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'A Skeletal Domain'
(Metal Blade Records)

jools green

Jools Green

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After getting over the initial shock of hearing a new Cannibal Corpse album - the first listen is always a bit like walking into a tornado face first - my thoughts on full length number thirteen, 'A Skeletal Domain', are very positive.

Undoubtedly what makes these guys so popular with me and thousands of others, besides their ability to consistently deliver the goods on a regular basis is; it's a totally full-on, intense and in your face sound, stuffed with gore-tastic lyrics and brutal yet well defined vocals and although they've hit on the winning combination they are still intent on pushing the boundaries of their art further and challenging themselves with every subsequent release, to keep it fresh and interesting.

To help push the boundaries this time, they have enlisted the help of producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Devil Driver), to get a different perspective, after the three previous superb Erik Rutan productions, 'Kill', 'Evisceration Plague', 'Torture' resulting in a brutal assault on your senses, yet keeping it a catchy and highly listenable release and let's face it, that is the most important factor.

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Song writing once again has been shared amongst Alex Webster, Pat O'Brien, Rob Barrett and Paul Mazurkiewicz, another team effort and another factor behind the quality of the final product along with excellent musicianship in the shape of; powerful drum work, based purely around a hard hitting brutal approach, excellent guitars with practically every containing track an utterly mental solo and all this is topped off with powerful, well delivered vocals.

Of the twelve tracks I don't have a favourite, I like them all but there are some with standout points that more than merit an individual mention; beginning with the first track, 'High Velocity Impact Spatter', the superb opening build, rushing at you in an intense wave of sound, high screams from George, reminiscent of 1999s 'Bloodthirst' release. Add a good vocal contrast and when an album starts this well you feel positive about what is to come and with good reason as the next track, 'Sadistic Embodiment is superb, it's mega fast, thrashy and intense with a superb closing solo.

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'Kill Or Become' has my favourite lyrics of the album, just for the smile factor; "Fire up the chainsaw cut all their heads off... if you want to live you have to kill or become!" A track you can sing along to with the added bonus of another superb closing solo.

Title track, 'A Skeletal Domain', has a superbly ominous opener as well as more blood curdling screams from George, pushing his vocal boundaries again and a killer closing solo, but 'Headlong Into Carnage' has the most bloodcurdling scream of the whole album and the longest track, 'The Murderer's Pact', has some intense and crazy guitar work along with good directional change.

'Asphyxiate To Resuscitate', which was co-written by Barrett and Mazurkiewicz, is wonderfully brutal but with an underlying addictive groove.

'A Skeletal Domain' is a great album that's guaranteed to please all Cannibal Corpse fans.

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