Sound — 8
"Cannibal," for all intents and purposes, is more of the same for Static-X. It's definitely a return to form, though. "Shadow Zone," despite being a solid offering from the band, strayed too far from the formula established by their first two albums. "Cannibal" is very reminiscent of the early days of Static-X, with more of the simplistic riffs I've become very familiar with. Honestly, such basic guitar playing should not be so fun to listen to. However, the aggression that just radiates from this album from start to finish-along with some stellar guitar solos makes it worth a listen. I'm thrilled the original guitarist for Static-X, Koichi Fukuda is making a return; he injects some more life into the album.
Lyrics — 7
As I said before, "Cannibal" is more of the same. This also applies to the lyrics. Although they're nothing new, Wayne Static delivers them nicely. He's got a great raspy voice which fits perfectly with the heavily distorted guitar, and has a talent for quickly delivering long passages of totally incomprehensible gibberish lyrics(see the track "No Submission" for a frame of reference) The title track is also worth mentioning. Although it's actually about being a vegetarian and all that, I have no clue what "rabbit master" means.
Overall Impression — 8
The beauty of "Cannibal" is that it's very consistent. There are no tracks here that I dislike enough to skip, unlike most of their other albums. Everything is quite good, though if you've only got to get a couple of songs, I recommend the title track, "No Submission," and "Chroma-Matic." As I said earlier, "Cannibal" is a return to form for Static-X, and in my opinion could very well edge out over "Machine" as their best yet.