The album was released in Europe yesterday and I literally ran to my local record store (my bike was stolen, shop closes at 7pm and it already was 6.30 pm, 3km of running only for DeathMetal!). I got myself the digibook with 3 bonus tracks. Gonna lose a few words on every song. Which has to be said is that O'Brien, Webster, Mazurkiewicz and Barret wrote extremely awesome riffs for this album, seriously the guitar and bass work on this album is easily one of the best I've heard of them.
1. Demented Aggression
No words needed we all know the track. Its thrashy beat is really what makes the song awesome.
2. Sarcophagic Frenzy
Nothing special here, the riff during the verses is pretty cool though. Solid CC track could've been on every other album since Wretched Spawn
3. Scourge of Iron
FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUCK it's brutal as fuck. Slow, smashing, really awesome minimalistic riffs, solid double bass and George growling the fuck out of his throat. I think he did his job on this album pretty solid aswell. Definitely one of my favourites on this album.
4. Encased in Concrete
The weakest song on the album imo. Nothing special which is pretty sad because the songtitle for itself is pretty cool.
5. As Deep As the Knife Will Go
BOOM! Seriously this is awesome, intro reminds of Scalding Hail, really fast blasting afterwards with only some verse lines. But than the chorus is coming. This has to be one of the coolest riffs CC ever wrote, goes straight into your ear and will be stuck there for at least a couple hours. This song must be hell live. Favourited.
6. Intestinal Crank
Creeping intro riff and slow drums, going straight into double bass and a cool verse riff. The mid part turns down the tempo again which is pretty awesome but again nothing really special here.
7. Followed Home Then Killed
My first thought when I was reading the song title was, this has to be something special and how right I was.
Introriff with clean guitars? Premiere for CC? I don't know but than hell starts, what a motherfuckin badass riff they wrote holy shit. George screaming FOLLOWED HOME THEN KILLED and right before the solo starts (which I actually thought is pretty cool even though I often don't like solos) and you can hear some clean guitars again. This is sooo evil and awesome. Also one of my favourites.
8. The Strangulation Chair
Yup. Awesome. I'm really in love with it.
Cool intro riff but I could write the same here as for Encased in Concrete
10. Crucifier Avenged
Deicide anyone? Right after the intro riff and verse1 George gives us an UH! and then Deicide, no seriously if this riff and flow doesn't remind you of Dead by Dawn you should really hear through your collection again. Chorus goes straight into your ear, can't tell if Rutan or Fisher himself did the additional vocals on the chorus but still it's pretty awesome.
Uhm yeah nobody would notice if this song wouldn't have been added to the album. Nothing special...again
12. Torn Through
Blaaaaastbeats wooohooo. Slow tempo, something with "Killing Sprees!!! KILLING SPREE! IN FOR THE KILL!". Perfect for closing the album. Solid Cannibal Corpse track, some serious death metal going on here fellaws. I really love the line "In hell I will kill you again", a definition of Cannibal Corpse.
The 3 bonus tracks are live tracks (Death Walking Terror, Make Them Suffer, Disfigured(!) ) so no words needed here.
So we have 5 mediocre tracks and 7 awesome-as-fuck-holy-shit-mother-of-epicness-tracks so I'd give the album a 8.5/10.
If you're undecided wether to buy it or not listen to:
Scourge of Iron(!!!!!!)
As Deep As the Knife Will Go (!!)
Followed Home Then Killed (!!!)