Label: Metal Blade Records
Sometimes, after a bad day, you want music that takes you somewhere else – whether that be some calming ambient vibes, or psychedelic explorations of space, or atmospheric black metal that recalls forests you have never visited. And some days, you want music that sounds like a murderous rampage, and for days like that, it’s hard to do better than Cannibal Corpse. Their latest album, Red Before Black, was as strong as you’d expect from such a reliable band of veterans, and as time goes on, its place within their discography becomes clearer.
Ranking Cannibal Corpse albums is very much an exercise in splitting small differences these days – they’ve not produced a bad album, and I doubt they’re capable of doing so if they tried. The more I listen to Red Before Black, the more sure I am that it’s one of their best albums, with songs like ‘Heads Shoveled Off’ and ‘Code of the Slashers’ doing exactly what you’d hope modern Cannibal Corpse to do. The title track, in particular, absolutely slays, and I can’t wait to hear it played during their coming UK tour.