Butchered At Birth - 1991 - Metal Blade
Tomb Of The Mutilated - 1992 - Metal Blade
The Bleeding - 1994 - Metal Blade
Vile - 1996 - Metal Blade
Gallery Of Suicide - 1998 - Metal Blade
Bloodthirst - 1999 - Metal Blade
Live Cannibalism - 2000 - Metal Blade
Gore Obsessed - 2002 - Metal Blade
The Wretched Spawn - 2004 - Metal Blade
Kill - 2006 - Metal Blade
Evisceration Plague - 2009 - Metal Blade
Torture - 2012 - Metal Blade
A Skeletal Domain - 2014 - Metal Blade
Red Before Black – 2017 – Metal Blade
Violence Unimagined – 2021 – Metal Blade
MembersS= Leviathan, Six Feet Under>>Chris Barnes>>Six Feet Under, IHATE - Corpsegrinder, Monstrosity, Paths Of Possession, Infernal Majesty, Times Of Grace, Solo>>GEORGE CORPSEGRINDER FISHER>>Paths Of Possession, Infernal Majesty, Times Of Grace, Solo
G= Tyrant Sin>>Bob Rusay>>Tirant Sin - Beyond Death, Path Of Man, Adrift>>Jack Owen>>Path Of Man, Adrift, Deicide, Estuary, Beyond Death - Malevolent Creation, Solstice, Hate Plow>>Rob Barrett>>Hate Plow - Nevermore, Monstrosity, Slayer>>PAT O' BRIEN>>Slayer - Malevolent Creation, Solstice, Hate Plow, Tirant Sin>>ROB BARRETT>>Tirant Sin – Ripping Corpse, Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Alas>>ERIK RUTAN>>Hate Eternal
B= Half Dead, Beyond Death, Alas, Hate Eternal, Conquering Dystopia>>ALEX WEBSTER>>Half Dead, Alas, Hate Eternal, Beyond Death, Conquering Dystopia
D= Tirant Sin, Path Of Man, Umbilicus>>PAUL MAZURKIEWICZ>>Path Of Man, Tirant Sin, Umbilicus
HistoryThe story of Cannibal Corpse, an underground band from Buffalo just over the Canadian border, is the story of a band becoming successful the old-fashioned way. Born in 1989, the band recorded one demo and signed to Metal Blade. Singer Barnes worked at a record store called Cavages where the music buyer knew someone at Metal Blade and would mail Cannibal Corpse’s music to. Without management, money or much hoopla the band's over the top image and lyrics aided by incessant touring and a musical violence dear to the fans, catapults Cannibal Corpse to make a name for itself in the underground and eventually all of the metal scene.
The band's cause was not hampered at all by the decisions of right-wing US institutions like the PMRC, Bob Dole, 700 Club and a whole list of others to target the band. Oddly enough, the Corpse had its biggest set back in Germany where a group of teachers and parents lead an attack on the band resulting in several songs being banned in that country. The band's gore-soaked covers are routinely censored in the USA; many appearing in two versions. The band also appears in the movie Pet Detective per request of fan/star Jim Carey.
The band's original guitar Rusay left, ostensibly because of a lack of musicianship, but the band marched on. Furthermore, it was during the recording of Vile that the increasingly distant Barnes ended up making his side project a focus and left the band. The band recruited old friend Corpsegrinder and much to the surprise of the fans continued in much the same manner as before. For until that day the fans and media were left to believe that Chris Barnes (now exclusively in Six Feet Under) was the source of the savagery and gore in the band's music. Lo and behold the tradition's continuation in Cannibal Corpse, while Six Feet Under came across as a toned down death metal act. Having joined Cannibal Corpse, Corpsegrinder still honoured a Monstrosity commitment to play a show in Montreal despite being in the midst of recording Vile. The band drove up to Montreal with its (former) singer despite even having a van accident.
The band, which left the cold and debris of Buffalo long ago for Florida, had consistently worked with producer Scott Burns at Tampa's Morrisound Studio until the band hired producer Colin Richardson. Furthermore, Gore Obsessed displayed the band's devotion to its roots and is produced by Neil Kernon. The band released an EP entitled Worm Infested in the autumn of 2002. This EP was made exclusively available on-line or on the road during the band's tour with Macabre and Cattle Decapitation. Cannibal Corpse reached the one million sale mark in 2003. The band planned to begin recording a new album with producer Neil Kernon towards the end of 2003. The death metallers would celebrate the band's fifteenth anniversary with the release of a four-disc box set containing three CDs and a DVD in late 2003. It was entitled 15-Year Killing Spree and was out in November. At the same time, the band's label announced that Cannibal Corpse has sold a total of one million albums in total. Around the same time guitarist Jack Owen and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz announced a new side-project called Path Of Man, which also featured Helstar/Seven Witches frontman James Rivera. The band's first gig was due to be at a James Murphy benefit show on September 6 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
It was announced in late 2003 that the forthcoming album will be entitled The Wretched Spawn and will be out in February, 2004. A couple of song titles were Decency Defied and Cianide Assassin. The band lined up a tour with Hypocrisy and Vile for that period. Furthermore, Jack Owen and former Resurrection and Epitaph drummer Kevin Astl formed a hard rock band called Adrift around this time. This soon led to Owen's departure from the fold. He cited a lack of interest in death metal as the reason for his departure. Former Origin guitarist Jeremy turner provisionally joined the act, following which the cannibals hit South America. Around this time ex-guitarist Jack Owen toured with Deicide as the latter's Brian Hoffman had to miss several European shows.
Singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fischer was hospitalized on Tuesday, November 16th of 2004 due to an infection. He soon was reported recovered. Malevolent Creation's Rob Barrett rejoined the band for a performance at the Northwest Death Fest in Seattle on April 3rd, 2005. He had left the band seven years previous. He ended up becoming a member again. Kill was recorded from October to December of 2005 at Mana Studio with producer Erik Rutan. Alex Webster rejoined Hate Eternal in 2007 in order to play bass on that band’s newest album. The band announced the release of a three-disc DVD, Centuries Of Torment The First 20 Years, on July 8th 2008 through Metal Blade. Children Of Bodom, Cannibal Corpse and Finland’s Diablo were touring Europe in January, February and March of 2009. The band picked Evisceration Plague as the title for its 2009 album, which was due on February 3rd through Metal Blade Records. This was the follow-up to 2006's Kill album and was again produced by Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus were touring Europe in October of 2009. The openers for the European Plague Tour were Obscura and Evocation. Could a wooden mp3 be far behind? According to Metal Blade, a Cannibal Corpse digital box set was set up on itunes in August of 2009. This “box set” featured 16 albums and 196 songs.
Cannibal Corpse would release a new DVD, called Global Evisceration, on March 15th, 2011 through Metal Blade. Pat O'Brien would fill in for Exodus' Gary Holt when Holt said goodbye to Slayer in Europe to play with his own band. Holt was filling in for the incapacitated Jeff Hannemann of Slayer on the road. Cannibal Corpse was touring Mexico and South America in December 2011 with The Black Dahlia Murder and Suicide Silence. Infernal Majesty would perform its 1987 album None Shall Defy (originally Roadrunner and later re-issued by Displeased) in its entirety with guest vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher from Cannibal Corpse on August 20th, 2011 at Rickhaw Theatre in Vancouver, Canada. Cannibal Corpse would headline the first edition of Metal Hammer's Destroyers Of The Faith tour in March of 2012 in the UK with Job For A Cowboy, Enslaved and Triptykon. Cannibal Corpse would release its twelfth studio album, entitled Torture, in March through Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded in September and October of 2011 at Sonic Ranch studio in Tornillo, Texas and Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan. Two early bands of Cannibal Corpse members reunited on January 7 and 8th, 2012 at Club Infinity in Buffalo, New York for a benefit concert for Sons Of Azrael guitarist Tony Lorenzo who was shot in October and paralyzed and required medical attention. Beyond Death, featuring Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster, Jack Owen (formerly of Cannibal Corpse and currently Deicide), as well as Tirant Sin, which featured original Cannibal singer Chris Barnes, guitarist Bob Rusay and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz were on stage. Mazurkiewicz played at the concert along with current Cannibal Corpse guitarist Rob Barrett. Suffocation and Embalmer were also on the bill. Cannibal Corpse was heading back to Australia beginning October 4th, 2012 for a tour. Cannibal Corpse and Devildriver co-headlined Europe for a tour in February and March, 2013. In the meantime, drummer Shannon Lucas left The Black Dahlia Murder and launched a new project with Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and Cannibal Corpse vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher. Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death and Immolation would tour Canada and the USA in the spring of 2013. In 2013, Bass Guitar Magazine, which is based in the United Kingdom, added Alex Webster to the list of its columnists. Webster would write a monthly column. Cannibal Corpse would enter Audio Hammer Studio in Sanford, Florida with Mark Lewis (Trivium, Deicide, Six Feet Under) producing a new album that spring. Bassist Alex Webster had a new recording with his Conquering Dystopia side-project. Cannibal Corpse singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former The Black Dahlia Murder drummer Shannon Lucas had a band called Times Of Grace which was recording in June of 2014. Voodoo Gods was a death metal project by African drummer Alex Voodoo. The band was releasing its full-length, Anticipation For Blood Leveled In Darkness, on July 28th. The CD featured contributions from former and current members of Cannibal Corpse, including George Corpsegrinder, Severe Torture and Virgin Snatch. It was mixed and mastered by Andy La Rocque at his Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. Cannibal Corpse would release a new album, A Skeletal Domain, in September, 2014 through Metal Blade Records. A few track titles were Kill Or Become, Sadistic Embodiment and Headlong Into Carnage. Cannibal Corpse would also have an authorized biography that September. It was written by Joel McIver and called Bible Of Butchery - Cannibal Corpse: The Official Biography. Skeletal Domain debuted at #21 in the Canadian charts and #32 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band's history. In the meantime, Dmitry Tsorionov, the spokesman for God's Will, a Russian religious movement, was asking that country’s authorities to ban planned concerts by Cannibal Corpse claiming the band violates Russia's anti-blasphemy law. Cannibal Corpse's October 5th concerts at Agave in Ufa, and October 11th in Moscow, Russia were cancelled a mere couple of hours before their start times by local authorities when the club was closed for "technical reasons." As a follow-up a minor Russian Republic joined Germany in banning the band’s lyrics for all the usual reasons. Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth would join forces beginning January 28th, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA at the House Of Blues for a month-long winter tour. Cannibal Corpse, which spent the summer of 2015 touring Europe with stops at Hellfest, Wacken, Bloodstock, Brutal Assault, Party.San, Copenhell, Graspop, and numerous club shows, was part of a US tour that autumn with Cattle Decapitation and Soreption beginning October 8th, and running through November 7th. Jumping on the merchandising bandwagon, Cannibal Corpse was contracted by Three Floyds Brewing Company to produce the Amber Smashed Face beer. The title was a play on the band’s song Hammer Smashed Face. Cannibal Corpse would kick off 2016 with a month-long tour of North America in February with openers Obituary, as direct support, followed by Canada's Cryptopsy and Los Angeles' Abysmal Dawn. Cannibal Corpse was in Europe in April of 2016 with support from Krisiun and Hideous Divinity. Cannibal Corpse headlined 2016’s The Summer Slaughter Tour, beginning July 23rd. The tour also featured After The Burial, Nile, Suffocation, Krisiun and others. Cannibal Corpse would release a 2017 album, called Red Before Black, on November 3 through Metal Blade. It followed 2014’s A Skeletal Domain. Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal and Harm’s Way were touring USA in the autumn of 2018. Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Necrot, Blood Incantation and Immolation for the final week were to tour together in USA in March 2019. Pat O' Brien was arrested in a haze of smoke near his suburban Tampa house when he entered a neighbour’s house without permission and became rowdy. His house simultaneously went up in smoke, he was unfriendly towards the local cops who came after him and several weapons including flamethrowers were found at his destroyed abode. Paul Mazurkiewicz’s was quick to set up a donation fund for the guitarist and asked the fans to donate to the working musician’s funds. Slayer would tour North America with Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse in May 2019. O’Brien, who had been in Slayer, was apparently on drugs and involved in a domestic dispute that resulted in damage and fire to his house in Tampa. The man is a NRA member and owns many weapons. Cannibal Corpse asked Erik Rutan to fill in for Pat O’Brien on the band’s upcoming tours. The band scheduled the Decibel Magazine Tour and the U.S.A. opening slot for Slayer alongside Lamb Of God and Amon Amarth as booked activities. Cannibal Corpse, Thy Art Is Murder and Perdition Temple would tour North America in October 2019. Erik Rutan officially joined the band at the beginning of 2021, but would continue his Hate Eternal act. Rutan replaced Pat O’Brien in 2020. Cannibal Corpse issued a new studio album, entitled Violence Unimagined, through Metal Blade Records in April. Pat O’Brien was sentenced in relation to his 2018 arrest for burglary, arson and assault of a police officer in Florida, USA. The NRA enthusiast and gun nut was punished with time served, five years of probation and ordered to pay $23,793.45 in restitution. Metal Blade bands Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel and Revocation announced a US tour for February and March 2022. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher released a solo album, entitled Corpsegrinder, on February 4th 2022. It was co-produced by Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and released through Jasta’s new record label, Perseverance Music Group. The album featured a guest appearance by Cannibal Corpse guitarist Erik Rutan on the track Acid Vat. Paul Mazurkiewicz, guitarist Taylor Nordberg (Inhuman Condition, Fore, The Absence, et cetra), bassist Vernon Blake (formerly of Anarchus) and vocalist Brian Stephenson (Fore) had a rock band called Umbilicus as of 2020. The band had written a dozen songs in the vein of the ‘70s by 2021. The band was booked at the Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest in 2022. Also booked were Candlemass, Voivod and Nuclear Assault.
CANNIBAL CORPSE - THE WRETCHED SPAWN - METAL BLADE
CANNIBAL CORPSE - KILL - METAL BLADE
CANNIBAL CORPSE - EVISCERATION PLAGUE - METAL BLADE
CANNIBAL CORPSE - EVISCERATION PLAGUE - METAL BLADE
Chris Barnes, the singer for Cannibal Corpse, called Ali “The Metallian” on the air in advance of the band’s concert with openers Atheist and Gorguts in Montreal on Thursday January 16th. The two spoke about the band’s concept, the group’s most recent record, 1991’s Butchered At Birth, and the aforementioned show, which followed the Toronto date that was the first city on the tour. - 10.01.1992
METALLIAN: Chris, tell me about the band members and how you all came together.
BARNES: Well, we have been together for about three years now. I was in a band called Leviathan back in 1986, 1985. Paul and Rob were in a band called Tirant Sin. I did some work with them. Alex and Jack were in another local band that was called Beyond Death. Basically, all the bands broke up at the same time. We got together, put it together and put out Eaten Back To Life in 1990 and Butchered At Birth last year. We are coming up to Montreal once again to play Foufounes (Electriques).
METALLIAN: How did the deal with Metal Blade come about? For how many albums is it?
BARNES: We got two down and five to go. It is a seven-record deal. We sent them our first demo tape, they liked it and were into the concept of the band and they signed us. We are lucky.
METALLIAN: The first news of the deal stated that the band is signed to Death Records.
BARNES: Our contract is with Metal Blade. Death Records is the independent section of Metal Blade that goes through independent distribution instead of Warner Brothers.
METALLIAN: How is the response to the new album, Butchered At Birth?
BARNES: Oh, enormous response. All the fans have been great. We have been getting plenty of fan mail especially from the Montreal area and from all over the world. People are definitely into the sickness. They love the guts and the disgust of the record, the whole concept.
METALLIAN: Do you have any sales figures to quote?
BARNES: I think we are up to 40,000 right now.
METALLIAN: Cannibal Corpse’s technicality is fine. The brutality is fine. The speed the same. The snare drums, however, shred the music to pieces.
BARNES: What do you mean by shreds the music to pieces?
METALLIAN: It cuts the flow of the music.
BARNES: What aspect of the snare are you talking about?
METALLIAN: It comes in too often and too loudly.
BARNES: Oh yeah? Maybe that’s Paul’s style, but I think it sounds good. We have found our niche in this genre of music and we are ready to fucking tear up some fucking people.
METALLIAN: That is something we should be able to witness on Thursday.
BARNES: Definitely, definitely, you will witness some bloody carnage.
METALLIAN: Let me ask you about your amazing album covers. I love them, but it seems various countries’ customs and borders are not so hot about them. Case in the story, the Canadian customs confiscated a shipment of your LPs coming into Canada.
METALLIAN: What do you think of these incidents and censorship in general and would it affect your choice of album covers in the future?
BARNES: No, to the question it is a ‘no.’ It won’t affect our judgment and the release of our next record. In fact, the next cover is probably going to be the worst thing that anyone has ever seen. We are sticking to the death and disgusting artwork.
Censorship, in general, and confiscating goods at the border is just people who are afraid of confronting their own feelings. It is up to people and bands like us, and other death metal bands, to put it across, to say ‘this stuff happens, this is crazy shit’ and we are into it. Too bad, I am not going to change my views for anybody and basically they are closed-minded people that are confiscating this form of art. It is a form of entertainment too. I mean it is just fearful people that are afraid of their own reality.
METALLIAN: This attitude, your attitude, bodes well for the band. Then tell me about your lyrics. Many people are offended, but to me it is just your expression. What do you suggest if people are offended?
BARNES: Don’t read them and go somewhere else (laughs). Buy a nice record by Phil Collins. That’s right for you! If you are into horror films, if you are into the darker side of life, if you are into total disgusting obscenity then you might as well pick up a Cannibal Corpse record, really listen to it and read along.
METALLIAN: As I said, it seems you are set in your ways, which bodes well for the future of Cannibal Corpse.
BARNES: Oh, definitely. We are just putting on music that we like to hear and if it caters to someone else who enjoys the same type of dark entertainment as us then that is fine. I am glad that those people are out there and it is cool because I don’t feel alone. There are other sick people out there that like disgusting movies and horror then it is good to know that!
METALLIAN: I have had a few complaints pertaining to your T-shirts. People have been ordering your T-shirts since October and November and they have seen nothing! What is the deal with the merchandising?
BARNES: You are talking about October. We were on tour in October. We do not like other people to mess with our merchandise or fan club so basically most of the stuff that was sent to us around October is in the mail now. It definitely should not be a problem with that.
METALLIAN: OK. You are handling your own merchandise.
BARNES: Yeah, definitely. We handle our own fan club’s merchandise. As you will see on the tour, we have another merchandise… that merchandise is a little different than our fan club merchandise. We like to keep it different.
METALLIAN: Chris, how is the tour going up until now? What about the choice of bands?
BARNES: Well, actually the tour is starting next Wednesday. Toronto is the first show and you will see the second date. Canada is a great country to play. The fans are brutal. They are closer to the European audience. We enjoy playing up there every time we get the chance. We picked Gorguts for the line-up. We are great friends with Luc and the boys. They are a killer new band. Atheist, of course, they have an excellent new record out. They are one of the most technical bands on earth. There is a little bit of something for everybody. Hopefully, a lot of people will come out and see the tour. We are looking to put on a good show. We are hot off a European thing. We just played festivals in Germany with Death, Napalm Death, Pestilence and Dismember.
METALLIAN: Right… was that the Christmas shows?
BARNES: Rock Hard Christmas Fest.
METALLIAN: How did that go?
BARNES: Fucking bruuutal! That was great. There was like 2,000 people a night at shows. It was great. It was a very special experience for the band for sure. We are coming off that and we are psyched to do this American/Canadian tour.
METALLIAN: Have you seen the review of the Rock Hard festivals in Thrash ‘N Burn?
BARNES: No, I have not seen that.
METALLIAN: I think the person who reviewed that said you were crap.
BARNES: Oh yeah? Cool, man. I guess people get to judge for themselves because you can’t believe what journalists say. Borivoj Krgin has been calling us ‘crap’ ever since we came out. It doesn’t support anything. I mean a lot of the journalists were saying that we were crap, but a lot of the fans after a show were mobbing us for autographs so I don’t see what the point is. Those (the journalists) are just people who are pissed off at something or maybe they are insufficient sexually. I don’t know.
METALLIAN: OK!! So, if you were to recommend a few records for the listeners to buy right now what would Chris Barnes of Cannibal Corpse recommend?
BARNES: Definitely, the new Gorguts record. I previewed a few of the new Deicide songs so stay tuned for that record to come out. It is very brutal. Definitely killer. The new Dismember is killer.
METALLIAN: A messages for the Canadian corpses listening to this show?
BARNES: Prepare yourself for Thursday, Montreal. You will be butchered.
METALLIAN: Thank-you for this interview, Chris.
The band was Chris Barnes, guitarists Jack Owen and Bob Rusay, bassist Alex Webster and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz.
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