The 6 Best Cannibal Corpse Albums

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Cannibal Corpse ​is one of the few death metal bands that has received mainstream media attention and gone on to become known outside of metal circles. They raised the ire of onetime Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, they were prohibited from playing early songs in Germany, they crashed the Billboard charts in the mid-1990s, and they were featured in the Jim Carrey movie "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective."

More important than all of the brushes with the mainstream is their music. Cannibal Corpse is perhaps the most influential, best-selling and longest-running death metal band. Here are their best albums.

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The Bleeding (1994)

Cannibal Corpse "The Bleeding" album cover.

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Cannibal Corpse’s final album with vocalist Chris Barnes (not counting the outtakes from "Created To Kill," later renamed "Vile") lacks the technical mastery of their later albums but is nonetheless their best. It’s slower and has more groove than their earlier albums but the songs are much better. Three of the songs ("Staring Through The Eyes of The Dead," "F—ed With a Knife," and "Stripped, Raped and Strangled") have been concert staples since 1994.

Barnes offers the best vocal and lyrical performance of his long death metal career in this album. Jack Owen and Rob Barrett (replacing original guitarist Bob Rusay) craft some of the most memorable death metal riffs of the 1990s. It's Cannibal’s best album and a death metal classic.

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Kill (2006)

Cannibal Corpse "Kill" album cover.

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Cannibal’s move to technical death metal began in earnest when George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher joined the band and peaked with this album. Alex Webster talked for years about Cannibal being as well-known for their musical mastery as for their lyrics and album covers.

On "Kill," the lyrics and artwork are easily forgotten. Music is the source of all the carnage here, particularly on tracks like "Make Them Suffer." "Kill" was the first Cannibal album produced by Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan, who also worked on "Evisceration Plague."

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Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992)

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"Tomb Of The Mutilated" has followed Cannibal Corpse throughout their career thanks to the often-censored cover art and the gruesome song titles.

Cannibal was still learning their craft, so some of the tracks on this album sound muddled and repetitive. But this is the band's most notorious album and contains their trademark song "Hammer Smashed Face," so it makes the cut.

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Gallery Of Suicide (1998)

Cannibal Corpse "Gallery Of Suicide" album cover.

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Cannibal Corpse made real creative strides in the late 1990s. This is George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher’s second album with the band, and guitarist Pat O’Brien’s first.

"Gallery Of Suicide" was a bit controversial because of the more experimental direction on tracks like "Blood Drenched Execution" and "Gallery of Suicide." Fisher’s delivery is relentless and O’Brien immediately adds depth. This album also contains the standout song "From Skin to Liquid."

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Gore Obsessed (2002)

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A strong leap in Cannibal's technical evolution, "Gore Obsessed" includes tracks like "Pit Of Zombies," and "Hatchet To The Head."

Earlier albums like "Butchered At Birth" and "Eaten Back To Life" receive more attention than this album, an overlooked gem in the Cannibal Corpse catalog. The limited edition of the album includes a cover of Metallica's "No Remorse," with Cannibal Corpse putting their death metal twist on the thrash classic.

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Eaten Back To Life (1990)

Cannibal Corpse "Eaten Back To Life" album cover.

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Their 1990 debut album "Eaten Back To Life" caused quite a stir in the underground scene with what would be become Cannibal Corpse's trademark gory lyrics and shocking album art. 

Deicide's Glen Benton appeared on the tracks "Mangled" and "A Skull Full of Maggots." While not their best album, it was a very influential one and set the band on the path that would make Cannibal Corpse one of the genre's biggest bands.