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Weed-themed metal band Cannabis Corpse hits Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton on June 1

Weed-themed metal band Cannabis Corpse hits Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton on June 1
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From a press release:

Following their European tour earlier this year, Cannabis Corpse – a death metal group from Virginia whose music references both smoking pot and one of the most brutal bands of all time, Cannibal Corpse – will bring their current U.S. tour to the Irish Wolf Pub in downtown Scranton on Friday, June 1.

Local metal bands Earthmouth, Dour, Bloodeagle, and Fuzz Bucket will open the show, with Fuzz Bucket making their live debut in their first-ever public performance.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Irish Wolf Pub (503 Linden St., Scranton) or from the opening acts. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Turning a classic album title such as Entombed’s “Left Hand Path” into a weedy phrase would normally be punishable by having to listen to the worst of Modern Talking on continued play. Yet Cannabis Corpse not only get away with it, but the death metal and pot aficionados are actually doing exactly what their massive following is happily demanding of them.

Cannabis Corpse was conceived out of a passionate love for Floridian death metal shared by Municipal Waste bassist/backing vocalist Phil “LandPhil” Hall and drummer Josh “Hallhammer” Hall, who created the band in 2006 in Richmond, Virginia.

Sharing a penchant for marijuana, the brothers decided from the start to leave the stereotypical genre subjects of gore, splatter, and horror behind and infuse a green sense of humor into their lyrics. Meanwhile, it has become a badge of honor for many of the Halls’ idols to have one of their titles turned into a tongue-in-cheek parody. And while there can be no doubt about what inspired a verbal monster such as “Papyrus Containing the Spell to Protect Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is in the Bong Water,” the tracklist of their latest album, “Left Hand Pass,” may be read as a death metal quiz for sorts.

Cannabis Corpse immediately hit a nerve with their 2006 debut, “Blunted at Birth,” while the following full-length, “Tube of the Resinated” (2008), and the 2009 EP “The Weeding” demonstrated that the band was a musical match to those that they obviously paid tribute to, the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Deicide, and Obituary. With “Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise” (2011), they set another benchmark of keeping the old school spirit alive. Before the release of their fourth acclaimed album, “From Wisdom to Baked” (2014), the spliff lovers’ complete catalog was reissued on French independent label Season of Mist.

Now Cannabis Corpse are once again doing what they’re best at, flying high and hammering out a perfect death metal album that combines straight-to-the-point songwriting with technical prowess on “Left Hand Pass,” released via Season of Mist in 2017.

Learn more about Scranton doom/sludge metal band Dour before the show in Episode 22 of the NEPA Scene Podcast: