The Buffalo, NY, quintet assembled in 1988 and within a year signed
with Metal Blade, its label for the past 23 years (the band’s latest album, Torture, was released last month). Since
then, Cannibal Corpse has racked up impressive sales with a number of worldwide
million sellers in their brutal catalog (particularly classics Butchered at Birth and Tomb of the Mutilated), earning the crew
the mantle of America’s all time best selling Death Metal band.
has dogged Cannibal Corpse from the start, but it’s also provided publicity to
help fuel its popularity; not long after the band’s cameo in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (at the
insistence of Death Metal aficionado Jim Carrey), Cannibal Corpse was assailed
by Senators Bob Dole, Joe Lieberman and Sam Nunn and conservative pot-stirrer
William Bennett (and you know you’re doing something right when you tweak that
lot) for their “offensive” lyrics. Almost simultaneously, the Australian
Recording Industry Association imposed a ban on the entire Cannibal Corpse
catalog, and while the total ban was lifted in 2006, the titles remain
restricted to anyone under age 18; a similar action was implemented in Germany,
though ultimately dropped.
Cannibal Corpse has long defended the murder and mayhem in its lyrics as
nothing more than graphically gory short stories, fictional exaggerations of
real life’s more brutal aspects. The band’s fans clearly understand the
distinction and will turn out in droves to feel Cannibal Corpse’s
self-described “anger music” in their unspilled entrails.
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