Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black

When it comes to household Death Metal names, Cannibal Corpse has to be near the top. Despite lineup changes over the years the band has stayed relevant and continues to produce solid material. And if you’re one of “those” guys who say “Cannibal died when Chris Barnes left the band”, you need to get over that shit and move forward.

Red Before Black is the latest record due out from the group on November 3rd via Metal Blade Records, and it’s a beautiful thing of brutality. If you enjoyed the 2014 release Skeletal Remains, then you are in for a real treat with this new album.

With OG members Alex (Webster) and Paul (Mazurkiewicz) on bass and drums respectively, you know the rhythm section is, and has always been, solid. Deep bass grooves and powerful drumming are on full display throughout this album. Another thing that stood out prominently to me was the dynamic changes of pace. Red Before Black has a pace that is sort of unique: sheer chaos to neat grooves with Pat O’Brien’s sweeping guitar solos, truly a wonderful blend of sounds to heighten the experience for the listener.

Now, let’s talk about “Corpsegrinder” Mr. George Fisher: this guy is a Death Metal machine on vocals. Not too many highs, or lows, just constant power in every word he sings, or screams, should I say. And it’s just not on albums either, having seen the group a few times in the last two years, his stage vocals are equally powerful. Consistency is what I like in my artists and Corpsegrinder is as steady as they come.

With tracks entitled “Shedding My Human Skin”, “Heads Shoveled Off” and “Destroyed Without a Trace” you know what to expect – vicious, brutal, unapologetic Death Metal. No cutting corners, just plain and simple old fashioned, old school Floridian Death Metal, and that’s the best kind in my opinion.

Red Before Black is the 14th full length release from Cannibal Corpse and is an awesome addition to their catalogue. With the last couple albums being as strong as they are I can’t see any reason why Cannibal Corpse couldn’t get that number to 20 albums. No signs of slowing down for these guys, and that’s a good thing for the Metal world.


CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Power Trip, Gatecreeper:

11/03/2017 Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL
11/04/2017 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
11/05/2017 Saturn – Birmingham, AL
11/06/2017 New Daisy Theater – Memphis, TN
11/08/2017 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/09/2017 White Oak – Houston, TX
11/10/2017 Mohawk – Austin, TX
11/12/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
11/13/2017 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
11/14/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/15/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/17/2017 Neumos – Seattle, WA
11/18/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/19/2017 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/20/2017 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/22/2017 Summit – Denver, CO
11/24/2017 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
11/25/2017 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/26/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/28/2017 Royale – Boston, MA
11/29/2017 Stage 48 – New York, NY
11/30/2017 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
12/01/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA
12/02/2017 The Tarheel – Jacksonville, NC
12/03/2017 Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
12/05/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
12/06/2017 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
12/07/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/08/2017 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL

Gene A. Gaona enjoys writing album reviews and conducting artist interviews for and Capital Chaos TV as well as taking in as many live metal shows as possible. He firmly believes there is nothing better in this world than his family, and great heavy metal.