Sound — 8
Cannibal Corpse are one of the pioneers of death metal and Eaten Back To Life is their over-looked debut. Cannibal Corpse are classic death metal, fast, growling vocals, and no frills. This album is over 10 years old but it sounds not at all dated. Guitar work is very precise, the bass suprisingly punchy however the drumming does occasionally go a little out of time in faster sections. Also, some of the song's different sections don't join together as smoothly as they could have. The vocals are pretty repetitive but you really should expect that coming from a true and true death metal band.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrically, Cannibal Corpse are pretty much a one-way road. The song can be about anything, so long as it's about death too. I do advise to read the warning label as some of the stuff in here is pretty grisly. I won't go into detail, it's just a warning to some who might get offended. Now that that's out the road there is a 9 out of 10 lyrics rating to explain. The reasoning for such a high rating is this. If you were to judge a good singer from a band, say Don Henley (Eagles drummer/singer) against a not so good rock singer, you would call him good. If you were to judge him against an opera singer, you wouldn't see him to be as good. Chris Barnes is a good singer if compared to other bands in his genre, it is very spot on and very steady. Death metal wise, Cannibal Corpse have some pretty good vocals.
Overall Impression — 9
Eaten Back to Life is certainly not the best CD out there, but damned if it isn't one of the greatest death metal albums out there. A lot of history is to be found with Cannibal Corpse and if you get over the style of music and appreciate their hard work and dedication to fans, you may find yourself enjoying them more. This is a generally entertaining album that is very impressive for a debut on a genre very newly founded. I take my hat off for Cannibal Corpse and advise that every Death metaller should own a copy of Eaten Back To Life.