Death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE will unleash their first-ever official authorized biography in September. Written by Joel McIver, author of “Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica” and biographies on BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER, SLIPKNOT and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, “Bible Of Butchery – Cannibal Corpse: The Official Biography” will contain over 150 pages loaded with photos from the band’s collection.
In a 2012 article for The Quietus, McIver praised CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s songwriting skills, writing: “You’d be forgiven for assuming that songs such as ‘Fucked With A Knife’ and ‘Stripped, Raped, And Strangled’ came (at best) from spotty adolescent virgins or (at worst) violent psychopaths. The truth is that the members of CANNIBAL CORPSE are neither: by and large, they are settled men in their forties with marriages, mortgages and families. They simply happen to be very good at telling horror stories that scare people because they’re about real people committing real atrocities, as opposed to those staple heavy metal inspirations, zombies and Satan.
“These mesmerizingly aggressive songs may be unsettling, but they’re as legitimate a form of entertainment as any other extreme expression of creativity, whether it’s film, music or any version of the concrete and abstract arts. This is not to say that CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s expert brand of death metal has to be analyzed with an ironic eye, like some dickhead who has just discovered his first Lovecraft novel. You’re allowed to enjoy it. This is music which, if you so choose, will motivate you to leap off the sofa and climb the walls, shrieking like a fool. Or, if you prefer, turn the volume up to unsociable levels, sit back and immerse yourself in the annihilation of the senses, an all-enveloping perceptual blackout that resembles the flotation-tank experience in reverse. There’s plenty of evil fun to be had here, so embrace it. Thousands already have.
“When it comes to the lyrics, it’s really time for us all to grow up and stop being so offended. Who is responsible for the horrific events which inspire CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s songwriting? Society itself, and it is you and I who make up society. You may be shocked by these songs, and rightly so — but there are real murders and real rapes aplenty out there out there in our lovely world. In comparison, such social ills reveal death metal’s true nature as a form of entertainment. Violent entertainment, but entertainment nonetheless, and it’s here to stay.”
CANNIBAL CORPSE will release its new album, “A Skeletal Domain”, on September 16 via Metal Blade Records. The band switched gears for the new CD, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DEVILDRIVER) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, after having tracked their previous three outings (“Kill”, “Evisceration Plague”, “Torture”) with Erik Rutan.