Cannibal Corpse – Butchered At Birth (1991)

I’ve reviewed some sick shit on this site over the last ten years and I can’t help it but when I look at the art for Butchered At Birth I just cringe out. There’s something about death metal paintings that are so overdone anyway (don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of good ones) that when it stoops to mangling up kids and babies to be offensive I’m immediately zoning out. It’s like, on that note, what kind of edgelords does a band name like Infant Annihilator appeal to?

Anyways, music-wise, Butchered At Birth is prime Barnes-era Cannibal madness; that dank, super low and heavy attack hits you right in the face and still packs a hell of a punch all these years later. I’ve slowly started working my way through the CC albums as of late because I’ve only ever come at them piecemeal in the past. This was definitely a step in a more refined direction after Eaten Back To Life.