SEPTEMBER 14th 2014

Review by Metal Mom

Genre: Death Metal

Alex Webster - bass
Paul Mazurkiewicz - drums
Pat O'Brien - guitar
George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher - vocals
Rob Barrett - guitar

Record Label: Metal Blade

You know, after watching, listening to this video, I am sure you will agree, why do I even review anything Cannibal Corpse, just the name itself "A Skeletal Domain", their 13th,  tells you it's going to be kick ass. You always know what to expect from these true blue death metallers. You know you will get extreme songs that will push all kinds of boundaries, and let's not forget controversial. This is not for the weak.

Cannibal has been doing this for fact from 1988, and have well horned their style. They are not afraid of a little confrontation, in fact there has been alot of censorship on their albums, for the gruesome cover artwork, and the macabre lyrics. Songs like "Hammer Smashed Face", "Meat Hook Sodomy", "Addicted to Vaginal Skin" and follow up records "Butchered At Birth", "Tomb of the Mutilated", were met with much contempt. In three years their merch was (temporarily) not allowed in Australia, Korea, and New Zealand. The sale of "Butchered at Birth" is still not allowed in Germany.
I thought that when I was handed this "A Skeletal Domain" to review, it would be all the same, it's close, but there are still a something added that is different to each of the songs, whether is the bass riffs, the demon vocals, the fast blasting drums, or the exemplary dark guitar riffs, it is Cannibal through and through, indeed an ominous, wicked album.  They have created a sound that is all their own, it's what we come to expect. Truthfully I don't think any of us would like it too much if they changed.

Track Listing:
 1. High Velocity Impact Spatter  
 2. Sadistic Embodiment  
 3. Kill or Become  
 4. A Skeletal Domain  
 5. Headlong into Carnage  
 6. The Murderer's Pact
 7. Funeral Cremation  
 8. Icepick Lobotomy  
 9. Vector of Cruelty
10.Bloodstained Cement
11.Asphyxiate to Resuscitate  
12.Hollowed Bodies  

Honestly, I had thought I had outgrown the death metal scene, but after these 12 tracks, I guess not. I don't think there is anyway to outgrow Cannibal. Once you are a fan, that’s it for life. This album is a great reminder to all, that Cannibal has always caught the peoples attention, and I can safely say that this album will also bring more on board. When you have the metalheads by the throat, and giving them a good whooping, and each and every one is enjoying it, you know that you have created something, a sound, that makes you stand out. You know that after 13 albums, you are successful, otherwise the band would have long ago dissolved. But it didn't, it stands firm, and creates what I think is more of an art form.