At most you can give them Tombs of the Mutilated. Even then, that album is redundant, sub-par and has maybe two slightly passable songs if you were demolished at a bar and had nothing else to put on the juke box except Journey. Fuck this band.
"Tomb of the Mutilated" is clearly the pinnacle of Cannibal Corpse's career, and it is this era in which I choose to elate them as one of my choice Death Metal bands. This album and "Eaten Back To Life" I will choose to critique right now.
Riff-command, style and ability is exceptional, but not phrasal to be fair. So they can play but they're bad at writing the actual "music". There is nothing gained but a good time from their songs on these albums and to some that's a crime. I can clearly understand this. Though, all throughout those two albums, I can't sit though a playing of either of them without genuinely smiling, because what I hear pleases me.
Their appeal lies primarily in their very precise rhythmic cooperation, and I think this is what "most" fans of metal (including the worst ones) look for in their music. Scott Burns might have something to do with this as well.
The lyrics are beyond forgiveness. So vile that it becomes beautiful at a certain point to struggle in reading them" (see "Necropedophile")
In all of this however is the courage to venture into a very primal, non-cognitive fantasy (Zombie-like behavior).
I didn't always enjoy Cannibal Corpse (as there was a time that I hadn't heard them yet), but it was during this time in which ANUS.com's influence on my musical taste was the strongest, and I was always well aware of how Prozak (and the board) felt about Cannibal Corpse. To my public disadvantage it was during a "party" that I first listened to them, in front of DM Hessians that were so shocked that I haven't heard the first four albums. Those two stuck out as gems among the four that I sat through that night.
Cannibal Corpse isn't for everyone. It's cheesy and fun, but if that doesn't appeal to you I would never recommend them.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIv8dPWACYY
That's a good example of what I'm trying to get at.