I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of an album being recorded live in Indiana (okay, only 5 out of 18 tracks were recorded here, in my home state, but that’s plenty for me to mention it), but leave it to these sickos to make that happen. Obviously, this is pretty much for fans only, but the sonic quality of the recording (the majority of which is from Milwaukee, at the Rave) is excellent, and they do most of the songs I’d have been yelling at them to do, had I the foresight to have attended. For example, they start with “Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead,” and end with the monstrous “Hammer Smashed Face,” hitting classics along the way, like “Stripped, Raped and Strangled,” “Fucked with a Knife” (introduced with “This next song goes out to all the fucking women out there”), “Devoured by Vermin,” and “Skull Full of Maggots.” As I mentioned, 18 songs in all, for well over an hour of sheer brutality. It’s of course also pretty cool to hear Corpsegrinder singing the older stuff, and generally he does a commendable job, but not surprisingly is the best on the songs on which he initially sang. In fact, the only complaint I can manage is about the packaging. It’s almost nonexistent. I mean, the usual Vincent Locke cover art is excellent, but that’s all you get. There is no booklet to speak of, with the cover consisting of one double-sided sheet of paper. I’m not really sure what to make of that, but it seems like a really cheap-assed way to go to me. And that’s enough to keep this from perfection. But make no mistake, as far as live albums go (especially for Death Metal), this is a classic.
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