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Cannibal Corpse

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Formed: 1988
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.

Latest Cannibal Corpse News

Below is our complete Cannibal Corpse news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Cannibal Corpse Ukulele Cover

When it comes to instruments that people would describe as, "metal" the ukulele is one which would absolutely not come to mind. And yet, that is exactly what Youtube vloggers Rob Scallon and Sarah Longfield have done. Prepare yourself to be completely brutalized by what the ukulele is capable of... of just laugh your ass off. More...

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Rob Scallon Posts Cannibal Corpse Ukulele Cover

You are probably already familiar with Chicago-based guitarist Rob Scallon, who covers Slayer songs etc. with banjos and ukuleles.

Today Scallon and Sarah Longfield offer you a cover version of Cannibal Corpse's "Evidence in the Furnace" played on ukuleles. Check it out now below.

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The Summer Slaughter Tour At Concord Music Hall

I'll admit that I've been out of the death metal scene for a few years and mostly listening to a lot of already established artists at the expense of new ones. In fact, I haven't been to a Summer Slaughter since 2011. So it was good to see a concert full of artists who I mostly haven't seen yet. Some really impressed me, other didn't. Either way, I wanted to be surprised by hearing artists who I mostly wasn't familiar with.

This year's Summer Slaughter Tour was primarily backed by Sumerian Records (who were also a major backer of Chicago Open Air) as a promotion of Sumerian's upcoming entry into films with American Satan. I'd normally have a problem with the biggest annual heavy metal tour in North America being rendered into a commercial for something completely unrelated but the former bearer of that torch was really just an advertisement for Monster Energy Drink. More...

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Wacken 2015 CD/DVD Set Announced

Just in time for 2016's Wacken Open Air that will see another 75,000 metalheads having the time of their lives, UDR Music is pleased to announce the release of "Live At Wacken 2015 - 26 Years Louder Than Hell.

This double CD/DVD (or BluRay) set is hitting North American stores on August 26th. Transport yourself back to 2015's stellar lineup with over 120 bands on eight stages. The full track listing is as follows:

DVD1 / Blu-ray1:
01. JUDAS PRIEST - Painkiller
02. IN FLAMES - Paralyzed
03. IN FLAMES - Everything's Gone
04. AMORPHIS - My Kantele
05. AMORPHIS - Magic And Mayhem
06. RUNNING WILD - Under Jolly Roger
07. RUNNING WILD - Riding The Storm
08. BEYOND THE BLACK - Rage Before The Storm
09. BEYOND THE BLACK - Songs Of Love And Death
11. ARMORED SAINT - Left Hook From Right Field
12. ANNIHILATOR - Creepin' Again
13. ANNIHILATOR - Alison Hell
14. DEATH ANGEL - Voracious Soul
15. DEATH ANGEL - Buried Alive
16. EXUMER - Possessed By Fire
17. BURGERKILL - Under The Scars
18. SABATON - To Hell And Back
19. SABATON - Night Witches
20. DANKO JONES - The Twisting Knife
21. DANKO JONES - Full Of Regret
22. ULI JON ROTH - Dark Lady
23. ULI JON ROTH - Virgin Killer
24. THE POODLES - Night Of Passion
25. EUROPE - War Of Kings
26. EUROPE - The Second Day More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Cannibal Corpse Re-Issuing Vinyl Albums

After releasing latest effort "A Skeletal Domain," Cannibal Corpse is now going back in time to commemorate some classic titles: "Butchered At Birth," "Eaten Back to Life," "The Bleeding," "Vile," and "Tomb Of The Mutilated."

As part of the Metal Blade Classics series, these albums are now available on vinyl in limited quantities at this location. An exclusive poster is also included with each LP.

Starting today, Cannibal Corpse will be on tour in North America in support of these re-issues and 2014's "A Skeletal Domain." With Obituary, Cryptopsy, and Abysmal Dawn also joining this trek, the tour promises to be one of the most bludgeoning death metal line-ups fans will see all year. More...

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Metal Blade Posts Hellfest Footage

Last June, the premier annual metal festival in France - Hellfest - boasted three day's worth of shows from some of the best acts in the scene.

For the first time, Metal Blade TV was present at the fest, ready to capture live performances from the label's artists, as well as exclusive interviews with host Don Jamieson.

Check out multi-camera footage of Cannibal Corpse, Armored Saint, Ensiferum, and Twitching Tongues below.

For the upcoming 2016 installment of Hellfest, Metal Blade artists Amon Amarth, King Diamond, Sacred Reich, Primordial, Cattle Decapitation, Entrails, and DragonForce are set to appear over the course of June 17th - 19th in Clisson, France. More...

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Cannibal Corpse Announces Tour With Obituary

Cannibal Corpse is beginning 2016 with one of the most bludgeoning death metal lineups fans will see all year.

Fellow Florida death metal progenitors Obituary will serve as direct support, followed by Canada's Cryptopsy, as well as Abysmal Dawn from Los Angeles.

The tour, presented by The Noise, will tear across North America beginning on February 12th and runs through March 20th. The dates and cities are listed below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 11th, at 10:00am local time through all local and national ticket outlets. More...

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Cannibal Corpse Joined Onstage By Travis Ryan

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan joined Cannibal Corpse for the band's all-time classic "A Skull Full Of Maggots" during the closing date of their recent tour at Venue 578, Orlando, FL.

Check it out now below.

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Cattle Decapitation Post "Mammals In Babylon" Clip

Tonight, San Diego deathgrind malefactors, Cattle Decapitation, will kick off their North American Extinction headlining tour. Set to initiate in Sacramento, the band's latest live infiltration will run through nearly 2 dozen cities, coming to a close in Atlanta on October 7th.

Support will be provided by King Parrot, Black Crown Initiate and Dark Sermon. The tour follows the band's appearance on this year's Summer Slaughter and serves as a precursor to their run supporting Cannibal Corpse in October as well as a subsequent run of headlining dates with support from label mates Abiotic in November to close out the year.

In celebration of today's tour kick off, the band reveals the official play-through video for "Mammals in Babylon" below.

The North American Extinction Tour 2015 More...

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A Second Look At Heavy Metal In Video Games

Two weeks back we asked a simple question: why isn't there more heavy metal in the video game world?

Our Facebook page blew up with gamers offering up their favorite titles with metallic soundtracks, and we took a closer look at several worth your time. In that post still available here if you didn't read it, we looked at the king of heavy metal video games – Brutal Legend – as well as Saint's Row The Third, Killing Floor 2, Painkiller, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload.

After that post went online, Zynthetic – responsible for much of the music in Killing Floor and Killing Floor 2 – wrote up an article attempting to answer the question of why more metal doesn't show up in video games since they seem like a perfect and obvious match.

For his take on the lack of metal in gaming, including the difficulties in licensing existing music and the lack of metallic knowledge among composers, read the full article right here.

Since we love gaming and we love metal, it seemed like a good idea to keep checking in every so often with new entries that combine the two, and this week we'll cover four more solid games filled to the brim with extreme metal. Don't see your favorite game listed? Don't worry, we'll cover more in the future, but be sure to still give us your picks in the comments below.


Five years ago a reboot of the '88 arcade game Splatterhouse hit consoles, and it was very much notable for the inclusion of an all-metal soundtrack featuring the likes of Lamb of God, Mastodon, Municipal Waste, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Goatwhore.

As the name would suggest, it's filled with buckets of blood and guts, and the action-oriented beat 'em up style is somewhat similar to Dante's Inferno/God Of war/etc. The frantic combat will see your character Rick frequently losing limbs and more, but that's not a problem because they grow back – and hey, you can pick up the severed appendages of your foes to continue beating them down!

This one's filled to the brim with all sorts of horror goodies (and ridiculousness) like time travel, cosmic horror deities, and plenty of nods to Lovecraft with names like “Dr. West” and places called “Arkham.” Someone helpfully put all the songs from the soundtrack together into one playlist at YouTube here, and you can check out a game trailer below:


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Cannibal Corpse Announces U.S. Tour

Cannibal Corpse spent the summer of 2015 conquering Europe, including stops at Hellfest, Wacken, Bloodstock, Brutal Assault, Party.San, Copenhell, Graspop, and numerous club shows.

But the corpse isn't even close to being finished with 2015 yet, now unveiling plans for a massive U.S. tour this fall. Beginning October 8th, and running through November 7th, direct support is slated to come from Metal Blade label mates Cattle Decapitation, preceded by Sweden's Soreption, plus a local opener on each show.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14th. VIP upgrades will be announced soon, stay tuned to the band's website for details as they are made available.

Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster comments: "We're very excited to be hitting the road this fall with Cattle Decapitation and Soreption, two killer bands that we know our fans will love. Get ready for a night of complete brutality!"

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan expresses the band's excitement for these shows: "We've wanted to tour with Cannibal Corpse ever since we started touring and we're glad that's finally going to be a reality! Looking forward to making memories with these guys and Soreption!" More...

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Ektomorf Recruits George Fisher For New Album

Last month Hungarian outfit Ektomorf announced recording was underway for a new studio album, to be again produced by Tue Madsen of Antfarm Studios in Denmark.

This new effort will feature a famous guest vocalist: George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher from Cannibal Corpse contributed vocals for a track titled "Evil By Nature." Ektomorf band leader Zoli comments:

“We are friends with the Cannibal Corpse guys since a long time. Last year in November I spoke to George (Fisher) about doing a song together. The recent Budapest show of Cannibal Corpse then was the perfect opportunity to meet and record his parts.

"So I took small home recording studio gear with me and recorded vocals with George in the dressing room before their show. It was fun and turned out killer! The song's title is 'Evil By Nature' and it will appear on our upcoming album. Be sure, it will smash your face 100%! Prepare!” More...

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Cannibal Corpse Announces Tour With Testament

Cannibal Corpse has confirmed the band will be touring Latin America in November and December with thrash legends Testament.

The tour begins November 17th in Brazil, and concludes on December 2nd in Guadalajara, Mexico. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 10th at this location. Catch Cannibal Corpse live:

11/17 Porto Alegre, Brazil Opiniao
11/18 Curitiba, Brazil Vanilla Music Hall
11/20 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Circo Voador
11/21 Sao Paulo, Brazil Carioca Club
11/24 Buenos Aires, Argentina Groove
11/25 Santiago, Chile Teatro Caupolican
11/26 Lima, Peru Embarcadero 41
11/28 Bogota, Colombia Downtown Majestic
11/29 San Jose, Costa Rica Club Peppers
12/01 Mexico City, MX Pabellón Oeste Del Palacio de los Deportes
12/02 Guadalajara, MX Teatro Studio Cavaret More...

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Bloodstock Adds A New Slew Of Bands

The Sun is shining and Bloodstock is excited to announce seven more of metal’s finest for the UK’s heaviest weekender, including a clutch of bands from the farthest flung corners of the globe.

Friday’s line up will now include extreme prog metal Aussies, Ne Obliviscaris. The band proclaims, “UK, here we come! 2015 is the year we are finally going to reach your shores and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that it will be as part of the enormous Bloodstodck festival. We’re looking forward to playing alongside many of the best and biggest heavy acts from across the world!”

Saturday’s bill sees two bands who’ve jetted in from Indonesia, a hotbed of metal and one of the planet’s most burgeoning heavy music scenes. Burgerkill and Jasad are two of the country’s biggest metal acts, even counting the country’s metal-loving prime minister, Joko Widodo among their fans.

Sunday’s line-up sees a very special solo set from ex-Evile shredsman, Ol Drake to accompany his upcoming solo album, "Old Rake" which is out in June via Earache. Ol comments "I'm very excited to be returning to Bloodstock in a musical capacity. The weekend is fully booked off work (I was going anyway) and we're rehearsing right now. It’ll be a very special show, so don’t miss it. I’ll no doubt be having my fair share of drinks and Jagermeister afterwards and no doubt be returning to work feeling buzzed yet terrible. This is probably the only show I'll be doing to promote the album. Hope to see you there!" More...

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Behemoth's Orion Plays Evolve

2K and Turtle Rock Studios released a new video feature for Evolve, the 4v1 shooter featuring four hunters cooperatively fighting to take down a single-player controlled monster.

In "Behemoth Plays Behemoth," bassist and backing vocalist Orion from Metal Blade Records recording artist Behemoth is joined by George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, lead vocalist for Metal Blade's Cannibal Corpse, as they visit 2K Headquarters for an exclusive look at Evolve's newest and largest playable monster character.

Throughout the course of gameplay, Orion and George quickly grasp the sheer enormity and power of the former's band namesake monster. Behemoth measures twice the width of another fellow monster - Goliath - and is literally as big as the game's developmental limitations. In addition, they experience Behemoth as a hulking and tank-like monster that can absorb extensive damage before morphing into a giant, destructive boulder and rolling around his environment for quick traversal - an uncanny resemblance to the enveloping and magnetic experience fans routinely have at their live shows.

Evolve is available now for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Check out the new video clip below. More...

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Short Documentary About Cannibal Corpse Fans

YouTube channel Koncrete has started a new show titled "Does Anyone Listen To ..." in which they try to figure out who and why someone listens to a certain kind of music. The inaugural episode was about Skrillex fans and the second one is about Cannibal Corpse fans. So Koncrete went and visited a Cannibal Corpse show to ask their fans why they listen to the death metal veterans.

Check it out now below.

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock

Hot on the heels of last week’s five band announcement, the Bloodstock Festival is excited to reveal five more acts.

First up is British outfit Lawnmower Deth, confirmed for the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Sunday. The band comments: “Motorbonce famously said, ‘if we move in next door, your lawn will die.’ Quite what positioned our forefathers to even remotely claim knowledge of horticultural metal is well beyond us. Scott Ian famously said, ‘I am the law’. In fact, this simply proves that adult literacy levels within the metal genre are in line with that of the national average; quite shit, when he clearly cannot spell and meant LAWN. In a Nostradamus kind of way what these two legends of metal were pointing you to was... 'Bloodstock 2015, when we move in you will die happy, we are Lawnmower and we is well excited. Let’s party like it’s 1988.'"

Taking over the Sophie Stage on Friday are raucous Brighton noisemakers Oaf. Chief bellower Dom Lawson exclaims, "We, the mighty Oaf, are honoured and delighted to have been invited back to our favourite festival. If you saw us in 2013, please don't hold that against us. Do come along and observe our ongoing descent into senility. If you haven't seen us before, we're like a middle-aged Royal Blood for people that don't wet the bed (and with added swearing). This will be a splendid occasion and we're tumescent with joy at the very thought of it. Cheers!"

Liverpudlian black metallers Ethereal will join the fray on the Sophie Stage on Saturday. The band is currently doing a stint with Marduk and Belphegor, supporting first full-length album "Opus Aethereum," released last month by Candlelight Records.

Sunday brings symphonic black metallers Saille all the way from Belgium to the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Expect to hear some new songs from latest, third album "Eldritch." Bringing the mischief and mayhem on Friday to the Sophie Stage, are Dirty Sanchez lads Pritchard Vs Dainton.

The currently announced lineup is:

Ronnie James Dio Stage

Rob Zombie, Trivium, Within Temptation. Opeth, Sabaton, Black Label Society, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Ihsahn, Orange Goblin, Death DTA, Nuclear Assault, 1349, Dark Angel, Armored Saint, Belphegor, Overkill, Ensiferum, Agalloch, Enslaved, Pro Pain, Korpiklaani, Wolf, Napalm Death

Sophie Lanaster Stage

Delain, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Godflesh, Batallion, Mordred, Destrage, Onslaught, Conan, Planet Of Zues, Bast, Lawnmower Deth, Oaf, Ethereal, Saille, Pritchard Vs Dainton More...

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The 70,000 Ton Hangover

Can 21st-century metalheads ever be truly happy if they’re not bitching about something on the web?

The pointless arguments over bands’ music, which mostly boil down to matters of taste, are exhausting enough. And there’s a simple solution to dissatisfaction with a particular tour package: stay home and masturbate.

But complaining about festival lineups? Really?

I have some news for you, sport: the only Perfect Metal Festival Lineup, which exists only in an individual’s imagination, attracts an audience of one. Your Perfect Lineup is different from mine.

There needs to be a common denominator, a compromise. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not basking in my serene, elite metal knowledge via trve and righteous, smarmy and self-congratulatory screeds on Facebook, I actually enjoy watching a live show in the company of others. And in reaching the compromise to make that social event possible, everyone’s Perfect Lineup inevitably becomes less than perfect. Such is the transition from fantasy to reality.

In the process, like small children finally realizing that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, we learn that the reality is almost always better than the fantasy (discounting the fact that the latter doesn’t exist). MTV’s Butt-Head once mused on this very issue: “If nothing sucked, and everything was, like, cool all the time… how would you KNOW it was cool?”

At a several-day festival with dozens of bands on multiple stages, we NEED at least a handful of acts we know we can ignore. Otherwise, think of the immense pressure to be constantly on our feet, rushing back and forth, watching every equally important band with rapt attention. Even if possible, it would be simply overwhelming. We’d pass out from exhaustion and forget to enjoy ourselves. Plus, the truly special acts wouldn’t seem as special.

Last summer at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, rather than bitch about the injustice of Bring Me The Horizon directly preceding Anthrax, I was grateful for the chance to relax and have a beer before catching a show by one of the Big Four. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 42

This week on the official MetalUnderground.com podcast, regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined once again by Ollie Hynes (aka Diamond Oz) to discuss what's been happening, with particular focus being on the recent Grammy Awards and the decision to give the Best Metal Performance Award to Tenacious D. Not only this, but Kevin has tickets to give away for August Burns Red's upcoming show in Florida, as well as for Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse's stop at the same venue.

We also have music from unsigned Canadian band, Ape War, with their songs, "Born of Sodom" and "Templar" being played at the beginning and end of the show respectively.

Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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