Cannibal Corpse brings death metal to downtown Little Rock
Wanted: moshers and metalheads! Veteran death metal act Cannibal Corpse will rock Juanita’s Cantina in downtown Little Rock on Saturday, Nov. 17. The band will be performing alongside fellow heavyweights Misery Index and Hour of Penance.
“[Cannibal Corpse] is my favorite band,” said Jeff Long, freshman computer science major. Long said that he was not familiar with Misery Index or Hour of Penance, but he would still enjoy the performance alongside his girlfriend and his roommate.
Hailing from Buffalo, NY., Cannibal Corpse formed in 1988 following the disbandment of several local metal bands. The band has undergone several line-up changes while also maintaining a notoriously fierce image, releasing tracks with overtly violent or offensive themes.”Torture,” their latest and biggest release to date, marks the 12th album in their discography as well as the fourth to creep into the Billboard 200.
The band’s current tour is a three-week trek stretching across much of the Midwest; it will begin this week in Huntsville, Ala. and end with a show in Miami on Dec. 7.
Cannibal Corpse manager Amy Buck said the Juanita’s venue was chosen because Cannibal Corpse hasn’t played in Little Rock for several years.
“There was an offer from a promoter in Little Rock, so we were able to route the band through there,” she said. “[The city] is definitely a market that a band hits maybe once every album cycle. … Fans should definitely come out to this show!”
As a result of the band’s history and growing popularity, Juanita’s General Manager James Snyder noted that he expects a fairly sizable turnout.
“[Cannibal Corpse] has been around for a long time, and I’m expecting at least 300 people,” he said. Because the ballroom only holds a capacity of 550, it’s likely the concert will sell out.
Opening act Misery Index, formed in Baltimore in 2001 and entices audiences with its blatant socio-political lyricism. The other band, on the bill, Hour of Penance, formed in Rome, Italy in 1999 and centers its music on anti-religion, torture, morality and social issues.
Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door; the show starts at 10 p.m.