Review : CANNABIS CORPSE – "Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise"

Cannabis CorpseBeneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise
Release: 2011Jul12 (US)
Label: Tank Crimes
Rating: 4/5

Since it’s infancy in the late ’80s, death metal has undergone myriad mutations and has changed from easily-defined to a broad generalization. The days of using the term to identify bands like Cannibal CorpseMorbid Angel, Deicide and Obituary are gone for the most part. The genre has expanded in such a way that you cannot just describe a death metal band as such. This saddens me. While I wasn’t around to go see the classic “old school” bands perform in basements and dive bars, I have a tremendous appreciation for their gritty style which is, for the most part, dead. In the last few years, every one of the bands I mentioned above have released albums and not a single one properly embodies the trailblazers. The end of the classic style appears imminent.

However, just when you thought that deathcore had taken over, enter Virginia’s Cannabis Corpse. These masters of marijuana bring to the table the most true-to-form, original strain since the days of Legion and Tomb of the Mutilated. With their third full-length, Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, Cannabis Corpse has cemented their place as one of the premier death metal bands on the scene today and they do it with no frills or trendy terms to identify their style.

Beneath The Grow Lights is fun, fast, catchy, and forces you to bang your head and mosh. However, I think my favorite part of this album is the production quality mixed with their old school approach. I never thought I would hear the speed and attitude of Butchered at Birth with the production of a 2011 metal recording. I always thought that if someone remastered or re-recorded one of the classic death metal albums and gave it a contemporary makeover, it would end up sounding really lousy, but Cannabis Corpse has proved me wrong. Maybe Cannabis Corpse can get Scott Burns to produce/mix their next album but that may be TOO good!

It seems the best way to describe an album like this is “a breath of fresh air”, but considering their name and leitmotif, “a rip of milky smoke” feels more appropriate. If you are a fan of headbangin’, rowdy death metal, this album is sure to please. [Weed helps, too. ~Ed.]

01. Visions from the Dankside
02. Lunatic of Pot’s Creation
03. Blame it on Bud
04. Chapel of Bowls
05. Dead by Bong
06. Immortal Pipes
07. Blaze of Torment
08. Sworn to the Bag
09. Where the Kind Lives
10. Gateways to Inhalation
11. Slave to the Chron
12. Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise

~Cole Dougherty


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