R. Rodriguez | 04/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i bought this album back in 96 when i was 13 years old. i guess you could say it was my introduction to (what i thought was at the time...) extreme metal. i had no idea who albert fish was, and his quote in the liner notes about "eating a six year old girl.." scared me. the whole lyric sheet was some of the most disturbed stuff my teenage eyes had ever seen... songs about child killing, sodomy and all around shoulish behavior caused a severe rift in my brain. i memorized the lyrics to the song "gutted" and bought the t-shirt w/ the album cover and hid it from my mom cause she thought it was too offensive. after a while, i moved on to more harse music (tiny tim, impetigo, namanax), but for a while... butchered at birth rocked my world, man. definately recommended, but its also an acquired taste, mind you.
This album redefines the word "brutal"
Ian Davison | Buffalo, NY USA | 09/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first true death metal album I ever purchased. I'll never forget the ride home from the store. I put the cd in the car's player, and was rewarded with the 88 second "ambient" style introduction to the album's fist track, "Meat Hook Sodomy". Or I should say the reward came at 1:23, when the music came in. Then all I thought I could possibly think was "more volume!" I kept spinning the knob, but to no avail. The volume was maxed out. Oh well. The music was unlike anything I have ever heard. It was fast, brutal, and evil. Looking back, it's almost more deathgrind than death metal. The bass work by Alex Webster is as perfect as it is on any other Cannibal Corpse record, and Paul Mazurkiewicz's unrelenting blast beats, Chris Barnes' ridiculously guttural vocals, and talented output from guitarists Jack Owen and Bob Rusay combine dark forces resulting in a death metal classic. The stand out work in the album, however, remains Alex Webster's bass playing. Webster may be the greates bass player in death metal history, besting even ex-Death's Steve DiGiorgio.
And imagine the shock when I found that "Tomb of the Mutilated" and "The Bleeding" are even more brutal than this."