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Cannibal Corpse Talk About Not Headlining Sounds of the Underground 2006

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MTV.com talked to Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster about not being the headlining band on Sounds of the Underground and how that is a good thing.

"It's the first time we've ever been able to do a festival tour in the United States, and we've had very few opportunities to do tours where we weren't the headliner," Webster explained. "I don't know if a lot of bigger bands didn't want to take a band like us on the road with them or what, but ... this is the first time in 10 years we're doing something with bands that are more popular than us."

He said the Brooklyn, New York, band's thrilled to be part of Sounds, because he feels the gig's going to expose Cannibal Corpse to thousands of metal fans who've been too timid to check them out.

"We really feel like we haven't ever had the chance to play to an audience that is not mostly our own," he said. "We've done lots and lots of headlining tours, but very few opening tours, and never an opening tour of this size. We're in the middle of this package, and so, if an average Cannibal Corpse headlining show's in the hundreds of people and the average Sounds show's going to be in the thousands of people, we're obviously meeting a lot more people each night than we would on our own headlining run.

"I can't wait to see what people think," he continued. "If there's certain people who don't like what we do, and they're forced to watch us anyway, that's always kind of entertaining too. When we toured with the Misfits and Anthrax, there was always a handful of people out there going, 'What the f--- is this sh--?' We're very confident and proud of what we do, so we don't care if some people react negatively to it. If anything it makes us laugh. Some of these fans could be interested in us, if they have a chance to see us and get to know what we're like live."

In late March, Cannibal Corpse released Kill, their 10th studio LP. The album debuted at #170 on the Billboard albums chart, selling more than 6,000 copies in its first week. It was the second time in the band's career that one of its albums breached the mostly pop-friendly list; in 1996, Vile opened at #151, with more than 6,100 copies sold. And it's all due to the fans, Webster said.

"We don't have a huge following, but we have a strong following of dedicated fans," he said. "That's the difference between us and a lot of bands that kind of come and go. We have a dedicated fanbase that has been with us for a long, long time. Whereas I think a lot of bands that are more popular than us [are] kind of fleeting. They're popular for a couple of years, and [their] fans ... move on to the next big thing. We've had a slow and steady career."

After SOTU, Cannibal Corpse plan to launch a U.S. headlining run — the kickoff will most likely take place in early November. Webster said next month the band will film a clip for "Death Walking Terror." Well, probably. When you're in Cannibal Corpse, selecting the right song can be tricky.

"Every one of our songs has some kind of violent or dark imagery in it, but we have to look for songs that are a little less graphic," he said. "We only have a couple of songs on each record where the lyrics aren't more or less R-rated for violence. We have to carefully choose what songs we do videos for, because otherwise it won't make it passed the censors. The song 'Murder Worship,' I think all of us would have liked to have done a video for that. But there's no way, with the decapitated heads and all."

Source: MTV.com

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1. psythe writes:

lol, Cannibal Corpse lyrics are mostly vile. lucky you can't understand the bloody singer :P

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2. The Omen writes:

Cannibal Corpse f***ing rules!
best damn death metal band ever.

# May 24, 2006 @ 10:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. deathmetalrules420@yahoo.com writes:

can't wait to see these mother f***ers on SOTU!!!! Cannibal corpse for f***ing ever!

# May 24, 2006 @ 10:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Acidbitch writes:

woooooooooooo, f***in right doggie, rockon cannibal corpse

# May 24, 2006 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. metalmayhem writes:

according to MTV in this interview, Cannibal is from brooklyn, ny........gee that is funny b/c i always thought that they were from buffalo and relocated to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida......

# May 24, 2006 @ 1:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. A Nightmare on Elm Street writes:

they should be headlining. i know im getting off topic but there is this guy who said he doesent like metal so send this f*** some gay porn and spam at this adress
supersneasel@hotmail.com

# May 24, 2006 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. SPIRIT OF THE ELDER GODS writes:

I ONCE WENT TO A CONCERT TO SEE PESTILENCE BRUTAL TRUTH AND FEAR FACTORY OVER HERE IN ENGLAND.ON THE NIGHT IN QUESTION MY MATES AND I TURNED UP AND WERE TOLD PESTILENCE HAD PULLED OUT OVER MONEY ISSUES AND THAT AN (THEN UNKNOWN TO US) AMERICAN BAND WAS ON THE CARD INSTEAD.CANNIBAL CORPSE CAME ON AND LITERALLY BLAT-BEATED THE AUDIENCE TO A PULP FOR 20-30 MINUTES WITH SONGS FROM EATEN BACK TO LIFE.I CAN HARDLY REMEMBER BRUTAL TRUTH OR FEAR FACTORY. I HAVE BEEN TO MAYBE 30-40 DEATH/BLACK METAL CONCERTS IN MY TIME.CANNIBAL CORPSE IS THE MOST MEMORABLE.SOME BANDS LYRICS ARE ABOUT SATAN/PAZUZU/SUMERIAN GODS/DEMONS ETC SOME ARE ABOUT SOCIETY IN GENERAL OTHERS DO PUTRID GORE.CANNIBAL CORPSE ARE THE BEST AT WHAT THEY DO !!!!! NO f***ING CONTEST.

# May 24, 2006 @ 2:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Acidbitch writes:

see told ya there awsome, man i love cannibal corpse, what else can i say

# May 25, 2006 @ 11:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Heinzonegative writes:

I'd rather see Six Feet Under on this tour.Chris Barnes kicks Corpsegrinders ass.

# May 25, 2006 @ 12:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. SPIRIT OF THE ELDER GODS writes:

QUICK CANNIBAL CORPSE QUIZ NAME THE SONG THE BAND ARE PLAYING AND THE NAME OF THE CHARACTER JIM CAREY IS PLAYING WHEN HE APPROACHES THE MOSH PIT MID-CONCERT FOR SOME IMFORMATION REGARDING THE THEFT OF A PRECIOUS ITEM.(THIS IS PROBABLY WAY TO EASY I KNOW)THE WINNER GETS A.............................ERR.......................THE SATISFACTION OF KNOWING YOU WERE FIRST

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11. hammer smashed face^^^^^^ writes:

wat do i win???

# May 26, 2006 @ 3:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. and jim carrey was playing as... writes:

ACE VENTURA: (Quate from movie) Thats what turns me on about ya... your attention to detail!!!!!

# May 26, 2006 @ 3:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. SPIRIT OF THE ELDER GODS writes:

CONGRATS,TO "hammer smashed face" & "and jim carrey was playing as..."(SAME PERSON) IT WAS WAY TO EASY.NO PRIZES SORRY AS ALREADY EXPLAINED OTHER THAN SATISFACTION WILL YOU BE GOING TO THE FESTIVAL HAVE YOU SEEN THEM BEFORE.WHATS YOUR FAVE SONG/ALBUM

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14. hammer smashed face writes:

hammer smashed face-tomb of the mutilated

# May 27, 2006 @ 1:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. bradispissed writes:

i was always fond of the vaginal goo mr. barnes was fascinated with


before him and his ape techs beat the f*** out of seth putnam :(

# May 27, 2006 @ 2:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. SPIRIT OF THE ELDER GODS writes:

I ALWAYS LIKED "THE FATHER OF THREE WAS IMPALED ON THE WHEEL AS HIS SKULL BECAME PART OF THE DASH,HIS SIGHT UNAFFECTED HIS EYEBALLS EJECTED HE SAW HIS OWN ORGANS COLLAPSE" MAYBE THEY COULD USE THS EFFECTIVELY IN AN ANTI-DRINK DRIVE CAMPAIGN,OR "I LOVE TO f*** THE DEAD,DEMONS IN MY HEAD,TEARING AT MY BRAIN" JUST THE THING TO LIVEN UP THOSE FAMILY WEDDINGS,ALL FROM MY PERSONAL FAVE "EATEN BACK TO LIFE" BUT FOR ARTWORK BUTCHERED AT BIRTH IS THE BEST

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17. mutilation writes:

theres no way that im missing SOTU in denver!!!!!!!!1 f***ing mosh!!!!!!!!!!!!! murder worship would be a kick a$$ video!!!!!!!!! KEEP SUPPORTING DEATH METAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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18. metalmshreves writes:

i think that a opening tour with these bigger bands would not only do them good, but, headlining a tour right after would be the smartest move they could make, drawing in all of those kids that now think it is the cool thing to like cannibal corpse, so all the true metal heads can stop there faces. hahahahahaha!!! smart thinkin'.

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