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Cannibal Corpse - Their finest album
on 8 February 2004
The Bleeding is a classic venture into brutal death metal, that no real fan of the genre with the gift of hearing and half a brain could fail to be impressed by. Unlike 'Tomb of the Mutilated', Chris Barnes' lyrics are comprehensable, although still a guttural growl, the guitar riffs are original and technical, with a love for trills and slow grinding figures punctuating the tremelo picked blurs such as those from the intro of 'Pulverised'.
There is a dark almost doom metal type quality to some of the guitar parts, such as those found in 'Return to Flesh', and 'The Bleeding'. There are also more time signature and tempo changes than before, and Paul Mazurciewicz' drum sound is more even in the mix, rather than overpowering.
To me this is a metal classic to be held in esteem with 'Reign in Blood', 'Heartwork', and 'Covenant', and is true genre defining stuff. The lyrics and song titles are still gory and well beyond any form of good taste, but nowhere near as much as the gruesome obscenities of Tomb of the Mutilated, with even the cover art being more subtle than before.