Thursday, September 21, 2017

Single Review: CANNIBAL CORPSE Code Of The Slashers

Code Of The Slashers
From their upcoming album Red Before Black to be released on Metal Blade November 3, 2017
There seems to be a consensus among death metal fans that Cannibal Corpse is incapable of making a bad album. Twenty-nine years and fourteen studio efforts (including the monumental Eaten Back To Life, Vile, Gallery Of Suicide, Gore Obsessed and Kill) have gotten the band tremendous amounts of respect underground and aboveground. They have done so simply by sticking to their guns, touring ceaselessly and consistently setting new guidelines in the far-reaching world of extreme metal. Releasing the debut single from their next full length Red Before Black, they prove yet again a band can refine and better themselves while not losing sight of the brutality they want to infuse in their material and what their fans want to hear. Code Of The Slashers is guaranteed to please gore-soaked devotees of the band who expect nothing less than what they have routinely delivered since day one. Need I say more about this? The band also hope to share a bill with Slayer in the near future and I won’t be the least bit surprised if and when it happens. Again the band worked with noted producer Erik Rutan who helmed Kill, Evisceration Plague and Torture and his experience with them pays off here. The band made a promotional video for Code Of The Slashers that plays like a horror short, much like those independently produced and uploaded on Youtube channels. Those horror fans who like seeking out indie producers active on Youtube and those of you who saw Soylent Green will appreciate the imagination that went into the video, even if we instinctively know the turnout before it appears. It involves something of a dystopian future and a question of how to feed the brainwashed masses. The video was directed by Zev Deans of Panorama Programming, Christopher Raymond was director of photography and Beatrice Sniper did makeup and special effects. The band themselves intended the clip to be a tribute to Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot, Poltergeist, Freddy’s Nightmares, Tales From The Crypt) who passed away last August. Starting in the end of October Cannibal Corpse will be touring Mexico, the U.S. and Europe. You can order tickets for some of their tour dates through Metal Blade. -Dave Wolff

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