Metal Legends: Cannibal Corpse is out for blood

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After more than thirty years of gore-obsessed depravity, cannibal corpse is stronger than ever. The Buffalo band that helped create and define Florida’s burgeoning death metal subgenre after moving permanently to Tampa in 1994, released Unimaginable violence almost a year ago.

The album peaked at number three on Billboards Top Hard Rock Albums chart and 45 overall, but a national tour had to wait until 2022. Now on the road to promote the album, Cannibal Corpse is playing Denver’s Gothic Theater Friday, March 4. Whitechapel, Revocation and Shadow of Intent lend their support.

Unimaginable violence fits right into the band’s canon, as it blows your mind for almost 43 minutes, thanks to eleven brutal songs with titles such as “Inhumane Harvest”, “Bound and Burned” and “Surround, Kill, Devour” .

George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher’s voice is still fierce. The lead guitar work of Erik Rutan, who officially joined the band last year after playing on a 2019 tour, is razor sharp and pairs perfectly with Rob Barrett’s rhythm parts to form a devastating sonic attack. Meanwhile, bassist Alex Webster and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz – the original members of Cannibal Corpse and the brains behind the band’s signature sound and free lyrical content – ​​who provide the blueprint and solid foundation for such aural mayhem.

The icing on the cake Unimaginable violence is the cover of a longtime collaborator of the group Vincent Locke, which is too scary to describe or show here. (Hint: Locke’s latest bloody offering recalls artwork from previous Cannibal Corpse albums, Tomb of the Mutilated and Skinned at birth.)

Corpsegrinder called the album “one of the best records we’ve made” in a recent interview on the popular YouTube channel. Little punk people.

“We are extremely satisfied with it. The reaction has been amazing from fans and so on. We worked really hard on it,” he told host Elliott Fullam. “Happy to be back there. It’s one of the best records we’ve done. We really pushed hard for this one, and the response has been amazing.

Bursting onto the scene with the 1990s Eaten to life, Cannibal Corpse has made a career out of controversy. In 1995, then-US Senator Bob Dole was adamantly convinced that the transgressive imagery and macabre lyrical content of Cannibal Corpse were responsible for the moral degradation of the nation.

Germany and Australia began banning Cannibal Corpse record sales as early as the early 1990s. You still have to be eighteen or older to buy the albums in Australia, which puts Cannibal Corpse as bad for your health than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol.

A Russian tour in 2014 was all but cut short when six of the band’s eight tour dates were canceled due to religious protests. It’s still illegal to translate Cannibal Corpse lyrics into Russian, let alone distribute records or feature Locke’s album cover. Is this death metal band America’s secret weapon against Vladimir Putin’s Russia? Who knows, but the band members have always maintained that they create musical art in the same vein as horror movies.

“Obviously, they’re all horror movies,” Corpsegrinder repeated during the Little Punk People interview, adding that Cannibal Corpse is inspired by everything from Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 phycological thriller, the brilliantto Lucio Fulci’s 1984 Italian horror tome, The gates of hell.

As American politicians and world leaders lost their minds over Cannibal Corpse’s brand of art, the group made a surprise appearance in the popular 1994 comedy Ace Venture: Animal Detectivewhen lead character Jim Carrey wandered into a death metal show and jumped on stage to handle the vocals while the band performed “Hammer Smashed Face”.

Chris Barnes, who was the band’s original singer before being kicked out of the band and replaced by Corpsegrinder in 1995, shared the stage with Carrey, who was supposedly a fan of the band at the time, or at least had heard of it. to speak.

The appearance increased the band’s popularity, as Cannibal Corpse became the best-selling death metal band of the 1990s, thanks in part to Barnes’ early vocal work. But he has recently made headlines for other content he has created, having taken to Twitter to speak out against the current state of death metal after watching the video. Knotfest Presents: A Death Metal Panelwhich included a conversation between current genre singers Corpsegrinder, Travor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, Chase Mason of Gatecreeper, and Alex Jones of Undeath.

The Six Feet Under frontman said the discussion made him “physically sick”.

“I despise what this genre has become,” Barnes tweeted. Many on social media wondered what his beef was, but he declined to further explain his comments since the hot tweet.

But Corpsegrinder, who is one of heavy music’s most recognizable and endearing figures, couldn’t disagree more about the state of the current scene.

“There are a bunch of bands coming out here now. The scene is healthier than it has ever been. It’s as awesome as ever. It’s not dead. That’s not really good. I’m proud of the death metal scene today. I’m so proud of it. I think it’s amazing. I think there are so many great bands out there,” he said on Little Punk People. “We’re going on tour with Revocation and Whitechapel. Two great, great bands. The scene couldn’t be better. Anyone who thinks otherwise: Kiss rocks. I’m so proud of the death metal scene.

Revocation, guitar virtuoso Dave Davidson’s technical death metal outfit, is as heavy and terrifying as an HP Lovecraft story. Likewise, the titan of death Whitechapel is named after Jack the Ripper’s favorite playground and plays exactly the music you’d think a mass murderer would listen to. The Tennessee band is on tour in support of their latest album “Kin”. Shadow of Intent is a mix of Halo-inspired lyrics and symphonic death metal.

The variety of the next Cannibal Corpse bill further hammers home the state of the Corpsegrinder scene. At the end of his interview with Fullam, Corpsegrinder also shared a simple message: “Be safe. Stay metal.

Tickets for the next Denver date are sold out at press time.

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