Kill (album)


Kill (album)
Kill
Studio album by Cannibal Corpse
Released March 21, 2006
Recorded 2005 at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida
Genre Death metal
Length 42:10
Label Metal Blade
Producer Erik Rutan & Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse chronology
The Wretched Spawn
(2004)
Kill
(2006)
Evisceration Plague
(2009)

Kill is the tenth studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse, released on March 21, 2006. This release marks the return of guitarist Rob Barrett, who had previously played on The Bleeding and Vile. The European version of the album comes with a live DVD filmed in Strasbourg in 2004 called Hammer Smashed Laiterie. The album was produced at Mana Recording Studios by Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan.

Music videos were produced for the tracks "Make Them Suffer" and "Death Walking Terror".

Contents

Cover art

The album cover is one of the very few Cannibal Corpse album covers to not feature explicit graphic violence. Alex Webster, in an interview, stated that they decided to have the album cover as this because all the band members couldn't agree on a cover for the album. Also he stated that they wanted their fans to focus on their music and not to be distracted by a violent cover. He stated "this time they wanted to do something different."[1]

"The original art that Vince gave us was really cool, but we didn't think it would make the best cover. We decided to use it as interior art, and just have a simple band logo/album title type cover. The main focus of our band should be music anyway, so I don't think it's a big deal that the cover's not a blood soaked scene of carnage the way our others have been. This doesn't mean we won't have more bloody covers in the future though."[2]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth 8.5/10 stars link
Kerrang! 5/5 stars
Stylus Magazine B+[5]

In the week following its release, Kill became the second Cannibal Corpse album to make an appearance on the Billboard 200 chart, debuting at #170.[6] The album has debuted at #6 in the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart,[6] and #16 in the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.[6]

The album has also been received quite positively by critics: Allmusic gave it a 3.5 out of 5 rating, stating that "Kill doesn't break any new ground for the veteran sickos, but if it ain't broke don't fix it -- just turn it up louder",[4] while also commenting that the songs are "13 aural assaults that will be welcomed by fans with open mouths";[4] Stylus Magazine gave it a B+ rating and said that "the songcraft, catchiness, and cohesive energy of Kill make it one of Cannibal Corpse's best albums";[5] and About.com gave it a 4.5 out of 5 rating, with the only pros being "brutal, devastating death metal" and no cons.[3] Kerrang! magazine in the UK gave the album their top rating, 5 Ks.[citation needed]

The Metal Force also noted that the album "shows no sign of this seminal death metal band slowing down. Kill is every bit as vicious as we've come to expect from Cannibal Corpse over the best part of the last two decades. With Rutan's skilled production and 13 bruising tracks at hand, Cannibal Corpse have delivered a concise and technical slab of death metal which is their strongest in quite some time."[7]

Track listing

  1. "The Time to Kill Is Now" (Alex Webster) – 2:03
  2. "Make Them Suffer" (Paul Mazurkiewicz, Pat O'Brien) – 2:50
  3. "Murder Worship" (Webster) – 3:56
  4. "Necrosadistic Warning" (Webster) – 3:28
  5. "Five Nails Through the Neck" (Webster) – 3:45
  6. "Purification by Fire" (Mazurkiewicz, O'Brien) – 2:57
  7. "Death Walking Terror" (Webster) – 3:31
  8. "Barbaric Bludgeonings" (Rob Barrett) – 3:42
  9. "The Discipline of Revenge" (Webster) – 3:39
  10. "Brain Removal Device" (Mazurkiewicz, O'Brien) – 3:14
  11. "Maniacal" (Webster) – 2:12
  12. "Submerged in Boiling Flesh" (Mazurkiewicz) – 2:52
  13. "Infinite Misery" (O'Brien) – 4:01

Bonus disc

  1. "Shredded Humans"
  2. "Puncture Wound Massacre"
  3. "Fucked with a Knife"
  4. "Stripped, Raped, and Strangled"
  5. "Decency Defied"
  6. "Vomit the Soul"
  7. "Unleashing the Bloodthirsty"
  8. "Pounded into Dust"
  9. "The Cryptic Stench"
  10. "They Deserve to Die"
  11. "Dormant Bodies Bursting"
  12. "Gallery of Suicide"
  13. "Pit of Zombies"
  14. "The Wretched Spawn"
  15. "Devoured by Vermin"
  16. "A Skull Full of Maggots"
  17. "Hammer Smashed Face"

Personnel

Cannibal Corpse
Production

References


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