AOTY 2021

Violence Unimagined

Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #211 / 674
User Score
Based on 157 ratings
2021 Ratings: #654
Liked by 7 people
April 16, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Metal Blade / Label
Death Metal / Genres
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Metal Injection

They keep topping themselves, and Violence Unimagined continues the upward movement of a band in the phase of existence that would have most others needing water wings and O2 tanks to keep from being swallowed up by a cutthroat industry, creative malaise, and/or the simple ravages of time.

Consequence of Sound

Violence Unimagined doesn’t precisely deliver a standout track, but it promises an exciting and surprisingly subtle turn in the band’s legacy of brutality.

Metal Hammer

Potent and perilously addictive, Violence Unimagined is, without question, 2021’s bloody benchmark for the genre.

Northern Transmissions

Overall this is another solid entry into the Cannibal Corpse discography ... fans of the band will find a lot to love about Violence Unimagined.


Violence Unimagined sounds exactly as you imagine it will, but still surprises in just how much Cannibal Corpse have left in the tank. Meet the new murderous lunatic, same as the old murderous lunatic.


Violence Unimagined is thus not only a treat for those who feast upon flesh but also a proof of resilience, power, and determination. It is yet another successful chapter in one of the best portfolios the genre has to offer.


While Violence Unimagined ranks as a top tier late-era Cannibal Corpse record, its triumphs are somewhat understated.


Violence Unimagined is chock full of discreet touches ... each song filled with detail upon detail that the ears can feast on over repeated listens. And if you don't hear the intricacies right away, it's only because Cannibal Corpse is so good at masking its complexity behind a wall of brute force.

The Needle Drop
Three decades into their career, Cannibal Corpse's classic sound mostly remains intact and high impact.
Phoebe Bridgers is looking well
Cannibal Corpse are very meat and potatoes Death Metal and while 'Violence Unimagined' certainly doesn't prove that wrong or shake up the bands formula in any way, shape or form, I have to admit that I got a fair amount of enjoyment from what Corpsegrinder and co. presented on this record. The blistering production is great, the mix in particular is beefy, the musicianship is tight (the drumming in particular is great), the guitar work is really good, the record is consistently brutal without ... read more
Death metal, the most cruel in its original nature metal's offspring by the end of the second decade of 21st century reached its critical point. With a significant supportive fanbase gained over the years, it has consistently followed the principles laid down by the pioneers in Death, Obituary, Deicide, Morbid Angel and many, many others; its sound almost never got 'modernized'. 35 years after the release of Screamy Bloody Gore, the themes of the songs are still (pun intended) bloody gore, the ... read more
I think I can imagine the violence
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Added on: February 1, 2021