Butchered at Birth

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Butchered at Birth
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1, 1991
Recorded1991 at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida
GenreDeath metal
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerScott Burns
Cannibal Corpse chronology
Eaten Back to Life
Butchered at Birth
Tomb of the Mutilated
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Butchered at Birth is the second studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. It was released in 1991 through Metal Blade Records. Even though the album was banned, it was not given a censored re-release or new artwork.


The album was banned in Germany due to the violent artwork and sound ; the first pressings of the compact disc were wrapped in white butcher paper stamped with the band logo and album title in red ink. Butchered at Birth′s cover also drew a complaint from the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada, which led to stores being told not to sell the album to people younger than 20 years old.[citation needed]

“Rancid Amputation” was given a lounge music rearrangement by Andrew Hansen of the Australian comedy team The Chaser in July 2006 when the band came under controversy due to their lyrical content prior to touring in Australia.[2] Before performing the song, Hansen told the audience that it's "the music that's the problem, not the lyrics", thus performing the song in a lounge style.


Butchered at Birth was the Cannibal Corpse album to establish their trademark, death metal style[3], as many[who?] say that their first album, Eaten Back to Life, had more thrash elements to it.[4] Chris Barnes' vocals became noticeably lower, as this is the first time fans experienced his associated "inhuman" grunting.[citation needed] People[who?] often credit Barnes with the sound change, as the album's producer, label and where it was produced is the same as Eaten Back to Life.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Chris Barnes. All music written by Cannibal Corpse.

1."Meat Hook Sodomy"5:46
3."Living Dissection"4:00
4."Under the Rotted Flesh"5:04
5."Covered with Sores"3:17
6."Vomit the Soul" (Featuring Glen Benton)4:30
7."Butchered at Birth"2:45
8."Rancid Amputation"3:16
9."Innards Decay"4:38
10."Covered with Sores (live)" (2002 remaster bonus track)3:59
Total length:36:34


Cannibal Corpse

Additional Musicians


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ www.youtube.com
  3. ^ "An Essential Guide to Cannibal Corpse". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNIKPyPMS10