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Of course album sales do not equate to music quality and while it's arguable if they've since released anything as essential as `Tomb of the Mutilated' or `The Bleeding' this is a band that has made a career of producing albums of ever increasing quality. Recorded late 2011 at Sonic Ranch studios Texas (Gore Obsessed, The Wretched Spawn) as well as Mana Studios Florida (KILL, Evisceration Plague) album no 12 `Torture' is the 3rd to be produced by Erik Rutan. In recent interviews Alex Webster (bass) explained that a lot of effort had been made to ensure each song had it's own unique identity and compared to the two previous albums this is indeed the facet of Torture that defines it above anything else.
As album opener `Demented Aggression' kicks in the first thing you notice is the rich production and depth of sound. This one has a thrashy feel. It's not quite CC at full force- not quite `Hammer Smashed Face' or `The Time to Kill is Now' but it's a nice warm up.Read more ›
Corpse has evolved over the years that's for sure.
When I read that this album would be a return to the sound of their earlier albums I was excited.
I heard the two tracks that the band released and I was very happy with "Scourge" and "Demented".
Now that I have the disc in hand?
Is this really a return to form?
I would say yes.
It has the catchy hooks that earlier albums like "Bleeding" had but with the more tech elements of recent albums.
Stand out tracks...
There really aren't any weak tracks.
Paul blasts away with skill and conviction.
No one can produce the rapid fire barks of Corpse Grinder and he excels here.
Webster, the bass master proves why he's one of death metals finest players.
Pat and Rob shred every song to pieces.
The production is crisp and clear.
All in all another fine addition to the Corpse catalog.
Is it their definitive moment?
Yes and no.
Every album is a definitive moment for this group.
I can name at least one or two epic moments from every album and this one is no different.
After all these years Cannibal still shows everyone how it's done.
Fast and brutal with tons of dynamics.
Right up there with their best.
Torture starts with a bang. Three of the first four songs remind me in spirit of Slayer's Hell Awaits-Reign in Blood period. It isn't that they sound like those songs, but the heaviness, production, and breakneck speed create the same atmosphere of ferocity. The one exception in this group, Scourge of Iron, slows things down with a heavy crawl that brings Morbid Angel to mind. The fifth track, As Deep as the Knife Will Go, starts with an intense blast beat that shifts into a thrashy death metal crunch that reminds me more than a little of Deicide. The next three tracks that make up the album's midsection inject a trace of variety, keeping the songs from starting to sound the same. Track 6, Intestinal Crank, features some of the most technical riffing and bass on the album, plus a couple of great solos.Read more ›
Then, the album finally arrived, and I sat down with the lyric sheet and give it a once through. My skepticism quickly dissipated. By the time the eerie, slow intro of "Followed home then killed" rolled around, I was a convert.
The album is overall a bit more fast-paced than their last one, but there's still an almost perfect balance of chugging groove and all-out aggression.
Alex Webster's presence on bass is HUGE on this album. The mix is clearer, and he gets several solo breaks, most notably on "The Strangulation Chair."
No, there's nothing truly groundbreaking, but they clearly weren't going for an entirely new direction. This is solidly written and masterfully executed death metal. Once again, CC proves they're musicians to be respected. Whether you like the band or not, if you play a musical instrument you should realize how incredibly complex this music is.
All in all, this is a very solid album. If you're a fan, and were a bit disappointed by 'Evisceration Plague,' give this one a spin. You might just re-convert.
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We sing these hymns at my church. The congregation absolutely loves it. They lift our spirits high. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David N. Goliath
People tend to think of Cannibal Corpse as just "brootal": sonic assault with no substance. But they are, at their heart, very talented musicians who understand... Read morePublished 8 months ago by TQKimber
This is up to CC's quality standards, which are one of the highest in death metal. Better than Evisceration Plague, yet still below their classic Bleeding. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Alchemist