Cannibal Corpse is probably the most successful death metal band of all time, and certainly one of the best. These veteran propagators of good old-fashioned American violence have been spilling blood for more than 20 years, and unlike many popular metal bands these days, deserve every coagulating gallon of their success.
2002's Gore Obsessed is their fourth album featuring Corpsegrinder, my preferred frontman for the band. The record opens with a killer track in "Savage Butchery" and never lets down. "Hatchet to the Head", "When Death Replaces Life", every track is a broken neck waiting to happen, perfect for drowning out whatever music the vato in the car next to you is blasting. The album doesn't blaze any new ground, but why reinvent the chainsaw?
The high point of the album is absolutely the third track, "Pit of Zombies". A brutal depiction of one man's agonizing transformation into finger food for ghouls, it also has my favorite moment on the album: If you aren't possessed by bloodlust at the song's climax into the sick, sick, sick solo at 3:15, you are not my friend.
Although it doesn't reinvent the wheel, Gore Obsessed is another glorious autopsy report in Cannibal Corpse's legacy of brutality.
Oh, and get the version with the cover of Metallica's "No Remorse". You'll thank me if you survive.
Verdict: Win [8/10] (My doom is here!)