Corpsegrinder Calls Death Metal ‘Healthy’, Denies Chris Barnes


This week, Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher spoke generously about the state of death metal for Little punk people. His enthusiasm stood in stark contrast to recent reviews of the music made by former Cannibal Corpse vocalist and Six Feet Under founder Chris Barnes.

Barnes co-founded Cannibal Corpse in Buffalo, NY, in 1988. He split from the leading death metal band in 1995 and was replaced by Fisher, who is still in the now Florida-based act. Last month, Barnes said he “despises” what death metal has become and claimed that watching a podcast featuring current death metal singers makes him “physically sick”.

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At Little punk people, Barnes and his comments are not mentioned explicitly. But when host Elliott Fullam asks Fisher what new death metal he’s listening to, the current Cannibal Corpse frontman enthusiastically begins: “Gatecreeper is pretty cool. I’ve seen a band, Frozen Soul, I’ve seen them. There has a bunch of bands.”

Fisher continues, “The scene is as wholesome as it’s ever been, it’s as great as it’s ever been. It’s not dead, it’s not terrible. …I’m proud of the death metal scene today. I think it’s amazing. … There are so many great bands. We’re touring with Revocation and Whitechapel, two great, great bands.

Indeed, Corpse’s 2022 tour with these bands plus Shadow of Intent kicks off in Atlanta on February 18 and spans the United States through March. Get tickets here.

Fisher raves, “The scene couldn’t get any better. And anyone who thinks otherwise kicks rocks. Because I’m so proud of this death metal scene. I really encourage everyone to come out and listen. Listen to the old bands. … Go listen to Possessed. They’re the first death metal band, okay? Go listen to them, listen to everything in between. Listen to Kreator, who I think is sort of the bridge between death and thrash, and without Kreator there would be be no Cannibal Corpse. Listen to these bands and listen, of course, to all the old classic bands like Cannibal and Death, Obituary, Deicide, Morbid Angel.

He adds: “So you have Aeon, you have [The] Black dahlia murder and dying fetus. Like I said, newer bands. … There’s so much great death metal floating around. The scene has never been better and anyone who thinks otherwise, you know, I don’t know what to tell you.”

January 27, Barnes tweeted sound checked Twitter account, “I just watched a ‘death metal’ podcast on YouTube that was done about a week ago with the ‘top’ death metal vocalists.. it made me physically sick. I despise what this genre became.”

Cannibal Corpse released their latest album Unimaginable violence in 2021. Six Feet Under released Nightmares of the Broken the previous year. Fisher’s first solo album body grinder releases February 25.

George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher appears on Little punk people – February 10, 2022

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