Cannibal Corpse Overview
Cannibal Corpse is an American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band has released eleven studio albums, one boxed set, and one live album. Although Cannibal Corpse has had little radio or television exposure, a cult following began to build behind the group with albums such as 1991's Butchered at Birth and 1992's Tomb of the Mutilated. Cannibal Corpse reached over one-million in record sales worldwide in 2003, including 558,929 in the United States, making them the top-selling death metal band of all time in the US, and second worldwide.
The members of Cannibal Corpse were originally inspired by thrash metal bands like Slayer, Kreator, and Sodom Sodom (band) , as well as other death metal bands like Morbid Angel and Death Death (metal band) . The band's lyrics and album art (most often done by Vincent Locke), which draw heavily on horror fiction and horror films, are highly controversial. At different times, several countries have banned Cannibal Corpse from performing within their borders, or have banned the sale and display of original Cannibal Corpse album covers.
Cannibal Corpse was made up of members from three earlier Buffalo-area death metal bands, Beyond Death (Webster, Owen), Leviathan Leviathan (thrash band) (Barnes), and Tirant Sin (Barnes, Rusay, Mazurkiewicz). The band played their first show at Buffalo's River Rock Cafe in April 1989, shortly after recording a five-song demo tape, Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse (album) . Within a year of that first gig, the band was signed to Metal Blade Records, apparently after the label had heard their demo that was sent in by the manager of the record store at which Chris Barnes was working, and their full-length debut album, Eaten Back to Life, was released in August 1990.
The band has had many line-up changes over the years. In 1993, founding member and guitarist Bob Rusay was dismissed from the group (after which he became a golf instructor) and was ultimately replaced by Malevolent Creation guitarist Rob Barrett. In 1995, singer Chris Barnes Chris Barnes (musician) was dismissed and was replaced by Monstrosity Monstrosity (band) singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher George Fisher (musician) . Barnes went on to perform with the band Six Feet Under, and later Torture Killer.
In 1997, Barrett, who had originally replaced Rusay on guitar, left Cannibal Corpse to rejoin his previous bands Malevolent Creation and Solstice. After Barrett left, he was replaced by guitarist Pat O’Brien, who first appeared on Cannibal Corpse's 1998 release Gallery of Suicide. Founding member and guitarist Jack Owen left Cannibal Corpse in 2004 to spend more time on his second band, Adrift Adrift (band) . He joined Deicide Deicide (band) in late 2005. Jeremy Turner of Origin Origin (metal band) briefly replaced him as second guitarist on 2004's Tour of The Wretched Spawn. Barrett rejoined the band in 2005 and was first featured on the album Kill Kill (album) , released in March 2006.
Writing for the next album began in November 2007, as presaged in an interview with bassist Alex Webster. Evisceration Plague, Cannibal Corpse's eleventh studio album was released February 3, 2009, to a highly positive response from fans. The band will tour in support of the album in the spring of 2009.
Cannibal Corpse has agreed to perform at the 2010 Wacken Open Air festival held in Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. This festival includes more than 60 bands and is one of the biggest summer heavy metal tours in the world.
The band recently confirmed having joined the Summer Breeze Open Air metal festival, running from August 19th-21st. The festival features over 50 bands and has brought in 40,000 attendees to Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria, Germany.
Cannibal Corpse will soon kick off a tour for their 2009 album Evisceration Plague. They will be touring around the United States with artists Skeletonwitch, 1349 1349 (band) and Lecherous Nocturne.
Cannibal Corpse has confirmed they will be part of the 2010 Party.San Open Air. This year the festival will be scheduled for Bad Berka, Germany, August 12-14.
:For more details on this topic, see Censorship in Australia Censorship in Australia#Music .
As of October 23, 1996, the sale of any Cannibal Corpse audio recording then available was banned in Australia and all copies of such had been removed from music shops.
In May 1995, then-US Senator United States Senate Bob Dole accused Cannibal Corpse—along with hip hop Hip hop music acts like the Geto Boys and 2 Live Crew—of undermining the national character of the United States. A year later, the band came under fire again, this time as part of a campaign by conservative Conservatism in the United States activist William Bennett, Senator Joe Lieberman, then-Senator Sam Nunn, and National Congress of Black Women chair C. Delores Tucker to get major record labels—including Time Warner Warner Music Group , Sony Sony Music Entertainment , Thorn-EMI EMI , PolyGram and Bertelsmann Bertelsmann Music Group —to "dump 20 recording groups...responsible for the most offensive lyrics."
Cannibal Corpse also paradoxically enjoyed a brief cameo cameo appearance in the 1994 Jim Carrey film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, performing an abridged version of their song "Hammer Smashed Face." Carrey is apparently a death metal fan and insisted that they perform in the movie.Cannibal Corpse prides itself on overtly violent and ***ual songs and album artwork as nothing more than an extreme form of over-the-top entertainment. In the film Metal: A Headbangers Journey, George Fisher said death metal is best viewed "as art," and mentioned far more violent art can be found at the Vatican Apostolic Palace , as such depictions actually happened. Some of Cannibal Corpse's most controversial song titles include "Meat Hook Sodomy," "Necropedophile," and "***ed With A Knife."
The band's members have a rather lackadaisical approach toward those who criticize their sometimes violent lyrics. George Fisher once said in an interview: "We don't sing about politics. We don't sing about religion...All our songs are short stories that, if anyone would so choose they could convert it into a horror movie. Really, that's all it is. We like gruesome, scary movies, and we want the lyrics to be like that. Yeah, it's about killing people, but it's not promoting it at all. Basically these are fictional stories, and that's it. And anyone who gets upset about it is ridiculous."
In response to accusations his band's music desensitizes people to violence, Alex Webster argued death metal fans enjoy the music only because they know the violence depicted in its lyrics is not real:
He also believes the violent lyrics can have positive values: "It’s good to have anger music as a release."
George Fisher said in their songs "there’s nothing ever serious. We’re not thinking of anybody in particular that we’re trying to kill, or harm or anything.";Current
*George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher George Fisher (musician) / lead vocals (since 1995)
*Rob Barrett / guitars (1993 / 1997, since 2005)
*Pat O'Brien Pat O'Brien (guitarist) / guitars (since 1997)
*Alex Webster / bass (since 1988)
*Paul Mazurkiewicz / drums, percussion (since 1988)
*Bob Rusay / guitars (1988 / 1993)
*Chris Barnes Chris Barnes (musician) / lead vocals (1988 / 1995) (vocalist for six feet under)
*Jack Owen / guitars (1988 / 2004) (now in deicide)
*Jeremy Turner / guitars (2004 / 2005)
*1990: Eaten Back to Life
*1991: Butchered at Birth
*1992: Tomb of the Mutilated
*1994: The Bleeding
*1996: Vile Vile (album)
*1998: Gallery of Suicide
*2002: Worm Infested
*2002: Gore Obsessed
*2004: The Wretched Spawn
*2006: Kill Kill (album)
*2009: Evisceration Plague
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