to ensue.

“Make them Suffer” follows in the rabid fashion of the previous track, but decides to follow a more conventional song structure that is brutal and occasionally groovy, displaying varying tempos and appropriate melodies. This is another one of the great songs off of Kill, worthy of listening to many, many times. It becomes quickly evident, whilst listening through the album, the quality of the vocal patterns as performed by Corpsegrinder. Though George does not contribute to any of the writing or composing, he performs his vocal parts with extraordinary fluency, precision and control, further establishing himself as among the greatest of vocalists in death metal.

Some of their songs slow to a gratuitous and crushing breakdown, such as in “Murder Worship”, but many of the songs maintain a strong, breakneck speed pace. Cannibal Corpse never succumb into monotony, however, and as a result we see much variety in each song. For example, “Death Walking Terror” maintains a slow to mid paced tempo, though admittedly this is one of my least favourite of the tracks. Among my personal favourite of the songs on Kill include “Necrosadistic Warning”, “Five Nails Through the Neck”, “The Discipline of Revenge”, and “Maniacal”, not including the already mentioned first two tracks. It’s truly difficult to not find merit in any of the songs on this album. All are very well written, and have great riffs, vocals, and drumming.

Producer Erik Rutan (also of Hate Eternal and formally Morbid Angel) is really worthy of credit for the sheer brutality and greatness of Kill. It is clear that he has really pushed the band to new boundaries in songwriting and performance. The whole album demonstrates an appropriate level of technicality and prowess and a genuine sense of passion behind each of the member’s performances. Everything sounds absolutely perfect, well mixed and produced. The guitars are a perfect death metal tone, the drums sound awesome, the vocals are guttural and harmonious with the music (largely in a rhythmic manner), and the bass is fantastic. Cannibal Corpse have always been known for Alex Webster’s excellent bass work (listen to the intro to “The Discipline of Revenge” for a taste). They have consistently had easily audible and superiorly played bass, making the music well balanced and thus proving that no instrument dominates another, merely dominating in unison. Thus is the beauty of Kill’s production.

Kill is an excellent work of death metal. Laden with killer solos, monstrous riffing, and vicious blast beats, Kill proves that Cannibal Corpse is still a beast without relent or mercy. For those of you who say the band lost it after Vile are dead wrong. Kill shows the band is still full of savage energy and vigour, and that they can still make excellent death metal music in its purest form. Kill is pure chaos and vicious hatred – ‘nuff said.

Ha! Kill! As in murder! Funny. - 71%

ChildClownOutlet, December 27th, 2011

Cannibal Corpse is a band that everyone likes/hates. They've had a shitty vocalist in Chris Barnes (insert Anal Cunt song title) who thankfully left to make an even shittier band, and in came George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher. I'm sure this was his 6th full length album, right? Anyways, this was, in my opinion, their most tolerable of Fisher's catalog...well, better than any of the Barnes albums, that's for sure. This "kills", but barely.

Let me get one thing straight, the production is *thumbs up*. It's clean and audible, which is stupendous. O'Brian is a fantastic guitarist and, with Barret, is able to conjure up some nice riffs. The bass? It's....tolerable. I was never keen on Webster's skills, but say what you will, he's average at best. Fisher is a nice addition with his vocals get the job done, nothing to shabby to write home about, and are run of the mill death vocals, but he does throw in a couple of screams. Right, it doesn't do much for me. The drumming skills of Mazurkiewicz are good, but his technique is off. I know this sounds weird, but let's compare him to...Flo Mounier. They both are fast drummers, but Flo is able to conjure up difficult beats and rolls while maintaining his speed. Mazurkiewicz? Well, he's fast, but nothing too special.

The songs are pretty average, your run of the mill Cannibal Corpse songs. "Make Them Suffer", which is the single, starts of with Fisher screaming SUUUFFFFEEEERR, then random garbled gibberish. A nice solo picks up after the choruses. This is a nice choice for a music video. The rest? Well, that's the thing, they all sound like the SAME EXACT THING. Consistency is good. Look at Bolt Thrower, but CC and gang are just boring. Granted, there are songs that I enjoy; the best of the cd would be "Submerged In Boiling Flesh." The stop and go moments of the song prepare you when Fisher begins his descent into madness...."The struggle is useless....the struggle is useless....the struggle is useless....the struggle is USSSLEEEEEEEESSS!". Nicely done, Fisheroo.

All in all, just another CC album that's put out. Yeah, it's aggressive, but once you listen to "Kill", the killing spree is over. Listen and move on.

Their Best In A Long time - 80%

grain_silo, August 27th, 2011

Cannibal Corpse has recently been a pretty big disappointment. “Evisceration Plague” was just plain terrible. It was pretty much a remake of this album except for all the good stuff they did on here is not there on “Evisceration Plague”. This album doesn’t totally disappoint and has some pretty good moments. It seems like after Chris left, the song writing department took a huge step down, but I’m glad to see on this album they kind of got some of the good stuff back.

First the production is good, nothing more, nothing less. The guitars, I feel could be heavier but then again a lot of the riffs are crazy fast so I guess they sound ok. The drums sound really good. The bass is flawless once again. George’s vocals are probably the best he’s done with CC. He just sounds mean. His screams are very high and his lows are pretty good. He’s never been able to reach the guttural level of Chris but he still does a really good job on this album.

“The Discipline of Revenge” has an amazing bass solo in the beginning. “Five Nails through the Neck” is just an amazing song from start to finish. “The Time to Kill is Now” is just a great way to start an album, one of George’s trademarked high screams. “Make them Suffer” is probably my favorite song on here, kind of catchy. “Necrosadistic Warning” is one of my least favorite songs, the chorus is too drawn out and it just doesn’t go well. It is also very repetitive. “Death Walking Terror” is a song I would expect to hear off “Butchered at Birth”, the riffs are SO damn heavy. With all these good songs, of course, there are some, I wouldn’t say “terrible”, but they are just so so and I would call them fillers. “Murder Worship” is pretty much forgettable. Along with “Maniacal” “Barbaric Bludgeoning”, and “Infinite Misery”.

This album title is straight and to the point, however, I just wish the music would live up to the title. I still do think this is their best work since Chris’ departure.

Best tracks – “Make Them Suffer”, “Death Walking Terror”, and “Five Nails Through the Neck”

Gathering To Kill On The Desolate Plain... - 90%

Nosrac1691, March 27th, 2010

It goes without saying that Cannibal Corpse has been one of the most consistent metal bands of all time, releasing stellar albums that vary little from each other. However, the general public seems inclined to deride the band because of this, some of them never actually listening to Cannibal Corpse. In truth, every single CC album is different from each other, as any true fan would tell you. The subtle differences can be found from album to album, be it in the tendencies of the band to experiment post-Barnes by incorporating groove metal into the already apocalyptic sound of the band or to add a touch of Sabbath to the core sound (ala “Festering in the Crypt” from The Wretched Spawn). This, as well as their consistency, is want separates Cannibal Corpse from the majority of death metal bands.

Sometimes the change isn’t necessarily musical, but simply production values and attitude can change. That is what sets the tenth Cannibal Corpse album, simply entitled “Kill”, apart from the rest. With producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel) at the helm, the band received its heaviest and most chaotic production up to that point. With beefier production, the band sounds more pissed off than it has been in years.

Starting out with the 2-minute madness that is “The Time to Kill is Now”, Cannibal Corpse immediately start upping the body kill with this short, hectic war massacre anthem. George “Corpsegrinder” Fischer sets the vocal tone for the rest of the album and it doesn’t take long to realize that the man really wants to kill something. The guitars, through incredible fury and well-placed artificial harmonics, inform the listener of the hell that awaits them.

The guitar tone on this album is simply awe-inspiring. Pat O’Brien and Rob Barrett chug and shred their way all through the hellish madness of Kill. Both gentlemen are incredibly talented players and no one, fan or non-fan alike, can deny the incredible musicianship in this band. Bass god Alex Webster stays more or less behind the scenes on this one, but he is always clear and audible and his proficiency is easily recognized. The underrated Paul Mazurkiewicz steps up his game and his drumming on this release is easily up to par with the first five Cannibal Corpse releases. Erik Rutan obviously pushed the band to be as brutal and reckless as possible.

The overall blend of Cannibal styles on this album are remarkable, be it the aforementioned stomper “The Time to Kill is Now”, the catchy but pounding songs such as “Make Them Suffer” and “Death Walking Terror”, the horrific “Five Nails Through the Neck”, or the slower Pat O’Brien-penned instrumental closer, “Infinite Misery”. The songs that I enjoy the most on this album are the ones that pound the listener with speedy aggression and then suddenly slows down while sporting massive riffs, such as the awesome “Murder Worship”. That standalone riff that enters at the 1:40 just makes me wanna beat somebody down. Awesome stuff. "Brain Removal Device" and "Submerged In Boiling Flesh" keep the album rolling with harsh intensity as it reaches its conclusion. Every single song, from blistering speedsters to abrupt slowdowns to mid-paced affairs, is well-crafted and chaotic. The album seems to show everything Cannibal Corpse is about and flows remarkably well.

Kill is simply an awesome death metal album. It oozes anger and violence, diabolical vocals, and a killer guitar tone. For those who believe that is impossible for Cannibal to create an album that sounds different than the others then look no further. Kill is their best album in over 10 years.

Savour the vile abundance - 88%

autothrall, January 20th, 2010

The Wretched Spawn barely scraped by on 'good manners', but such would not be the fate of its followup KILL. The rather minimal title and cover art of the band's 10th album anniversary could not be further contradictory to the wealth of its contents, a savage and refreshing beating which features as many tracks as the predecessor, only this time...most of them are great. Yes, the writing may not stray far from the band's tried and true appetite for destruction, but it almost feels as if a fresh coat of blood has been spattered across their weary joints, a renewed haze of violent fervor applied to their sights. Perhaps it was the fact that Jack Owen had grown tired and decided to move onto other things, with the Corpse bringing back Rob Barrett to the fold to hack and thrash alongside their now resident axe guru Pat O'Brien. Perhaps they just went back to examine what made their previous works like Bloodthirst so eminent in a field of wannabes who
could score nothing but brutality.

Regardless, I'd like to give KILL an alternate title, Bloodthirst II: The Harder They Fall, because it possesses all the strength of that phenomenal effort and cranks up the biting crunch of the guitars to a thrashing guillotine level of force, I meant the level of abuse this album dishes out should certainly provoke a lawsuit from any sane listener, but then, we're probably not so sane after all. "The Time to Kill is Now" is like an injection of Razor's raw thrash (we know C. Corpse are fans after their "Behind Bars" cover) into the concrete sledgehammer of brutality we have come to expect, with action ready, frenetic riffs that define the word momentum. "Make Them Suffer" briefly grinds at a slower slog before the band once again erupts into death/thrash carnage, and "Murder Worship" weaves its grisly arching melodies over a pure classic Corpse pit annihilation, after which a forceful blast awaits to loop you back around over Webster's inflammatory fingering.

'Hate rips through flesh and bone
The dogma states that it must be done
We adhere to the holy text
More must die if we are to advance'

After this, "Necrosadistic Warning" scours the field, one of my personal favorites of the album, with the bustling bass lines and cavorting, winding muted guitar rhythms which tease at you in their unrest, too casually floating forward into momentous tanking riffs that flatten you into the pavement. "Five Nails Through the Neck" is another, similar tune which maintains the pace, building into a nice rise and fun chuggernaut. "Purification Through Fire" opens with a flailing, bleeding melody that transforms into one of the sickest, searing riffs in the entire Cannibal Corpse discography, leads crashing all over the morgue as the furnace is lit. "Death Walking Terror" is a short but sweet pit pummel glazed in old school trashing gooiness between the clinical rhythms and sadistic grooving. "Barbaric Bludgeonings" is just a band being honest, while they fist every orifice of your being simultaneously with meaty knuckles of brutality.

"The Discipline of Revenge" has a fantastic lead-in with Webster's spastic playing laden in more of the band's surgical melody, and the "Brain Removal Police" deserve credit for not only their killer song title, but the tech decimation contained within, a two-fisted thrashing dynamo that bristles to the brim with frenzied intent. By the time "Maniacal" rolls in, you almost feel a sense of redundancy in the consistent bludgeoning this album commits, and as a result this and "Submerged in Boiling Flesh" are probably the least impressive tracks, though they offer no end to the killing spree. Instead, it is the sluggish and creepy instrumental "Infinite Misery" which crowns off yet another string of murders for America's pride and glory predators, a nice outro in which you are given a few moments to gather your thoughts.

I hate to say it, but KILL is almost too much of a...killing, to sit through in one take. Of the 13 tracks, you really only need 10-11 to deliver the point across, and yet the additional takes don't diminish the value by any logical extent. This is really one of the very best of the Corpse albums, proving the band still has the chops nearly 20 years into their career. The punctual proficiency of the band is at an all time height, with Alex Webster everywhere and a rigid performance from the newly paired O'Brien and Barrett. Fisher sounds like he is enjoying himself, with a solid set of lyrics and vocal patterns, though nothing standing out too far from the musical delivery. This is not only a great Cannibal Corpse effort, it's a great death metal album worth owning, whether you are a long time fan or some silly skeptic who hates popular bands (that have lost none of their spunk), or some backwards moron who shies away from post-Barnes releases from this band, afraid to crawl forth from pitiful denial. Spend the money, and get your neck snapping.

Highlights: The Time to Kill is Now, Make Them Suffer, Necrosadistic Warning, Purification Through Fire, Brain Removal Police


The simplicity of a well-smashed corpse. - 82%

hells_unicorn, August 16th, 2009

Cannibal Corpse has been accurately labeled as one of the most non-evolutionary existents within death metal, sticking pretty close to the Slayer roots that they spawned out of and avoiding anything that could be construed as melodic, groovy or otherwise pleasant to the ears. Their work tends to be through-composed, relying heavily on pummeling atonality and loosely symmetrical sequences of ideas that are held together by a consistent drumming delivery. Nuances between albums are usually accomplished through the different production practices of the time, and generally one album will be superior to another not so much because of a shift in character, but more in how well that savage persona of unthinking violence and gore is captured.

Though they’ve generally been hit or miss since their early days, “Kill” is definitely one of those instances where the band hits it quite well. It’s among the more coherent and consistent of their offerings from song to song, relying heavily on a measured combination of thrash sections and sporadic breakdowns that usually only slightly cut back on the straight line stream of pulverizing sounds. The short Kerry King inspired solos are on full display, cutting through the swampy puddles of hyper paced chromatic riffs and double bass rumbles and putting forth something akin to an opera singer screaming incoherently at some unnamed horror. Corpsegrinder dishes up a fairly consistent helping of throaty grunts, having a clearer sense of pronunciation than many do in the genre and being able to consistently shock the ears and remain fairly intelligible simultaneously.

Unlike many of the band’s past offerings, this one successfully walks a line between being old school in its approach yet still maintaining a modern character in the production quality. The down tuned tremolo riffs are muddy but not overtly enough to turn into mush during the thrash and blast beat sections, and the bass drum work doesn’t have a really offensive clicking quality to it. Likewise, it avoids becoming redundant and boring the way certain Deicide albums do after the first few songs have ended. Sometimes the songs thrash out in a blaze of dissonant glory like “Barbaric Bludgeonings”, “Murder Worship” and “The Time To Kill Is Now”, while on others such as “Death Walking Terror” and “Infinite Misery” take things a bit slower, almost to the point of sounding like death/doom but without the atmospheric quality. But in spite of a general sense of pacing, the underlying feeling of unfettered aggression endures.

Apart from the fact that many of these songs run together because of a straight line approach to aggression that consists of thrashing, blasting, breaking down, and then going through the same cycle in a somewhat modified fashion, this is basically a solid album. There aren’t really a whole lot of standout moments to be heard here, but definitely a lot of good ones and almost no bad ones. I wouldn’t quite go so far as to say that it measures up to the genius of “Eaten Back To Life” or the consistently brutal “The Bleeding”, but it is definitely among the better offerings by this band, and a good example of how a modern sound doesn’t necessarily lead to a bad one. There’s no tricks to this, no gimmicks, just a better version of the same straight shooting insanity that these guys have always been giving us.

Originally submitted to ( on August 16, 2009.

The Struggle Is Useless - 90%

Flamos, October 30th, 2008

Ah, the lovely and whimsical Cannibal Corpse. What do they offer us today? Well, a death metal record titled “Kill.” Effective, but not very original. Let start off by saying this is one of the cleanest death metal records I’ve ever heard. The production is perfect. That being said, many fanatics will hate this album because of it. I embrace it. This is also in my opinion Cannibal’s best line-up. Alex Webster is still one of the greatest metal bassist on the scene today. Rob Barret and Pat O’Brian are a great duo and can pull off riffs and solos with perfection, Paul Mazurkiewicz is a good drummer who knows how to play fast, very fast in fact. George Fisher is still better than Chris Barns, so I still don’t understand why people are arguing about it. Anyway, let’s get into the album.

“The Time To Kill Is Now” is a sweet opener with an intricate riff. The vocal chorus is catchy yet brutal. The single “Make Them Suffer” is also catchy with a satisfying solo. Every track on here has something to enjoy. Cannibal Corpse can still write some good material. I know most death metal fans shun then for being successful. An idiotic reason to hate a band, but nevertheless people do. I find this album to be their best. Yes, their best. The main reason being the crisp production job. It’s much easier to listen to than any of their records. The lyric content is vintage Corpse. Killing, blood, mutilation, anything a death metal fan is looking for. Unoriginal? Yes, but once again effective.

“Submerged in Boling Flesh” is one of the coolest songs on here. The vocals by Fisher are nice and the verses are catchy. This song will hook you. Plus, the title is cool. “Purification By Fire” has an awesome drum job from Paul, and the rapid-fire vocal job just makes this song great.

Overall, this is a great album. Get it if you’re a Cannibal Corpse fan. Of course, there will be haters for this record, but their easily ignored. Check it out.

It's The Corpse. - 90%

Noktorn, February 14th, 2008

This is a modern Cannibal Corpse album (which means it's very slightly different from an older Cannibal Corpse album), so you pretty much know what to expect: lots of classic death metal riffs, wild solos, blasting, and mid-paced breaks. It's occasionally mildly technical, but overall, it's not modern at all. The lyrics are still about death, but now they're much less about gore and more about war and violence with a greater sense of purpose, and expressed in a somewhat more erudite way. That's probably the biggest change though. The rest is the same as always.

'Kill' marks the first album that Erik Rutan has actually produced well, which is an accomplishment, because he frequently makes everything sound like Hate Eternal (that's a bad thing). In this case, everything is full and clear, if a bit excessively loud, with a good guitar tone and an even better bass tone, and capable representation of vocals and drums as well. The songs are all well written and played; 'The Time To Kill Is Now' is the traditional hyperspeed opener that's very catchy and filled with brutal riffs and vocal patterns, 'Necrosadistic Warning' has some excellent breaks in the chorus, and 'The Discipline Of Revenge' stands out with its opening bass soloing and particularly malevolent riffset. 'Infinite Misery' is a great closer also; sludgy, dark death metal like Autopsy. No songs are weak, though. All the playing is fantastic. Corpsegrinder's vocals are as nimble and barbaric as ever, and the instrumentalists never fail to impress with speed, precision, and adherence to the band's unique style.

As always, it's a Cannibal Corpse album, and as always, it's a fine and worthwhile one. Cannibal Corpse is the essential sound of death metal (though no one has been able to replicate them stylistically), so if you don't like death metal, you probably won't like this, and if you do like death metal, you probably will. It is an essential for people who like death metal and totally meaningless to those who don't.

Cannibal Corpse’s Kill, A Nice Turn Around - 95%

Five_Nails, December 16th, 2007

Cannibal Corpse has begun to turn around after their earlier horrific release, The Wretched Spawn. Their newest release, simply titled Kill, demonstrates Cannibal Corpse's newfound brutality with their newest guitarist. The band has also changed in their production value, making their sound more defined, less muddy, and toning all instruments to be discernable from the ambient noise in the release. Whereas The Wretched Spawn had problems with some instruments being too loud and the disc sounding either too polished or not mastered and mixed enough, Kill brings both technical and brutal aspects of Cannibal Corpse to the table and demonstrates them perfectly.

Right off the bat, this release is much different from anything Cannibal Corpse has ever done (except maybe Fisher’s eager attempts in Vile). The Time to Kill is Now begins with one of Fisher’s infamous screeches of the word kill as all the other instruments are being pounded on by the rest of the band in technical brutality. It moves into his distinctive death growl, a great solo to top it off and goes into another stanza of a large battle taking place. This is a well done song, though the uninitiated may not like it from the start. This song, though does get catchy, and is more understandable at the part where “the time to kill is now” is said in repetition with backing vocals from Erik Rutan. This is a very energetic opening to the disc, and as it moves into one of their singles, Make them Suffer, it seems as though the brutality won’t relent.

Make them Suffer begins with heavy riffs from the guitars with some drumming from Mazurkiewicz, but it is obvious that his drumming is not as heavy as that of Suffocation or Deicide, and nowhere near that of Hate Eternal. This one again begins with Fisher screaming suffer to speed up the song and goes into heavier riffs with Webster’s bass and the drums kicking in. The song is very fast throughout and the riff, drum, and bass put together hammering at points is very unique and a constant assault on the ears. The song goes into a catchy riff, but has blast beats sporadically placed throughout then goes into a crushing solo. This is one of their best songs, and well put together, but the ending kind of leaves the listener hanging until track three begins.

Murder Worship begins with all the instruments hammering in pure death metal fashion. This is a very brutal release and a relentless assault on the ears. This song has great stops and quick blast beats, though not as pronounced as those of Suffocation. Fisher’s vocals again are perfect with the other instruments, with perfect production throughout the disc.

Necrosadistic Warning is a very good song, though it does seem rather long compared to the other songs. This is a very heavy song, and does take some getting used to, but is one of my favorites of the cd. This one shows why Cannibal Corpse has been considered a true death metal band for so many years, and why Cannibal Corpse deserves some exposure to the mainstream, and not the ridicule that they have faced for so long. This is another song that can be easily head banged to, and the brutal lyrics enhance the experience that is this band. The solos are much better since Owen left, though Owen was a great guitarist, I believe that Deicide is better with his melodic way of playing and Cannibal Corpse is much better off with the brutal solos that they are and will become known for from this release.

My favorite song from this disc, Five Nails Through the Neck is next, this one begins with the ever popular down tuned beginning with a heavy story of nailing a person with sixty nails to a board. The description throughout this song is very well done being both musically and aesthetically pleasing. The song slows at 1:30 to go into a slow rage of ripping nails through a man, in such a brutal way that the solo after seems even more high pitched than usual. This song in itself is a masterpiece, and has been understated. I think that of all the songs, this should have been released as a single rather than Death Walking Terror which makes Cannibal Corpse seem less brutal than the band is.

Purification by Fire begins with whining guitar riffs and goes into an early solo with the rest of the instruments hammering. Fisher’s vocals, though not as loud, are still very strong and his voice is still as brutal as in Vile, and even better sounding than in The Wretched Spawn. This song is at a fast pace and still relentless. The losses of temp are made up for in the guitar riffs and insane drumming that is much different from Mazurkiewicz’s earlier drumming which was rather understated. There are nice drum fills when the chorus begins, but it is too low to hear with some equipment.

Death Walking Terror begins like an intermission of brutality between the two phases of psychosis that this release is. This song is well done with good heavy riffs and great leads. The song is rather slow, but Fisher’s vocals hold the song at a quicker pace that it seems. This song will obviously be a concert favorite, though not as good to mosh to. This is the only slow song on the disc except the closing, but it is still brutal; as the solos kick in, it seems just that much more brutal and destructive. Though this is a good song, it should not have been released as a single because alone this song gives the impression that this band is not as brutal as they really are and they seem more technical than anything.

Barbaric Bludgeonings is both technical and brutal with a quick beginning going into a slower more evil chorus. This is yet another well written song, but it’s much more different from the others in its riffing and drumming. The drums have more fill and are much faster than before, and the guitars seem to be playing three songs at once rather than one song three times. The song changes many times, but it is a very artistic way that this is done, with Fisher’s vocals coming in at many different times, though they do sound a little weaker than his earlier songs. His screeches, though are on par with how they should be, and are some of the best of the disc, though they are turned down to keep the sound in the instruments as heavy as it is.

The Discipline of Revenge begins with some rare bass from Webster with no other instruments and kicks into the guitars and finally the drums which creates a distorted sound mixing the high and low notes that can easily cause any speakers to shake with the sheer power of the song. This is a slow song until the choruses kick in with the same distorted sound as prior, but it sounds so unique, technical, and coupled with Fisher’s vocals, brutal that this song proves to be one of the best on the disc.

Brain Removal Device, though sounding similar to two other songs, is unique in its application to the release in the sense that the lyrics are very different, the chorus is very well done, and the main parts of the song are a controlled psychosis that leads to it becoming a very technical song, without so much as a concentration on brutality, but still being brutal in its lyrics.

Maniacal is much like Brain Removal Device in guitar and drums, but it does take a body of its own in the lyrics and leads. This is a good song, rather catchy, and very good to head bang to. This again is one of my personal favorites of the disc, and is relentless throughout, much like the release itself. The riffs get heavier and heavier as the song progresses and the solos are blistering as they come in and bring their own unique technicality to the song.

Submerged in Boiling Flesh is very well done. It is not as technical, but it shows that they were going for brutality with this one. There are some technical parts, but Fisher’s lyrics and vocals are the focus as the storyline of the song. The guitars again are flawless as with the rest of the song, and the part at the end where Fisher says “the struggle is useless” is absolutely brutal. His screams are very long and can end the song right there, but it goes into more psychotic solos and a final ending with even more soloing. This song could end right there, but it comes to a close with great hammering and Fisher growling like a psycho as the song eventually fades out.

The disc ends with an instrumental, Infinite Misery, which is obviously a filler, but artistic in its application. The song is very heavy and the solos, though virtually silent when competing with the bass and drums, are well played. This song again fades out to end the disc.

Overall, Cannibal Corpse’s Kill is one of their best releases to date, and a 180 degree turn around from the disappointing Wretched Spawn. I highly recommend this release to any death metal fan because of the band’s notoriety, ability, and the fact that this disc may reinvigorate fans love for Cannibal Corpse. Though this band is nothing like Suffocation, Deicide, or Hate Eternal, they have their own styles and are obviously a very brutal death metal band, as one can easily determine after listening to this masterpiece. Cannibal Corpse has done it again, and is now moving to a more technical form of death metal.

Suggested songs: Make them Suffer
Five Nails Through the Neck
Brain Removal Device
Barbaric Bludgeonings
The Discipline of Revenge
Submerged in Boiling Flesh

Time to Kill is Now! - 88%

SixSixSixPounder, June 13th, 2007

The legendary masters of death metal are at it again. Their 2006 full lenth album, Kill, continues their blasphemous reign atop the mountain that is death metal.

Kill kicks off with shrieks in The Time To Kill Is Now and keeps on coming for more. The first single, Make Them Suffer, is an ok song. I just have gotten tired of it, and skip it after listening to the first song.

All of the tracks are easily recognizable as Cannibal Corpse songs. All of them have themes and lyrics of torture, killing, hideous acts, and just plain disgusting things. So, any fan of CC will definitely enjoy the album. The themes range from mass murder, Nailing people in the necks, and brain devices. The lyrics will definitely bring sadistic smiles to fans.

George's vocals are as brutal as ever. His shrieks and growls are menacingly pleasing. "Corpsegrinder's" fans won't be disappointed. The bass is there to complement the drums and it does a good job. The drums are amazing as well. The fills are very nice. The riffs of the guitars are very good death metal riffs. They are supposed to give you a headbanging feel, and that's what you'll do. All the instruments work together in unison and flow in the songs to bind the structure of these great songs.

The only downside is the repetitivness of some songs. A few tracks can really get old and you might not listen to them as often such as Make Them Suffer, and Death Walking Terror, which were the singles. Despite these two songs, the rest of the album is incredible. The album flows from one song to the next and there doesn't seem to be any filler tracks. Even the last track, an instrumental is very well done and not meant as a cheesy closer.

If you are a fan of any of CC's work, then I would recommend picking up Kill. It will surely satisfy your inner urges to destroy and mutilate.

The best songs in my opinion are The Time to Kill Is Now, Necrosadistic Warnings, and Maniacal.

Beautifully brutal and smoothly sickening - 85%

All_Of_Life_Decays, April 28th, 2007

Death metal is true metal. This is not open for debate. Death Metal represents everything metal is supposed to in this day and age; a combination of technicality and brutality. If you like death metal, you will get respect from everyone else on the metal scene, without the accusations of being a poser if you're a young Slayer or Emperor Fan, or of being a scenester if you're partial to Slipknot or Trivium (both labels have been applied to me!). Even bands like Bring Me The Horizon avoid the usual heckling simply by wearing an Aborted t-shirt. A good death metal band is instantly an underground standard, and there are more highlight albums than there are in most genres. The band at the forefront of this thriving scene is of course...

Ah, Cannibal Corpse. The closest music has to Marmite. Not because you either love them or hate them. That's just a cliché, and clichés are bad. No, like Marmite, Cannibal Corpse are dark, sticky, and you'll feel weird afterwards, especially when you read what was in it, but the experience is intense, intricate and great if they appeal to you tastes. Their albums "The Bleeding" "Vile" and "Tomb of the Mutilated" are all highlights of their genre. These men also have the unusual advantage of being the most controversial band on the planet, and thanks to this, as well as having some influential friends such as Jim Carey (They performed their legendary opus "Hammer Smashed Face" in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective), and amazing live performances at Wacken, they've gotten almost as popular as their notoriety would suggest. A new album is a big event.

"The Time To Kill Is Now" smashes the album straight at you, with the traditional down tuned guitars and a bloodcurdling extended scream from the legendary George "Corpsegrinder" Fischer. Fischer's terrifying vocals are brought to the fore by superb production, The lyrical themes are surprisingly restrained so far though; the tales of beating people to death with a hammer that gained them such notoriety are noticeably absent. This particular song for example, is literally about an army outflanking another. That's it. The sound is suitably brutal, and the musicianship is great as ever, but many may be disappointed by this.

This trend, however, doesn't last, with songs like "Maniacal" "Brain Removal Device" and "Necrosadistic Warning" being just as brilliantly sick as family sing-alongs like "Hammer Smashed Face" or "Meat Hook Sodomy". Their signature incredi-bassist Alex Webster is on even better form than normal, particularly on the song "The Discipline of Revenge". Each song has it's own discernable, well-developed sound which makes the overall sound much more varied than normal, and "Death Walking Terror" is destined to become a mainstay of their live repertoire.

However, they make no attempt to further their genre, or even their own sound, and at the end of the day this sounds just like a (albeit better produced) newer version of Eaten Back to Life. No matter how great the songs are, if they can't evolve with their genre this will limit their potential to become even better, and they deserve it.

Not pushing the Boundaries, but still Killer. - 88%

lord_ghengis, March 21st, 2007

I, unlike most, feel that Cannibal Corpse have become an extremly good band only after the 'loss' of Chris Barnes. Sure, Barnes had great (terrible, awful and downright obscene) lyrics, but he also sounded like a bunch of indecernable grunts, with no relation ot the music, variation, or talent. Rendering said lyrics to be pointless. Since then, the band has gotten clearer, picked up one of the best vocalists in the business, and began to write songs which could be fairly described as music. For the cost of some lyrics, I think that's a pretty good deal.

The bands newest effort, simply titled "Kill" is to my ears a pretty clean and modern death metal album at the highest quality. It has a meaty sound, shitloads of speed, some form of melody in there, the songs, while all having the same general idea, all sound pretty varied, and slows down with some of the most crushing passages of brutality you'll have the honor of hearing.

I picked this up the same time as I got Deicide's "Stench of Redemption", and there are similarities to the production of both, the instruments are mixed together well, and the sound is thick, yet clear and pretty clean. This clarity is sure to piss off some of the older fans, as early Corpse was a dirty murder scene, while this is borderline surgical. I have no problems with this, and personally prefer being able to hear everything clearly, but this does result in a loss of ugliness, and does lose some of the old school grit of death metal.

From the opening few songs, it's not hard to see how the whole album will pan out. "The Time To Kill Is Now" is nothing but highspeed aggression, the highspeed riffing style of the band is established. It's not exactly straightforwared, and for that reason gets a lot of people to throw around cheers of how technical the band is, however it's just a little more up and down in it's notes, as the main riff launches from low notes to higher ones. It is a technical technique, but it's not mind blowing. For good measure a few solos are thrown around, which are pretty standard death metal fare. You know, those ones which are there to sound evil and ugly, not... good.

"Make Them Suffer" demonstrates some of the slower riffs, which are less jumpy, and for that reason give off infectious grooves. These differing styles meld together well, and can take the songs from catchy moshing beasts to rapid attacks which easily catch you off guard.

There, that's both of Cannibal Corpses sounds on this album. So there's not a huge collection of genres here, this is straight up death metal, not overly brutal, but constantly changing, good quality death metal. Most of the songs take the "Make them Suffer" approach, of mixing the fast sound with the crunchy, groove heavy sound. Maniacal is closer to "The Time to Kill is Now". And there are a few songs, such as "Five Nails Through The Neck", "Death Walking Terror" and "Barbaric Bludgeonings" which stick closer to the headbang inspiring crushing stuff.

Corpsegrinder as usual sends most of his time growling in a very aggressive, low voice, of the highest quality of course, but overall that's kind of standard. He also lets out some higher screams, while they do sound good, he tends to do them at strange times, such as the last word of a sentence, when every other word has been pure low growls.

The guitar work is adept, but over-rated by many, as it's more or less technical in the way the two guitarists interact, with the harmonies being anything but standard, rather than the riffs actual being incredibly hard to play. Instead, songs will have very cool sounding, technical sections put in, almost as a replacement to solo's, as these weird compositions are just as much fun to listen to. So there is some very hard to play stuff, but it's generally isolated from standard song structure, so to bring more attention to these parts.

The bass sound is as usual pretty loud, and is very good, I wouldn't go around saying that it's any better than what's been thrown around by Alex Webster earlier in his career, but it's still pretty damn good. Completing the low end is notoriously average drummer Paul Mazurkiewwicz, and as usual, is pretty much average. Sure he's not fast, nor is he really technical or inventive in his drumming, but his basic, not overly powerful, basically blast free way, he offers up a lot of enjoyment. In short, he's a nice novelty to have a drummer who still sticks to basic old school drumming most of the time, while I love my tech drumming, it's still always nice to have an average drummer play simple stuff, rather than have an average drummer just try to blast his lack of skill away. In a way, he adds to the rhythmic sense that this album has.

I haven't heard too much CC (Old stuff was too ugly, pointless and unmusical for me, almost purely becaause of Barnes), but since getting George Fisher things seem to have been improving, and from the few songs I've heard from other albums with him, it is true that this album still sounds pretty similar. Maybe to a more intensive listener, all these songs may sound tired, but to me right now, most of the songs sound fresh. I'll recommended it with no thought, but I'm just going by other reviewers here, that it may be a little standard for the band. CC don't really sound annoying similar to any other bands, but they may sound too similar to themselves.

*yawn* - 55%

The_Ghoul, October 11th, 2006

Gawd, this album is overrated. Cannibal Corpse are overrated. In my mind, they're fun occasionally, but to be taken seriously. In the end, they're one big joke. Chris Barnes knew that, and so did Corpsegrinder when he joined the band. It seems with their new lyrical fodder, (i.e. not funny) that he started with Bloodthirst, George is takin' himself too seriously.

Now, we're left to rely on the music. Which is a bad idea for Cannibal corspe, because the music here is... boring. Sure, it's heavy and can qualify for crushing, but hasn't that been done before? By countless bands? With a lot more class? To explain what I'm talking about, a death metal band I enjoy a lot, Deteriorot, manages to have a guitar sound either as heavy or even heavier, yet is AEONS more innovative and original than Cannibal Corpse. There are countless faster death metal bands that are more experimental, too. Sure, this album can claim to be CC's fast and heavy, but really, doesn't that describe countless other death metal bands? Doesn't that describe death metal in general?

Sure, there are also countless people who will (and have) lauded this album as being heavy, fast, and more serious than CC's other albums. But that was never why CC was good. They were good because they were funny. However, this release isn't funny. Now that CC are taking themselves seriously, they open up a WIDE range of new expectations that are heaved upon them all of a sudden, and Cannibal Corpse really can't measure up to those standards. Hell, Goratory are more heavy and much faster, yet I still won't give that band anything higher than an 80. What makes this any different?

Technicality isn't everything. This may be Cannibal Corpse's most technical album, but it's a hollow achievement; technicality is nothing without songwriting to go along with it. Which is why, on its own, even without being ruthlessly compared to other albums, this album really blows. It's really nothing compared to other unsung greats of the death metal genre, like Demilich and Deteriorot, along with hailed favorites like Athiest and Death. What makes them different than CC? They're great songwriters and are original also. CC are neither.

So why is this album rated so highly? Aside from CC fanboys that will automatically praise everything CC puts out, there are many who are blinded by technique. "OMFG DIS CD IS TEH TECHNICAL!" they will scream, and automatically hail it as great, since everything technical *must* be good! Unfortunately that's not how it works. It might qualify as fast and technical, but as music it fails. And isn't that the point of being a band? To make actual MUSIC? That doesn't mean it has to have endless layers of symphony or even be melodic; it just has to have SOME sort of melody.

To give Cannibal Corpse some credit, it's hard to do something new after so many years in existence. However, sometime or another, they're going to have to crawl away from the nurturing comfort of their old sound, grow some balls, and experiment. They've got the fame to do it; they're in a comfortable position right now.

About the album, not the band, if you couldn't tell, it's basically like every other CC album since Gallery Of Suicide and Vile, but more so. More heavy, more technical, and faster. It's just not nearly as funny as Vile or even Gallery of Suicide. Other bands that were around when they formed have experimented by now. They've either moved on or have released albums that are somewhat experimental. Most have either split up or moved on, though. CC can't say the same though. It's been pretty much the same tripe, minus a few production changes. The overall song/riff writing has been the same, and don't expect any surprises here. What was extreme or new in 1990 is definitely not new now. And considering CC weren't that original to begin with, you can imagine how unoriginal and trite they are now. So, yes, this album is trite as hell. It's trite, predictable, and ultimately boring. Sure, it'll sell like ass glue, but since when was that the measure of an album's quality?

Cannibal Corpse - Kill - 75%

mentalselfmutilation, June 29th, 2006

I have been a fan of cannibal corpse for a few years now, and i've always enjoyed their releases. Cannibal Corpse's material is always very brutal, very defining death metal. Fast pounding riffs that are hard not to headbang along with, very solid death metal, and unlike many bands, Cannibal Corpse has remained consistant for many years with their material. Even their current stuff sounds like mid-era cannibal corpse from back during the days of "Vile" and "Bloodthirst" raw aggression, brutal vocals, though this album doesn't capture that as perfectly as I'd like to imagine it does.

Generally everything about this album is generic. It's all been done before say the members of cannibal corpse. There comes a time when a band can't progress and further without killing the entire sound that defined the band themselves, and this is no different. Everything about this album is extremely generic and uninspired. It sounds just like Gore Obsessed, the Wretched Spawn, and its other recent predecessors. You can basically call it playing the same album in three different ways. Granted it's blatantly obvious these songs aren't new, but they follow the same direction, even the production value and general atmosphere of the record is no different from their previous efforts. It's the same thing over and over again with little change. The biggest change is the constant start-stop riffing. They'll play a song, then stop, then play a different riff for a couple verses, stop, play a solo, stop, then go into a sort of bridge, or third verse, stop, song ends. The whole start-stop thing isn't brutal, it's not interesting, it's generally annoying when bands stop for a second instead of letting the music and riffs just flow together like a normal composition.

The solos aren't much interesting. Nothing you haven't heard a million times. The vocals are generally the usual you'd expect from corpsegrinder. While he has more range than some vocalists in death metal, it does get quite generic after a few songs, and you start to wonder if this is more a 50 minute song than a complete album. I wouldn't call this is a terrible recording, as a matter of fact for the seasoned cannibal corpse fan this can be thouroughly enjoyed throughout, especially by fans of the last few years of material, but as far as i'm concerned it's just unoriginal, uninspired, and generic, nothing I haven't heard from them a million times.

The album is good to download and give a few listens as a fan of cannibal corpse, but apart from that, it's very similar to their last few efforts, not anything new or interesting if that's what you're looking for. I'm personally a bit unimpressed by the lack of originality or even diversity on this record, but for the sake of disbanding any argument, I'm by no means demeaning it as a terrible recording, as for every death metal record I hear that's good, or even decent, I hear about 100 others that are much more intolerable to listen to than this ever would be, I just would like to hear more interesting things coming from an already well established band instead of "Gore Obsessed version 3.0"

a KILLer Cannibal Corpse record - 89%

CannibalCorpse, June 11th, 2006

The new Cannibal Corpse record. "The Wretched Spawn" already showed some signs of major technical improvement, but "Kill" is the album where nothing seems to stop them anymore.

"Kill" is a record full of insanely technical riffing, brutal arrangements and something that many people claimed to be impossible in Cannibal Corpse's case: VARIETY.

One of the most noticeable improvements in the variation department is the drumming. Paul Mazurkiewicz really got his act together this time. His playing ranges from standard thrash beats to fast blastbeats and slow, technical drumming with wicked time changes. His range of styles is fantastic this time around. To be brutally honest, I've never thought that Paul was a very skilled drummer. But "Kill" proved me wrong.

Rob Barrett's return is also noticeable. Some of his least-technical riffs on "Kill" remind of their most technical ones on their 1996 album "Vile". Just an example of the technical prowess showcased on "Kill".

The album opens with "The Time To Kill" is now, and by the first seconds you can already hear the changes they made. Corpsegrinder's vocals are as good as ever, but sound even a bit rawer, which fits very well to the albums style. Great leads are also appearing throughout the song.

I wasn't able to count all the riffs contained in these songs, but there sure as hell are a lot of them. Same with the solos and lead guitars. They are scattered all over the technical riffage, but always fit the song. The most "oldschool" sounding song on here is "Five Nails Through the Neck" (one of my favourites). It sounds like a slightly more technical left-over from "Bloodthirst". The average speed of the album is very high, the rhythm changes are absolutely unpredictable which gives the album a very high replay value. You'll explore more details with every single listen.

It's very difficult to find any flaws on this album, but if I had to point out one, I'd be it's technical character. Yes, I said I think the technical riffage is great, so is the drumming and Alex Webster's great bass-lines, but sometimes (not very often though) the technicality is so high and complex, that all catchiness is lost, even if it's just for a moment, it can detract from the song a bit. Not a major complaint, though.

Overall, "Kill" is my second favourite Cannibal Corpse album ("Bloodthirst being my favourite) and it's definitely a high-point in their career.

Yes, Cannibal Corpse still have it after all those years. I recommend "Kill" to any CC fan and any Death Metal fan in general.

Highlights: "Make them Suffer", "Necrosadistic Warning", "Five Nails Through the Neck"

Cannibal Corpse Takes No Prisoners! - 95%

GravesOfTheFathers, May 25th, 2006

The new Cannibal Corpse album has arrived, and you'll be pleased to know it ranks up there with some of the best death metal albums in recent years. Razor-sharp, cleanly produced, and succinctly titled, "Kill" is the quintessential death metal album.

The album starts off with a bang as The Time To Kill Is Now thunders out of your puny speaker system. Classic DM riffage complements George's bloodcurdling battle cry of "KILL!" The perfectly recorded drums top everything off with some nice midtempo blast beats. George takes no time in spewing out the lyrics at lightning-fast speeds and with perfect enunciation. The song soon gives way to an atonal, Reign-In-Blood style solo and goes back into the verse. It continues this way for a while, breaking into a thundering chorus section topped off by wailing pinch harmonics with George's double-tracked vocals wailing "TIME TO KILL IS NOW!" in a hypnotic, crazed chant. The song ends abruptly with "The time to kill is motherf***ing NOW." After this track, you can see where CC is headed with the new record.

Make Them Suffer is a brief, catchy song that, no surprise, had a video made for it. Great riffs, thundering drums, a growl-along chorus, and some more ripping solos make for a classic CC track. Things slow down a bit with Murder Worship, shifting between slower verses complemented with more intricate drum work and a triplet-chugging chorus. A pretty average track.

Necrosadistic Warning speeds up again, but is almost too reminiscent of Murder Worship. It follows the same slow-verse, fast-chorus formula. This is the only place where the album gets bogged down. It's still a very good song, though, and another catchy chorus brings things up a bit.

With Five Nails Through The Neck, the brilliance of "Kill" just hits the listener like a freight train. Intricate, winding guitar riffs with trem-picking aplenty fit the lyrics, and the synchronization of the music and lyrics make it one of the best tracks on "Kill." Simply put, a great song.

On Purification By Fire, more great riff/lyric moments make for a superb track. Plus, at 1:01, you can hear somebody (probably George) making popping noises in the background with his mouth. A technical solo early in the song prepares you for a more tech-death-oriented second half of the album and fewer Slayer-style moments.

Death Walking Terror chugs along at a steady, catchy pace. Sure to be a growl-along favorite, and cetainly one of the stand-out tracks on the album. Barbaric Bludgeonings is probably my favorite track off the album, relentless in its auditory beating and harmonized guitar riffs.

The Discipline of Revenge is a slower-paced track with some impressive bass work in the beginning that works well with twisted lyrics. Another great track. Brain Removal Device is alright, nothing special. Maniacal, probably the fastest song on the album, sports some nasty lyrics and surprisingly melodic riffs with great blast beat work on the drums.

Submerged In Boiling Flesh, the last "real" track on the album, is an effective penultimate closer. It rolls along with great double bass drum usage and perfect guitar work, moving through a fairly standard time signature but twisting and turning briefly in a section with George bellowing, "The struggle is useless..." achieving the desired creepy effect. The track closes with one of the greatest riffs I've ever heard in a jazzy, Cryptopsy-esque, disturbingly-upbeat track reminiscent of the final moments of Orgiastic Disembowelment.

The final track, Infinite Misery, is an instrumental. Some atonal riffs in the beginning are eventually overtaken by the main riff that works the low strings of the Cannibals' guitars accompained by pounding double bass drums at a steadily slow pace. This uniquely technical-but-minimalistic approach to songwriting makes the song a perfect closer. After a few run-throughs of the riffs, another astounding proficient bass run leads into a delightfully evil-sounding guitar solo. The whole thing collapses on itself with the double bass drums rolling, and that's all, folks.

The production could do with a little cleaning up. Overall it's fantastic, but the vocals are placed a bit too high in the mix and the guitars can be muddled sometimes. Overall, though, it's far better than the overproduced The Wretched Spawn. All the instrumentation is astounding and ranks up there with tech-death acts like Decapitated and Cryptopsy, while still retaining the trademark gorey lyrics of their earlier albums and the thrashy anger of early Slayer and Exodus. Cannibal Corpse haven't reinvented the CC wheel, or even the death metal wheel, but it's a masterful production from a band that knows what they're doing. Pick it up.

Unconvincing Death metal - 29%

Uxorious_widow, May 4th, 2006

It's very hard to like such a mindless debacle of an offering. Virtually no effort was put into any of the songs, many of whom I struggled to endure until the end. Vocally, they struggle almost painfully to add diversity, and fail pathetically at sounding baleful. From what I heard of Cannibal Corpse, I expected to hear a powerful and passionate ballad of powerful and energetic riffs. As it turned out, I got no such thing.

The songs themselves have desperately controversial and crude, in an egregious attempt to sound nihilistic. In essence, the hollow lyrical content establishes only that they are unable to tackle such issues coherently. The lyrics, at best, are compatible with zombies and angst-filled teens. Worse still, however, is that despite the apparently savage vocals, it fails even to get a twitch of in terms of head-banging material, or even a subtle sing-along. It just flies through one ear and out of the other, with no effect.

The problem is that Death metal can be so much better. If you want Extreme Death, try Deicide or Prostitute Disfigurement, or Melodeath bands like Hypocrisy or Norther. The music on this album, and all other songs I seem to catch by Cannibal Corpse, is that I could imagine standing at a mic and blurting out similar garbage with similar results. The difference is that they could afford to do so when such endeavour denied convention, and sounded somewhat original. Right now, it sounds nothing more than pathetic.

Bloodthirst Pt. II - 81%

PazuzuZlave, April 10th, 2006

As I quite stunned stared at the title of this album, I didn’t know what to think. The simple title said so little to me, but somehow I knew this was going to be one of Cannibal Corpse’s best releases in quite a while. It’s been six years since the last really interesting material was released in the form of “Bloodthirst”. A couple of releases has been put out on the market in between these, but didn’t truly grasp its listener. After the long wait I can only conclude that they’re back on the right track.

I got pleasure from Bloodthirst’s overall feeling mainly because of the vicious riffs and the solid production. Therefore it made me quite sad hearing a couple releases where the atmosphere went way downwards. Now that feeling has returned. “Kill” is full of the cruelty, malice and hatred that all Cannibal Corpse fans has learned to love. A small change happened in the line-up before the release of “Kill”. They’ve switched one guitarist. Yes, Rob Barrett’s back after 9 years of absence. If this had a major influence on the songwriting I don’t know, as I don’t keep track of who’s writing what, but it sure seems so. All the brutality this album delivers makes me crave for a full-day headbanging from dusk ‘til dawn. Opener “The Time to Kill is now” offer a new type of malevolence not heard before. Just listen to the ferociously spit-out style vocals on that one. This only points at the fact that Cannibal Corpse mean serious business!

What about the actual music, then? Let’s see, first off, the riffs. There seems to be no stopping these guys when it comes to writing technical and interesting guitar-patterns, and here’s the main factor this album deserves its score. It’s all grown to be so apparent, so clear what they’re playing and it’s very compelling, yet disturbing at the same time knowing that they’re playing their fingers off. It’s so smooth there’s no words for it. The drumming has variation to it with a capital V. This is what I’ve craved from them all along. Both the tempo and schematics of the drums change very rapidly, yet not so that it would disturb the actual flow of the music. I also hear variations in the way Paul hits each drum every time. Not only does this make the tracks fly by in a softer sense, but opens up a fresh way of gazing at (or listening to) their grand work of art. It’s as if they’ve used complete logic when writing the song-material. Corpsegrinder has always delivered a good vocal performance, but here it seems as if he exceeds the icing on the cake. Violent growls and almost unnatural shrieks bring a whole new breadth to the connection in his singing approach. He never strains his voice (which has gone undamaged over the years), and never exaggerate in any way. It sounds plain natural.

As a concluding remark I can just say this album kicks severe ass. It’s one of the headliners of it’s own field and should be owned by any type of “honest” metalhead. Buy this, you will not be dissatisfied. Especially recommended for fans who liked “Bloodthirst”.
Standout tracks : The Time to Kill is Now, Necrosadistic Warning, Five nails through the neck, Brain Removal Device & Maniacal

Kill - 96%

Daemonium_CC, March 27th, 2006

So here it is, finally, after what seems like waiting without water for the past two years. The boys from Florida have return with their 10th full length album, entitled, simply enough, "Kill", and this album does just that.

There has been a few changes since the last album, "The Wretched Spawn", and the most notable of these has been the departure of Jack Owen, one of the original band members. Replacing him is Rob Barrett, noted for his work with Malevolent Creation, as well as "Vile" from Cannibal Corpse. Pat O'Brien replaced Rob after he parted ways with the band, so it's now interesting because Rob is playing with his replacement.

In my opinion, this is simply the best line-up Cannibal Corpse have ever had, or ever will have. I don't really see it changing after this point, and sure hope it doesn't. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a big fan of Pat's work, and I also love pretty much everything Rob has done with his mighty Les Paul. The current guitar duo in Cannibal Corpse is the deadliest ever, and that's saying something.

To finish up the line-up we have the irreplaceable Alex Webster on bass guitar, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher on vocals, and Paul Mazurkiewicz on drums. How can you go wrong with this line-up? Quite simply, you can't.

Another thing worth noting is that Hate Eternal mastermind Erik Rutan has taken over producer duties with this album. The band, being impressed by Rutan's work on Hate Eternals "I, Monarch" album, liked his work enough to give him the chance to work with the mighty Cannibal Corpse; and the results are not disappointing.

There was a lot of hype and speculation for this album. Some people didn't like the title "Kill" as they found it to be too simple. Others didn't like the cover artwork, which is not really artwork, but just the Cannibal Corpse logo and the word KILL on the cover. Old and new fans alike thought that this would somehow, in some stupid way unknown to me, take away from the music on the album. Hahah.

Enough with the introduction, lets get to the music. For as we all know, that's the only thing that really matters. Cannibal Corpse could put a bottle filled with urine on their cover for all I care.

I spent the entire weekend listening to this album, and listened to it over 15 times, back to back on my extremely sinister home stereo system. Boasting over 400 watts of pure bone-crunching power, you want to listen to this album LOUD. Here we go.

Track one, "The Time to Kill is Now" Straight off the bat, you've taken a sledgehammer to the head. Corpsegrinder is literally pouring his malice all over you, and the guitars are ripping at your flesh like millions of little insects. Atonal guitar leads are swarming over you. The song has a great vocal groove and the whole band sounds tighter, meaner, faster and heavier. The riff at 1:33 is simply amazing, very heavy with good use of artificial harmonics.

Track two, "Make Them Suffer" was one of the samples released by the band, so most of us already know the song. A great riff kicks everything off, followed by a trademark Corpsegrinder scream. The interlude at 0:28 tells you that Pat O'Brien has been involved in the making of this song for sure, as it's technically brilliant yet melodic at the same time. The rest of the song roars out of your speakers with ease. Another great riff at 1:16, followed by a classic mosh riff, Cannibal Corpse style right after it. Fucking awesome stuff.

Track three, "Murder Worship" bursts ouf of your speakers without granting you a moment of breathing space. The song kicks in with a nice riff, which then paves the way to an even nicer riff for the verse. Alex can be heard in all of his glory, something that was sadly missing on the last two albums. Here, the bass is rattling the fucking calcium off of your teeth. Corpsegrinder sounds unstoppable, very powerful and menacing. Another classic Cannibal Corpse song, almost instantly.

Track four, "Necrosadistic Warning" is a fucking monster. Quite possibly the best song on the entire album, it kicks in with a fantastic riff, then paves the way for no nonsense, headbanging Death Metal. The riff just before the verse is short yet awesome, and the verse itself is also different and interesting. The guitar work throughout is top-notch, with Pat and his new partner in crime Rob Barrett spewing out lethal riff after riff like there's no tomorrow. The song is sure to be a live favorite with the line "Necrosadistic warning, you will not rest in peace!!" Brilliant from start to finish, and the song concludes with some nice guitar solos similar to early Slayer.

Track five, "Five Nails Through the Neck" is another unstoppable track. The album seems to be full of them. The boys have literally cut all of the fat off of this record, it just keeps kicking and kicking with no let up at all. The song in question is another worthy Cannibal Corpse track, another one I can see becoming popular live. The section at 1:33 is fucking awesome. You expect the band to go into full blown speed mode, yet even I was surprised when they held back and went into another crunch section. Unpredictability in it's finest form.

Track six, "Purification By Fire", makes you wonder what Pat's mother fed him while he was a child. Energy drinks mixed with vodka and battery acid, it seems. The moment the song comes on, it's instantly recognizable as Pat's style. Extremely fast, dissonant riffing, technical enough to make so called "technical" Death Metal bands seem like babies. We are graced with two guitar solos before the actual verses kick in, and the band sounds air-lock tight. Corpsegrinder sounds amazing, following the complex guitar and bass lines with ease, proving once more to idiot doubters that he is the man, and the most perfect vocalist for Cannibal Corpse. I'd go over the riffs in this song but there really is no need, as you have to hear it to believe it. Lets just say that Pat has outdone himself again. Also, tip of the hat to Paul, who simply destroys his drum kit all throughout the song. Favorite section in this gem is at 1:57. Though it only lasts for about 6 seconds, it's probably the most deadly passage on the entire album. I can see Pat's strings melting all the way from here. Top notch.

Track seven, "Death Walking Terror" is another one of my favorites from the album. Kicking in with an excellent riff, it's Alex's bass that catches my attention each and every time. It's such a relief and a treat to be able to hear him again so clearly, not to mention loudly. This song is infamous in my house because it managed to rattle every DVD I own clean off the shelves. I didn't even bother picking them up as I knew there were still 6 tracks left on the album. This song is sure to be another live favorite.

Track eight, "Barbaric Bludegeonings", written by the one and only Rob Barrett. This is fucking old-school, fellas. You just gotta love the riffs Rob comes up with. It reminds me of "Vile" and also some of the Malevolent Creation stuff. Rob's style is very different from Pat's, so it's easy to distinguish their parts, which is a relief. A great guitar solo kicks in at 2:25, and you can all be thankful that Rob is back in the band. A solid mosher from start to finish, the song doesn't let up for a second, and once again, Corpsegrinder sounds amazing.

Track nine, "The Discipline of Revenge", starts off with an extremely impressive bass intro, with the guitars following closely behind, eerily creeping up until they finally take over. This track reminds me more of the "Bloodthirst" days, but that could just be me. Whatever it reminds you of, you can be assured that it's another ass kicker from the Masters of Death Metal. The song is generally mid-paced, that is until the CD reader hits you at 1:44 into the song. Another one of the best sections off of the entire album. What follows next is classic Cannibal Corpse, heads down, riffing.

Track ten, "Brain Removal Device", kicks in with a very interesting riff. Still no let up, still no moments of air. The song starts off slow, then kicks into full speed soon enough. The entire band is locked into target, grinding their instruments like the pros they are. They seemed to be tuned to torture and mutilate, and it does not disappoint at all.

Track eleven, "Maniacal", bursts out of your speakers frantically, like there's some sort of rush. It's begging to be heard, it's begging to drive you face first into the ground. The song starts out with a fast, melodic and heavy-as-fuck riff, then when it finally kicks into 0:43, you better fucking duck for cover. There's no messing around. None at all. The section of 1:19 delivers some more choppy riffs, followed by some more early Slayer type guitar solo work. The song is short, clocking in at 2:12, but that's more than enough to cave your face in.

Track twelve, "Submerged in Boiling Flesh" is another song I can see as being a classic and fan favorite. The riffing is once again top notch, with God knows how much distortion on the guitars. Corpsegrinder sounds pretty loud in the mix, and for good reason. The man is unstoppable, bellowing enough air of of his lungs to freeze half of Africa. The section at 0:50 is fucking kick ass. "The struggle is useless!!"

Track thirteen, "Infinite Misery" is an instrumental track penned by Pat O'Brien. Starting off slow and haunting, it slowly builds up speed and paves the way for what is one of Cannibal Corpse's most haunting songs to date. The perfect way to end an almost perfect album.

So, that pretty much sums up my review. If you're one of the people who doubted Cannibal Corpse for even a second, then you're an idiot. They are perhaps the only band in all of Metal existence that have always stuck to their guns, played what they wanted to play, and remained loyal to their fans, while still improving and polishing their sound and technique. They never let themselves down, and never let their fans down, which is the most important thing, and a lot of bands would love to make such a claim. After 10 full length albums, I assume that's a very tough thing to do. But the boys pulled it off anyway.

"Kill" has the brutality of Vile, the atmosphere of Gallery of Suicide, and the dark features of Bloodthirst. So many elements are all combined at the same time, and this album will stand out as one of the most perfect Cannibal Corpse albums, ever.

.4 points deducted because the vocals are a bit too dominant in the mix. Other than that, everything sounds fantastic.

Cannibal Corpse - Kill - 90%

TheMephisto, March 19th, 2006

So yet another Cannibal Corpse album is released, and yet again we are left to wander if it will be CC in their prime and their most brutal or utter shit. With the Wretched Spawn released a couple years back, it showed us a different side of CC that we adn't seen before, and it was a good thing.

Kill is just as good.

From the opening track you get your face smashed in (why not with a hammer!!!) by the brutality and technicality that CC have adopted into their new sound. The album as a whole is quite amazing and there ins't on second where you aren't getting your arse kicked.

Bravo to all the musicians on this record: Corpsegrinder is at his best here, with his voice being raised higher but not leaving out any brutality or aggression. With Rob Barrett back in the band, the groove vibe is back and you'll be headbanging your head more than what you did on TWS.

One thing that i liked most about this album was the drumming. I was sort of disappointed with the drumming on TWS, but on Kill i think Paul Mazurkiewicz has stepped up a notch with his drum playing. The riffs here on this album are more technical than TWS but don't lose any force or aggression in the process.

Overall this a great solid release from Cannibal Corpse, although its only missing one thing: the graphic artwork we have all learnt to love!!! \m/

Rating: 90/100

CC's Most Brutal Yet - 87%

ShadowsFallen, March 18th, 2006

Okay, so it's Cannibal Corpse. So as you may already now, this album is 40 minutes of pure gore. It may be stupid in the eyes of some (or many), but this band of Gore Obsessed lunatics has had an enormous impact on the death metal scene. They have never really excelled in the field of originality, albums like The Bleeding and Bloodthirst were enjoyable death metal records. At this point, they've been going on for so long that one wonders how much longer they can up this up.

Kill is quite a wakeup call. I was very impressed right from the get-go with the brutality and technicality of The Time to Kill is Now. Just like Corpsegrinder foretold, this album really takes the band's style up a notch. The music is heavier, faster, more tech, and much more unique than usual. Every song sounds quite different and has a certain catchiness to it. It's like a smorgasborde of slashtastic butchery, laced with a crushing miasmic sauce. Cannibal Corpse really impressed me this time around, putting out an album that arguably beats out anything they've released in well over a decade. Essentially everything their old, repetitive albums suffered has been remedied and improved without branching far from their traditionally gorey, reminiscently old school sound.

The guitars at times sound spastic while Corpsegrinder's voice is significantly higher. These are the two biggest changes I've noticed. They don't exactly go Necrophagist here, but the instrumental aspects of the band have taken an upward turn. Fisher retains a forcceful grunt, but it sounds somewhat less brutal with the higher pitch. Overall, Kill was a very successful outing by America's pride and gore. Should you decide to purchase any recent Cannibal Corpse albums, I highly recommend Kill.

Recommended tracks:
The Time to Kill is Now
Barbaric Bludgeonings
The Discipline of Revenge