Cannibal Corpse: 'There's a Place for Death Metal in RN'R Hall of Fame'

Bassist Alex Webster also remembers barbecuing with Cher while playing at her son's birthday.

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After brutally rocking out for quarter of a century, US death metal behemoths Cannibal Corpse have been through a whole lot, crossing paths with mainstream acts and media in most peculiar manner along the way. Bassist Alex Webster remembered several such occasions during a recent Tampa Bay interview, stressing that death metal has its place in rock history, as well as in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I think if you listen to Elvis and you listen to Cannibal Corpse or Morbid Angel, it's a pretty massive distance," said the group's co-founder. "But the roots are similar. Without rock 'n' roll, metal wouldn't have happened, and without traditional heavy metal and hard rock, you wouldn't have had thrash metal and death metal and stuff like that." Alex continued, "I think there's a place for death metal and other kinds of extreme metal in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - maybe not the official Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but figuratively speaking." Reminiscing the band's history, Webster discussed the experience of performing on "Ace Ventura" movie set, as well as jamming at Cher's house for her son's birthday. "A lot of people don't know this, but Cher's son Elijah [Blue Allman] is a killer guitar player, and he's really into heavy music," the bassist said. "About 10 years ago he had us come out and play his birthday party at the Viper Room in LA, and Cher was in attendance. We actually partied at his house the day before and had a barbecue, and Cher was hanging out. Those are the kind of things where you're like, 'Wow, we're barbecuing with Cher.' That's pretty intense." Apart from noting that Cher enjoyed the performance, Alex focused on "Ace Ventura" show, naming Jim Carrey a legitimate fan. "That was shot down in Miami at the Cameo Theater, which is a place that we'd actually played," he said. "That was pretty surreal, being on the set of a major motion picture and being part of that whole world for a couple of days. "[Jim Carrey] said he was into some of our stuff," the bassist continued. "He said he had 'Butchered at Birth' and 'Tomb of the Mutilated;' that's our second and third album. And he was calling out songs by name that he was hoping we would perform for the movie. We did do 'Hammer Smashed Face,' and that was the only one that actually made it into the movie." On venturing forth at the same intensity for another 25 years, Webster didn't seem too certain, but pointed out that Cannibal Corpse will hardly ever officially break up. "Honestly, I do think there will be a presence of our band in 25 years," he said. "It just won't be what it is now. In 25 years - let me do the math real quick - I'll be pushing 70. "I don't see us ever officially breaking up, but I could see us being gradually becoming less and less active. It's normal. 68 years and still playing extreme death metal? Check back in with me in 25 years and we'll see if that actually pans out [laughs]."

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    if there's a place for hip hop, rap and pop then you're goddamn right there is.
    But... those are pretty great genres.
    It's not a matter of good or bad. As a pretty big fan of rap, I'd still say that extreme metal bands have more of a rightful place at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. Cannibal Corpse is closer to rock n roll than, say, the Wu-Tang Clan, as much as I love the Wu.
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    I think any genre within the rock/metal genre deserves a place in the RN'R Hall of Fame
    Is that a deleted scene? I don't remember it going on for so long, i just remember that he asks for direction or something and assumes that the guy is nodding in agreement.
    Sammy Mantis
    It doesn't feature the complete song, just a few brief shots of the band as Ace enters the club. I believe the television version features a little more footage where Ace actually gets onstage and starts imitating Chris Barnes' vocals.
    Cannibal Corpse aren't my favorite band anymore (they were when I was a teenager), but I love reading interviews with Alex Webster, because he always has something interesting to say. He was very down-to-earth when I met him too.
    It could be argued that there is no place for extreme metal there (of course, I would disagree), but if there is a death metal band today that deserves it, it's Corpse. Suffo is great (and has been inducted into A hall of fame), and Death are pioneers, but Corpse has been through more shit than anyone and is still putting out head crushing albums all these years later.
    I figured my comment would get negative votes, and I don't really mind. I understand if pop bands can get in than they should be able to. With that said, I don't think either really have a place in the rock n roll hall of fame. Some metal bands cross a fine line in the terms of "rock n roll", like Black Sabbath. Cannibal Corpse is definitely metal, very very metal. I'm not sure there's enough similarities besides the instruments. My brother played WoW with the singer before though, that's pretty cool.
    How about a spot for every sub-genre including Neoclassical Progressive Melodic Post-Sludgecore? lol metal4life
    Unfortunately, there isn't. I'm not a huge death metal fan, but I have a ton of respect for bands like Cannibal Corpse. However, even the most successful death metal bands like Cannibal Corpse and Death haven't had enough of an impact on music as a whole to be Hall of Fame worthy. I wish this wasn't the case, and maybe someday it won't be, but right now the legacy just isn't there. Not that I have respect for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or anything. I think there needs to be a Heavy Metal Hall of Fame so bands like Maiden, Priest, and Cannibal Corpse can get the respect they deserve.
    If the fans can pressure the Hall of Fame to induct Rush, we can pressure them to induct CC.
    1st: Possessed, Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Sepeltura (for the godfathers/precursors) 2nd: Death, Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, etc.