Cannibal Corpse - _Bloodthirst_
(Metal Blade, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (
I have come to the conclusion that this is one of the few veteran metal acts out there who get a very odd reaction from metal fans. Sure, in their beginning they were the shit, but now, almost ten years later and three records down with new singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher leading the bloodthirsty drive, fans either love 'em or hate 'em. No real in-between. I don't know; I liked their last record, _Gallery of Suicide_, and I'm pretty impressed with what we've got here on _Bloodthirst_, especially songs like "The Spine Splitter" and "Coffin Feeder". Sans the cheesy artwork (what gives guys?), the music on _Bloodthirst_ is a lot grittier and the most violently-charged material the band has done since "Corpsegrinder" took over vocal duties. Things seem to be pretty solid for this veteran death metal outfit and _Bloodthirst_ is a worthy trophy to showcase. Sure it's easy to say that this isn't classic material like what you'd find on _Tomb of the Mutilated_ or _Butchered at Birth_, but it's still solid and in fine form for the most part and that's good enough for me.
(article published 9/12/1999)
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