Can you remember the last time you heard Cannibal Corpse on the radio? What about on MTV? This is a band that gets zero mainstream support but is one of the highest selling death metal bands in the world.

Cannibal Corpse’s covers, while not exactly the best examples of good taste or typography have become an important part to the bands image. Fans expect the cover artwork to be as raw and confronting as their sound and lyrics. Extreme sells and Cannibal Corpse has been working this angle for over 15 years.

After watching Metal: A Headbangers Journey last night I was surprised to see that almost every one of Cannibal Corpses album covers had been censored and alternate covers produced. As vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher explains in Metal; “it’s art, just look at it as art. Yeah, it’s disgusting…but go to the Vatican and look at some of the art there. That’s real, that’s representing something that’s real, that could happen. This [artwork], you know, that’s never going to happen…monsters aren’t going to rip out of people’s bodies anytime soon.”

If the cover doesn’t shock you then the band hasn’t done their job properly.

I now present to you the complete discography of Cannibal Corpse, in order, with alternate/censored covers for your enjoyment. If you’re eating you might want to finish it before scrolling further down.

Eaten Back To Life: 1990

Eaten Back To Life, 1990

Eaten Back To Life, 1990
You can’t walk past an album cover like that and even the title itself is pure gold.
 
Butchered at Birth: 1991

Butchered at Birth 1991

Butchered at Birth 1991
 
Tomb of the Mutilated: 1992

Tomb of the Mutilated: 1992

Tomb of the Mutilated: 1992
Cannibal Corpse’s first alternate cover to feature artwork. Also the introduction of the Parental Advisory label standard.
 
Hammer Smashed Face: 1993

Hammer Smashed Face: 1993

Hammer Smashed Face: 1993
This was just an EP but the band was featured in Ace Ventured Pet Detective playing this very song. It’s also probably the worst of all the covers and it’s hard to decide which one is worse. Again kudos for the great song titles.
 
The Bleeding: 1994

The Bleeding: 1994

The Bleeding: 1994
The most conceptual cover and it’s an censored one. Its a very tight crop of the man’s bleeding chest.
 
Vile: 1996

Vile: 1996
It seems maggots don’t like to eat the penis.

Vile: 1996
Nice and simple crop, some head and chest surgery and you have your alternate/censored cover. Cannibal Corpse also dropped their old logo for a slightly more refined version.
 
Gallery of Suicide: 1998

Gallery of Suicide: 1998

Gallery of Suicide: 1998
I actually prefer this censored cover but it doesn’t fit with the title of the album.
 
Bloodthirst: 1999

Bloodthirst: 1999

Bloodthirst: 1999
This is probably the most gory alternate/censored cover produced for CC.
 
Live Cannibalism: 2000

Live Cannibalism: 2000

Live Cannibalism: 2000
Another cropping effort.
 
Gore Obsessed: 2002

Gore Obsessed: 2002

Gore Obsessed: 2002
As a piece of art I feel the censored version is stronger. I guess CC don’t really wan to reply on their fans imagination for the covers.
 
Worm Infested: 2003

Worm Infested: 2003
This is the only cover I haven’t found a censored or alternate cover for. It may be that it was only released as a limited edition EP for sale only online.

 
The Wretched Spawn: 2004

The Wretched Spawn: 2004
This was the cover featured in Metal: A Headbangers Journey. They definitely upped the ante with this one.

The Wretched Spawn: 2004

Another copped alternate cover. I wonder if the artist himself suggest’s this or the band do this to save time and money.

 
Kill: 2006

Kill
This is the latest cover and no it’s not a censored or alternate cover. It’s the actual one. The artwork below was on the inside. Has Cannibal Corpse succumb to the pressures of censors or did they think this awful piece of typography would cut the mustard? Even more confusing is this artwork inside would be suitable for display everywhere and is probably the nicest piece for CC to date.

 

All props to Vince Locke the actual artist behind the horror cover art. The band has shown great loyalty by using him for all their covers.

And if you have never heard a Cannibal Corpse album then Youtube is the best way to experience them.

Here’s the lounge version of Rancid Amputation:

Here’s an unreleased film clip of their early days:

But seriously here is them performing Hammer Smashed Face live:

All these vidoes have over 500,000 views just showing the intrigue this band creates and the mainstream media void they experience.

The only other band I can think of that comes close to using controversy like Cannibal Corpse is GWAR. But they are a joke band right?

If you think censoring these covers are justifed then explain why Tool’s Undertow and Fat Boy Slim’s You’ve Come a Long Way Baby were censored. Do American’s hate the site of fat people?

Cannibal Corpse: Uncensored Covers

Can you remember the last time you heard Cannibal Corpse on the radio? What about on MTV? This is a band that gets zero mainstream support but is one of the highest selling death metal bands in the world.

Cannibal Corpse’s covers, while not exactly the best examples of good taste or typography have become an important part to the bands image. Fans expect the cover artwork to be as raw and confronting as their sound and lyrics. Extreme sells and Cannibal Corpse has been working this angle for over 15 years.

After watching Metal: A Headbangers Journey last night I was surprised to see that almost every one of Cannibal Corpses album covers had been censored and alternate covers produced. As vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher explains in Metal; “it’s art, just look at it as art. Yeah, it’s disgusting…but go to the Vatican and look at some of the art there. That’s real, that’s representing something that’s real, that could happen. This [artwork], you know, that’s never going to happen…monsters aren’t going to rip out of people’s bodies anytime soon.”

If the cover doesn’t shock you then the band hasn’t done their job properly.

I now present to you the complete discography of Cannibal Corpse, in order, with alternate/censored covers for your enjoyment. If you’re eating you might want to finish it before scrolling further down.

Eaten Back To Life: 1990

Eaten Back To Life, 1990

Eaten Back To Life, 1990
You can’t walk past an album cover like that and even the title itself is pure gold.
 
Butchered at Birth: 1991

Butchered at Birth 1991

Butchered at Birth 1991
 
Tomb of the Mutilated: 1992

Tomb of the Mutilated: 1992

Tomb of the Mutilated: 1992
Cannibal Corpse’s first alternate cover to feature artwork. Also the introduction of the Parental Advisory label standard.
 
Hammer Smashed Face: 1993

Hammer Smashed Face: 1993

Hammer Smashed Face: 1993
This was just an EP but the band was featured in Ace Ventured Pet Detective playing this very song. It’s also probably the worst of all the covers and it’s hard to decide which one is worse. Again kudos for the great song titles.
 
The Bleeding: 1994

The Bleeding: 1994

The Bleeding: 1994
The most conceptual cover and it’s an censored one. Its a very tight crop of the man’s bleeding chest.
 
Vile: 1996

Vile: 1996
It seems maggots don’t like to eat the penis.

Vile: 1996
Nice and simple crop, some head and chest surgery and you have your alternate/censored cover. Cannibal Corpse also dropped their old logo for a slightly more refined version.
 
Gallery of Suicide: 1998

Gallery of Suicide: 1998

Gallery of Suicide: 1998
I actually prefer this censored cover but it doesn’t fit with the title of the album.
 
Bloodthirst: 1999

Bloodthirst: 1999

Bloodthirst: 1999
This is probably the most gory alternate/censored cover produced for CC.
 
Live Cannibalism: 2000

Live Cannibalism: 2000

Live Cannibalism: 2000
Another cropping effort.
 
Gore Obsessed: 2002

Gore Obsessed: 2002

Gore Obsessed: 2002
As a piece of art I feel the censored version is stronger. I guess CC don’t really wan to reply on their fans imagination for the covers.
 
Worm Infested: 2003

Worm Infested: 2003
This is the only cover I haven’t found a censored or alternate cover for. It may be that it was only released as a limited edition EP for sale only online.

 
The Wretched Spawn: 2004

The Wretched Spawn: 2004
This was the cover featured in Metal: A Headbangers Journey. They definitely upped the ante with this one.

The Wretched Spawn: 2004

Another copped alternate cover. I wonder if the artist himself suggest’s this or the band do this to save time and money.

 
Kill: 2006

Kill
This is the latest cover and no it’s not a censored or alternate cover. It’s the actual one. The artwork below was on the inside. Has Cannibal Corpse succumb to the pressures of censors or did they think this awful piece of typography would cut the mustard? Even more confusing is this artwork inside would be suitable for display everywhere and is probably the nicest piece for CC to date.

 

All props to Vince Locke the actual artist behind the horror cover art. The band has shown great loyalty by using him for all their covers.

And if you have never heard a Cannibal Corpse album then Youtube is the best way to experience them.

Here’s the lounge version of Rancid Amputation:

Here’s an unreleased film clip of their early days:

But seriously here is them performing Hammer Smashed Face live:

All these vidoes have over 500,000 views just showing the intrigue this band creates and the mainstream media void they experience.

The only other band I can think of that comes close to using controversy like Cannibal Corpse is GWAR. But they are a joke band right?

If you think censoring these covers are justifed then explain why Tool’s Undertow and Fat Boy Slim’s You’ve Come a Long Way Baby were censored. Do American’s hate the site of fat people?





46 Comments

  1. [...] Can you imagine how she would have responded to the Cannibal Corpse albums. [...]

  2. Great compilation! I have never seen some of the uncensored covers, even though I’m a fan of the band. Lousy at surfing, huh?

    A few reflections:

    I bought my uncensored copy of Worm infested in a local record store in Sweden. So it’s not only available online.

    My censored version of Gore Obssessed are similar to the first two albums. Just a slipcase with the logo over the actual cover.

    I really like the uncensored cover of Vile, probably my favorite.

    I also asked myself if they’ve succumbed to the pressure from censors with the release of Kill. That artwork sucks.

    And aldso: great website!

  3. good job on your website,
    everything was good except one thing i cant take seriously

    in the videos section “the video of their early days” isnt really cannibal corpse. its just some video somebody made for comedic purpose

    other than that good job

  4. Hey Daniel,

    it was a joke :)

  5. great! this compilation is good cc is one of the best bands of the world but in the aspect that they dont have much promo is kind of unlucky cuse the albums turn out to be hard to find in a world of “normal people”….. assholes!

  6. Very nicely done. I appreciate how Cannibal Corpse push the envelope on good taste while remaining intelligent and artistic. As for the more “stripped down” album covers, I like how they can work with a change of pace and image; the subtlety reminds us that one can still get a point across without being over the top.

    Yes, I like the artwork for “Kill”, too.

  7. the cover art for KILL was designed as it is because “they wanted their fans to focus on their music and not to be distracted by a gory cover”

    and gwar is not a joke band, or really that controversial. they just wear goofy shit in their live shows, its more rock (metal?) oprea than anything. check out aeon or dying fetus’s old shit if u want controversy in ur lyrics.

  8. also ur “censored” version of the bleeding is the original art work, the first first cover is the art work of the reissue.

  9. Ive gotta say my favorite covers are from their earlyer days, like eaten back to life and butcherd at birth

  10. The first two are the best, I think. Those staring faces are more disturbing than all the gore in the rest of the covers. And the cartoonish and less refined style goes well with the band’s monomaniacal output.

  11. great research. Man, should you believe that John Wayne Gacy JR’s actually might party in groups, these covers are intolerable to look at. The lyrics of these guys look like they’re written by Vogon Orcs, I couldn’t accuse them of intelligence (sorry fans).

  12. They can ban them in the wallmart but they can’t ban them in my iPod XD

  13. cannibal corpse wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

  14. cc is one of my favourite bands.I hear them since I’m 13(now I’m 14)but its really hard to get an uncensored album especally here in germany

  15. Great compilation I just have one piece of criticism; the “KILL” cover was supposed to reflect what was on the album itself “Simple, technical brutality”. I have a poster of the inside piece on my wall by the way, which in concept is simple but it’s actually very detailed.

    Also a complete version would have the 1989 demo cover, on which the band did their own artwork.

  16. I love cannibal corpse they are fucking amazing!!!!!!! On that I love dying fetus what’s so controversial about their lyrics

  17. Woa!You did a great work!! Some cover was unkow to me o.O Thanx man! xD All Hail Cannibal Corpse!! All Hail Brutal Death!!

  18. i love cannibal corpse and if i ever, EVER buy one of thier cds and its been censored or edited, i would seriosly go back to the store and slit thier fucking throats for fucking with cannibal corpse’s music
    it wouldnt be cannibal corpse if they censored it.
    you guys fucking rule!!!

  19. I actualy like the last cover. It’s the best for me, ’cause I heard and love their music, that’s the important thing, not the covers. Anyway, censors are stupid. I don’t see anything wrong in the covers, that scenes will never happen (I hope so)…

  20. I like the artwork to KILL :)

    Gore Obsessed [censored] is my favourite art work.

  21. of course butchered at birth, worm infested and (my alltime fav. Pic) tomb of the mutilated all uncensored are the best.. Great work and research!! I’ve seen these guys in concert!! Some of them went to my high school(alex Webster) Akron ny.. I have to say they actually are intelligent people! My stepdad who was in their classes says alex was a math genius.. My stepdad used to pick on him and actually draged him through a pile of dog shit when they were younger! I got to meet them after their show in the buffalo town ballroom I shook alex websters hand and met his parents that still live in ny.. During the show they finally said they were playing their last song and I didn’t want it to end so I of course yell “you suck” well the ballroom holds small shows and my luck the room got silent for 5 sec when I decided it would b cool to yell that!! He pointed and yelled back “your mother sucks, this song is dedicated to everyone but that asshole!!!” they ended up playing like 5 more songs including fucked with a knife! I was amazed that cc acknowledged me I am honored.. They are amazing!!

  22. How is this fucking music, it sounds like someone who has excess gas violently escaping their body. If you’re going to make such graphic lyrics at least pronounce your words…

  23. this is cool. i saw most of these covers on Cannibal’s dvd Centuries of Torment. Vince Locke did the artwork on that too. GWAR isnt a joke band. they are just fucking retarded. i’m listening to them right now. GOR-GOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. that all mad

  25. Woow!

  26. I’m sorry Justin, you just don’t see the beauty in extreme music like this :)

  27. Heeeeeeey, WHERE’S EVISCERATION PLAGUE!?

    Keep going, CC. You guys NEVER, get old.

  28. wooo no hablo ingles pero son las mejores imagenes que he visto en toda mi vida kill kill kill

  29. The album cover you have for ‘Bloodthirst’ is not the censored version it is the original cover art. The censored version of the album has a completely different cover.

    This is it: http://i25.tinypic.com/aokqpv.jpg

  30. only now I realized my Hammer Smashed Face and the Bleeding album I own in my collection , feature the censored cover . that sucks !

  31. A little funny fact, even though most of the Cannibal Corpse already know it, is that Jim Carrey is a fan of Cannibal Corpse, I dont that is why they made a cameo appearance in Ace ventura…

  32. offensive CC covers are a thing of the past, and the evisceration plague cover is crap. Strangely, I'm not a big fan of the new one, my favorite is wretched spawn.

  33. Hands down the greatest song titles ever thought of. Mummified in Barbed Wire? I don't even know how that would work. Fucked with a Knife. I know exactly how that one would work.

  34. Hands down the greatest song titles ever thought of. Mummified in Barbed Wire? I don't even know how that would work. Fucked with a Knife. I know exactly how that one would work.

  35. o kurwa ale was popierdolilo !!!!!!!!

  36. oohhh my goood!!

  37. santo dios, ojala no le suseda esto a tu mascota

  38. yey

  39. All props to Vince Locke the actual artist behind the horror cover art. The band has shown great unoriginality by using him for every single same-same album cover.

    FTFY

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  41. i like the cover where theres a thing coming out of her vagina :P

  42. Awesome compilation here, love it

  43. i got wood

  44. fuckin devils
     

  45. Haha Polska przejmuje artykuł! ;)

  46. I imagine stuff like that all the time

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