CANNIBAL CORPSE (1988–PRESENT). Chris Barnes (vocals, replaced by George “Corpsegrinder” Fischer), Pat O’Brien (guitar, replaced by several), Bob Rusay (guitar, replaced by Rob Barrett, Jack Owen, then Rob Barrett), Alex Webster (bass), Paul Mazurkiewicz (drums).
Cannibal Corpse are one of the most brutal and gruesome of all the death metal bands, and along with the band Death and Carcass, they were also one of the key bands to embrace the extremely complex medical terms that became common to that genre. Not for the faint of heart, or anyone who thinks that bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn are “too heavy,” the band practically invented the limitless potential of death metal by making the most obscene and perverse music ever made in the genre. A brutal assault of noise, shrieking solos, and lyrics about necrophilia and being skinned alive, the band is brilliant in their own way.
Discography: Eaten Back to Life (Metal Blade, 1990); Butchered at Birth (Metal Blade, 1991); Tomb of the Mutilated (Metal Blade, 1992); The Bleeding (Metal Blade, 1994); Vile (Metal Blade, 1996); Gallery of Suicide (1998); Bloodthirst (Metal Blade, 1999); Live Cannibalism (Metal Blade, 2000); Gore Obsessed (Metal Blade, 2002); The Wretched Spawn (Metal Blade, 2004); Kill (Metal Blade, 2006).