Cannibal Corpse – The Wretched Spawn – Review

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The Wretched Spawn (Metal Blade)
by Tim Den

Having been crowned “the best selling death metal band of all time,” what’s Cannibal Corpse got left to prove? Not much, except that they can still spit out another fine slab of gore-drenched heaviness after 15+ years in the game. The Wretched Spawn, despite its tiresome themes of mutilation, zombification, and The Silence of the Lambs references, lives up to the band’s legacy by combining vicious technicality with bang-worthy stomps. Take the twists and turns of Bloodthirst and combine them with the easy grooves of Gore Obsessed, and you’ve got The Wretched Spawn. Best tracks from (now departed) guitarist Jack Owen, as usual, with “Nothing Left to Mutilate” especially noteworthy (a bombardment of explosive accents).

You know what you’re getting with Cannibal Corpse: Sick, thick, and never any surprises. I personally don’t mind as long as they keep making albums like The Wretched Spawn; the rest of you have learned to either share the sentiment or stay far away.
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