Blog Post 4: Cannibal Corpse and Censorship

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The cover of Cannibal Corpse’s 2014 release, “A Skeletal Domain.” Believe it or not, this is one of the less graphic album covers.

 

Censorship is an issue that many people do not pay very much attention to, but they should! Censorship affects everyone, and can be very damaging. Censorship is commonly found in contemporary art and music. For example, the members of the legendary death metal band Cannibal Corpse have been the victims of censorship throughout most of their careers.

Across the globe, Cannibal Corpse has had censorship affect their art form, ultimately affecting the lives of the band members. For almost a decade, Cannibal Corpse was not allowed to play any songs from their first three albums when performing in Germany. Retailers across America have consistently not allowed Cannibal Corpse albums and memorabilia to be sold in their stores. The band has even been banned from Russia, with no real justification.

The justification for the censorship of Cannibal Corpse has always been that the lyrics and album art have been to graphic for children to witness. Putting aside the fact that the hard working members of Cannibal Corpse suffer financially from the censorship, the censorship allows takes away freedom from the people who enjoy the band’s work. Furthermore, the children who are being “protected” will come across graphic imagery in their lives sooner of later and will not be prepared for it because they were never allowed to witness the censored forms of art.

While it is not impossible for censorship to be justified, censorship has undoubtedly been overused, creating a massive amount of distress for artists and people who enjoy certain forms of art.

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