Released: 2001, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
While they are certainly the “godfathers” of the gore/death metal genre, Cannibal Corpse, do their thing best live on stage. The crushing live show has to be seen to be believed. While it would be simple to play a bunch of incomprehensible noise (which is how many describe Cannibal Corpse’s sound, anyway), if you look and listen carefully, each instrument can clearly be separated from the wall of brutality. The LIVE CANNIBALISM DVD captures the band during a stopover on their 2000 tour for the BLOODTHIRST CD.
The DVD features a one hour set of all the classics: “Hammer Smashed Face”, “Gallery Of Suicide”, “A Skull Full Of Maggots” and many others. The band is in top form here and George’s death growl and piercing screams prove no one does it better. It was also a treat for me to see George wearing a Conqueror t-shirt because not only are they from the same city as I am, but I used to work with the guitarist/vocalist of the band! Alex Webster is just a sea of hair as he plucks away at his bass, while the lack of hair is balanced on the opposite side of the stage by guitarist Jack Owen. You also get to see George shaving and cutting himself in the club bathroom before the show, a short clip of him chatting with fans outside the club, almost 20 minutes of soundcheck footage, a look at the day-of-show setup schedule and if that’s not enough, you also get the uncensored music videos for “Devoured By Vermin” and “Sentenced To Burn”.
If you just want to hear the music, buy the LIVE CANNIBALISM CD. If you want to experience the spectacle, as well as see some behind-the-scenes footage and a couple of uncensored videos, then get the DVD. It’s well worth the $20 price tag. Of course, if you’re a true Cannibal Corpse, you will have both!!