by Robert Bell
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Ah Cannibal Corpse, one of the longest-running and most successful death metal bands ever. Besides earning the enmity of Sen. Bob Dole and a cameo in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," the pioneering New York-based death metal group is probably best known outside of metal circles for its gruesome, controversial album covers, nearly every one of which has required some toned-down version to pass muster with The Man and make its way to record store shelves, tucked somewhere in between Candlebox and The Carpenters.
I've got to say, though, that its album covers don't seem quite as shocking here in 2012, in the wake of years of generic, gory network procedurals and AMC's "The Walking Dead." On second thought, the cover for "Butchered at Birth" is still pretty foul by nearly any standard. The band's song titles, too, aren't exactly dinner table conversation: "Meat Hook Sodomy," "Hacksaw Decapitation," "A Skull Full of Maggots" and trust me, those are some of the tamer ones.
The band's latest, the simply titled "Torture," is another chapter in the ongoing story of Cannibal Corpse, one of death metal's true survivors.