New York based Carnivore was started in 1982 by Louie Battreaux and Peter Steele (ex-Fallout); both spelling their names in ways they took as 'exotic'. The pair enlisted the help of Keith Alexander and signed to Roadrunner' for the release of their eponymous debut in 1986, an album widely considered as unremarkable thrash but nonetheless gaining media interest due to their strange stage image of dressing like warriors in torn clothing and spikes attached to hockey gear (??).
Their follow-up, Retalliation, featuring Mark Piovantti (ex-Crumbsuckers) replacing Alexander on guitar arrived in 1987; Alexander leaving because he disliked the crossover genre path the band was now taking. This new album came across as less than professional and the band closed up soon after in 1988, with Piovantti re-joining Crumbsuckers and Steele forming Type O Negative.
Although officially disbanded, the operation has reformed for reunion gigs since, featuring the original line-up during the 1990s, and a new 4 piece line-up over 2006-07 until the death of Peter Steele on April 14, 2010; the band has had no reunions since.