Monday, October 12, 2009

Cannabis Corpse - The Weeding EP (2009)

Essentially a death metal parody gone legit, Cannabis Corpse's previous full-length Tube of the Resinated was quite a surprise last year, chock full of quality riffing (especially for USDM). To describe the concept is not difficult: think of that 'other' death metal band, the one with the similar name, inject the dorky marijuana shtick of early Cephalic Carnage or Bongzilla, and profit. Each release spoofs a Cannibal Corpse title, in this case a play on The Bleeding.

Which leads me to the following question: what happened to Eaten Back to Life? What the hell, guys, honestly!

At any rate, The Weeding EP contains four new tracks of blunted technical death metal with the obvious influence, in addition to a little Suffocation, Morbid Angel, etc. "Shit of Pot Seeds" gallops out of the gate with a myriad of great riffs, the bass playing is also quite good which mirrors Alex Webster. "Vaporized" is excellent, with some creepy cavernous leads and brilliant moments of chugging death. "Skull Full of Bong Hits" is choppy and brutal; if you like anything from the first four Cannibal Corpse selections you'll also like this. "Sickening Photosynthesis" features more persistent, quality riffing.

You can't go wrong here if you enjoyed Tube of the Resinated. The EP has a good honest tone to it, a little lower budget than the band's idols but you can still hear everything quite clearly. The bass, drums and guitar are all impressively performed, just technical enough without going overboard. The cover art is also great. Like most good parody metal bands, they take the music seriously enough that it'd be worth listening to even without the hilarity and puns.

Verdict: Win [7.5/10]

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