A Review of the Album "Eaten Back to Life" by American Death Metal Band Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse Band Logo
This Album Eaten Back to Life By Cannibal Corpse is Controversial Just Like Their Albums
“Eaten Back to Life” is the debut album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. These guys are one of the most well-known bands in the extreme metal genre but they have not been free of controversy though. The album’s cover is so graphic and the album itself was banned in Germany until the ban was lifted in June 2006. The album compared to their album “The Bleeding” is less melodic and the vocals of Chris Barnes are even heavier of a grunt and it is tough to understand what this guy is saying. Chris Barnes sounds like David Vincent of the band Morbid Angel.
Note: Cannibal Corpse probably has the most grotesque kind of album covers that some of you may see along with Spanish death metal band Avulsed. But if you are able to deal with the fact that these guys focus on themes that would be in horror movies, then you will be able to explore the vast discography of this famous death metal band. Much of their album titles have to do with some of the most negative themes in society but these guys have contributed to the Florida death metal scene.
How Did Cannibal Corpse Begin Their Career?
Cannibal Corpse got their start as a band in Buffalo, New York and established themselves as part of that Florida death metal scene that featured bands such as Death, Morbid Angel, and Malevolent Creation.
"Buried in the Backyard"
A Review of the Album Eaten Back To Life: The First Two Songs
The album starts off with a kind of sound that would resemble some kind of Earth-shattering noise as the song titles are well…grotesque and graphic but this is Cannibal Corpse we are talking about. I don’t know how in the heck I had the strength to tolerate almost 40 minutes of this kind of hard-hitting death metal but I managed I guess, probably due to the determination. The song called “Edible Autopsy” might as well be a song that mocks the idea of an autopsy. Chris Barnes does a couple of low yet scary growls and these albums are not for people that aren’t tough enough to handle the heavy and brutal nature of the riffing and lyrical content. The other thing is what was the motivation behind the album’s title? It sounds ridiculous to me actually. The album begins, reminding me of early Sepultura, similar to what we would hear in 1991 but this article is in no way a comparison to Sepultura.
“Mangled” starts out in a style reminiscent of those early death metal albums such as Scream Bloody Gore. As the song goes on, there is at least a riff that makes things more interesting instead of just the usual speed that we are used to hearing from these guys. Born in a Casket starts with that slow, gradual riffing that lets the listener know that these guys mean business with their brand of heavy extreme metal. But again, these song titles can just ruin the appeal of the music for some listeners.
Final Thoughts About the Very First Cannibal Corpse Album
I am biased here but Cannibal Corpse cannot compare to the technicality and melody of Avulsed, another extreme metal band that I enjoy listening to. This album ends with the song Buried in the Backyard which stylistically one again reminds me of the famous band Death but of course, these guys cannot even compare to what Chuck Schuldiner did even if this last song is more melodic than all the others on this album.
Eaten Back to Life” is a decent death metal album from one of the most well-known extreme American death metal bands but I would recommend that you listen to their 1994 album called “The Bleeding” first. This is just the very first in a series of horror based death metal albums from perhaps the most well-known American extreme death metal and for what it was at the time, Eaten Back to Life is a display of some of the heaviest gore based death metal that we have heard in our lifetimes.
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