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Carnivore

Imagine you are one of the few unlucky survivors of a global thermonuclear war. The peaceful environment you once knew has been completely obliterated, and your new home is underneath the surface of the earth, free from the deadly contaminants that have turned the earth above into a radioactive wasteland. But those of you who are forced to spend your few remaining days groping in the underground darkness are not the only survivors, for up on the surface a vicious horde of cannibalistic warriors roam - waiting for you to stick your decaying skull out of the ground in hopes of catching a glimpse ...read more

Imagine you are one of the few unlucky survivors of a global thermonuclear war. The peaceful environment you once knew has been completely obliterated, and your new home is underneath the surface of the earth, free from the deadly contaminants that have turned the earth above into a radioactive wasteland. But those of you who are forced to spend your few remaining days groping in the underground darkness are not the only survivors, for up on the surface a vicious horde of cannibalistic warriors roam - waiting for you to stick your decaying skull out of the ground in hopes of catching a glimpse of the world above. Your curiosity gets the better of you, and you begin to inch your way out of the dirt. Within seconds you are snatched from the ground and devoured by the neo-barbaric carnivores, and you are only quite thankful to be spared the horror of survival.

Whether this gruesome scene is mere fiction or a prophetic glimpse into our dismal future is not important. You need not wait for World War III to annihilate civilization as we know it - one listen to either of Carnivore's two classic exercises in post-nuclear metal (Carnivore and Retaliation), and you will quickly find yourself trapped in an underground nightmare, avoiding the walking terror above.

If we can stop heading the doom of tomorrow for a bit and take a few steps backward, we see that the frightening image of these nomadic predators was actually a vision inside the mind of vocalist/bassist Peter Steele back in 1983, the year that marked the birth of Carnivore. Natives of Brooklyn, NY, Carnivore spent their early years earning a reputation as one of the area's most dangerous bands. Crowds would stare in utter shock as these instrument-wielding warriors would take the stage clad in futuristic outfits that typified the meaning of Carnivore. Dressed to the hilt in fur-covered shoulder pads, spikes, hockey equipment, nails and anything that gave them the appearance of flesh-eating monsters, Carnivore frequently drenched the front rows of their audiences with blood, brains and innards, provoking a maniacal reaction like frenzied sharks being taunted with buckets of chum.

In 1985, the deranged chaos of Carnivore was finally contained in vinyl, as their self-titled debut album surfaced from beneath the tainted earth. Based primarily around the concept of life after a thermonuclear war, Carnivore grabbed its listener by the balls and thrust them into a corrupt society where rape, murder and cannibalism were accepted as means of survival.

With the release of their first album, Carnivore quickly found themselves loved by large masses locally, and hated by just as many. Those totally offended by this ensemble of musical destruction showed no mercy in releasing their outrage, as the hulking 6'6 « hide

Similar Bands: D.R.I., Slayer, Kreator, Life of Agony, Biohazard

Retaliation
1987

4.1
82 Votes
Carnivore
1985

3.6
48 Votes

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