SANDED FACELESS: The Cannibal Corpse Thread

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They've got a new album coming out (and "Sanded Faceless" is the name of one of the rockin' chunes thereon). Hard to believe that they've been around for more than a decade now. Yet they, and their beloved Cookie-Monster-gone-psycho vocals and over-the-top-disgusting lyrics, are still going strong. Something of a joke in death metal circles, but there's something to be said for longetivity (and the gross-out factor).

"If vomit were a movie, this would be the soundtrack," as one critic said. Or, as an ex-girlfriend wrote, "the nadir of American civilization." Which is why I love 'em to (bloody, gore-splattered) pieces, of course!

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Saturday, 30 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

someone in my 10th grade art class got sent out of the room for wearing a cannibal corpse t-shirt. cannibal corpse always struck me as "the nadir of civilization" precisely because they were neither slicked-up radio metal or the worst of the overthetop black/death/grind sets (carcass, burzum, bathory) or even the "politicized" "hardcore" bands who shared their sound almost exactly (napalm death, man is the bastard, eyehategod.) for this unceasingly devotion to cartoonish mayhem, they should indeed be applauded even if i have no time for their music any more.

jess, Saturday, 30 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Cannibal corpse!,one of the few bands that wernt afraid to open up the path for extream music,not just any band eather,in a leage of there own they do not give a fuck about wat people think wich makes them even better,as a guitar player its also an artistic form of cohesive music,combined,lyrix,music,and art work,never selling out and loving wat they do pushing the envelope that piss week bands dont have the balls to do/exple/linkin park/crazy town/hearing them make me feel therve never putt eny efort in to the music and 4 those wannabees out there stay true be your self lisen to cannibal corpse if your not to chicken shit,it wont kill you.if u like it lisn 2 it/stay fuckn metal pussys...PS 2 b concluded!

jesse alan, Sunday, 28 March 2004 04:17 (seventeen years ago) link

nine years pass...

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:07 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

I have a knee and rib injury.

In other words...CC is on tour. See this one. Skeletal Domain is awesome live

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Friday, 9 October 2015 04:01 (five years ago) link

man they are playing a mile from my house tonight (or played) but I'm on tour and couldn't go. did you just see them at Motorco?

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 9 October 2015 05:13 (five years ago) link

Motorco is apparently where they are tonight. I saw them in Jacksonville (Crazy Horse).

"Skull Full of Maggots" always nice when they pull that one out.

also a CC show is p much the only place you can hear someone shout "I cum blood!" and hear hundreds of sweaty men scream in ecstacy in response

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Friday, 9 October 2015 17:26 (five years ago) link

I saw them back in March, with Behemoth. They were great.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 9 October 2015 17:32 (five years ago) link

saw that tour too! geez I've seen them now 7 times in 5 years, the 8th next month. took me 15 years to see Slayer that many times

helps that they do one offs in Tampa every now and then

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Friday, 9 October 2015 17:36 (five years ago) link

I'm kind of glad that for the most part, scenesters have stopped fronting when it comes to CC. when I first got into CC I used to get massively clowned for listening to "K-Mart death metal". admittedly I like my death metal a little less polished sounding, usually (the sheen is one reason I got put off of Bloodthirst for years before deciding I still liked it)....but god they're fun.

i used to not like "Vile" but i've realized that when they play "Devoured by Vermin" i always love it so revisiting it

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Saturday, 10 October 2015 02:56 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Seeing them for the 8th time. \m/

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 8 November 2015 02:54 (five years ago) link

feel like they get louder and louder each time. a lot of death metal bands have this hollowed out sound live, muddy and scooped, whereas Cannibal just sound so massive. damn my ears...

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 8 November 2015 12:39 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

the new one's one of my fav things they've done in years. not that it breaks any kind of new ground at all, but it's savage in a way they haven't been in 20 years or so.

the title track is so fucking amazing

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 03:26 (three years ago) link

it's fun

j., Tuesday, 5 December 2017 03:21 (three years ago) link

ten months pass...


fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 3 November 2018 01:23 (two years ago) link

Anybody need me to buy them a Corose thong

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 3 November 2018 01:25 (two years ago) link

Some songs they played last night that I wasn't expecting:

"Covered with Sores"
"Born in a Casket"

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 3 November 2018 15:59 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Seeing them for the 14th time tonight

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:49 (two years ago) link

In 8 yrs. I love FL

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:49 (two years ago) link

Cannibal Corpse guitarist charged with burglary, assault

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Friday, 14 December 2018 06:21 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Sever the limbs
Yank out the teeth
Then masturbate

pass the cur's dossier (Neanderthal), Saturday, 29 August 2020 02:10 (eight months ago) link

four months pass...

someone put the 3hr doc from the box set on youtube & i watched it today bc i was bored

kinda went in w zero expectations & found myself really digging it mainly bc they sorta seem like dorky likeable weirdos (though pat seems weird?)

My only experience w them was i worked at KFC in high school in early 90’s and one of the cooks was a huge CC fan always wore a butchered at birth tshirt under his work shirt. everyone thought he was weird & called him babykiller but he was a v nice guy. i used to tell him i thought it was super metal that he tore up dead chickens for a living - if we were on shift he would make a point of throwing horns at me when he was breaking out chickens which always made me LOL

i figured they must be cool if he was into them but never really dug in aside from hearing a couple of songs in passing

anyway: if the pandemic ever ends, i’m putting seeing Cannibal Corpse on my todo list

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 01:38 (three months ago) link

They're always megafun live - I've lost count of all the times i saw them. I'm kinda spoiled... pre-pandemic anytime i went to a show in Tampa, I'd see Corpsegrinder there. Nice guy.

And man are they loud live.

It's always a good communal time with no bullshit drama

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 01:51 (three months ago) link

Yeah, they're great live. I reviewed one of their shows in 2015; click through for a pretty great gallery of fans.

Cannibal Corpse are one of the constants of the metal universe, a perfect example of artistic conservatism as a life path. Their music has remained essentially unchanged since their 1990 debut album, Eaten Back to Life: They play fast, aggressive death metal, but somehow manage to shoehorn just enough melody into their songs to make them memorable beyond a head-down blur of riffs and blast beats. They don’t really have one representative album to recommend to newbies, though everything since 2006’s Kill has been ridiculously impressive.


This was technically a co-headlining tour, so both Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth played for the same amount of time (roughly 50 minutes each), but Cannibal Corpse made substantially more of their relatively limited time onstage. They opened with one of their slowest songs, “Scourge of Iron,” as though warming the crowd up before a workout. And frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher fits the role of coach or drill instructor: He’s an astonishing physical presence, big and bulky, with a neck the size of the average person’s thigh. He pinwheels his hair in precise circles every time the music speeds up, and barks the lyrics out like bullets. Behind him, his bandmates — guitarists Rob Barrett and and Pat O’Brien, bassist Alex Webster, and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz — crank out the riffs, barely paying attention to the crowd at all. I don’t think I saw Webster’s face the whole night, as he bobbed his head above his instrument.

The setlist was mostly drawn from their recent albums, with three tracks from this year’s A Skeletal Domain — “Kill or Become,” “Sadistic Embodiment,” and “Icepick Lobotomy” — coming in a row at the end of the first half. But a few classics surprised and excited the crowd, particularly “Stripped, Raped, and Strangled,” from 1994’s The Bleeding, and “I Cum Blood,” from 1992’s Tomb of the Mutilated, introduced by Fisher as “a love song…about shooting blood out of your cock.” Ultimately, they played fourteen songs with ruthless efficiency, never stopping for more than a few seconds. Fisher’s stage banter was limited to demanding that the crowd mosh harder, or headbang as fast as he could: “You will fail, but you can try.”

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 02:10 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

enjoying the new one. seems a bit thrashier than the most recent efforts?

Rutan's lead style is so unmistakable, interesting to hear it with CC.

P-Zunit (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:55 (three weeks ago) link

seems to be their simplest album in years, riff-wise too. not that they were ever tech-death, but Pat O'Briens riffs (ok, I guess Webster writes a lot of them) were a bit more complicated. i like CC in leaner mode.

P-Zunit (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 April 2021 15:08 (three weeks ago) link

I pre-ordered the version with the extra-disgusting cover art, but it hasn't hit my PO box yet.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 16 April 2021 15:59 (three weeks ago) link

i got a t-shirt of the alternate cover (for obv reasons). arrived yesterday, good timing.

P-Zunit (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 April 2021 16:00 (three weeks ago) link

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