Band Photo: Cannibal Corpse (?)
From: Buffalo, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active
BANNED in Australia, New Zealand & Korea. BANNED from performing any material off their first three albums in Germany, where the sale of "Butchered At Birth" is outlawed completely!
It has been 16 years since a small band out of Buffalo, New York released their gorified Metal Blade Records debut "Eaten Back to Life," and in their decade+ existence, Cannibal Corpse have accomplished much more than getting their music and concerts banned. Cannibal Corpse have been repeatedly targeted by the morality police (Gore, PMRC, Lieberman, Dole), appeared in a blockbuster Hollywood feature film (Ace Venture: Pet Detective), debuted as the only Death Metal band to rank on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, graced the covers of virtually every Metal magazine in the world, toured the globe routinely and sold millions of records. All of this with zero commercial radio airplay and no exposure from MTV, save the periodic obligatory controversial news segment. On February 26th, 2002, "Gore Obsessed," the band's eighth full-length studio album, will redefine the Death Metal genre and reign as Cannibal Corpse's most accomplished and scrutinized recording to date. While not infringing on their trademark sound, Cannibal Corpse and multi-platinum first time Corpse producer Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Nevermore, Skrew, Macabre and many more) focused on technically powerful guitars and unmatched bass & drum syncopation that will leave the current crop of corporate makeup metallers slack jawed. "Pit Of Zombies" rips with alternating tempos and time changes that never leaves the listener behind, but drags them screaming into the pit. "Mutilation Of The Cadaver" is another prime chunk of meat that sees vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher easily spewing forth his finest vocal fury on record (including an unnerving fourteen second scream).
Eight albums in and Cannibal Corpse have never defied their core fan base, continually strengthening their place as the most enduring, relevant and uncompromising Death Metal band ever. With "Gore Obsessed" introducing future classics "Sanded Faceless", "Hung And Bled", "When Death Replaces Life" and "Dormant Bodies Bursting", Cannibal Corpse have buried any and all possibility of being dethroned as the reigning purveyors of aural gore and sonic splatter. Sure to once again peek the interest of those who feel it their responsibility to protect the moral fiber of America's youth culture, Cannibal Corpse again turned to long time friend and artist Vincent Lock to create a visual representation of "Gore Obsessed" that could match the band's musical depiction. Having set a high standard with album covers for "Butchered at Birth" and "Tomb of the Mutilated," Locke, as expected, delivered the gore, and more. The CD cover for "Gore Obsessed" will be masked for retail outlets as no "censored" cover will be available domestically.
Cannibal Corpse Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Cannibal Corpse.
Part two of my discussion with Florida Death Metal Legend Chris Barnes goes back to the early days of Cannibal Corpse. We discuss topics such as early support for the band and Chris’ influences as a writer. Murder is a main topic and we discuss several serial killers, or “dissect,” as one could say. First, though, we need to step back in time and relive my intro to Cannibal Corpse first authored here, in my first column of an ongoing series I’m going to present on “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” This excerpt was taken from the column “The Golden Years of Death Metal: 1985-1995.”
“It was the fall of 1992 my friend and I were waiting to see Metallica for the first time. We were still figuring out metal and listening to mostly popular bands, but this crazy, Satanic metal head at school let me borrow Cannibal Corpse’s “Butchered At Birth” (1991) and “Tombs of the Mutilated” (1992) The lyrical content was especially offensive.
You just don’t paint pictures of zombies cutting up babies and hanging them on clothes lines out to dry. We heard songs of war, personal strife, Satan, etc, but never having sex with corpses, putting people on meat hooks or smashing in someone’s face with a hammer.
The music was too fast and the vocals weren’t clear, even with the lyric sheet. It wasn’t until three years later when a buddy in college let me borrow “The Bleeding” (1994) that I began to understand Cannibal Corpse. This album featured understandable lyrics and refrain that wasn’t as apparent on earlier efforts.
While not losing a step, or a foot, in their quest for semi-stardom, the group brought out it’s crown opus—the one that produced their theme song that they also close their set with, “Stripped, Raped And Strangled.” In 1995, during recording sessions for a new album, singer Chris Barnes was dismissed and replaced by Monstrosity singer George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. Barnes rose from what may have seemed his tomb and formed one of the most popular death metal bands in the coming years, Six Feet Under, which also featured members of Obituary and Massacre.” More...
Having just ended their first US tour for their newly-released 12th studio album, "Torture" (reviewed here), the members of Cannibal Corpse aren’t planning on resting long before touring again. MetalUnderground.com was on site for a show report on the band’s stop in Nashville, TN on April 30th and to catch up with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, who noted that Cannibal Corpse is going to Europe in June and coming back later in the summer to do the US Summer Slaughter tour. No stranger to video interviews, Paul discussed “Torture,” the songs he wrote on the album, staying fit through the brutality of aging, and professional sports with MetalUnderground’s Frank Serafine on video below. More...
Cannibal Corpse has left a trail of bloated, blue-skinned bodies that traces back twenty-two years. The skull envisioned on “Eaten Back to Life” spilled out its writhing, maggot-filled content. Since then the group has followed the maggots’ slimy trails and found ten to twelve horrific scenarios of death about every other year. Although getting older, the group’s twelfth full-length “Torture” (available March 13th, 2012 via Metal Blade) proves these death metal legends are not ready to be tagged and bagged just yet.
More bands have mimicked the group’s bludgeoning style and grotesque imagery than any other group in death metal. Although they weren’t the first death metal band, one could make a strong argument they are the most popular. Staying on top takes hard work, but Cannibal Corpse is up to the task. Each interview concerning “Torture” reveals its subject exclaiming the greatness of the album. From the graphicness of the cover art to the compositions to the speed and the production, each member has extolled the virtues of “Torture.”
Guitarist Rob Barrett offers the same positive tone as his comrades of carnage. In the following interview Barrett states the album is drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz’s best performance of his career. He also explained how splitting time between two recording studios—Erik Rutan’s MANA studio in Florida and Sonic Ranch in Texas—helped the band get the best sounding record possible. Before diving into the details of making “Torture,” we spoke to him regarding his mates’ recent injuries. More...
Cannibal Corpse brought their East US tour through Nashville, TN on November 9th, 2010 in support of their "Evisceration Plague" album. These titans of death metal have been around since 1988, as long as many of their fans have been alive for. Drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, one of the only two original members of Cannibal Corpse, took time before their Nashville show to be interviewed by MetalUnderground.com on the band’s tour bus. The interview was done on video, and can be seen below, as well as read underneath it.
One of the most extreme and best-known metal bands is currently on the Decimation of the Nation 2 Tour. Cannibal Corpse have been bloodying the world for 20 years and have gained a large, devoted following while offending and revolting "sophisticated" people. Many of us grew up with their horrifying messages in our ears and their incredible art in our eyes. Vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher sat down with me while the tour played in New Orleans for a long discussion of politics, tours and WOW. A transcribed version follows. More...
On November 13, 2006 I had the privilege and honor to interview Paul Mazurkiewicz, the drum master of Cannibal Corpse. He was one of the nicest down to earth guys I've ever met - not at all what I expected. I was expecting a rip your face of type of guy and at first thought that as I got on the Cannibal Corpse tour bus as everyone in the band clearly hits the gym at least twice a week. After the interview I expressed how much of a dream come true the opportunity was and asked if they would sign my "Vile" and "Eaten Back to LIfe" CD booklets, and every band memeber was kind enough to sign (except for the Alex Webster, one of the axmen for Cannibal Corpse, who was missing in action at the time of the interview). After the signing I went on my merry way. What follows may shock Cannibal Corpse fans, you have been warned. The interview is as follows: More...