The Wretched Spawn

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.

The Wretched Spawn
Controversial cover art image depicts three baby demons violently emerging from the naked woman surrounded by three other demons: One of three demons with wings seems to be bewitching the woman to get one of three baby demons emerge from her mouth, another one of them emerge from her belly and yet another one of them emerge from her vagina.
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)
RecordedOctober–November, 2003
StudioSonic Ranch, El Paso, TX
GenreDeath metal
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerNeil Kernon
Cannibal Corpse chronology
Gore Obsessed
The Wretched Spawn
Censored cover
Cannibal Corpse - The Wretched Spawn Censored Front.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Storm8.5/10[2]

Song meaningsEdit

"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[3]

Track listingEdit

1."Severed Head Stoning"Webster
  • O'Brien
  • Webster
2."Psychotic Precision"MazurkiewiczO'Brien2:56
3."Decency Defied"OwenOwen2:59
4."Frantic Disembowelment"MazurkiewiczO'Brien2:50
5."The Wretched Spawn"WebsterWebster4:09
6."Cyanide Assassin"WebsterWebster3:11
7."Festering in the Crypt"OwenOwen4:38
8."Nothing Left to Mutilate"OwenOwen3:49
9."Blunt Force Castration"MazurkiewiczO'Brien3:27
10."Rotten Body Landslide"WebsterWebster3:24
12."Bent Backwards and Broken"WebsterWebster2:58
13."They Deserve to Die"WebsterWebster4:44
Total length:44:22
1."The Making of The Wretched Spawn" (Bonus DVD) 


Cannibal Corpse


Chart Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[4] 136
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 74
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[6] 20
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[7] 27


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

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