Best Cannibal Corpse Albums

Cannibal Corpse ​is one of the few death metal bands that has received mainstream media attention and is known outside of metal circles. They raised the ire of onetime Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole; were prohibited from playing early songs in Germany; crashed the Billboard charts in the mid-1990s and 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 (although some would argue for Deicide). Here are their best albums.

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'The Bleeding' (1994)

Cannibal Corpse - The Bleeding
Cannibal Corpse - The Bleeding.

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. 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'
Cannibal Corpse - 'Kill'. Metal Blade Records

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 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)

Cannibal Corpse - Tomb Of The Mutilated
Cannibal Corpse - Tomb Of The Mutilated.

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 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
Cannibal Corpse - Gallery Of Suicide.

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. Contains the standout musical “From Skin To Liquid.”

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'Gore Obsessed' (2002)

Cannibal Corpse - Gore Obsessed
Cannibal Corpse - Gore Obsessed.

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'
Cannibal Corpse - 'Eaten Back To Life'.

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.