With extreme metal having a bit of a blinding year so far, we thought this would give us the perfect opportunity/excuse to celebrate/poke fun at some of the most mortally offensive, blasphemous, gory, violent, sadistic and generally nasty song titles 2012 has thrown up. It also gives us a chance to put together one of our thoroughly researched, essential Top 6s. There’s probably a load of nasty shit we’ve missed or that’s not around yet, so leave any suggestions down the bottom and we’ll do another one come the end of the year with any we overlooked. And yes, of course Cannibal Corpse made it into the list.
It’s Friday. You’ve had a crappy week. Right now you’re stuck in front of a computer, probably doing some boring nonsense work when you’d either a) be in the pub, or b) like us, wish you were at Hammerfest. Well we’re not, you’re not, and we’re annoyed about it. We’ve got a lot of aggression we need to work out.
Which is why we’re damn glad Cannibal Corpse have just released their video for ‘Encased In Concrete’.
When people talk about Cannibal Corpse, they usually wank on about the classics: Tomb Of The Mutilated, The Bleeding or Butchered At Birth. But there’s a slowly growing set of voices claiming their recent output is in fact the best the kings of gore have done. And Torture is the final step needed to premanently raise modern ‘Corpse among the “classics”.
We have already thoroughly analysed the metal credentials of The Owl and The Penguin, inspired by Kvelertak and GU Medicine respectively. We are now inspired by the album artwork of Grand Magus and the t-shirts of Watain to take you further into the ferocious world of the animal kingdom by bringing you…
It’s been another month and so it’s time for another hazy-eyed narrative from Atlanta’s finest metaller-bothering boozehound, Metal Mark from SkullsNBones.com. This time, he’s been to Mayhem Festival. Ooh err…
What’s going on metal people?! The past few weeks have been extremely busy here in Atlanta. It’s been a metal overload! So many shows, so many beers, so little time, but it’s been awesome.
In the past few weeks I have seen live shows from Iwrestledabearonce, Atheist, The Faceless, Psyopus, The Agonist, and of course the all day Mayhem Festival. Most of this blog will be about the Mayhem Festival since I had a lot of interviews and the show was insane. So here we go!
After releasing a best-selling tome on Metallica in 2004, Joel McIver (pictured) seems to have given Slayer the same treatment this year. Joe Shooman chats to the metal guru about what he’s seen along the way.
First time you discovered the band (as a fan and as a journalist)?
I didn’t actually pick up on Slayer until South Of Heaven in 1988, but then quickly went back to their previous stuff and acquainted myself. I’d heard so much about Reign In Blood that when I finally got to hear it, it felt like a major occurrence in my life – a door that I was about to walk through that couldn’t be closed again!
Centuries Of Torment: The First 20 Years by Cannibal Corpse
Metal Blade Records
by Bob Mulhouse
There are faster, more brutal death metal bands than Cannibal Corpse, but there are none more consistent or with such an unearthly ability to write catchy songs.
‘Catchy’, of course, doesn’t mean cheerful – it means groove-laden and unforgettable, like the horrific Hammer Smashed Face or I Cum Blood.
This lies at the heart of the CC approach, and thus at the centre of this lavish 3-DVD package, issued to celebrate two decades of slasher-themed extreme metal.
As Cannibal Corpse are Metal Blade’s cash cow, it’s no surprise that the label have splashed out on a ton of content.
Watch the trailer to Centuries Of Torment by Cannibal Corpse
The three-hour main feature takes the viewer back to the mid-80s with the help of former singer Chris Barnes (now all chummy again with his old band), onlookers such as Monstrosity, Ice-T and Trivium and a slew of associated personnel.
The editing is engagingly brisk, lending Centuries… a professional air which is streets ahead of any other metal DVD issued to date. And the bonus footage? Another three hours of live shows. Essential.
Centuries Of Torment: The First 20 Years by Cannibal Corpse is out on July 8 on Metal Blade