Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn
Metal Blade
Death Metal
13 songs (41'58)
Release year: 2004
Cannibal Corpse, Metal Blade
Reviewed by Jack
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Cannibal Corpse just sold over half a million albums in the US as revealed by Soundscan. Half a million albums that's quite a great number, even though they have released 8 studio albums and a live album. I wonder how many they sold in Europe, since Europe claims to be more open-minded towards extreme music than the US. And in Asia, in Australia and New Zealand ?

America's top death metal selling act returns with a ninth studio album bearing the sweet name The Wretched Spawn. A ninth album fulled with bestial brutality and not a sense of delicacy, not a sense of subtlety, not even a sense of joy or happiness. After all, they are here just to disembowel, castrate, mutilate, destroy, slain and other nice ritornelloes. And even though it's always the same old story, they just do it great. Wheter you like their music or not, wheter you ask them to develop their music or not, they do not want to change an ounce of their music and play it loud, fast and heavy. Just like a road roller, they link up crushing, fast-paced songs, alterning one heavy song here and there such as The Wretched Spawn, Rotten Body Landslide, Festering In The Crypt. And those are the songs that I like the most from Cannibal Corpse because they tend to sound more forceful than the typical fast songs, and also they get more distinguishable between each other and unmatched in intensity.They don't merely recycle their riffs or their albums, they bring every record further into while preserving their distinguished sound. The vocals are still the same cookie monster with sore throat, eructing stories I wouldn't tell my daughter. The classic thythmic guitar riffs that infect you, the guitars soloing that answer each other, the bass lines that is Cannibal Corpse finest's trademark and the amazing pounding drumming.

I always thought The Bleeding would remain my favourite Cannibal Corpse album ever, maybe because I was fully into the genre at the time, and also because the albums they put out after this one didn't live up to my expectations. The Wretched Spawn contains all the trumps to assert itself as their best work to date. Not to mention the everending exciting work of Vince Locke.

Killing Songs :
Psychotic Precision, The Wretched Spawn, Festering In The Crypt, Nothing Left To Mutilate, Rotten Body Landslide
Jack quoted 85 / 100
Other albums by Cannibal Corpse that we have reviewed:
Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain reviewed by Goat and quoted 70 / 100
Cannibal Corpse - Torture reviewed by Tony and quoted 100 / 100
Cannibal Corpse - Bloodthirst reviewed by Tony and quoted 83 / 100
Cannibal Corpse - Butchered at Birth reviewed by Tony and quoted 96 / 100
Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated reviewed by Tony and quoted CLASSIC
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