Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain
Metal Blade
Death Metal
12 songs (43:52)
Release year: 2014
Cannibal Corpse, Metal Blade
Reviewed by Goat
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If ever there was a band that would benefit from releasing singles or even EPs instead of albums, it would be Cannibal Corpse. Let's face it, their albums post-Kill have been struggling to fit up to that album and its anthems like Death Walking Terror and Make Them Suffer, the likes of Priests of Sodom and Encased in Concrete standouts on albums that seem more interested in repeating a sound than advancing it. Here, that standout is Kill or Become, a song about being forced to kill zombies for fear of becoming one – a useful metaphor for death metal bands struggling to make a name for themselves, and not least a band like Cannibal Corpse, who are threatened by new names that play original death metal as well as the likes of Cannabis Corpse, who take them on at their own game.

In fairness to Cannibal Corpse, though, the original is often the best, and A Skeletal Domain shows that Corpsegrinder and co are still capable of pleasing the crowd. The likes of the title track and Funeral Cremation are more than worthy of death metal ears, intense and blasting, yet if you're at all familiar with the band's sound (and since you're reading a Cannibal Corpse review on a metal website, it's more than likely that you are) then my thought about singles and EPs should make a lot of sense. Why pad out these forty minutes every two years or so when fans would be just as happy with shorter releases that distilled the band's strengths into better songs? Particularly in our modern internet age, when sticking to the album format is perverse at best if you're not a band that only releases limited vinyl...

Still, Cannibal Corpse are the sort of band that will still be releasing albums that sound much like this twenty years after we're all dead, and on that basis A Skeletal Domain is absolutely fine. Songs like Vector of Cruelty are just distinct enough to be enjoyable, and the band have a knack for songwriting that means that even when not at full power their brand of death metal is blunt and brutal enough to keep your attention – Bloodstained Cement and Asphyxiate to Resuscitate are about as perfect as meat and potatoes death metal gets. Yet with all due respect to previous authors, Cannibal Corpse are never a band that would get 100/100 from me, and as enjoyable as this is, it's essentially indistinguishable from previous albums. Given another ten years or so, Cannibal Corpse will be in Motörhead territory, where their continued existence and production of samey yet solid albums would be cause for praise in and of itself. Life is strange; I like Cannibal Corpse, and those who liked previous albums, or indeed death metal itself, will enjoy this. But that name counts for a lot, and if they weren't so good at it I'd accuse Cannibal Corpse of coasting.

Killing Songs :
Kill or Become, Funeral Cremation, Bloodstained Cement, Asphyxiate to Resuscitate
Goat quoted 70 / 100
Other albums by Cannibal Corpse that we have reviewed:
Cannibal Corpse - Chaos Horrific reviewed by Goat and quoted 75 / 100
Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined reviewed by Goat and quoted 84 / 100
Cannibal Corpse - Torture reviewed by Tony and quoted 100 / 100
Cannibal Corpse - Bloodthirst reviewed by Tony and quoted 83 / 100
Cannibal Corpse - Butchered at Birth reviewed by Tony and quoted 96 / 100
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