To say "Cannibal Corpse are the biggest death metal band in the world" admittedly, is a lofty declaration; one made by Metal Hammer UK in an article back in 2009. Since then, the band has released “Evisceration Plague” and “Torture” – both included future classic Corpse cuts, reaped praise from press and fans across the globe, and both accumulated sales on a level rarely seen in death metal. In direct contrast with the “decline” of the music industry, Cannibal Corpse appears to be growing in popularity. 2006′s “Kill” debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #170, followed by “Evisceration Plague” at #66 in 2009, and #38 in 2012 with “Torture.” Whether or not that trend will continue is impossible to predict, but George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, Alex Webster , Pat O’Brien , Rob Barrett, and Paul Mazurkiewicz plan to continue to expose legions of metal fans to their hyper-brutal brand of death metal in 2014 and beyond. The campaign beings in the summer of 2014 as Coldcock Herbal Whiskey Stage headliners on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, immediately followed by the release their thirteenth studio album: “A Skeletal Domain.”
Lucky number thirteen? Lucky or not, it’s a quantity of releases (not even counting VHS/DVD releases and EPs) and a wealth of material beyond which most bands could even imagine. Cannibal Corpse approaches each recording session with a honed and precise vision of a band in their third decade of existence. With this new entry to their extensive catalog, they have switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis at Audio Hammer Studios, after having tracked their previous three (Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture) with Erik Rutan.
Preparation for “A Skeletal Domain” did not vary significantly from previous efforts. “At the end of the day, we’re still making a death metal record, no matter where it’s being recorded,” says bassist Alex Webster. Mark Lewis offered a slightly different, modern recording approach, but the band stressed that they could not be more pleased with their previous albums with Rutan, and the door is most definitely open to work with him again in the future.
The musical and lyrical team effort here laid the foundation for the vocal performance of iconic front man, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. For “A Skeletal Domain,” producer Mark Lewis worked to cull the most potent performance from the vocalist as possible. Evidence of these efforts exists in the violent howls in “Headlong into Carnage,” the title track, album opener “High Velocity Impact Splatter,” and more. Corpsegrinder’s trademark vocals are the final piece of the death metal puzzle that is “A Skeletal Domain.” Cannibal Corpse have proven time and again that they have more fuel in their tank, more riffs in their minds, and more ways to describe gore than any single group of human beings could ever have hoped. The thirteenth album will prove to be as important a landmark in their career as just about any other. Cannibal Corpse are consistency defined.