Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: Cannabis Corpse - From Wisdom to Baked

Cannabis Corpse are the parody side-project of Municipal Waste bassist, Land Phil. Starting out as a four piece consisting of guitarist Nikropolis, drummer Hallhammer and vocalist Weedgrinder, the Virginia based group have made themselves well known for their distinctive pot themed titles that parody famous death metal albums and songs; more often than not, Cannibal Corpse have been the obvious subject of their humor. After the release of 2011's full-length, Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, Nikropolis and Weedgrinder parted ways with the group, leaving Land Phil and Hallhammer as the only two remaining members. A split with Ghoul earlier in 2014 surprised audiences by featuring Land Phil not only on bass, but vocal duty as well. Now enlisting the help of current Gwar guitarist Brent Purgason, does this line-up reconfiguration work in favor of Cannabis Corpse on their third LP, From Wisdom to Baked?

Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: June 23rd, 2014
  1. Baptized in Bud
  2. Zero Weed Tolerance
  3. Weedless One
  4. Individual Pot Patterns
  5. Pull the Carb
  6. Considered Dank
  7. Voice of the Bowl
  8. THC Crystal Mountain
  9. With Their Hash He Will Create
  10. From Wisdom to Baked
  11. Medicinal Healing
Total Playtime: 36 minutes, 54 seconds





Rating: 6.5/10




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Cannabis Corpse are the parody side-project of Municipal Waste bassist, Land Phil. Starting out as a four piece consisting of guitarist Nikropolis, drummer Hallhammer and vocalist Weedgrinder, the Virginia based group have made themselves well known for their distinctive pot themed titles that parody famous death metal albums and songs; more often than not, Cannibal Corpse have been the obvious subject of their humor. After the release of 2011's full-length, Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, Nikropolis and Weedgrinder parted ways with the group, leaving Land Phil and Hallhammer as the only two remaining members. A split with Ghoul earlier in 2014 surprised audiences by featuring Land Phil not only on bass, but vocal duty as well. Now enlisting the help of current Gwar guitarist Brent Purgason, does this line-up reconfiguration work in favor of Cannabis Corpse on their third LP, From Wisdom to Baked?

The Splatterhash (reviewed here) split with Ghoul earlier this year proved to be a phenomenal one, Land Phil carried with him a different set of deathly growls opposed to Weedgrinder, who sounded far too much like Corpsegrinder from Cannibal Corpse; which was the point of the earlier material, but the new set of lungs did wonders for the two tracks that audiences received a glimpse of. However, that same energetic enthusiasm has been lost somewhere in the transition of that split and this full-length. Cannabis Corpse have picked out nearly all of the bud and left us with a baggie of seeds and stems, with a bit of shake; maybe someone should remind them what happens to shitty dealers.

The material features a few guests throughout the tracks, new Deicide guitarist Kevin Quirion makes a solo appearance during "Baptized in Bud", ex-Deicide guitarist Ralph Santolla lends some quick fretwork to "Considered Dank", The Black Dahlia Murder vocalist Trevor Strnad lends his vocals to "With Their Hash He Will Create" and, help us all, Chris Barnes both wrote the lyrics and performed vocals for "Individual Pot Patterns". Surprisingly, Barnes doesn't sound terrible here, in fact "Individual Pot Patterns" is one of the more worthwhile tracks of the album despite that the song sounds like a continuation of the Unborn LP. The lyrical hooks are really catchy, and one may find themselves growling them at random from time to time.


Some of the tracks carry the familiar Cannabis Corpse grooves, sublime solos and gratifying lyric patterns that made tracks from Tube of the Resinated so memorable, but the largest portion of the content is disappointingly lackluster and devoid of everything that has made the band enjoyable in the past. Land Phil still gives a huge impact to the material with his twangy bass, the presence of his lines are the staple that still hold Cannabis Corpse together at this point; needless to say, without him this album would be an even greater letdown. "Weedless Ones", "Individual Pot Patterns", "Pull the Carb", "THC Crystal Mountain" all have prominent bass structures in the signature Land Phil style that will have the listener headbanging more than the guitar ever will. When it comes to his vocals, they don't necessarily sound as promising as what was heard on Splatterhash, but they're still grittier and deeper than that of Weedgrinder by a landslide.

As for the guitar, the rhythm portion is a complete throw away. What we have here are gruff, haphazard chords bundled together in riffs, sodden in typical death metal distortion, that have been heard a million times over. Anytime that they do have the possibility of being memorable, the architecture is aligned with the bass; the end result being that the bass steals the show from these sections. The leads are just okay, only a handful of solos carrying with the green aura of those heard within Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise; though the solos themselves are few and far between. As for the drums, Hallhammer has kept doing what he does best, blast beats, double bass and decent enough accentuating drum beats here and there, the most interesting are found within "With Their Hash He Will Create".

Let's be blunt, Cannabis Corpse have regressed; either that, or losing Weedgrinder was the worst thing that could've happened to them. From Wisdom to Baked has been stripped of all the unforgettable lyrical patterns that made Tube of the Resinated such an outstanding release, The only thing left within this album that's worth half a damn are the extra bassy helpings served up by Land Phil. The rest has resorted to regular dime-a-dozen death metal antics. The title track will probably lure some fans into a false hope, as it is one of the better tracks of the material along with the ones mentioned within the review itself, but don't give in; you'll most likely just be ridiculously disappointed. Spend the money on a dimebag and go toke to Tube of the Resinated instead.

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