Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse are currently the biggest death metal band on Earth with over a worldwide sale of over two million albums also making them the top-selling death metal band of all time. In 2017, they released their fourteenth studio album, Red Before Black. In December 2018, lead guitarist Pat O’Brien was arrested for assault and battery. Currently filling on guitar is Erik Rutan who used to play in Morbid Angel and currently fronts the death metal band, Hate Eternal. Cannibal Corpse is fresh of a tour supporting Slayer on their final world tour and have now announced their own headlining tour with support from Thy Art Is Murder and Perdition Temple. One of the early stops on the tour was the old Majestic Ventura Theatre in downtown Ventura, California.
The lights went out and the crowd went into a frenzy as the death metal legends came on stage. Cannibal Corpse started their show with Code of the Slashers from their newest album, Red Before Black. The crowd went absolutely wild with brutal mosh pits. Fans were most likely hurt one way or another and they did it all in the name of metal. Two more songs from the new album Only One Will Die and Red Before Black were played and were just as brutal. One of the main highlights of the show is watching vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher head spin with his gigantic neck and is one of the most entertaining sights in metal. Cannibal Corpse continued to brutalize Ventura as they played classics such as Scourge of Iron, Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead, The Wretched Spawn, and A Skull Full of Maggots. Such disgusting song titles that are often brought up in controversies, but still awesome! Fisher announced this next song as a love song and that it was about “shooting blood from your cock!”. The fans cheered knowing what was coming next as Fisher belted out, “I…Cum…Blooood!” and so Cannibal Corpse played one of their most popular hits I Cum Blood which once again drove the fans wild and kept the mosh pits brutal. Another brutal song was played which was Make Them Suffer before Cannibal Corpse announced one more song of the night and if the fans wanted more, they would have to scream as loud as possible. The fans screamed, but Fisher was utterly disappointed by it considering how packed the venue was. He gave them one more chance and demanded for the audience to not fail him. The crowd cheered even louder the second time. Fisher said after hearing their pleas and after considering it…it was still the last song! HA! Then continued on to call himself a heartbreaker. Cannibal Corpse finished their show with Stripped, Raped, and Strangled which one of the most brutal songs played that night. Cannibal Corpse finished the song and stayed on stage as Fisher surprised the audience with just one more song. He screamed into the mic, “Hammer…Smashed…Faaaace!”. It seems the audience got their one last song and it was one of the most popular and brutal songs in metal, Hammer Smashed Face. It is recognizable by its intro and bass solo by legendary metal bassist Alex Webster. The fans went berserk with crowd surfers showing up and a mosh pit so brutal, it hurt just by watching it. Cannibal Corpse finished up the show and left. A perfect way to spend Friday night.