Cannabis Corpse - From Wisdom to Baked
Season Of Mist
Death Metal
11 songs (36:54)
Release year: 2014
Cannabis Corpse, Season Of Mist
Reviewed by Goat

Impressively on their fourth full-length and only two years away from the decade anniversary of their formation, Cannabis Corpse have gone from a mildly funny joke to a respectably solid death metal band that's more reliable than many of their influences nowadays. I certainly enjoyed 2011's Beneath Grow Lights Thy Shall Rise more than whatever Cannibal Corpse and Deicide are putting out these days! And with the steady introduction of more technical elements mounting with this album's Gorguts-inspired title, Cannabis Corpse are proving that they're more than a comedy death metal band. The difficulty comes, from personal experience, in defending them to people with limited listening time and more radical offerings for their ears – old-school death metal bands are ten a penny these days, what makes these guys stand out?

Let's face it, being blunt (heh) this is pretty much an enthusiastic Cannibal Corpse tribute act with a gimmick, and the gimmick gets old fast. Yet Cannabis Corpse aren't a parody band as some wrongly tag them; this is a loving tribute that takes its task seriously. You might smirk at song titles like THC Crystal Mountain, but you won't be laughing at the music. And yes, it might take someone quite familiar with Cannibal Corpse and Deicide to really appreciate the intricacies of how songs are constructed here, elements of each inhaled (heh) and absorbed for best effect. Take for example With Their Hash He Will Create, moving from a technical Cannibal Corpsean opening to Deicidey beatdowns, complete with technical bass twangs and screeched/growled vocals (partly provided by Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad). It's heavily familiar, and even formulaic – plainly music made by fans of said bands for other fans...

But damn it, it's lovingly constructed, and well-written enough to be catchy and keep your interest when poorer albums from the originals failed to. The variety alone is impressive, the opening Baptized in Bud having a crunchy power that envelopes some technical breakdowns and surprisingly melodic soloing well. It's followed up well with the faster Zero Weed Tolerance and Weedless Ones, tight and technical death metal tunes that will please any fan of the genre. Pull the Carb is a technical Deathly delight, and slower, heavier songs like the title track and THC Crystal Mountain (yep, that title is still making me smirk) are a welcome and well-executed change of pace. Chris Barnes even pops up to lead the vocals on Individual Pot Patterns in a well-placed guest spot (if the band's next album doesn't feature an appearance from 'Weedgrinder' then they've definitely missed a trick!). Each listen to From Wisdom to Baked puts a bigger grin on my face, and not because of the puns. A solid death metal album, made with love, and deserving of yours; total fucking dankness.

Killing Songs :
Baptized in Bud, Weedless Ones, Pull the Carb, Considered Dank, THC Crystal Mountain, Medicinal Healing
Goat quoted 80 / 100
Other albums by Cannabis Corpse that we have reviewed:
Cannabis Corpse - Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise reviewed by Goat and quoted 84 / 100
Cannabis Corpse - Tube Of The Resinated reviewed by Goat and quoted 80 / 100
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