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Red Before Black - Cannibal Corpse


Artist: Cannibal Corpse

Album: Red Before Black

Genre: Death Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

Release Date: November 3rd, 2017

Review by Steve Jenkins

Cannibal Corpse are always that band a death metal fan can count on to release a consistent, brutal and devastatingly heavy album. They've been doing it for nearly 30 years and 14 studio albums, which is a super impressive achievement on it's own merit. Their new offering, Red Before Black, definitely lives up to the hype that the kings of death metal have earned themselves over the years.

Their 2006 album, Kill, will forever be one of my favourite Cannibal Corpse releases, as it was not only the first record I discovered of theirs, but also I feel it's their strongest effort to date. After that, they certainly maintained a steady swing of crushing album after album, not really changing much in style, but pushing their sound forward with maintained aggression and creativity. Red Before Black doesn't let down and continues their consistency with 12 brand new, gruesome and bloody tracks, with brutal blast-beat driven riffing, discordant solos and an increased emphasis on technicality and dynamics.

Red Before Black continues the expected formula of any new Cannibal Corpse release, with a very high dosage of brutal violence both lyrically and musically. The aggression is emphasized on this album, with breakneck speed and super catchy death metal tracks such as "Only One Will Die" and "Firestorm Vengeance" being highlights on this killer record. Then there's some groove laden tracks, with a more slower approach yet still morbid and brooding, for example "Code Of The Slashers" and my absolute favourite track on the album "Scavenger Consuming Death" which features Alex Webster giving us one of his famous little bass solos. There's most certainly a fresh cut of rotten meat on this album for every Cannibal Corpse fan to sink their teeth into.

There are a couple of twists and turns on Red Before Black, like "Remained" which has probably the most unusual and different structure when you compare it to the rest of the songs. "In The Midst Of Ruin" also keep you on your toes, with some interesting time signatures and unorthodox musicianship. As always, the production is top-notch and sounds absolutely crushing thanks to the might Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal. Rutan also produced Kill, Evisceration Plague and Torture, but not their previous album A Skeletal Domain, so it's good to see him back on this record as the punishing and darker tone that we love is back in full force.

Overall, Red Before Black is a damn good album to add to Cannibal Corpse's already outstanding catalogue of death metal greatness. Each member in the band smash out their own individual performance and they're all on point in terms of their style and sound. It's nice to see a band who have been playing death metal for three decades still building and growing, increasing their talents and keeping their trademark sound and image at the same time. This is brutality at it's very finest.

8.5 out of 10.

Check out the track "Code Of The Slashers" below: