Published Sep 12, 2014Now 13 albums in, pure USDM crop-creamers Cannibal Corpse have little left to prove, and while it's arguable that they just make the same damn album over and over again, there are subtleties to be found, if that's the kinda thing you spend your Friday nights doing. If not, damn, just turn it up and enjoy the meat and potatoes death on display here. The pure Floridian DM pummel reaches absolute levels of absolution on cuts like prime opener "High Velocity Impact Spatter."
While this modern-era Cannibal Corpse reached a new level of perfection with 2006's Kill, a streamlined monster of a death metal album, this one is right behind it, with speedy cuts like the frantic "Sadistic Embodiment" and slower movers like "The Murderer's Pact" sounding like the same song you've heard so many times but with that extra 10 percent that Cannibal Corpse always give. They re-win me over every time they put out a new disc, and A Skeletal Domain continues that pattern, one that surprises every time due to these guys being unfairly lumped into a cookie-cutter category in the ol' death metal mental paperwork, despite having a history and discography that demand more respect than that. (Metal Blade)