30 Years Ago: CANNIBAL CORPSE release Eaten Back to Life

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30 Years Ago: CANNIBAL CORPSE release Eaten Back to Life

CANNIBAL CORPSE released their debut album, Eaten Back to Life, on this day in 1990 through Death Records (Metal Blade).

Yeah, we sent out like our video ... actually, I knew a guy that I used to work with at a record store chain around here, and uh he like had some people at Metal Blade, and he just made sure they listened to it y'know, so we could get a chance. And they liked it, and they sent us a contract like two days later so we fuckin' signed it. Now we got a seven year contract with them y'know, seven albums, heh.

Chris Barnes / Cannibal Corpse interview, Deathcheese #1, 1991

No endorsements yet, but uh Paul plays a Tama drumset with Paite cymbals, um Bobby uses Marshalls and he's got a Gibson Flying V. Jack's got a fuckin' guitar that came from hell probably, I don't even know what the fuck kind it is, man. He plays on a Crate stack, Alex plays on Peavey with a Fender Precision bass, and I use a Telex microphone and JBL speakers, ha ha.

Chris Barnes / Cannibal Corpse interview, Deathcheese #1, 1991

Cover artwork was painted by Vincent Locke.

...in my old band me and my old bass player were totally into Vince. He had all the old Deadworld comics and shit. I was always over at his house reading them. I was like "This is the best comic book I've ever seen." I always kept that in the back of my mind. Three years later when we got this thing together, I just called up information and got ahold of Vince. I've never met him or anything. I think I'm finally gonna meet him on this tour.

...I was just like "Vince have you ever done an album cover?" "No, but I've always wanted to." It was just one of those things you know. I said look man we're like a zombie band, so you know it fits.

Chris Barnes / Cannibal Corpse interview, Sounds of Death #2, 1993