Eaten Back to Life is the debut album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. It was released on August 17, 1990, through Metal Blade Records. The album was banned in Germany—censored versions of the album were not available, but the ban was revoked in June 2006—and other countries because of the violent cover and the extreme nature of the lyrics. Glen Benton of Deicide and Francis H. Howard of Opprobrium (then known as Incubus) perform back-up vocals on “Mangled” and “A Skull Full of Maggots”.
The following statement can be found in the inlay of this album: “This album is dedicated to the memory of Alferd Packer, the first American cannibal(R.I.P.)”.
This album has stronger influences of thrash metal than their future releases, as well as a slightly varied vocal style. Their trademark style wasn’t present until their following release, Butchered at Birth.
The remastered version includes a video of “Born in a Casket (Live)” as well as a less saturated cover color, a new text scheme for the title, and the Fisher-era Cannibal Corpse text scheme.
All song lyrics were written by Chris Barnes, except where noted. Music by Cannibal Corpse.
1. “Shredded Humans” (Barnes, Jack Owen) 5:11
2. “Edible Autopsy” 4:32
3. “Put Them to Death” 1:50
4. “Mangled” (Barnes, Paul Mazurkiewicz) 4:29
5. “Scattered Remains, Splattered Brains” (Barnes, Owen) 2:34
6. “Born in a Casket” 3:20
7. “Rotting Head” (Barnes, Owen) 2:26
8. “The Undead Will Feast” (Barnes, Owen, Alex Webster) 2:49
9. “Bloody Chunks” 1:53
10. “A Skull Full of Maggots” 2:06
11. “Buried in the Backyard” 5:11
12. “Born in a Casket (Live)” (the 2002 remastered edition credits the song as a bonus track) 3:35