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Cannibal Corpse
-Live Cannibalism
October 2000
Released: 2000, Metal Blade
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

There are many ways to describe the sound of Cannibal Corpse, and, up until I saw them live, I would have said, “Crap”. I was won over, however, by the band’s totally crushing live show and have found a new respect for them, especially after talking to Corpsegrinder. Quite simply, the studio is not the place for CC, it is in the live arena where they truly get to show just how OTT and fucking insane their material can be. Having 1000 metalheads cheering you on doesn’t hurt either.

Captured live on their most recent North American tour, Live Cannibalism documents the power of CC live. Basically, if you like CC’s well-regarded album catalogue, you’re going to fucking love this CD! It is sheer brutality at its finest! From the opening notes of “Staring Through The Eyes Of The Dead”, to the final crashes of encore “Hammer Smashed Face”, CC is in full on attack mode, sounding every bit like the death metal pioneers that they are. All of the CC songs that you’d expect are here, favorites being “I Cum Blood”, “Stripped, Raped And Strangled”, and “Unleashing The Bloodthirsty”. Corpsegrinder is truly an amazing death metal voice, perhaps even more insane live than on record. O’Brien and Owen tear up their guitars like the surgeons they are while Webster and Mazurkiewicz pound away and make dust from your limbs and neck.

While I do think that this is the best comprehensive Cannibal album out there, that’s not really saying much, considering I’ve never liked their material in the past. However, the fact that I love this album should be enough to tell true CC fans that it is a must have! To my ears, Cannibal Corpse has never sounded so violent.

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