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   "Bloodthirst" 1999 Metal Blade

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                                              Cannibal Corpse : Bloodthirst

In a scene that Cannibal Corpse helped define early on in the 90s, it's great to see that these guys can still put out some quality material when this form of Brutal/Technical Death Metal is not nearly as dominant as it was in, oh, say 1991 or 1992. Cannibal Corpse always manage to keep their albums sounding fresh without overdoing, overproducing, or changing with the times. Nothing is significantly different here than on earlier albums, although it might seem a bit more formulatic than in the past. "Corpse Grinder" 's vocals are very distinguishable in some places, and he adds a lot of variety to make this easy to digest without the album starting to sound monotonous or stagnate.
The vocal delivery is above average for Death Metal standards, with a lot of variety from "Corpse Grinder," and the brutal, thrash-ridden riffs layered around precise drumming raises the level of technicality and listening interest. The lyrics deal with death, mutilation, and rape, which are sure to make parents bend over backwards to keep their kids from hearing this.
Tracks such as "Pounded By Dust," "The Spine Splitter," "Hacksaw Decapitation," and "Blowtorch Slaughter" are up to par with the Corpse' best material: "Hacksaw Decapitation" and "Blowtorch Slaughter" are the two tracks that kept me really focused in this album, as they play with un-rentless sheer sonic bliss as if there's no tomorrow. Brutal, brutal, brutal!
Most reminiscent to Gallery of Suicide and The Vile, this should please fans of the band's latest material, as well as fans of older Corpse. Quality Metal from a band that has always been subject to controversy and media attention--don't let them fool you, these guys are some damn fine musicians.

1. Pounded into Dust                                     7. Coffinfeeder
2. Dead Human Collection                            8. Hacksaw Decapitation
3. Unleashing the Bloodthirsty                      9. Blowtorch Slaughter
4. Spine Splitter
                                          10. Sickening Metamorphosis
5. Ecstacy in Decay                                     11. Condemned to Agony
6. Raped by the Beast                                  12. Confessions *

*  bonus track on import version only.

Reviewed by Sam