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A Review and Analysis of Cannibal Corpse's "Tomb of the Mutilated"

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Read on for a review of "Tomb of the Mutilated"!

Read on for a review of "Tomb of the Mutilated"!

What Is the Name of the 3rd Studio Album of Cannibal Corpse?

Of all the releases of extreme metal band Cannibal Corpse during the Chris Barnes era, there is still one of their albums that we have not yet analyzed, and that is the 1992 studio album called Tomb of the Mutilated. Yes, that kind of an album title is as grotesque as it can get, but that’s to be expected by these guys. As someone that has heard this band’s music since 1994, I was very hesitant to review the album due to its over the top gory nature. But for the purposes of bands in this extreme metal genre, Cannibal Corpse definitely gets my vote over bands such as Obituary or Deicide. The bass lines are still audible and fit the riffing of the songs which is always a plus. The vocals of Chris Barnes seem to be at their lowest guttural octave at this point.

How Good Is This Album According to Other Reviewers?

This album was the last album with founding guitarist Bob Rusay as he was fired after the album was released. There is one person on the website Metal Archives that really praises this album, saying that this one is the best album of the Chris Barnes era. I disagree with that assessment because The Bleeding is an even better album than this one. While the songs on this album flow through pretty well, they still lack that extra impressive factor that would put it in the category of elite extreme metal albums. So what does that one person say about this album if you are wondering? Chris Schroeder says that there is not a single riff in the album that does not make him want to headbang. Well, I don’t necessarily feel that way, not even close. Chris Barnes tries to make his guttural growls as extreme as ever and this is not his best vocal job but these guys would pretty much hit their peak in 1994.

What Kind of Music Fan Would Enjoy This Album?

After one full listen of the 3rd studio album of Cannibal Corpse, we will rank it in the pretty good range and it beats a few other death metal albums of the time period. However, it is not as good of an album as Morbid Angel’s Covenant, for instance. This album opens up with the furious paced song "Hammer Smashed Face." Such a song title especially for the first song of any album would make some people cringe at this and not even give these guys a chance. If you love death metal that is extreme with audible bass lines, double-bass drumming and guttural vocals all throughout, then Florida’s Cannibal Corpse is definitely your cup of tea.

Music is a sort of art form and normally I would not be for censoring music, especially in the case of this band because their style of death metal is done for the purpose of humor and entertainment. For more details about this, you can feel free to read my review of the band’s 1994 studio album.

How Was This Album Received by the Fans?

"Addicted to Vaginal Skin" has some riffing that reminds me of death metal at that time period such as the album Human that was released the year before. The reception to this album was generally positive from a musical standpoint with the heavy metal web-zine Kicked in the Face commenting that they loved every second of the album and called it a must-have for any fans of Cannibal Corpse. It was in 2005 that the album Tomb of the Mutilated was ranked at #278 in the book published by Rock Hard Magazine called The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums Of All Time. Tomb of the Mutilated is a very good album, even for Cannibal Corpse standards, and it even has traces of 1990s Florida death metal that we would hear in the albums involving the great Chuck Schuldiner.

However, This Is Not a Perfect Album

If there is a con to these early Cannibal Corpse albums, it would be that the structure of the songs tends to follow the same drawn-out formulaic approach of guttural growls, extreme as heck double bass drumming and overall brutality of the riffs. I would say that after about 1994, Cannibal Corpse got even better as a band even after Barnes left the band. Such a sentiment would be criticized by some of the band’s hardcore fans but as for 1992’s Tomb of the Mutilated, it represents a period of exploration for one of the longest-standing death metal bands of any country in the world.

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