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Cannibal Corpse: Global Evisceration
Death Metal
Metal Blade Records
March 15th, 2011
Release length: 1:46:02
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There’s definitely no lack of Cannibal Corpse videos and DVDs. The group has been around an astonishing twenty three years (roughly of course), so it’s almost expected that they have a large library of material of all media formats available. Global Evisceration is yet another entry into the visual aspect of the band, and it takes you into the pit, as well as backstage with the band to show what their lives are like on the road, and show off their favorite concert environments. But, given some of the generic issues that plague metal DVDs, especially Metal Blades most recent DVD offering with Six Feet Under, is this one worth checking out?

First of all, once again, the DVD packaging is instantly infuriating. Once more, Metal Blade Records issued the DVD in a folded in half thin card board case with the artwork printed onto it, but the artwork is definitely nice. The artistry on the artwork is great, being prodominantly red, but the deep blue, almost black color is an embossed style that looks nice and creates a great silhouette on the back of it. But, when you hold it, instant finger prints. Plus, this disc has a brief b-movie style summary of the entire release on the back. It doesn’t list the tracks, doesn’t mention the extras, just a summery of what’s on here. You open it, it’s a picture on the left fold, which is kick ass, but some information there would be nice. No booklet with liner notes, photos, nothing. It’s simply infuriating when you buy the traditional one because it honestly feels like this lighter, thinner, and though stylish case may look nice, it really comes off as a piece of paper that a printed put an image on with an embossed finish in some spots and a plstic disc holder glued in that can easily come out. Then all you have is a folded piece of card board!

But, despite that insanely infuriating issue for those who take pride in the material they have, the disc is actually really good. When you hit play now, you are greeted with both concert footage, and behind the scenes/documentary footage of the band talking about what it’s like being on tour, what it’s like talking to the fans, all the positive aspects and negative elements. It’s great to see what the band goes through, coupled with fantastic footage the band wanted to show, choosing two specific towns to record in to show why they love playing it. You really get a feeling as to who Cannibal Corpse is outside of what you see in the media and hear on the CDs. Everything transitions smoothly too, which is a huge bonus. You don’t feel like, after one song, it goes to a few minutes of documentary, and feel like they are forcing it on you. The band keeps it interesting, it blends in smoothly with the performance footage, and it really becomes something you will watch more often then the other method, which is to just skip to a song.

Sure, after a few spins with the DVD, you’ll start to know what’s going on, but the main reason you’ll go back to the main version of this is for the show of brotherhood among the fans and the band, and all the varying levels of dedication from both sides. However, when that becomes pretty much memorized, you’ll more then likely going to go ahead and use the “Choose a Song” section, which is great when you want to just watch the band perform. You skip over the documentary stuff and go straight to that live performances, and you can really tell the band is happy to be playing in a smaller area. The energy is great, the band gets the crowd riled up constantly, and the band even responds to the fans when they shout things out to them. The best part about those video clips is that the cameras are fantastic. The angles are great, and it’s not like a monkey or ADHD riddled kid constantly changing which camera is on the screen.

The production quality of the release is great. The cameras are clearly of a higher quality, though with many DVD releases today, it doesn’t really seem like it was shot through true high definition cameras. There’s plenty of great camera angles in a very old school manner, such a plenty of quick zooms in and out, footage of the audience in circle pits going at it and having a blast, footage of the guitarist during the guitar solo for an extended amount of time, it’s exactly what you would expect from a DVD of a band that came out in the early nineties, it just has that vibe to it that’s professional, yet still raw. The audio is run through the sound board, so it sounds great and matches the quality of the video. The energy can be felt throughout the live performances, which winds up holding this DVD back a bit since the documentary aspect deflects the energy from flowing a bit.

One thing that really surprised me about the DVD is, perhaps, the most unexpected element of the DVD. Yes, the DVD is about the band behind the scenes and basically what their tour schedule is like and all that. But the one thing that really touched me, not just as a fan, but as a metal head in general, is the brotherhood in the style. The show fans wishing Corpsegrinder a happy birthday when they are performing, as well as off the stage. The band shows how fans in a small town came out and how they hung out with those fans on their day off. They play a festival where people from Iraq and Iran are in attendance, which one would be a little iffy on given the tensions between the US and Iraq. This DVD, like very few other out there, manages to not only capture the every day touring schedule of a band, regardless of how big or how small, but also capture the one element of metal that many people who never really look into what metal is about, or what the fans of the style forgot, and that’s the brotherhood. To me, that speaks volumes on a personal level, because that’s what attracted me to metal in the first place, the unity among it’s fans, and a good majority of the bands who play the style.

This is showcased even more in the Extras section, which is a bonus documentary section which just feels like it was cut from the original section because the chapters in it didn’t really fit in with the whole thing. They aren’t really all that important at times, including sectiosn where the band talks about the band playing easier songs to start with and why they do that, burping and farting, a section of just fan photos for the length of one second, band members talking about their families and the pain they suffer being away from them, as well as some of the gifts that the band got from their fans during the tour to support Evisceration Plague. Not all of it is that interesting, but it’s some nice additional material either way. But, not all of these extras work out for the better. The aforementioned additional feature of going straight to the live performance goes directly into the entire original biography instead of being an offered bonus section to just watch the live videos, or dropping out to the selection screen again to move to the next one. That would have been nice to have in addition to everything else, and feels like the only genuinely missing piece to this DVD.

Global Evisceration is an interesting DVD for those who always wondered touring is like, as a big band or not. Cannibal Corpse does a good job of outlining how hectic their touring life can be, illustrate the ups and downs of it, and at the same time will remind the viewer about how passionate the fans, the music, and the bands, truly are about their style, and even show us how some of us take live performances of bands for granted. It’s a very eye opening experience at the same time. On a personal level, for me at least, being a metal fan for going on fifteen years of my life, it was still informative and kicked up the fire inside for the music and brotherhood of the style. But, this review isn’t based on my personal feelings to the DVD, but anyone who watches this will somehow be moved, slightly or greatly, by some of the things depicted on this DVD and the extras. Check it out. If you’re a fan of this band, you’ll love it. If you’re not, it’s still an eye opening experience. If you know someone who is ignorant towards Metal and it’s culture, have them watch this and they’ll crash a well done crash course of what Metal’s about.

01. Evisceration Plague
02. Scattered Ramins, Splattered Brains
03. Make Them Suffer
04. Death Walking Terror
05. Devoured by Vermin
06. Priests of Sodom
07. Scalding Hail
08. I Will Kill You
09. Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead
10. Hammer Smashed Face
11. Stripped, Raped, and Strangled
12. The Cryptic Stench
13. Disfigured
14. Pit of Zombies
15. Pounded Into dust
16. A Skull Full of Maggots
17. The Wretched Spawn
Overall Score: 7/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.