After thirteen studio albums, two live records, amassing a large cult following, and nearly thirty years of brutality and controversy; Cannibal Corpse are about to make their return to the forefront of the death metal scene with their fourteenth record for the masses to devour: Red Before Black.
From the first hit of the play button, Cannibal Corpse go straight for the neck with the title track. Featuring some of the catchiest, yet most aggressive riffs they’ve conjured since their early 90’s heydays, whilst retaining a huge element of groove throughout that requires mandatory head banging. Songs like 'Shedding My Human Skin' and 'Firestorm Vengeance' open with such powerful riffs you can’t help but pull grim faces before launching into a windmill of slayer-esqe proportions.
Whilst heavy on the groove, and conjuring up riffs that make you want to put your head through a wall - Red Before Black is certainly not lacking on the brutality front, courtesy of the throat shredding vocals from George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher, putting out what only can be described as a career best performance throughout.
Across their near thirty year career, Cannibal Corpse have carved themselves a template of sorts that one learns and knows what to expect when it comes to a new album, and whilst this could sit next to any of their previous work where even the most die hard of fans couldn’t tell the difference, this is in fact one of the biggest strengths of the band. In some regards they’ve expanded on their signature sound and added new elements, but overall maintaining the style and sound they’re known and loved for.
2017 has been a strong year for death metal, with bands like Suffocation, Dying Fetus, The Black Dahlia Murder and Obituary all releasing killer records, and Red Before Black is certainly not letting the side down, if not running to the front of the pack. Red Before Black is an album that’s packed to the brim with everything a fan both old and new could want from a new Cannibal Corpse record. There’s a reason this band are held in such high regard throughout death metal fans, and Red Before Black only cements that position further.