New York five-piece Cannibal Corpse has been around the block to say the least, brutalising fans with their visceral brand of death metal since their formation in 1988.
With 12th album Torture, Cannibal Corpse are not reinventing the wheel and they’re not claiming to. For just over 45 minutes the band do what they do best: hammer through tracks heavier than most of their peers could even dream of. Vocalist George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fischer growls his way through all 11 tracks on the album, backed up by the huge metal riffs fans have come to expect.
Lyrically the album resembles a graphic horror film, with songs such as Strangulation Chair and Sarcophagic Frenzy meaning this album is not for the faint of heart, although the shock value has been toned down from some of their earlier work. That said, I wouldn’t advise giving this to your Grandmother, I very much doubt she would appreciate it.
It is fair to say people who are new to Cannibal Corpse may not be blown away, as some of their earlier work is to a much higher quality to some of the tracks on display here. That said, I could not say any of the tracks here could be described as filler by any means. However, earlier albums have been more stand-out statements than this one.
So, if you prefer your music dark, gory and about as far away from the mainstream as is possible, then this may be the album for you. This is an absolute must for Corpse fans, but newcomers may be better off delving further into the band’s back catalogue to really be impressed. Either way, this is finally proof that Torture really isn’t that bad!