|» Cannibal Corpse 2014 10 19||
Last time I saw Cannibal Corpse live was seven years ago, at Wacken Open Air. I was really tired and witnessed the gig from quite a distance, however, so that doesn't really count. Additionally, I was supposed to see them the last time they were in Gothenburg (with Behemoth a couple of years ago) but some asshole stole my phone just before Cannibal Corpse's gig so I had to rush home to block my SIM card from my computer. So needless to say, I'd been looking forward to this gig.
First of all, it's obvious that these guys do this a lot. Cannibal Corpse is probably the most professional death metal live act I've ever witnessed - everything from the guitar solos to the intricate bass melodies to the drumming was absolutely spot-on and without a flaw. Additionally, the sound was near perfect, something that's painfully unusual with death metal gigs.
One of few objections I have is that although it's extremely impressive to witness 80 minutes of brutal death metal played to perfection, it was slightly stale and almost a little too perfect. This impression was probably enhanced by the fact that no one seemed to move very much during the show. This was however compensated by Corpsegrinder's brutal headbanging - he really worked all those beefy neck muscles of his! He was in a great mood as well; joking with the audience in between songs and showing his knack for obscene words in Swedish.
With the new album A Skeletal Domain out, three songs were played from it (Kill Or Become, Sadistic Embodiment and Icepick Lobotomy) and I think it was a clever move to play all three in a row as this showed how strong their latest album is, and the band members' confidence in it. In general, I was impressed with the newer songs that were played tonight. Evisceration Plague, Scourge Of Iron and Demented Aggression were absolutely phenomenal in a live setting, showing that Cannibal Corpse don't have to rely on old merits alone.
In short, I really enjoyed the gig. A total of 19 songs were played,
with twelve out of thirteen studio albums being represented. Personally,
I would have loved to hear more than one song from Eaten Back To Life
as A Skull Full Of Maggots was my personal highlight of the evening but
all in all, it was a good mix of old and new songs. Here's to hoping it
won't take another seven years before I get to see Cannibal Corpse again.
Performance: 8 chalices