The Wretched Spawn

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The Wretched Spawn
Studio album by Cannibal Corpse
Released February 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)
Recorded October–November, 2003
Studio Sonic Ranch, El Paso, TX
Genre Death metal[1]
Length 44:22
Label Metal Blade
Producer Neil Kernon
Cannibal Corpse chronology
Gore Obsessed
(2002)Gore Obsessed2002
The Wretched Spawn
Censored cover
Censored cover

The Wretched Spawn is the ninth studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. The cover art is by Vincent Locke. This is the last studio album to feature Jack Owen, one of the band's founding members, and up to 2012's Torture, the last with an album cover depicting violence and gore. The album was distributed with a making-of DVD produced by Nick Sahakian. The Wretched Spawn is Cannibal Corpse's fourth album to be named after one of the tracks on the album, after Butchered at Birth, The Bleeding and Gallery of Suicide.

Song meanings[edit]

"For songs like "Nothing Left to Mutilate", and "Decency Defied", I looked to friends for ideas they had. "Decency [Defied]" was based on a friend who had a nightmare that her tattoos were being torn off while she was still alive. "Nothing Left [to Mutilate]" was based on ideas from a friend who was studying pheromones in college, and told me all about how a woman's scent drives men crazy. So if my imagination doesn't kick in, I draw from other things. "Slain" was based on the Eastwood film High Plains Drifter. And "Festering in the Crypt" is my own idea of dealing with the finality of death."- Jack Owen[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Metal Storm 8.5/10[4]

Public reception[edit]

The Wretched Spawn was well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.26 of 5, based on more than 850 ratings,[5] and on Sputnikmusic the album has a "great" average rating of 3.5 of 5, based on more than 500 ratings.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Severed Head Stoning" O'Brien, Webster 1:45
2. "Psychotic Precision" O'Brien, Mazurkiewicz 2:56
3. "Decency Defied" Owen 2:59
4. "Frantic Disembowelment" O'Brien, Mazurkiewicz 2:50
5. "The Wretched Spawn" Webster 4:09
6. "Cyanide Assassin" Webster 3:11
7. "Festering in the Crypt" Owen 4:38
8. "Nothing Left to Mutilate" Owen 3:49
9. "Blunt Force Castration" O'Brien, Mazurkiewicz 3:27
10. "Rotted Body Landslide" Webster 3:24
11. "Slain" Owen 3:32
12. "Bent Backwards and Broken" Webster 2:58
13. "They Deserve to Die" Webster 4:44
Total length: 44:22


Cannibal Corpse


Chart Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[7] 136
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 74
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[9] 20
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[10] 27


  1. ^ "Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn (album review)". Sputnikmusic. DirtBagDan. Retrieved 18 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Jack Owen". The Metal Web. Archived from the original on August 4, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. The Wretched Spawn - Cannibal Corpse at AllMusic
  4. ^ Undercraft (May 1, 2004). "Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn review". Metal Storm. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Wretched Spawn by Cannibal Corpse (Album, Death Metal)". Sonemic. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn User Opinions". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ " – Cannibal Corpse – The Wretched Spawn". Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Cannibal Corpse Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Cannibal Corpse Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.

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