The ninth full-length studio album by legendary American Brutal Death Metal band.
The last studio album to feature Jack Owen, one of the band's founding members, and up to 2012's "Torture", the last with an album cover depicting violence and gore. Also is Cannibal Corpse's fourth album to be named after one of the tracks on the album, after "Butchered At Birth", The Bleeding" and "Gallery Of Suicide".
For album number nine Cannibal Corpse continues with much the same style of gore-themed Death Metal that had made them a mainstay of the stateside scene for a decade-and-a-half. Bassist Alex Webster and guitarist Jack Owen write most of the songs here, respectively, and those songs are pretty much, what you've come to expect from Cannibal Corpse by this point - musically pulverizing and lyrically unsettling. Vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher is as unrelenting as usual, especially on such songs as "Frantic Disembowelment", where he switches from growling to screaming with seeming ease.
"Wretched Spawn" is overall a pretty brief album, clocking in just under 45 minutes, as few of the 13 songs break the four-minute mark. The title track is an exception, as are the lumbering "Festering in the Crypt" and the Thrashing album-closer, "They Deserve to Die", - these three longer songs being some of the more interesting ones here, given their unique characteristics. Most of the others are rather straight-ahead Death Metal blasts, and while they're on the mark stylistically, they may seem a bit workmanlike to longtime fans who have heard all this before.
Unlike more memorable albums such as "Tomb Of The Mutilated" (1992) and "Bleeding" (1994) where the band took its music to another level, "Wretched Spawn" is simply Cannibal Corpse continuing on with their trademark mayhem, seemingly confined by or content with their own musical boundaries, for better or worse. But you'll surely find much delight here!!
Metal Blade Records Inc./Fono Ltd., 2004 (FO327CD). Made in Russia.
1. Severed Head Stoning 1:45
2. Psychotic Precision 2:57
3. Decency Defied 2:59
4. Frantic Disembowelment 2:51
5. The Wretched Spawn 4:10
6. Cyanide Assassin 3:11
7. Festering In The Crypt 4:38
8. Nothing Left To Mutilate 3:50
9. Blunt Force Castration 3:27
10. Rotted Body Landslide 3:24
11. Slain 3:33
12. Bent Backwards And Broken 2:58
13. They Deserve To Die 4:44
Total playing time: 44:29 min.