Jim Carrey's favorite death metal band, Cannibal Corpse, will be performing at the Theatre of the Living Arts in south Philadelphia, Sunday March 1st, along with fellow scary metal band Behemoth. Cannibal Corpse is among those classic metal bands that truly worried parents and opportunistic politicians alike in the late eighties and early nineties, with such intentionally offensive album titles as Butchered at Birth and Torture. Few bands' imagery or music could complete the bedroom of the average 14 year old metal head quite like Cannibal Corpse. Something about album artwork featuring mutilated women and babies, perhaps.
It isn't just middle America that's been traumatized by the band's relentless output of horror-metal. Both Germany and Russia have banned Cannibal Corpse in the past, and still don't seem particularly thrilled with the band performing within their borders. However, most overbearing parents have moved onto sex as their main point of contention with musicians, with violence having become somewhat more passe in recent years. During an era in which occult Satanic symbolism can just as easily be seen at a Superbowl halftime show as a metal show, Cannibal Corpse fill many metal head's hearts with nostalgia for a time when scariness and parental concerns were solely the realm of heavy metal and perhaps the occasional rap group.