Breaking the Law

Cannibal Corpse Lyrics and Artwork Banned in Russia

  • Axl Rosenberg

Na Zdorovie! Russia continues to distinguish itself as the #1 vacation destination for lovers of extreme music: the Russian news service Rapsi reports that less than two months after forcing Cannibal Corpse to cancel multiple shows — sometimes via the use of SWAT teams and riot squads — the Oktyabrsky District Court of Ufa has banned “the translation of lyrics by Cannibal Corpse,” as well as the band’s infamously, gloriously gory artwork (which is usually, if not always, by Vince Locke), for fear that they “could damage the mental health of children because they contain descriptions of violence, the physical and mental abuse of people and animals, murder and suicide.”

Funny enough, that is exactly what the older metalheads I looked up to in high school told me before slipping me my first Cannibal Corpse album. I cut my next class to listen to it. I guess poor, sensitive Russia doesn’t have the same morbid curiosity as a fourteen-year-old Axl Rosenberg.

ANYWAY, this news is a real bummer for Russian metal fans, but it’s not exactly shocking, given the political climate in the former Soviet Union. And as a bonus, i) I’d wager that Cannibal Corpse album sales go up about a bajillion percent today, ii) I’d wager that Cannibal Corpse underground trading and illegal downloading goes up about two-bajillion percent in Russia this week (note to Russian authorities: adolescents don’t exactly hate things their elders deem “bad”), and iii) now Cannibal Corpse have a title for their next album:

cannibal corpse - the russian spawn[via Metal Hammer]

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