Chris Barnes Says He Left Cannibal Corpse Because They “Weren’t Very Nice to Me Personally”

  • Axl Rosenberg

Is anyone really waiting on a Cannibal Corpse reunion with Chris Barnes? With all due respect to Mr. Barnes, who was obviously a big part of the band’s history, it seems like one of the few things on which metal fans universally agree is that Cannibal Corpse traded up when they recruited George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher and his much-envied neck.

Still, The Chainsaw Symphony recently asked Barnes about the possibility of his returning to the band that made him famous. Said Barnes (via Metal Insider):

“That would be a tough one to put together, my friend. You wouldn’t have any problems from my side of things, but I don’t think other people would be agreeable to that.”

Elaborating, Barnes when on to clarify that while there’s no animosity between him and the band, there is a need to proected “other people’s feelings”:

“I think that everyone knows certain things about everything and they’d like to see things a certain way, and that wouldn’t portray things a certain way that they would wanna portray them.”

That’s a confusing sentence, but I think what Barnes is trying to say is that to bring him back into Cannibal Corpse would require changing a generally-accepted narrative that flatters some of his former bandmates. This is certainly suggested by another Barnes quote from the same interview, in which Barnes discusses why he split with Cannibal Corpse in the first place:

“I just didn’t like being around them, because I was being ridiculed, and I just didn’t feel comfortable being in the same room with people that weren’t very nice to me personally. And I was part of that too, so we had all of our own type of differences, personally, and I don’t think it was gonna be able to be worked out. You know, mutual respect goes a far way when it comes to being in close quarters with people.”

I was obviously not there when the Barnes/Cannibal Corpse divorce took place, so I dunno what really happened. I will point out that Barnes has made enemies elsewhere in the metalsphere, whereas it’s basically impossible to find anyone who has anything bad to say about the men who currently play in Cannibal Corpse. Just sayin’.

You can check out the entire interview below.

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