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Cannibal Corpse Wins "Greatest Death Metal Song" Award

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Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has won the award of "Greatest Death Metal Song Of All Time" for their staple track, "Hammer Smashed Face" in a poll on the German website Metal-Hammer.de. In second place was Swedish act Arch Enemy with their song, "We Will Rise" and third place was given to Death for the song "Crystal Mountain."

The full top ten is as follows:

1. Cannibal Corpse – ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ (TOMB OF THE MUTILATED, 1992)
2. Arch Enemy – ‘We Will Rise’ (ANTHEMS OF REBELLION, 2003)
3. Death – ‘Crystal Mountain’ (SYMBOLIC, 1995)
4. Amon Amarth – ‘Pursuit Of Vikings’ (FATE OF NORNS, 2004)
5. Vader – ‘Carnal’ (BLACK TO THE BLIND, 1997)
6. Sepultura – ‘Arise’ (ARISE, 1991)
7. Carcass – ‘Heartwork’ (HEARTWORK, 1993)
8. In Flames – ‘Only For The Weak’ (CLAYMAN, 2000)
9. Kataklysm – ‘In Shadows And Dust’ (SHADOWS & DUST, 2002)
10. Behemoth – ‘Christians To The Lions’ (THELEMA.6, 2000)

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1. Valley_of_the_Dead writes:

I'm well pleased with that as it was prior to George Knobgrinder's association with CC, and besides that, it's from one of the most legendary death metal albums TotM...

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 9:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Diamond Oz writes:

I really don't understand why so many people don't like Corpsegrinder

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 10:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. cannibal corpse writes:

Corpsegrinder is the sh** only idiots who are jealous of his insane death abilitys disagree

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 10:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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GO corpse!

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 10:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathmetalrules420 writes:

most people dont like CG probably b/c he wasnt the original vocalist and chris was...but really i dont know...i like all cannibal corpse...besides "KILL" i didnt dig that album much

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 1:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Johnny Boy writes:

George's vocals are extremely fierce and powerful; plus I think they've improved on "Evisceration Plague." He may not have the style as Chris's but it still comes through as a powerful death metal sound.

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 1:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Anubiz writes:

Yeah, I don't have probs with him, sure they were better pre-corpsegrinder, but I still love their albums after that.

And the new one is awesome.

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. GoreGrinder writes:

All tho I do like CC Barnes era better, I also like Corpse Grinder a lot. The new album sounds a lot like the Kill album so I'm gonna have to listen to it some more. I think Hammer Smashed Face is the most popular Death Metal song but not the best. I do love the song but I don't think its #1.

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 2:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Terminator writes:

arch enemy got the number 2 greatest death metal song of all time? really? im gonna have to say no to that one. that alone ruins the credibility of this poll for me- despite CC and death being represented well.

now playing: ozzy - never know why

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 3:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Diamond Oz writes:

Yeah I was surprised by that one too. I think Amon Amarth were voted number four. It was a readers poll. I can post the top ten if you like?

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. bbristowe writes:

"Corpsegrinder is the sh** only idiots who are jealous of his insane death abilitys disagree"

LOL. death ablilties. Awesome.

I like Arch Enemy more than any other band on their. But I wouldn't even put them in the death metal genre to begin with. Either way I've never liked CC.

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 3:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Terminator writes:

oz - yeah, top ten would be interesting to see. just for sh**s, giggles and arguing lol.

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 3:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Cynic writes:

This list is invalid for too many reasons to mention - Arch Enemy being second, Sepultura being thrash metal, Carcass song being off Heartwork, In Flames song being off Clayman, etc

Complete joke.

Now Playing: Gorguts - "Orphans of Sickness"

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. cyanotic writes:

i agree, this list is invalid for many reasons, but CC being number one is not one of them, Arch Enemy is good, but that is not the best CD they've put out, and i dont think they should have beat Carcass.... they're like the founders of grindcore!

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 7:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. b12 writes:

this is not the best death metal song ever....everything in music is opinion anyways so it really doesnt matter

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 8:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Fierus writes:

NEWSFLASH.. TOP # LIST OF BEST (VARIABLE) EVER ON (PROPRIETRY WEBSITE)
Who cares.

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 9:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. ZT speaking writes:

I'm so sick of TOTM......

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 10:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. analguest writes:

arch enemy?? never, for me the greatest death metal song would be nile's "unas slayer ov the gods" sepultura playing thrash i can agree on that u know the played everything that's why i think they are the best metal band of all time,death,thrash,crossover,numetal,hardcore they played it all!!

# Feb 5, 2009 @ 10:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Jackrum writes:

Arch Enemy above Carcass and Death??? that just aint right.

# Feb 6, 2009 @ 1:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I have cannibal corpse on my myspace friends, and they promoted the sh** iout of this poll on their bulletins and whatnot. i also have Vader and Amon Amarth and everybody else on the top ten in my friends list, and not a single one of those bands, nor the other few hundred bands that were on this poll promoted it at all.

It was a popularity quiz. probably only 10% of the people who saw the poll actually kne wevery song listed, and at least 50% of the people on here got to it solely because of cannibal Corpse's promotion. Most of those people in he latter group probably voted on cannibal corpse. the rest probably voted on what they legitamately thought was the best song.

Not to mention the fact that you could vote once every 24 hours. that probably screwed the sh** outta the actual polling.

I personally voted for Amon amarth and a Deicide song. there were better bands on there, but to me, they listed the wrong songs. I think they listed Once upon the cross for Deicide, but I wanted f*** your God just for the novelty. :)

# Feb 6, 2009 @ 1:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Diamond Oz writes:

Yeah I noticed that too F.A.N. I voted for Suffocation just because.

# Feb 6, 2009 @ 7:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. rk writes:

I personally like Heartwork. Dude anybody thinks that Gore Obsessed and Evisceration Plague are not solid DM cds should get their fukkin heads examined.

# Feb 6, 2009 @ 2:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. RememberMetal? writes:

That list is a wobbly goblin to say the least but Corpse being at the top and Behemoth bringing up the rear sounds about right...I'd just completely empty out the middle 8....

Now Playing: Belphegor - "Sanctus Perversum"

# Feb 6, 2009 @ 6:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. DeathInEye writes:

So, we're talking straight death metal then? No hybrids/innovators? I just want to be clear because I'd have liked Opeth somewhere in the top ten, but they're prog death, correct? Or are they prog doom? I've read black before too. Blasted genres. Opeth should be on any top ten!

# Feb 6, 2009 @ 6:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. SHREDDER13 writes:

I would've included some Obituary and Deicide....hell maybe even Malevolent Creation

here's my list...if anyone cares...

1. Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face
2. Deicide - Dead By Dawn
3. Obituary - Gates To Hell
4. Malevolent Creation - Sacrificial Annihilation
5. Suffocation - Infecting the Crypts
6. Morbid Angel - Immortal Rites
7. Autopsy - Twisted Mass Of Burnt Decay
8. Unleashed - Crush The Skull
9. Death - Zombie Ritual
10. Possessed - Burning In Hell

\m/ "Sign Of Evil" by Violent Force \m/

# Feb 6, 2009 @ 8:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. freddy lounds writes:

Definetly some obiturary and morbid angel.......H.S.M is one of the best songs in any category of metal ever.....love george but chris barnes is still the shi*

# Feb 7, 2009 @ 1:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. SHREDDER13 writes:

Both Barnes and Fisher are great but I'll take early CC any day!

# Feb 7, 2009 @ 3:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. weasel321 writes:

CC Being number 1 totally agree. H.S.F. is a staple. I personally like corpsegrinder better. It's nice to see Kataklysm on the list. I have always liked them. I do agree with Carcass being on the list I just don't agree with the song that was picked. Some Morbid Angel would have been nice too.

# Feb 7, 2009 @ 7:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Dark Angel-REX writes:

I like CC, but their new album isn't as good as KILL or Wretched Spawn.


I kinda agree with that top 10 list, but Arch Enemy's "we will rise" isn't the best song they have. "Nemesis" is. Behemoth, I think it's okay. Morbid Angels are awesome.

nonetheless, Hammer Smashed Face is the best on the list i think

# Feb 8, 2009 @ 9:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. DeathInEye writes:

I humbly disagree Dark Angel-REX. Arch Enemy deserves maybe top 20 and their best album is Wages of Sin.

# Feb 8, 2009 @ 12:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Analguest writes:

they don't deserve even the top 30, I can easily name a number of death metal bands better and having bigger influence on the metal scene than ach enemy, not saying thay are bad but just not good enough

# Feb 8, 2009 @ 12:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Blood_Drive writes:

God thats a badass name for a song "hammer smashed face"

# Feb 11, 2009 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. metalmayhem writes:

no nile, cryptopsy, suffocation, decapitated, morbid angel, entombed, etc....but In Flames "only for the weak"....c'mon now people....

# Feb 11, 2009 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. IWrestledABearOnce writes:

^ This guy is back?

Anyways, In Flames definitly deserved the Top Ten...but I don't think CC should have gotten it...in my opinion, the best death metal song was Fermented Offal Discharge by Necrophagist...or at least on the top list. They are an amazing technical death metal band. If not that then Horizon's of Chaos I by The Faceless.

# Feb 11, 2009 @ 4:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Txmetalhead writes:

Same kind of debate goes on regarding Sepultura's Derrick Green, VS Soulfly's Max Cavalera. I think it is stupid to hate/dislike a band because they don't have their old vocalist anymore. I happen to like both Sepultura and Soulfly. The new Sep Album is awesome. I don't like Cannibal Corpse, however, I do like Six Feet Under. Chris Barnes is incredible. With that said, though, I have no problem with Corpsegrinder Fisher. He seems like a pretty cool guy, and he is just an everyday guy who happens to love WoW. Just fukin' enjoy the music for what it is! METAL 2009!!

# Feb 11, 2009 @ 5:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Txmetalhead writes:

Oh yeah - A-LEX is one of the best albums I have heard yet this year. The new LAMB, though, sounds incredible.

# Feb 11, 2009 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Cynic writes:

IWrestledABearOnce, great pick on the Necrophagist track. In terms of The Faceless, they may be cool but there are tens of bands who drew blood and sweat to build death metal which have been forgotten. It should have looked at least something like SHREDDER's list.

Then again, kids think death metal seems to be just some waffly term for anything heavier than the black album these days...

# Feb 11, 2009 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. killkillkill666 writes:

HAMMER SMASHED FACE!!!

now smoking: sour deisel :)_

# Feb 13, 2009 @ 4:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Die4Dethklok writes:

WOO!!! Hammer Smashed Face! That was the one on the Jim Carey movie, Ace Ventura yeah? lmfao.
I personally think these polls are pointless, but i would have voted for 'Christians to the Lions' coz it sounds funny. the name that is, i havent heard the song. and, i was always told that Sepultura are thrash metal, and this is a DM poll...

# Feb 13, 2009 @ 6:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. CHIRAG writes:

......FuKiN BrUtAl....XD

# Feb 19, 2009 @ 11:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. dudeman writes:

personally i think death should have gotten the top spot, may be spirit crusher?

# Feb 19, 2009 @ 11:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Analguest writes:

i think the fist place should go to bullet for my valentine or my chemical romance, they are so heavy my neighbours can't stand them, oh and fall out boy is awesome aswell those guys are just so cuuuute!!!

# Feb 19, 2009 @ 12:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. CHRISBARNESISTEHMAN writes:

AHAHAHA!

The reason why it isn't a song from the Cumdrinker era is because CC turned into mallcore rats. Ever since bob russay and chris barnes left, so did the TALENT! After Pat O'brien's comment on touring with korn, they are officially beneath the f***ing slipknot.

# Feb 26, 2009 @ 1:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. billy bob writes:

Music is subjective people, there is no "absolute #1 greatest song of all time", it is completely personal. Music lists aren't facts, they are opinions, just the same as all of your comments.

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