Red Before Black, the new album from death metal legends CANNIBAL CORPSE, has debuted at No. 95 on the Billboard 200 chart after selling roughly 7,200 copies in its first week of release in the United States. Meanwhile, the record also landed at No. 24 on the Top Album Sales chart, No. 3 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, and No. 4 on the Independent Albums chart.
The band’s previous album, 2014’s A Skeletal Domain, sold 8,800 in its first week and debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200.
In 2012, Cannibal Corpse’s Torture album bowed at No. 38 on the aforementioned chart with first-week sales of 9,600.
Formed in 1988, Buffalo born/Tampa raised Cannibal Corpse helped found, manipulate and transcend the very boundaries of death metal beginning with the scandalously controversial debut, Eaten Back To Life. Raising the eyebrows of inquisitive metalheads and incensed parents and politicians, the record – produced by Scott Burns at the now renowned Morrisound Studios – was more extreme and confrontational than anything the metal genre had ever known. As a result of the band’s brilliantly gruesome cover art, grisly lyrics and song titles like “Hammer Smashed Face,” “Meat Hook Sodomy” and “Addicted To Vaginal Skin,” follow-up records Butchered At Birth (1991) and Tomb Of The Mutilated (1992) were met with further contempt by the likes of such organized censorship leagues as the PMRC.
In just three years, the sale of Cannibal Corpse merchandise was (temporarily) prohibited in Australia, Korea and New Zealand (in fact, the sale of Butchered At Birth and the performance of those three records is still forbidden in Germany). But dissuaded they were not.