Released: 2002, Metal Blade
Here they are again! Cannibal Corpse comes back after the release of their last offering LIVE CANNIBALISM (great album if you want to check out the band for the first time.). GORE OBSESSED is yet again a typical Cannibal Corpse album with some slight differences when you compare it to more recent albums. Although the sound of the album is generally closer to GALLERY OF SUICIDE and BLOODTHIRST, putting this one along with the 2 afore mentioned albums would be a mistake. I have noticed on this album that Cannibal Corpse has regained some of that magnificent intensity that made them famous in their first offerings.
For all of the people who bash Cannibal Corpse for doing the same thing over and over again, I must say “so what?” as long as they maintain the quality I don’t see a problem with this. The thing that makes this album a great listen is Corpsegrinder’s excellent vocal work, there are moments of unashamed brilliance in his performance (like on “Savage Butchery” or “Grotesque) showing that he can deliver better goods than many of the other voices in the saturated Death Metal scene. The concept of the album is the same; the band stays on the same track as they have since the beginning, gory lyrics, images and the same musical style.
As a side note I found it very funny to find a cover version of Metallica’s “no remorse” on the limited digi pack version of the album, and I must say I loved what they did with the song! In all a very strong Cannibal Corpse album, if you like the band, do not hesitate, if you don’t, don’t waste your time.