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Review of the Album "Gore Obsessed" by Cannibal Corpse

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Cannibal Corpse is Not a One Dimensional Band

Gore Obsessed is the 8th studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse released in 2002 and fans of the band will want to keep on exploring this band’s discography even further. I would make the case that this band influenced the formation of at least two other similar bands, those two other bands being Gorguts and Avulsed.

To say that this band is obsessed with songs about gore and horror would be too obvious. Gore Obsessed is one of those albums that is underrated because it may have just slipped under the radar of people’s senses so they might have missed this one because the focus and attention is on the first four albums released by this band.

At first glance, it may seem that Cannibal Corpse is just your one dimensional death metal band with heavy riffs but if you listen closely enough you will see that this is not the case. Consider the song “Pit of Zombies.” This one has that exotic riff that is like the band Testament so these guys may have been influenced by them.

The Musical Style of the Album Gore Obsessed

You get the feeling that vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher uses the guttural vocal growls in this album and these guttural style growls have also been used by vocalist David Sanchez Gonzalez as well. The double bass drumming which has been a common pattern for this band is still there along with a few touches of Napalm Death style musicality. The case can also be made that Gore Obsessed is an underrated album and some fans may overlook this one in favor of their older material. Paul’s double bass drumming in this album has more of this sort of pounding feel to it as opposed to the light tapping double bass style that we would have heard in 1994. The US’s masters of gore metal really know how to make the music presentable even as they have evolved over time. At this point in the band’s career, the other founding member Jack Owen was still with the band and Pat O’ Brien had been with the band for just a few years at the time.

A Cover Performance of the Song "No Remorse"

About the Songs of the Album Gore Obsessed

Cannibal Corpse wastes no time getting to work at playing their brutal brand of death metal with the first song “Savage Butchery” which is dominated by massive double bass drums, heavy as heck vocals and fast lead guitar work.

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One of the songs on this album which may be overlooked is the one called “When Death Replaces Life.” The song criticizes religious filth and says that how humans can play the role of God when they have become slaves to the system. The song is trying to point out that there is this sort of economic slavery that humans have been subjected to and they are being taken advantage of. It takes a sort of expert analysis to see beyond the literal form of the lyrics. The limited edition version of this album has a cover performance of the Metallica song “No Remorse.” I find myself having moved on from the Chris Barnes era. Even if the bass lines are not as audible as before, this band has actually diversified their musical style while changing to a more chunky style of riffing. The fast solos are still there as well. Ending the album with a cover performance of a song by one of the greatest metal bands ever is an interesting way to end things. Gore Obsessed is one of the best underrated Cannibal Corpse albums out there so make sure that you give this one a few listens. You might be able to come to the same conclusion that I did.

"Pit of Zombies"

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