After taking a little bit off, Corporal Raid is back with a vengeance with their newest release Manipulating the Host. Even after all of this time off, while listening to this new record it really doesn’t seem as though they have missed a beat at all. Manipulating the Host is a barbaric display of grind that subjects you to all kinds of perverse material and sickening metal right from the get go. Even though the songs are relatively short, you still feel as though you have been beaten over the head with a rusted pipe after a single listen.
These stalwarts of goregrind unleash sixteen songs of pure and punishing metal and never stop until you are just a stump of a human being. From beginning to end Corporal Raid does their best to force you into a wood chipper and expunge you from this world. These grinding masterminds hit you with one brutalizing song after the next leaving you with no room to breath or escape from the terrifying grinding assault. Since the songs are shorter, one rolls right into the next hitting you square in the chest only to leave you lifeless.
Grind is meant to be chaotic and is meant to be played as loud as possible, and with Manipulating the Host you get all of that and more. While being chaotic and loud, Corporal Raid packs as much gore and fetid remains into this album as possible. Manipulating the Host spurts and flings blood through your speakers whenever it gets the chance, and believe me, that chance is often. When you are listening you get hit and sprayed with chunks of putrid flesh and covered and submerged in vile liquids from head to toe.
This album is a grinding madhouse that whips you around and beats you within an inch of your life and if you are lucky it gets taken from you only to be added to the stacks of bodies that they already have. Manipulating the Host is sickening, perverse and played at a speed that will make anyone’s head pop like that guy from Scanners. From beginning to end you are subjected to morbid and twisting soundscapes that put not only your life in danger, but everyone else’s life in danger that is around you.
Each song is riddled with blood letting riffs, face smashing drums, gut ripping bass lines and gutturals that sound as though they were unearthed from hell itself. This release is raw and visceral and doesn’t stop slaying until its thirst for blood has been quenched. If you are looking for something that is gore filled grind madness, I think that Corporal Raid has your fix.