Feb 062012

I guess every carnivore knows by now that Torture, the next album by Cannibal Corpse, is slated for North American release through Metal Blade Records on March 13, 2012. One song has already premiered, and today Metal Blade gave the honor of releasing a second track to that bible of bile, that everyman’s guide to the filthy underbelly of the underground, that harbinger of hellish death metal . . . REVOLVER magazine.

Yeah, go figure.

Anyway, the new song is called “Scourge of Iron”. It’s an exclusive premiere, so I’m unable to embed it here — which means that to listen, you’ll have to hold your nose and go visit the Revolver site (HERE), where you will be greeted by two of “the hottest chicks in metal” flanking the Cannibal Corpse audio player, along with links to the latest news about Modern Day Escape, Shinedown, and Guns ‘N’ Roses. Sigh.

But in my humble opinion the nose-holding trip is worth it, cuz the song is a brain-stomper. It’s the flip-side of the first song (“Demented Aggression”) — slow, grisly, pounding, putrid, and featuring a truly diseased guitar solo. Truly diseased.


  1. Consider me utterly impressed!

    • The press release I got included this quote from Alex Webster: “‘Scourge of Iron’ helps to show the song writing diversity on Torture. [First album single] ‘Demented Aggression’ is blazing fast and frantic, while ‘Scourge…’ is a down tempo, pounding song. They’re both death metal, but at opposite ends of the speed spectrum. Expect to hear this kind of variety throughout Torture. We’ve utilized many different tempos, rhythms, and feels in these songs with the goal of making an album that is varied and dynamic but also very brutal. On March 13th you’ll get to decide whether or not we succeeded.”

      I may have already made up my mind. 🙂

  2. It’s got that rhythm you get when you try and saw a limb off with a dull hacksaw. You can just flay right through the flesh, but once you hit bone you have to scrape your way through.

    • I admire your choice of metaphor. “Demented Aggression” sounds like the saw going through the soft tissue like butter — and then it hits resistant bone in “Scourge”. No stopping, of course, but slower going, and a nice spatter of marrow once it bites through.

  3. Listened to that link and my head just exploded in orgasmic joy. There is gore everywhere in my cubicle. Amongst other bodily fluids.

  4. Are you guys on a pseudo-death metal review spree? All the comments here so far can be combined together to form a typically violent death metal review.

  5. This is…not what I was expecting. In a good way. I’m not a huge Cannibal Corpse fan like where I would know their whole discography, but compared to what I have heard by them, this seems more varied. Whatever, I like it.

  6. Also, hooray for the artwork! I’m guessing this is what you see inside the packaging, or after you unfold it or whatever? What they had unveiled at first was so dreadfully boring, but seeing this entire scene is… an improvement? Well, more like what I would have expected and hoped for, anyway.

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