Cannabis Corpse - Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise
Death Metal
12 songs (36:14)
Release year: 2011
Cannabis Corpse
Reviewed by Goat

Few people would admit that one of 2008’s best pure death metal albums came from a humorous side-project of Municipal Waste’s Landphil, but Tube Of The Resinated masked its terrific music beneath marijuana-obsessed wordplay that doubtless put more than a few people off. Be sure not to make the same mistake about Cannabis Corpse’s third album, on the surface even more ridiculous but under the cover full of the sort of death metal anthems that we addicts are often left scouring for in vain. The band may be better known as the death metal group that got a cameo in hilarious political satire In The Loop, but they deserve to be known for their music. More technical and with even better songwriting than the previous album, Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise is a killer, killer album. Somewhere between Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and Deicide, the likes of Lunatic Of Pot’s Creation and Blame It On Bud may verbally reference the latter but are far more broad in influence, featuring everything from technical bass noodles to melodic guitar hooks.

What really seals the deal, in the end, is the excellence of the songwriting. Wherever you look, the band have created a catchy anthem without compromising on the old-school influences that they plunder. Each three minute cut is seemingly designed by those who love death metal as much as you or I, jam-packed with the exact twists and turns that we fans want to hear. The speed and rhythmic crushing of Immortal Pipes, the speedy technicality of Blaze Of Torment, the catchy rant of Sworn To The Bag... this is tailor made for death metalheads who want a fun, infectious headbang without having to sit through the album multiple times in order to ‘get’ it. Death metal in these modern times is all too often something which you take a gamble on, hoping for plenty of aural meat, often disappointing when you discover the band in question have skimped on the substance. Cannabis Corpse are increasingly the closest thing to a certainty that we death metalheads have, however, making sure the listener’s needs are sated. Gimmick? This is no gimmick, and you’d be missing out if you mistook it for one. If only the influences were as solid and fan-faithful as Cannabis Corpse...

Killing Songs :
Lunatic Of Pot’s Creation, Blame It On Bud, Dead By Bong, Blaze of Torment, Sworn To The Bag, Where The Kind Lives, Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise
Goat quoted 84 / 100
Other albums by Cannabis Corpse that we have reviewed:
Cannabis Corpse - From Wisdom to Baked reviewed by Goat and quoted 80 / 100
Cannabis Corpse - Tube Of The Resinated reviewed by Goat and quoted 80 / 100
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