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Murder by numbers
on 17 June 2004
The Wretched Sawn contains plenty of twisted riffing and brutal death metal, but for some reason this album seems to be less than the sum of it's parts. The album is bookended by two fairy generic and uninspiring Cannibal Corpse-by-numbers tracks, but elsewhere Alex Webster and Pat O'Brian provide some great tracks, from the moody title track to the frantic Cyanide Assassin. Unfortunately the rogue element seems to be Jack Owen, as while his songs contain some catchy riffs they all seem to be mid-tempo plodders that suck the aggression and pace out of the album - it comes as no surprise to see the guitarist has now quit the band citing lack of desire. By no means awful, The Wretched Spawn is still a good record - but Cannibal Corpse have made so many great records that this may well be the least essential album they've ever released.
NB: If you can find it, make sure you get the version with the bonus DVD, which contains plenty of interviews and song performances (the performance of Frantic Disembowelment is so jaw-droppingly technical you'll wish they'd kept it as an instrumental).