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November 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm$25
Cannibal Corpse, w/:
- Hate Eternal
- Harms Way
@The Castle Theatre
Thursday, November 15
Doors = 7:00 pm
Show = 8:00 pm
Ages = 21+
Tickets = $25
Formed in 1988, Buffalo born/Tampa raised Cannibal Corpse helped found, manipulate and transcend the very boundaries of death metal beginning with the scandalously controversial debut, Eaten Back To Life. Raising the eyebrows of inquisitive metalheads and incensed parents and politicians, the record – produced by Scott Burns at the now renowned Morrisound Studios – was more extreme and confrontational than anything the metal genre had ever known. As a result of the band’s brilliantly gruesome cover art, grisly lyrics and song titles like “Hammer Smashed Face,” “Meat Hook Sodomy” and “Addicted To Vaginal Skin,” follow-up records Butchered At Birth (1991) and Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992) were met with further contempt by the likes of such organized censorship leagues as the PMRC. In just three years, the sale of Cannibal Corpse merchandise was (temporarily) prohibited in Australia, Korea and New Zealand (in fact, the sale of Butchered At Birth and the performance of those three records is still forbidden in Germany). But dissuaded they were not.
Proving technical dexterity, diabolic vocal grunts and a penchant for serial killers, zombies and gore of all shapes, sizes and textures, Cannibal Corpse won over the hearts of many a metal extremist and have since become a harrowing household name. Since the bands inception they have sold millions of albums world wide and show no sign of slowing or bowing down to the ever changing metal genre. Massive tours throughout the U.S. and Europe as well as Australia and South America only underscored the band’s staying power…and all this with zero commercial radio presence and minimal video play (although the band did appear in the Hollywood blockbuster, Ace Ventura – Pet Detective).
The momentum continued with the 1996 release of Vile, the first Cannibal record to feature former Monstrosity throat George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher following the departure of Chris Barnes. Any skepticism over the new voice behind the mighty Corpse was quickly put to rest. Simply put, Vile slayed from beginning to end and became the first ever death metal record to enter the prestigious Billboard charts. Over the next few years, relentlessly touring, bolstered musicianship and progressively more potent recordings saw the band increase in popularity within the underground and beyond.
Simply titled, but meticulously assembled, “Kill” was recorded with producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel) at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. The tenth record of their storied career, each track basks in its own claustrophobic abrasiveness and maniacal subject matter. From the onset of the fiery “The Time To Kill Is Now,” guitarists Barrett and Pat O’Brien, vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, bassist Alex Webster and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz pummel with a renewed sense of urgency. Fast, furious and scrupulously timed, the tune is a palpable reminder that Cannibal remains a force to be reckoned. “Make Them Suffer” sears with an old school Possessed vibe (a band to whom Cannibal has paid homage to on several occasions), while “Necrosadistic Warning,” replete with a barrage of blistering solo work by O’Brien whose guitar deftness is often underestimated, comes riddled with visions of zombies sexually gratifying themselves with the body parts of the beings they’ve slain. Other tracks like the telling “Five Nails Through The Neck,” “Death Walking Terror,” “Brain Removal Device” and instrumental closer “Infinite Misery” see the five-piece at their most cogent, both lyrically and musically.
Older, wiser, and as malevolent as ever before, the time to Kill is now! (Source)
Founded in the late ’90s, Hate Eternal are an amelodic, ultra-fast death metal/grindcore band led by former Morbid Angeland Ripping Corpse guitarist Erik Rutan. While those bands employed Rutan strictly as a guitarist, Hate Eternalpresented a change for Rutan in that the group found him doing much of the lead singing in addition to playing guitar. Nonetheless, Hate Eternal’s late-’90s material was quite similar to the type of things that Rutan had done in the past. With Rutan having recruited fellow guitarist Doug Cerrito(formerly of Suffocation), bassist Jared Anderson, and drummer Tim Yeung, Hate Eternal signed with Wicked World in 1999 and recorded their first album, Conquering the Throne. Shortly afterword, Yeung was replaced by Derek Roddy and Rutan left Morbid Angel to focus on Hate Eternal, and in 2002 the band released its second album, King of All Kings, on Earache. Hate Eternal set out on tour to promote the album, but quickly ran into trouble when they had to replace Jared Anderson with Randy Piro due to a drug problem. In 2005, the band returned with its third album, I, Monarch. While the album was met with favorable reviews by critics, the band suffered from internal problems and had to cancel its touring, with Roddy leaving the group in 2006. Rutan recruited drummer Jade Simonetto to replace him the following year, and the band got back to recording, releasing Fury and Flames on Metal Blade in 2008. Two years later, Piro was replaced by bassist J.J. Hrubovcak just before the band went into the studio to begin work on its fifth album, Phoenix Amongst the Ashes, which was released in early 2011. (Source)
Chicago hardcore band Harms Way began in 2006 as a jokey side project conceived by members of the straight-edge hardcore outfit Few and the Proud. Drummer Chris Mills, vocalist James Pligge (aka Hammers McPligue), bassist John Caution, and guitarists Bo Lueders, Jon Hofacker, and Jay Jancetic initially started the group as a performance and goofy stage show that found macho vocalist Pligge wearing a ski mask and singing ridiculous lyrics while the band aimed to emulate the short, spastic power violence style of early-’90s punk innovators like Crossed Out or Man Is the Bastard. Harms Way kept their comical streak going at first, releasing a few 7″ singles in their first few years, but eventually got more serious and developed their sound with each subsequent release. Lineup changes ensued over the years, and Harms Way worked with a variety of labels, releasing their first album, Reality Approaches, in 2009 and following it with 2011’s Isolation. They shifted from a death metal sound to a more industrial-leaning one with 2013’s BlindedEP, which would be their first release for Deathwish Inc., the label of Converge member Jacob Bannon. Their third album, Rust, followed in 2015. Harms Way made their Metal Blade label debut in early 2018 with their fourth set, Posthuman, which featured the single “Human Carrying Capacity.” (Source)