A Review of the 6th Studio Album of American Death Metal Band Cannibal Corpse
A Photo of the Band Cannibal Corpse On Stage in Washington DC in 2007
What Is the Title of This 6th Album by Cannibal Corpse?
The 6th studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse is called Gallery of Suicide and I know that this is a cheesy album title even for a band that does this sort of music for entertainment purposes. At this point in their career (1998) the band had replaced vocalist Chris Barnes with George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher that has a rough voice and he can do a vocal style similar to Finnish thrash metal band Where Victims Lie.
One Pro or Advantage About the Band Cannibal Corpse Is...
But to be fair and give these guys credit, at least their music and lyrics aren’t filled with profanity or lyrics about how much someone hates their life so that’s a big plus for this Florida based band!
A Review of the Album Gallery of Suicide
After what sounds like a siren, the album starts full force with rough as heck vocals and the melody is still there. The song titles however leave much to be desired. I was just listening to Southern California’s crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies and decided to switch over to Cannibal Corpse for a while and the decision is a good one because this music though extreme in terms of the lyrics is catchy, melodic, and rough. The second song is a more modern type of Morbid Angel influenced stuff (think about the song called Pain Divine for reference). In terms of the riffing, wow! I never thought that anything released after 1994’s “The Bleeding” would be good but I was mistaken! It is still very good even with the vocals shifting from rough, hoarse growls to a louder bellow from Fisher. The title track features melodic and exotic guitar play that probably would not have been heard from an American death metal band but Cannibal Corpse probably knew that if they wanted to compete with bands in the genre that they had to make their music more diverse and with this album, they have done just that!
More Thoughts About an Album That May Be Overlooked
Even though the song titles are as grotesque as they are, the riffing can be extraordinary if the band tries to make this happen. The title track’s main riff sounds exotic enough to be better than a video game and this is no pun of course. We have an instrumental song in this album! It is called From Skin to Liquid and this is just a death metal song but with no lyrics. I don’t miss having Chris Barnes in the band mainly because I have gotten used to George Fisher. He’s got some pretty good guttural growls and he can extend his growls as well.
Biggest Con About This Band's 6th Album
Once again though, the biggest complaint that some of us may have about the album is the title itself. I know that this is supposed to be extreme death metal but the title of the album is beyond extreme. These guys should have come up with a far better album title that was not so extreme, maybe something like “Gallery of Pain” or something like that. The melody and technique in songs such as Sentenced to Burn is good but these guys need to work on constructing album titles that are not so negative.
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