Cannibal Corpse (1989-present): a Death Metal band from Buffalo, New York, USA.
hris Barnes (ex-Six Feet Under (USA); vocals), Bob Rusay (guitar), Jack Owen (guitar), Alex Webster (bass) and Paul Mazurkiewicz (drums) founded what many consider to be one of the most offensive and grotesque bands ever to step on stage; the absolute extent of the death metal style. Signed to 'Metal Blade', they quickly released Eaten Back To Life (1990), with more grotesque album titles like Butchered At Birth (1991), Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992), Hammer Smashed Face (1993) (a mini/EP featuring Pat O'Brien taking over from Rusay), and The Bleeding (1994) following; each depicting equally grotesque cover art and lyrics. The latter featured replacement Bob Barrett on guitar and George Fischer taking up vocals. They even managed to be featured on film, playing their Hammer Smash Face track in the Hollywood film Ace Ventura Pet Detective (although listed as "Cannibal Corpses"). An EP by the same name (Hammer Smash Face) was released in 1993. More grotesque lyrics were found on Vile (1996), so much so that a cleaned up censored version was also published.
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Vile (1996) would see the last of Barrett who lest to rejoin his previous acts Malevolent Creation and Solstice; he was later replaced with Pat O'Brien for Gallery Of Suicide (1998). Bloodthirst (1999) was another gruesome tale, with a live album emerging as their latest to date titled Live Cannibalism (2000). Musically, they continued to progress in the Death genre throughout their career and Gore Obsessed (2002) was no exception.
Founding member and guitarist Jack Owen in 2004 to spend more time on his second band, Adrift; he later joined Deicide in late 2004. Jeremy Turner (ex-Origin) replaced him as second guitarist on 2004's Tour of The Wretched Spawn. Barrett rejoined the band in 2005 and was first featured on 2006's Kill.
Evisceration Plague (2009), Torture (2012) and A Skeletal Domain (2014) followed, the last coincided with the announcement of which was quickly followed by the release of their authorized biography Bible Of Butchery, written by the British author Joel McIver.
Red Before Black (2017) would follow.
On December 10, 2018, lead guitarist Pat O'Brien was arrested for assault and battery; his bail was set at $50,000. On January 18, 2019, Hate Eternal front-man and ex-Morbid Angel guitarist Erik Rutan (guitar) would fill-in for O'Brien for the foreseeable future on future tours. O'Brien would be back, however, for the recording of Violence Unimagined (2021).
Throughout their history Cannibal Corpse face controversy in the form of getting banned in many places:
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