(Austin Weber delivers this review of the new album by Cannabis Corpse, and we’ll also link you to a full-album stream that premiered today.)
While Cannabis Corpse have always reeked of a strong Cannibal Corpse odor through and through, the group deserve to be analyzed outside the bounds of mere gimmickry and the pothead puns to which their music is joined at the hip. From Wisdom To Baked carries on their death metal lyrical send-ups; the title itself a fine and funny nod to Gorguts, and another Gorguts reference appears within the title of “With Their Hash He Will Create”. But the music is outstanding.
If Cannabis Corpse do one thing well, it’s their ability to play Cannibal Corpse’s dope doppelganger perfectly without boring you for a second. This time around there’s a stronger focus on vocal hooks, with almost all the songs repeating their title several times. There is also a newfound variety in their music, courtesy of some obviously Morbid Angel-influenced sections along with a smattering of old school death metal non-Cannibal Corpse-sounding leads and solos on a few tracks, plus numerous slower-tempo moments, all of which combine to infuse the music with the band’s own identity.
These subtle additions to the Cannabis Corpse playbook help them to step out from the shadow of their undead forefathers. It also helps that this time around the bass has a much more prominent focus in the music and mix, and that nimble bass playing that engulfs From Wisdom To Baked would make Alex Webster proud.
Of course, the stench of Cannibal Corpse’s influence is still present in many of the ingredients from which From Wisdom To Baked is stewed — from the gruff, rumbling vocal delivery, to the sharp stabbing riffs, to the spastic bass spikes, to the pummelling drum style. The album is a fine ode to the older Cannibal Corpse brutality and riffing, with a helping of the more modern and at times complex style that Cannibal Corpse has delved into since Pat O’Brian (formerly of Nevermore) joined the group and turned things up a notch musically.
If you loathe marijuana, or think the band is nothing more than a stale rip-off of Cannibal Corpse, you’d be wrong to dismiss this album off-hand for those reasons. Likewise, even if you weren’t previously sold on Cannabis Corpse, this is a big step up for them and a high point for the group’s discography. I’d even go so far as to say that with From Wisdom to Baked they have outdone their obvious point of influence. Their bud-bathed tunes exude a potent force of red-eyed rage whose rankness is hard to match.
Even though it can’t be smoked, From Wisdom To Baked can get you mighty high — except unlike weed, its potency could very well stone you to death, much like a “Frantic Disembowelment” or “Five Nails Through The Neck” might do. Oh wait, that’s a different band — though when you hear this album you’d be hard-pressed to choose between them, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
Stream the entire album HERE. It will be released on June 24 by Season of Mist. To pre-order, visit this location.
so excited to get this, Cannabis Corpse is awesome 🙂
Stoked for this one. I remembered when I first listened to Beneath Grow Lights and was left wondering how those riffs can be so damn groovy and catchy, and not by a very melodeath approach.
I don’t mean to be a Debbie-Downer, but I’m getting a bit sick of this band’s weed/parody schtick. It was amusing at first but now it’s a joke that’s gone on way too long. I also think these guys have done themselves a disservice by going this route, as their music is pretty decent but some people are never going to take them as anything more than a joke. And a lot of the “pfft, these guys are better than Cannibal Corpse now anyway” thing that I’ve seen from various metal fans is extremely tired and off base. Both bands are a similar style of death metal, but they don’t sound like Cannibal Corpse to me any more than they sound like Deicide. Yet people are always going to make the comparison, based on this band’s parody moniker.
There, I’m done with my rant. Now I’ll go have a cookie and feel better.
What is the essential difference between their weed shtick getting old versus over twenty years now of death metal (mostly) going on about gore, torture, rape, murder, etc. and black metal themes about pro-Satanic, anti-Christian beliefs? I’m not saying you’re wrong I just don’t see a difference. Besides, most people don’t listen to death metal for the lyrics, but the music. If you did, you’d be better off sticking to Chuck Schuldiner’s lyrics for Death.
Opinions. We all have them. Bet you’d feel even better if it was a cookie laced with pot 😉