Florida Cannibal Corpse Man

Detroit is known for many, many, countless great things — not the least of which is giving the world great music over, and over again.

You’re welcome.

Florida, on the other hand, is known for … 99.999% ridiculous crap and Tom Petty.

One such pride and joy of the Tampa area is Cannibal Corpse. In honor of guitarist Patrick O’Brien’s arrest today, here’s some data viz we’ll compare to any jumps in response to his shenanigans.

Bar chart measuring Cannibal Corpse albums popularity
Popularity of Cannibal Corpse albums per the Spotify API as of Dec 9, 2018. (Click for larger)

For those of you unfamiliar with the band, here are their most popular tracks on Spotify (as of Dec. 9, 2018). “Addicted to Vaginal Skin” is the one that’s stuck with me in the twenty years since I found one of their cassettes in the garbage at college.

Album Title
Track Title
Track Popularity


Tomb Of The Mutilated Hammer Smashed Face 51
Torture Scourge of Iron 47
Evisceration Plague Evisceration Plague 45
Tomb Of The Mutilated I Cum Blood 44
Red Before Black Code of the Slashers 43
A Skeletal Domain Kill or Become 41
The Bleeding Stripped, Raped, And Strangled 40
Red Before Black Only One Will Die 40
Red Before Black Red Before Black 39
Kill Make Them Suffer 38
Tomb Of The Mutilated Addicted to Vaginal Skin 35
Red Before Black Shedding My Human Skin 35
Red Before Black Remaimed 33
Evisceration Plague Priests Of Sodom 33
The Bleeding Fucked With A Knife 33

Normally, it really, really bothers me that Spotify only supplies a “popularity” score — a relative number ranking all artists against each other — instead of a more quantifiable and useful “playcount” number but, in this case, it makes for some fun comparisons.

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As of yesterday, Cannibal Corpse’s popularity on Spotify is 55. That’s down from 58 one year ago which was their high since I’ve been collecting data on them. It should be noted, though, it is up from their low of 50 for the last three weeks of July 2018.

As I said, by itself those numbers are meaningless until we put them in context. While 55 isn’t as high as Insane Clown Posse‘s (a Detroit export–you’re welcome) current popularity of 58¬†or Slayer‘s 68, it is definitely higher than … well, we can only assume they are less talented artists judging by poor popularity scores such as

  • Lindsey Buckingham (51)
  • Venom at (48)
  • Gwar at (47)
  • Stryper (46)
  • King’s X (39)
  • Was (not Was) (34)

For further comparison, Queen (97) recently overtook Eminem (95) as the highest popularity score in my database (I don’t collect data on everyone–just those I find interesting).

Pop quiz: Who, according to Spotify, is the more genre-hopping artist of the following?

  • Cannibal Corpse
  • David Bowie
  • Bob Dylan
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Elton John
  • Jack White

If you guessed either Cannibal Corpse or Bob Dylan, you’d be correct! They are tied at nine genres each. Elton John only crosses over into five and David Bowie into seven. What are these diverse genres Cannibal Corpse finds themselves in?

  • death metal
  • alternative metal
  • brutal death metal
  • speed metal
  • deathgrind
  • groove metal
  • metal
  • nu metal
  • technical death metal

Yeah, I know. I learned this yesterday.

My little app with the clever name Pop Rock (get it?) was built with Javascript, D3, PHP, MySQL, and love.

Dec 19 update: Howard Altman’s story in today’s paper shows the events were far weirder than initially known. As you can see below, after one week, CC‘s popularity spiked a single point for a single day. I’ve never seen a spike and drop like that happen. My guts (see what I did there?) tell me it’s unrelated, however.