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The Only Thing Bad About This Album May Be the Album's Title
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. Here is just a suggestion, but they could have come up with a more appropriate title such as Gallery of Extreme metal though that would be too generic.
Cannibal Corpse's 6th Studio Album Has a Good First Half
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. 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! “Sentenced to Burn” has one of those really creative exotic riffs and that is another example of how these guys have grown and matured as a band.
This Album Has a Very Strong Title Track
The title track’s main riff sounds exotic enough to be better than a video game and this is no pun of course. Even of the lyrics of this song address about an abyss or chasm of evil, the exotic main riff makes this song one of the band’s best and I don’t think that it is because of the entry of then new guitarist Pat ‘O Brien.
He was not the sole reason why this album was such a strong effort. Former guitarist Jack Owen also deserves credit because he was the main songwriter for the title track.
From Skin to Liquid Is a Really Good Song Idea
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. The song starts out with that exotic Florida death metal sound that we heard earlier in the 1990s. 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. From Skin to Liquid certainly was a darn good idea for these guys to include as a song because not only does it break up the monotony of the constant extreme metal riffs but they also show that they have been influenced to a degree by other musicians of the time.
Final Thoughts About An Extreme Metal Album With an Extreme Title
Is this 6th album by these extreme metal legends better than The Bleeding? That is a really tough call but I suppose that some fans may like this one more because it is one of those albums that might have a more expansive musical feel to it. Listening to Cannibal Corpse’s 6th studio album in 2022, it really is a much underrated release and actually feels more melodic to the ears than in 2019 when I first heard it. The question then may be asked as to whether this is the strongest studio album released by Cannibal Corpse. Well, it is one of their strongest albums.
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