More video footage from the recording sessions for “Torture“, the twelfth studio album from Florida-based death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE, can be seen below. Due on March 13 via Metal Blade Records, the follow-up to 2009‘s “Evisceration Plague” offers up 12 tracks of maniacally precise, soul-searing death metal. “Torture” was again produced by HATE ETERNAL‘s Erik Rutan at his own Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida as well as Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, and features the maniacal cover art by longtime CANNIBAL CORPSE artist Vincent Locke.
While “Torture” marks the latest progression in the band’s sound, it also witnesses a return to what drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz accurately terms “the frenzied attack of ‘Butchered At Birth‘ (1991) or ‘Tomb Of The Mutilated‘ (1992),” infusing the band’s advanced musicianship with the raw savagery that haunted their earlier releases, and in the process conceiving the definitive CANNIBAL CORPSE record.
From the monstrous chugging of “Sarcophagic Frenzy” to the deeply sinister “Followed Home Then Killed” or the loping evil of “Scourge of Iron“, every track hits with sledgehammer force, and each one boasts its own hideous character, the band refusing to repeat themselves at any point.
Though the band continue to dwell on dark and disturbing lyrical areas, they long ago transcended the early notoriety bestowed upon them (based solely upon their artwork and lyrics) through proving themselves one of the best — and hardest working — live bands in modern heavy music. As such, while they certainly stand defiant as part of the old guard in death metal, through their devotion to touring and consistently releasing bigger and better records they have retained both their relevance and bite while many of the bands that hacked their way out of the scene twenty years ago have fallen by the wayside. Equally, as the genre’s profile has begun to once again grow in recent years the band do not concern themselves with thoughts of being dethroned by younger generations of bands following in their wake.
In 2012, CANNIBAL CORPSE have ensured that the twelve songs comprising “Torture” are the very best and therefore cohere to make the best possible album, though they are not content to rest upon their laurels and they are as hungry as ever to unleash their distinctive breed of aural horror upon heaving mosh pits.
“Torture” track listing:
01. Demented Aggression
02. Sarcophagic Frenzy
03. Scourge Of Iron
04. Encased In Concrete
05. As Deep As the Knife Will Go
06. Intestinal Crank
07. Followed Home Then Killed
08. The Strangulation Chair
10. Crucifier Avenged
12. Torn Through
The song “Demented Aggression” can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below.
As a precursor to the release, CANNIBAL CORPSE will perform a special one-off show at the Culture Room in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 22 then head to the seas to take part in this year’s edition of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. The band will get a short break before a near month-long march through Europe on the Full Of Hate 2012 tour with labelmates BEHEMOTH.