Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, Unearth, Hate Eternal, Born of Osiris | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, Unearth, Hate Eternal, Born of Osiris All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., Dec. 10, 4:45 p.m. 2009
Price: $27.50, $24.50 in advance
Pick up pretty much any Cannibal Corpse record and you're guaranteed chugging riffage and machine-tight blastbeats, arranged into songs with titles like "Fucked With a Knife" and "Skull Full of Maggots." The band advertise their love of gore with album artwork full of butchered bodies and flayed ghouls, and their lyrics—rendered borderline indecipherable by the throaty bark of George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, who replaced original singer Chris Barnes in 1995—are just as reliably gruesome. It's definitely a formula, but it's still a fruitful one, and the group proves it on this year's Evisceration Plague (Metal Blade). Cannibal Corpse are one of the longest-running and biggest-selling death-metal bands ever, and for years they've been a lightning rod for busybody politicians who take them too literally and see their very existence as a symptom of a grave societal ill. But to the musicians and fans they've inspired—Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small based Dethklok front man Nathan Explosion on Fisher—Cannibal Corpse are a brutal gift that keeps on giving. Hatebreed headline, in a booking decision that can only be characterized as a miscarriage of justice. —Miles Raymer

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