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.
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Children Of Bodom is teaming up with the death metal legends Cannibal Corpse and fellow Finns Diablo for a full scale European tour. Here's the first batch of confirmed tourdates. More TBA.
Feb. 01 Erfurt , D - Stadtgarden
Feb. 03 Munchen, D - Backstage
Feb. 07 Budapest, HU - Syma Hall
Feb. 08 Wien, AUT - Gasometer
Feb. 10 Milan, IT - Alcatraz,
Feb. 12 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Feb. 19 London, UK - Forum
Feb. 26 Oslo, N - Sentrum Scene
Feb. 27 Stockholm, S - Tyrol
Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has announced that their new studio album will be entitled, "Evisceration Plague" and that it will be released on February 3rd.
Bassist Alex Webster states: "In Cannibal Corpse, our goal has always been to try and make each new album we record our heaviest. That goal was a bit morechallenging this time since we were extremely satisfied with our last album, "Kill," but we knew that by working with producer Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios again, we would be able to start at the same level of heaviness and take it even further. Now that we can hear the finished product, I would say we've been able to achieve this goal and I think our fans will agree. "Evisceration Plague" has the best guitar sound we've ever recorded and the entire band has never played with more precision and power. We can't wait until you all get a chance to hear the album in early 2009, because we think you'll be as happy with it as we are."
The tracklisting for "Evisceration Plague" is as follows:
1. Priests Of Sodom
2. Scalding Hail
3. To Decompose
4. A Cauldron Of Hate
5. Beheading And Burning
6. Evidence In The Furnace
7. Carnivorous Swarm
8. Evisceration Plague
9. Shatter Their Bones
10. Carrion Sculpted Entity
12. Skewered From Ear To Eye
Cannibal Corpse Bassist Alex Webster has posted the following studip update:
"Hello everyone, Alex from Cannibal Corpse here checking in again from Mana Studios in St. Petersburg Florida. The last time you heard from us Paul had just finished the drum tracking, and we've made a lot of progress since then. Here's a brief rundown:
The rhythm guitar recording was the next part of the session. We spent a lot of time on it, both on attaining a crushing sound, and also on achieving airtight performances. The tracking was a lot of hard work for Pat and Rob, but the end result was well worth the effort. They did an amazing job and I think you'll all be impressed with the results.
Next up was the bass tracking, and again we worked hard to get a great sound and great performances. Producer Erik Rutan oversaw the tracking and made sure he got the best performance I was capable of, just as he did with Rob and Pat on the rhythm guitar. I can say for sure that the bass and rhythm guitar have never been tighter on any Cannibal Corpse album.
"Currently, George is working on tracking the vocals, and he is a little over halfway done. He's had a few parts to sing that were unbelievably fast, but so far he's been more than up to the task. His voice is sounding brutal and holding up well, so we should be done tracking the vocals in the next few days. Pat has already started working on guitar solos as well, but the majority of the solos will be recorded after the vocals are complete.
"So, that's about it for now. We are all extremely excited with how this album is shaping up. We wanted to make an ultra heavy and precise album, and so far that's the way it's been going. Next up is the mix, and we're confident Erik will make this the heaviest sounding Cannibal Corpse album yet. Check back for a final update when the mix is complete."
Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster has posted the following studio report:
"Alex from CANNIBAL here checking in from Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. Paul (Mazurkiewicz) has finished all the drum tracks for our new album, and we think he did an amazing job. Things really went smoothly with the drum tracking this time, and that gave us a little extra time for Paul to get creative with some of the drum parts. Everything is still fast and brutal as you'd expect, but there are a few different rhythmic ideas happening that we think our fans will appreciate. The next step for us will be to start working on a guitar sound, and then begin guitar tracking. The sound of the rhythm guitar is one of the most important things on a metal album, so we will take our time and make sure that we get the heaviest sound possible. The recording of the rhythm guitars will be something we'll take our time with as well. Rob (Barrett, guitar), Pat (O'Brien, guitar) and producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, ex-MORBID ANGEL) are truly perfectionists when it comes to guitar tracking, they'll settle for nothing less than a flawless performance. That kind of dedication can make for a challenging recording session, but when the end result is a crushingly heavy album it's more than worth the time and effort."
Cannibal Corpse frontman George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher is the latest to be interviewed for the upcoming autobiography of infamous pornography actress Jasmin St. Claire. The book is enitled "What Was I Thinking? Confessions Of The Worlds Most Controversial Sex Symbol" and also features interviews with Motorhead mainman Lemmy. More are excpected to be interviewed for the book. You can find out more at www.metalsdarkside.com/.
Cannibal Corpse's latest release, the DVD "Centuries Of Torment", has been certified Gold in Canada, coming in at number 10 on the music DVD charts.
Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster states: "We are very excited to hear the news that our new DVD Centuries of Torment has already been certified Gold in Canada. We have always received incredible support from our fans in Canada, but to have the DVD go Gold immediately upon it's release is even more than we could have hoped for. We want to say a huge thank you to our Canadian fans for making this possible, you guys rule!"
Cannibal Corpse's new DVD "Centuries Of Torment" has hit the Billboard charts, landing in at #8 this week.
Bassist Alex Webster states about the success: "We are very excited by the incredible response to our new DVD Centuries of Torment. The first week sales figures are far beyond what we expected, and we want to give massive thanks to our fans for making this possible. We also want to thank all of our fans and friends who submitted material and allowed themselves to be interviewed; your contributions are really what makes this DVD so special. And of course we need to say a huge thank you to Denise Korycki of Wild Wind Productions for doing such an incredible job directing, producing, and editing this DVD."
The DVD includes over seven hours of footage and is the bands first DVD.
Eulogy guitarist Jarrett Pritchard has posted this update:
"Rob (Barrett - guitarist; also CANNIBAL CORPSE) and I sat down yesterday and did all of his trax for the demo...Mike (Pogionne - bass) came down last week and did bass. It all went incredibly well. So soon we will be doing vox. Jason (Avery - vocals) has recovered relatively well from the accident. The doctors have said he is ok to scream....when I was learning of the rest he needed, it became semi-funny remembering Nick Holmes from PARADISE LOST talking in an interview about popping his eye out from screaming. In our case this was a real possibility. But he has been cleared for strenuous activity. Any of you who have ever seen him live knows that he is relatively strenuous.
"Saw DIMMU and BEHEMOTH and lots of friends at Jannus Landing (in Tampa) last week. Good Show. One of the better I have seen in a long while. In about a month (July 8th), Cannibal Corpse is releasing a documentary DVD. It spans their entire career and should be pretty great. A whole bunch of us were included in it. Both Jason and I (Jarrett) were interviewed and as far as I know included in it. So needless to say we are excited about seeing our grills on camera in a retrospective of some important death metal history.
"As this demo thing draws to a close, my main concern next is festivals. If your doing one...get in touch."
An official press release for the renowned band had the following to say:
Legendary death metal band Cannibal Corpse has been busy working on the follow-up to 2006's victorious release Kill, which saw the band hit the Billboard Top 200 chart at #170 with 6,049 units scanned, #6 on Billboard's Heatseaker chart, #16 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, #21 on Billboard's Top Hard Rock Albums chart, a coveted spot touring on 2006's Sounds of the Underground, headlining the extremely successful Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour, and multiple tours overseas and dates in Canada and South America.
The new album isn't expected until the fall or winter, so until then fans will be able to get their Cannibal fix with the bands first-ever career retrospective 3-disc DVD, Centuries of Torment The First 20 Years, due out July 2008 via Metal Blade Records.
Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years contains live and rare footage, interviews with members past and present, and loads of bonus material (see track listing below). Documentary and bonus footage directed and produced by Denise Korycki.
DVD 1: Cannibal Corpse History More...
ADRIFT, the Tampa-based heavy rock band featuring Jack Owen of DEICIDE/CANNIBAL CORPSE fame, has scheduled the following dates:
April 11 - Boomerz - Seminole, Fl
April 26 - The Dungeon - Orlando, FL
ADRIFT recently posted the song "Pushed Aside", from the group's debut full-length album "Absolution", on the ADRIFT MySpace page. This song is being marketed by ADRIFT as the first "single," or track formally released by ADRIFT to mainstream media channels such as radio, Internet radio, and satellite radio. "Back To Square One" and "Held Down", the two other songs posted by ADRIFT in November 2007 on their MySpace page, have received over 90,000 "hits," or plays, since being posted.
Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have issued the following update:
"Want to be a part of an upcoming CANNIBAL CORPSE DVD? We're documenting the history of the band and are looking for any pictures or videos you may have of the band past or present onstage or offstage. Do you know of any good footage that exists? Let us know.
"Do you have a CANNIBAL tattoo? We want to include you. Do you have any artwork inspired by their songs? Send it in. Whatever you may have that you think would help tell the CANNIBAL story... send it snail mail or email hi-red Jpegs or uncompressed Quicktimes or Mini DV tapes. The deadline is March 1, 2008. Thanks for your help!
"Send materials snail mail to:
CANNIBAL CORPSE DVD
Metal Blade Records Inc.
2828 Cochran St. Ste 302
Simi Valley, CA 93065
"Send materials via the website to: dvd[at]cannibalcorpse.net.
"Make sure to include the following statement (print and include in your snailmail or copy/paste and include in your mail.
"By submitting materials by you, and by accepting these terms and conditions, please be advised that your submission of materials which may or may not be included in the CANNIBAL CORPSE video and DVD shall be deemed transferred by you to Metal Blade Records Inc. and is deemed a Work Made For Hire. Thereafter Metal Blade Records Inc. shall own the copyright in and to the materials submitted and can use for commercial or promotional exploitation for no compensation.
"BY INCLUDING THIS DISCLAIMER I ACCEPT THE TERMS ABOVE
ADRIFT, the Tampa-based heavy rock band featuring Jack Owen of DEICIDE/CANNIBAL CORPSE fame, has scheduled the following dates for March of 2008:
March 1 - Clearwater, FL @ Trax Music Hall
March 8 - Fort Myers, FL @ Ricochet (EkoTren CD Release)
March 15 - Seminole, FL @ Boomerz Boiler Room
March 17 - Tampa, FL @ Stadium Bennigans
March 29 - New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon Street
Check out www.myspace.com/adriftsounds for more info.
KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update:
"Kataklysm just recently finished mixing their new album (Prevail) at Audio Hammer Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Jason Suecof. The album is going through a mastering process as we speak and should be wrapped up by the end of the week. In other words, fully complete and ready to kill!
The anticipated album will also feature guest solo appearances by Pat O'Brien (CANNIBAL CORPSE), Dave Linsk (OVERKILL) and producer and guitar shredder Jason Suecof himself! The band promises a monstrous album that will pummel you from start to finish. The album artwork and track list will be unleashed next Monday on the bands MySpace page and website. stay tuned!"
Prevail is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23rd (Europe) and May 27th (North America, rest of world).
PATHS OF POSSESSION, the Florida-based band fronted by CANNIBAL CORPSE vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, has posted a cover version of CANCERSLUG's "Soulless" on the group's MySpace page. The track was previously released on the Japanese version of PATHS OF POSSESSION's third album, "The End of the Hour", which came out last October via Metal Blade Records.
In related news, FROM BLOOD AND BURNING — the band featuring PATHS OF POSSESSION bassist Randy Butman, Nick Goodyear (PATHS OF POSSESSION, DARK FAITH), Jack Goodwin (PATHS OF POSSESSION), and Josh Cannon (SORCERER, AFTER DEATH) — will enter Mana Recording Studios on January 20 with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOATWHORE) to begin recording its full-length debut for a 2008 release via Blind Prophecy Records.
CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster has issued the following update:
"My wife and I will be attending the NAMM show in Anaheim next week, so if any of you are going to the show, maybe we'll see you there. I'm not doing any signings or presentations or anything like that, but I will be there as a guest of Spector basses. I'll also be dropping by the Modulus, DR Strings, and Ampeg booths, so you might see me somewhere around there too.
"Also, in case you didn't see the announcement on HATE ETERNAL's site last month, I won't be playing bass on their upcoming tours. Although it would have been a lot of fun, we all knew from the beginning that I'd probably just do the studio session, and that's the way things turned out. It just seemed like there would be some serious schedule conflicts, so they decided to look for a bassist who could be fully dedicated to touring with them this year. Those guys are beginning a tour next week, so be sure to catch them if they come through your area. Also, their new album, 'Fury and Flames', will be released on February 20th, so check it out. It's a truly savage album, and I'm proud they let me be a part of it.
"In CANNIBAL news, we have started writing, and things are coming along well. We are hoping to enter the studio in September of this year, so that would mean our next album will be released sometime in 2009.
"As for BLOTTED SCIENCE [the instrumental extreme metal triumvirate featuring guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK, MARTY FRIEDMAN), Webster, and drummer Charlie Zeleny (BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS, JORDAN RUDESS)], we have been enjoying a very positive response to the release of our debut album, 'The Machinations of Dementia', and I'd like to say thank you to everybody out there who has bought the album or supported us in any way. A lot of people have been asking when and if we'll play live, and I still don't know the answer to that. If we ever did plan something it would be posted on BLOTTED's MySpace page, so check there for updates."
ADRIFT, the Tampa-based heavy rock band featuring Jack Owen of DEICIDE/CANNIBAL CORPSE fame, has scheduled the following dates:
Jan. 05 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
Jan. 12 - St. Augustine, FL @ Club Fusion
Jan. 26 - Seminole, FL @ Boomerz Boiler Room
ADRIFT recently posted the song "Pushed Aside", from the group's debut full-length album "Absolution", on the ADRIFT MySpace page. This song is being marketed by ADRIFT as the first "single," or track formally released by ADRIFT to mainstream media channels such as radio, Internet radio, and satellite radio. "Back To Square One" and "Held Down", the two other songs posted by ADRIFT in November of 2007 on their MySpace page, have received over 90,000 "hits," or plays, since being posted.
When asked about the wisdom of releasing a single directly to the public instead of exclusively building supply and demand through such traditional media outlets, ADRIFT drummer Kevin Astl stated, "We just want to get the music out there to the people, our friends and fans. We're not thumbing our nose at radio and would never do so, but we feel that our music should have as much reach as possible. If that includes radio support, then we welcome it, but in conjunction with our plans to push the record. We just feel that radio shouldn't be the ONLY place you can hear ADRIFT's music. 'Pushed Aside' is one of those songs that people tell us is strong, melodically heavy and memorable. We've had such a positive response to the record that we want the word to spread, and we want the music to keep flowing — check out ADRIFT and let us know what you think of the tunes."
"Absolution" was recorded by David Burrill at The Sample Factory in Youngsville, NC, was mixed by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, FL, and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New Windsor, NY.
ADRIFT, the Tampa-based heavy rock band featuring Jack Owen of DEICIDE/CANNIBAL CORPSE fame, has scheduled the following dates:
Nov. 29 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
Nov. 30 - Casselberry/Orlando, FL @ Hollys and Dollys
Dec. 14 - Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar
Dec. 15 - Ft. Myers, FL @ [to be announced]
ADRIFT's new album, "Absolution", was recorded by David Burrill at The Sample Factory in Youngsville, NC, was mixed by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, FL, and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New Windsor, NY.
The original Dean Cadillac electric guitar, which was played by CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Rob Barrett on the "Kill" world tour is being auctioned on eBay from Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m. CET to Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. CET.
The guitar, which was signed by all five members of CANNIBAL CORPSE, is in good condition and will be shipped in its original case.
Check out the European Metal Blade eBay shop where the auction will kick off on November 29.
The complete proceeds of this auction will be donated to the charity Strahlemaennchen.de. Strahlemaennchen.de is a German organization which helps children with cancer and their families with everyday problems as well as making the children's wishes come true.
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Guitarist Jack Owen (DEICIDE, ADRIFT, ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) has sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
"Just got home from a couple whirlwind months of touring. First was OBITUARY's North American tour for their great new album, 'Xecutioner's Return'. I want to thank them for letting me tag along and be a one-man film crew and emergency guitarist!
"Next up was the Balkans Assassination tour, playing bass for my good friends ESTUARY! Yes, bass! It was an awesome and challenging expeience ripping out some bass for a change!
"Thank you to Zdenka, Ash, and Jesse (and KRISIUN and INCANTATION) for a great tour!
"Arrived home to a finished product of the debut ADRIFT album, 'Absolution'. Finally! We've been sending out the first run to labels, mags, and fans. If you'd like to order the album, visit our homepage. We're pushing a limited run of albums ourselves until a label picks it up. (hint, hint..)
"Also got home to the terrible news about Vitek from DECAPITATED. It's a horrible tragedy, and my condolences go out to his band, family, and friends.
"In the works right now? Recording my guitar parts for the new DEICIDE album, rehearsing for an Orlando show with ADRIFT, and sleeping a lot!
"ADRIFT should be on the road before you know it!
"Cheers to all the awesome fans and friends I ran into through the September and October tours! See you again soon!"
ADRIFT's "Absolution" was recorded by David Burrill at The Sample Factory in Youngsville, NC, was mixed by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, FL, and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New Windsor, NY.
www.waytooloud.com recently conducted and interview with CANNIBAL CORPSE members Alex Webster and George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher during the Metal Blade 25th Anniversary Tour. A couple of excerpts follow:
Way Too Loud!: After Sounds Of The Underground, has anyone talked to you about doing any more support tours? I'd love to see that, where you scare the headliners!
Alex Webster: We've had a little bit of interest from some people, but nothing has panned out yet to anything that we've been supporting since then. We've done a few festivals in Europe, but other than that, we've been headlining since that tour. It does seem to open up some doors though, because some people have been talking to us about doing some things, where before, it was hard to get anybody even to think about having us open for them. It's been tough. If you look at our tour history, very rarely have we done supporting tours. There's probably been less than five tours where we were the support band, as opposed to being the headliner. Our first two tours that we did were headliners, so right off the bat we were headlining.
Way Too Loud!: Is there any chance with LAMB OF GOD? The reason why I'm asking is because they opened up for you in? Was it 2000?
Alex: 2001. LAMB OF GOD, DIMMU BORGIR and THE HAUNTED opened for us on a North American tour. I think except for THE HAUNTED, all those bands are bigger than us now, which is cool by us, and we would be happy to open for any band that's bigger than us, even if they haven't been around for long, just because you want to introduce your music to new fans and all that. LAMB OF GOD have asked about having us open for them, but the timing didn't work out. They were a band that did ask about it. I think it would be great! I would love to open for those guys. We really appreciate that they've had us in mind, even though the scheduling didn't work out in the past.
Way Too Loud!: From the appearance of things, metalcore seems to have helped out every kind of real metal there is. Do you guys think that you've benefitted from this?
Alex: Any kind of metal we support, even if we don't necessarily listen to it a whole lot. A lot of the metalcore bands are pretty good. I think they have enough of an element of death metal to them that they've helped attract fans to the death metal scene. Like if you have metalcore bands occasionally doing a tour with a death metal band, it's kind of a fan exchange, where the fans of one scene can learn about the music of another, and I think it's positive because those fans wouldn't have made death metal a first stop. It wouldn't have been their first choice to check out death metal, but once they've had a chance to see a band like us like at Sound Of The Underground or whatever, it got them more interested in death metal. If those bands didn't exist, then Sounds Of The Underground probably wouldn't exist, and we wouldn't have done that tour, so we wouldn't have had that chance. I definitely think that metalcore bands have probably opened some doors for the death metal scene, and maybe the black metal scene as well.
Way Too Loud!: That makes me wonder about something. Do you think now, even death metal bands themselves are changing. I think it was a guy from Vile who said he liked the music, but even though he was playing it, he never liked the lyrics, and he really wanted to go in a more positive direction. It almost seems like there's a couple, I guess it already has been done actually, death metal bands doing stuff that's positive, and in a different direction.
Alex: I guess if you look at bands like NAPALM DEATH, at one point those guys those guys sounded very much like a death metal band, and they still do have a lot of elements of death metal to their sound, even though most people would call them a grindcore band. Especially around "Harmony Corruption", they sounded very similar to death metal on some of their riffs, but they always had lyrics that were political, and some of them were proudly positive lyrics. I'm not that familiar with their stuff, but I know none of it was gore. I think the music and the lyrics can be separate, but in our opinion, if you ask any of the members in the band, we've always felt that really dark and negative lyrics were the way to go for the kind of music we're doing. It just seemed appropriate for the riffing style we have. The style of riffing is dark, aggressive and violent, and there's nothing else that we felt would fit well. The music and the lyrics had to be match, and to us, the music was violent, so the lyrics had to be violent. But if someone else wants to do it in a different way, that's fine. There's no rules in music. There might be some rules in death metal, on how you define it, and that's OK, but in general, if someone wants to take some sounds from death metal and us it for something, and try and make positive lyrics on top of it, we're not going to complain about that.
George: Some people feel, that somebody who is not a part of the scene, or who looks different that comes to shows, they feel that their… you know… Like most people would say "mall" kids or "mallcore" kids, or whatever you want to call them, they see those kids wearing their shirts, and they feel like the one band that hasn't sold out, that hasn't turned their back on their music is more popular, unfortunately they see that band as selling out. That's not our fault at all. We don't control who comes to our shows. We want everybody to come to our shows, we don't care if it's Joe Schmoe or some kid in a hospital. We have a very diverse audiences. I know that tonight we'll have a diverse audience, and of course part of that is because we have a diverse bill, there's bands that aren't pure death metal on this bill, but some people feel like their little thing has been taken away. It used to be SLAYER — nobody knew who they were, now SLAYER's huge! People feel betrayed by that. To me, I've always thought that if you're going to feel that way, then you should just listen to the band. If the band sounds like they've turned their back on you and you don't like them anymore, that's fine because everyone else likes them now. What I would always say about bands that I liked that were getting bigger, I started seeing more kids wearing their shirts, and I'd think "They stink now!" But people feel like their little things been taken away. I used to try and get all my friends to listen to KREATOR, because all my friends used to listen to BON JOVI and all this crap, and I was like "Listen to this! KREATOR!" Then a few of my friends would listen to it with me, and then more and more people started listening to it, and you want them to listen to it. Not me, but some people feel like their little things been taken away. You wanted everybody to love them — why don't you like this, it's the best thing ever? But when everybody else likes it, then it's not the best thing ever. We know a guy who likes only the band's first demo ever. "Only their first demo, the rest is shit!" (Laughs) C'mon, it's like dude, what are you talking about? It's ridiculous.