A group of CANNIBAL CORPSE fans at the band’s concert in Pennsylvania shouted an insulting epithet for the band’s former frontman Chris Barnes, after he said he “despises” what the death metal genre has become.
On January 19, Knotfest livestreamed “A Death Metal Round Table” hosted by Staypuft Mallow and featuring appearances by George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, Trevor Strnad from THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, Chase Mason from GATECREEPER and Alex Jones from UNDEATH.
In the video, the singers discussed “their early influences, the accessibility of the genre, inspiration from the weirdest places, live show between-song patter, their upcoming releases and tours and much, much more.”
Not long after, Barnes wrote on Twitter regarding the video: “I just watched a ‘death metal’ podcast on YouTube that was done about a week ago with the ‘top’ death metal vocalists .. it made me physically ill. I despise what this genre has become.”
Later on, HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta, who co-produced Fisher‘s upcoming debut solo album, responded to Barnes: “come on the podcast & discuss.”
Chris responded: “No thanks brother. I have no need to jump on that bandwagon you guys got that”.
Jasta fired back with “Weak,” to which Barnes said: “Ain’t here to play that game. You have fun tho bro.”
Jasta then wrote: “you’re the one playing games, you ‘hate what the genre has become’ but do you ever promote or discuss new bands or try & help build anything in the genre?” This prompted Chris to respond: “Lol promote lol hahahahaha”. Jasta then countered: “Oh right that’s beneath you lol”, to which Barnes said: “Nah I’m just not a shill…”
At the Reading show on Monday (Feb. 21), some members of the crowd chanted “F*ck Chris Barnes” in between songs, after which Fisher responded, “You said it, not me.”
Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.