Third re-release of the second full-length studio album by legendary American Brutal Death Metal band.
In the early '90s, Cannibal Corpse acquired a small cult in the Death Metal Underground by embracing some of the most gruesome lyrics the subgenre had to offer. Thriving on shock value, the band inspires comparisons to GWAR and comes across as a parody of Death Metal and Grindcore more than anything. Like its previous album, the equally twisted "Eaten Back To Life", "Butchered At Birth" addresses such lurid topics as dismemberment, torture, and masochism.
"Butchered At Birth" was the Cannibal Corpse album to establish their trademark, Death Metal style, as many say that their first album, "Eaten Back To Life", had more Thrash elements to it. Chris Barnes' vocals became noticeably lower, as this is the first time fans experienced his associated "inhuman" grunting. One will need the lyric sheet to know just how gross songs like "Under the Rotted Flesh", "Meat Hook Sodomy", "Covered with Sores", and "Rancid Amputation" are - the grunting vocals are impossible to understand.
Some retailers refused to carry this CD because of its depiction of a woman being mutilated by zombies, and Cannibal Corpse wasted no time getting as much publicity as possible from the controversy. The album was banned in Germany due to the violent artwork. The first pressings of the compact disc were wrapped in white butcher paper stamped with the band logo and album title in red ink. "Butchered At Birth"′s cover also drew a complaint from the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada, which led to stores being told not to sell the album to people younger than 20 years old. Even though the album was banned, it was not given a censored re-release or new artwork.
This album is Cannibal Corpse's finest moment with everything Death Metal needs - brutality, technicality, and ability to be memorable. Released the same year as many other landmark Death Metal releases such as Suffocation's "Effigy Of The Forgotten", Massacre's "From Beyond", Entombed's "Clandestine", Death's "Human", and Carcass's "Necroticism", Cannibal Corpse's sophomore release had them joining the ranks of the future kings of the genre, the most influential bands of the Death Metal scene! And what made it even more impressive was that at the time, they didn't even know it yet. "Butchered At Birth" is an album that speaks for itself!!
Enhanced remastered re-edition includes bonus audio and video track for the song "Covered With Sores"!
Metal Blade Records/Blackend/Plastic Head Records Ltd., 1991/2005 (BLACK076CD). Pressed in UK.
1. Meat Hook Sodomy 5:49
2. Gutted 3:16
3. Living Dissection 3:59
4. Under The Rotted Flesh 5:04
5. Covered With Sores 3:15
6. Vomit The Soul 4:29
7. Butchered At Birth 2:44
8. Rancid Amputation 3:16
9. Innards Decay 4:36
10. Covered With Sores (Live; Bonus Track) 3:59
Total playing time: 40:27 min.