Genre: Death Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
‘Chaos Horrific’ is the title of the new 16nth hellish opus by Cannibal Corpse. Composed shortly after its predecessor (less than two years gap), ‘Chaos Horrific’ follows in the veins of ‘Violence Unimagined’, (of course) lyrically and musically speaking plus production-wise, but with noticeable differences. Even their die – hards thought that Cannibal Corpse was not going to rise up from Pat O’Brien’s departure; his songwriting skills are not so easy to find out there after all and as ‘Violence Unimagined’ was not their finest moment, yet not weak for Corpsegrinder’s name, Erik Rutan seems now to have found the formula on Cannibal Corpse’s songwriting (Rutan has up to now produced six of the band’s albums, so we speak only for the songwriting, not his part on the band’s sound as a producer) and bassist Alex Webster is (again) in great shape and totally inspired. With every track written for a breathtaking, head taking, teeth breaking soundtrack and memorable as fuck, they seem to be destined to be played live. Despite all the 11 songs sound equally brutal and menacing, offering much more to their fans from the cliché meat and potatoes; which would have been alright to me as a fan, still ‘Chaos Horrific’ is a step forward compared to ‘Violence Unimagined’ with more diversity, deeper and more well-crafted compositions and fatter instantly recognizable thrash-influenced riffs, taking violence to another level of extremity. While 2023 is the band’s 35th anniversary, they’re mostly excited about the present and future, not living with the memories or focus on nostalgia as many others do, making this record even more important. The album’s artwork by longtime collaborator Vince Locke which is not so edgy as their glorious past but so suitably Cannibal Corpse-esque, featuring a chaotic tangle of the living and the undead, evoking the lyrics of the title track. Highlights: ‘Vengeful Invasion’, ‘Frenzied Feeding’, ‘Overlords of Violence’, (my personal fav) ‘Blood Blind’, and ‘Fracture and Refracture’.