With a name like Cannibal Corpse, the death metal veterans aren't exactly hiding what their music is all about. But at the behest of retailers, the group did tone down the graphic imagery of its past few albums covers.
This year's "Torture" brings back the gore, however -- although a slipcase-style package keeps it under wraps until purchasers crack it open.
"It was time again," explains drummer and co-founder Paul Mazurkiewicz. "You want the music to get to people. That's the most important thing. If the cover is going to detract from that, it's not good, so we were willing to do some (covers) that weren't quite as brutal as when we started out.
"But we were hearing a lot from fans that they missed it. So ('Torture') definitely goes back to old-style Cannibal, what we're known for. And the slipcover is a good compromise; we can give people what they want -- and what we want -- and still get it into stores, so it's win-win."
The Buffalo-formed, now Florida-based Cannibal Corpse is also preparing for its 25th year in 2013. Mazurkiewicz, 44, says the group has "a couple of things that are in the works" to celebrate, but mostly he's surprised, and gratified, that the unlikely and oft-criticized band will be reaching such an august anniversary.
"Every day we look back and go, like, 'What's going on here? How'd this happen?' " he says. "We're just kids from Buffalo that started playing some crazy music, and here we are touring the world, selling records. It's really crazy to fully comprehend and grasp that this has been happening at all, let along for almost 25 years.
"We never thought this far into the future, you know? And now we look back and there's a lot to look back on. That's crazy to me."
The Summer Slaughter Tour, featuring Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried & Me, The Faceless and others takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $30. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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