Cannibal Corpse Biography
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From Buffalo, New York comes a death metal monster that has yet to be tamed: Cannibal Corpse. Comprised of George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher, Alex Webster, Paul Mazurkiewicz, Jack Owen, and Pat O’Brien, the quintet has been ravaging the landscape with picturesque stories of death and many processes by which death can be achieved. At first glance, it seems morbid and repulsive. Ironically, that is just what Cannibal Corpse has aimed for since its birth.
Beginning in 1989, Cannibal Corpse was formed from the remnants of three local Buffalo bands, Tirant Sin, Beyond Death, and Leviathan. The original lineup, consisting of vocalist Chris Barnes, guitarists Jack Owen and Bob Rusay, bassist Alex Webster, and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, recorded a self-titled demo. Unbeknownst to them, they were about to be signed to Metal Blade Records to create the primitive yet uninhibited 1990 release, ‘Eaten Back to Life’, produced by Scott Burns (Sepultura, Deicide). Although it wasn’t exactly what you’d call a best-seller, it certainly got their names in the public with songs like ‘A Skull Full of Maggots’ and ‘Born in a Casket'.
Next came 1991’s ‘Butchered at Birth’, an album with a refined (but still fairly primitive) death metal sound. Songs such as ‘Meat Hook Sodomy’, ‘Covered With Sores’, and ‘Vomit the Soul’ grabbed the attention of the average passer-by…that is, if they weren’t thrown off by the ultra-violent album cover by none other than Vincent Locke of Dead World Comics. 1991 was also the first year Cannibal Corpse went on tour, eventually spreading their music to Europe (where they weren’t well received by many countries).
A year later, Cannibal Corpse released ‘Tomb of the Mutilated’, a death metal classic sporting perhaps the most popular Cannibal Corpse song, ‘Hammer Smashed Face’. Other classics, including ‘I Cum Blood’, ‘Addicted to Vaginal Skin’, and ‘The Cryptic Stench’, as well as yet another offensive album cover by Vincent Locke put this album at the top of the death metaller’s must-have list. ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ later appeared in the soundtrack to the 1994 film ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’, a decision made by Jim Carrey himself (who turns out to be a big Corpse fan).
A note about the first three albums: Germany has banned Cannibal Corpse from playing material from the first three albums.
In 1993, Cannibal Corpse released their ‘Hammer Smashed EP’, containing ‘Hammer Smashed Face’, and two unreleased cover songs, ‘The Exorcist’ by Possessed and ‘Zero the Hero’ by Black Sabbath.
1994’s ‘The Bleeding’, Cannibal Corpse’s best-selling album, brought in a new era, as founding guitarist Bob Rusay was fired from the group and replaced by Malevolent Creation guitarist Rob Barrett. Barrett joined the group as a welcome and contributing addition to the death metal team, helping record malicious classics to include ‘Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead’, ‘Fucked With a Knife’, and ‘Stripped, Raped and Strangled’, which contests to be the most popular Cannibal Corpse song against ‘Hammer Smashed Face’.
Next, in 1995, Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes was fired due to ‘musical differences,’ and replaced by former Monstrosity vocalist George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher on the band’s follow-up to ‘The Bleeding’, entitled ‘Vile’ (originally entitled ‘Created to Kill’). Corpsegrinder made an instant impression on the death metal audience with the 9 second scream heard in the album’s opener, ‘Devoured by Vermin’. ‘Vile’ is proof that Cannibal Corpse’s fate doesn’t rest on one person’s talents alone.
In 1997, after recording the Monolith of Death Tour VHS, Rob Barrett decided to leave the band to pursue other fields of interest, and was replaced by Nevermore guitarist Pat O’Brien to record their 1998 release, ‘Gallery of Suicide’. ‘Gallery’ also marks the first time recording without long-time Cannibal Corpse producer Scott Burns, who was replaced by Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Morbid Angel). Labeled as their most technical album, ‘Gallery’ retains the tried-but-true standards of relentless pounding, intense riffs, and guttural vocals that keep the fans coming back for more. O’Brien proves to be a powerful force, marking his abilities in the song ‘From Skin to Liquid,’ the album’s instrumental track.
The following year, 1999, was the year of ‘Bloodthirst’, their first album working with producer Colin Richardson (Fear Factory, Carcass). This was the first time in five years that Cannibal Corpse had consistent band members spanning two albums. The feverish pace of ‘Dead Human Collection’, the adrenal flood created by ‘Pounded into Dust’, and the skull-crushing symphony ‘Unleashing the Bloodthirsty’ caught the attention of more death metal fans across the globe.
In 2000, Cannibal Corpse released their second live recording, entitled ‘Live Cannibalism’. A compilation of most of their classic tracks played at two venues (the Rave in Milwaukee, WI and Indianapolis, IN), Colin Richardson managed to produce one of the finest raw live albums ever recorded, capturing the true essence of a brutal Cannibal Corpse show.
Come 2002 and Cannibal Corpse returned with producer Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Hall and Oates) to release ‘Gore Obsessed’, another violent episode in the quintet’s saga. Opening with the vehement, impulsive ‘Savage Butchery’, entrancing the listener with the ferocity of ‘Pit of Zombies’, and closing the album with the Metallica classic ‘No Remorse,’ ‘Gore Obsessed’ is a whirlwind of violence and bloodshed, accounting methods of one’s own demise (‘Hung and Bled’) to unconscious mass murder (‘Grotesque’).
Later that year, Cannibal Corpse released the six-song ‘Worm Infested’ EP featuring two unreleased original songs (‘Systematic Elimination’ and ‘Worm Infested’), ‘The Undead Will Feast’, and three cover songs: ‘Demon’s Night’ by Accept, ‘Confessions’ by Possessed, and ‘No Remorse’ by Metallica.
‘15 Year Killing Spree,’ released in 2003, is a collection of some of their best material over the years, a CD featuring demos and cover songs, a DVD of live shows and recording sessions, and a bundle of other goodies (to include a comic based on ‘Unleashing the Bloodthirsty’ drawn by Vincent Locke) to satisfy the Cannibal Corpse fanatic’s palate for death metal.
Cannibal Corpse’s latest effort, ‘The Wretched Spawn’ was released in February 2004, again with producer Neil Kernon. Perhaps the most anticipated of the CC releases, ‘Wretched’ delivered powerful imagery coupled with fast, intense musicianship in many of the albums’ tracks, namely ‘Severed Head Stoning,’ ‘Frantic Disembowelment,’ and ‘They Deserve to Die.’ They also struck a chord or two with two of the slower tracks on the album, ‘Festering in the Crypt’ and the title track, not to mention the album’s single ‘Decency Defied.’
Shortly after the first U.S. Tour of the Wretched, founding member/guitarist Jack Owen decided it was time to say goodbye, and was replaced on the following tours by Jeremy Turner (Origin). Now Corpse fans are waiting to see whether Jeremy will continue to play with CC in the years to come or if someone else will enter the fray. In any case, there’s sure to be another chapter of brutality for the masters of death metal - Cannibal Corpse!
by: Kris 'Nemesis' Yancey
Thanks to by: Kris 'Nemesis' Yancey for submitting the biography.
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review of the album : torture | Reviewer: corffenide | 6/9/12
Torture is just a awesome pick in the field of brutal death metal.. the growls are just a fucken boilers to the metalworker.. we deadly growlers just wanted to squeeze our head with the tempo of the songs..
Corffenide( melodic metal band from Assam) picks the scourge of iron as their best est work in the album....
metalworkers just don't scream in metal but scream with a dream..
CC | Reviewer: Helena | 2/1/09
CC is in my honest opinion one of the best death metl bands ever. If you are into death metal then CC is definately on the top of the list of the bands to listen to. I mean, they were already making their sound when half of their fans weren't even born yet. Reeling in fans ranging from 12 to 30. That kinda sais something about a band i think.. seeing that most CC members are not 20 or so anymore and still give a performance full of energy and power, and still have the want to tour and stuff.. it's just amazing. Some may whine that they don't give much of a shocking show (like Manson would..) but that's the trick. They don't need the laser lights show and huge scary props to set the mood. They just come on and do their thing and that's all that's neccessary. nothing over the top. great music, great concerts. Brutal to the core by just being the way they are. \m/
brenda | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/21/08
its quite funny to read most of this nonscence haha i mean seriously i guess theres verry few of me out there that are less dumber than the usual
haha yea a GREAT DEATH metal band but ofcourse i agree there isnt a lot of people in the world that appreciate this kind of so call it work of art but than again thats not a bad thing if we war all the SAME i think we would all have gone MADD!! and im so damn sick of these walking young sacks saying CC IS DAMN TRENDY !! lol is it 2008 folks ? because 15 years is a LOOONG time to trend and their biggest selling record came out in 1994 so these people are what ?? 9 years late hahaha and now their hoorriiffiic lyrics lol i guess its just a personal choice in how to take their work and interpret it them selfs in so may different ways but when i read their lyrics or listen to their songs i enter a dimension of a horror scene and me beeing the narrator i mean hell i will never forget Shredded Humans i mean that story was amazing it game me the chills of exitement well ill leave you with this named Style : "We don't sing about politics. We don't sing about religion. [...] All our songs are short stories that, if anyone would so choose they could convert it into a horror movie. Really, that's all it is. We love horror movies. We like gruesome, scary movies, and we want the lyrics to be like that. Yeah, it's about killing people, but it's not promoting it at all. Basically these are fictional stories, and that's it. And anyone who gets upset about it is ridiculous".By Cannibal Corpse
Ps I appreciate this band and im here to show my support and i mean this is better than reading a book or watching a movie why ? cuz i hate to read or sit my flat ass for hours infront of the box i guess music is just my first choice i have all their damn cds scince 1990 till NOW !! and this is the way cannibal corpse works for me
CC | Reviewer: CC FAN FOR LIFE | 10/5/07
Cannibal Corpse fucking owns, despite all the people who hate it after hearing three seconds of there music i still love it. When u get down to the musicality of CC they own all. They have faster, more technical stuff than nearly any band out there. The death growl is extremely hard to do CORRECTLY without injuring yourself, and this music is as valid as any other kind.
omg | Reviewer: Grim Reaper | 9/26/07
r u sick in the head.those guys suck.death metal sucks!!its just noice and noice.do they even hav lyrics...?who cares,like anyone understands them.death growl is a discusting way to sing.i can do it,but never would.its just moronic
these guys are great! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/2/07
You know, I honestly don't know why people hate them. Sure there lyrics are disgusting and indecipherable, but who gives a fuck? Behind all that shit is a bunch of damn well talented musicians.
CC Is Good | Reviewer: Ben | 6/8/07
I never liked death metal because the lyrics were just too disgusting, and the messages were grotesque, until I found CC. I listened to them, and yes, they are quiet... sick, but their sound is amazing, especially the guitar solos on I Cum Blood.
KEEP IT BRUTAL | Reviewer: George 'Corpse Grinder' Fisher | 6/3/07
I would liek to than k all the people that support us in here and CC dosent care if we have soem haters..I think from the hundred thousands of people that come and watch our showws or other metal bands i think we are doing just good with out those people...thanks to all our supporters and haters...check out our myspace too
George ' Corpse Grinder' Fisher
cannibal corpse is the shit | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/24/07
cannibal corpse is the shit you guys are just fucking fags
cannibal corpse is fucking awesome | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/24/07
cannibal corpse is one my favorite bands they got some fucking wicked lyrics they are the best death metal band in the world fucking period.
Cannibal Corpse | Reviewer: Me | 6/14/06
Cannibal Corpse are quite a unique band. There's lots of things to like and dislike about this band
+They are very unique. Not many bands would go so far to push and break all boundaies. Despite being banned in loads of countries they are the most sucessful death metal band out there.
+Great pounding barrage of instruments. Despite all that they are very talented and complex. Not as complex as Bolt Thrower and Carcass, but in broad music terms they are complex
-10 albums of the same ridiculous lyrics gets annoying. For decent lyrics try Bolt Thrower and Death. (Well Death have deceased now but if you haven't tried them I recommended it!)
-What's the point of putting such controversial lyrics out there if the lyrics are undecipherable! The lyrics are extreme to the point of the band being banned and yet the death growls are so low and incoherrent.
Turned Away | Reviewer: Frank | 6/4/06
I listen to a bunch of types of metal, but Death Metal isnt one i listen to a whole lot. and i think that it was bands like CC that made me not want to listen to Death Metal that much. Not so much that theyre a bad band, its just their image and their lyrics are a little extreme, what with all this talk of death and ways to die or be torchered. not something i wanna hear about if im trying to eat, you know what i mean?
How can death appeal to someone that much? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/4/06
Ok sure its called DEATH METAL, but most bands of this genre dont always talk about death. Cannibal Corpse seems to go out of their way to find new gross and disgusting ways for someone to either die or torcher someone. I mean noone wants to die, but these guys seem to think dying in these ways is amusing. Even their name is grotesque. And the lyrics are just something i cant even begin to tell why they arent right. Im just glad that they sing in such deep voices that you cant hear these stomach turning lyrics.
Bitching | Reviewer: Luke | 5/9/06
In response to Loflflfl - fuck off with writing bad shit when you clearly dont appreciate the finer things in Music - go play your N*Sync CD and shut up.
Cannibal Corpse are amazing when you give them a chance. As brutal and retarded the lyrics may seem, they do what other bands would only dream of, and that is push the boundaries out. Most other Death Metal bands just do their own take on music that is good but that is boring, they could at least improvise a bit. This is where Cannibal Corpse stands out.
Just dont get it O_o | Reviewer: dash | 3/10/06
I dont listen to Death Metal much but somehow CC is just reeling me in with the insane, brutal sound, insane and sick lyrics and their live performance is kinda awesome!! But what makes them write such brutal lyrics, judging, by what they tell in their songs, each band member should be a psychotically unstable butcher :/ If anyone would like to explain it to me, my e-mail is included!
Ps - The musci might be sick but the professional performance and musical skill of the band is undeniable! :)
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