Along with Cannibal Corpse‘s awesome brand of death metal, the Buffalo, New York band owes a lot of their early success to their cameo in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The inclusion of the band’s song “Hammer Smashed Face” in the movie was many people’s first introduction to the phenomenal death metal band and helped elevate their presence in the music landscape.
A couple of decades later after the film’s release, Kourtney Kardashian would be seen in public wearing an “Eaten Back To Life” Cannibal Corpse t-shirt. The Kardashians have a beloved/infamous following in pop culture, and it came to the surprise of many metalheads to see Kourtney rocking the iconic Cannibal Corpse shirt.
Upon seeing a photo of her wearing the shirt, ex-Cannibal Corpse singer Chris Barnes expressed disdain; in an interview from 2022, Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Kardashian’s husband, commented on Barnes’ remark.
But when it comes to appearing in Ace Ventura or Kourtney Kardashian wearing one of the band’s tees, Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster is appreciative of such recognition. During a recent conversation with The Rockman Power Hour, the interviewer brings up how Cannibal Corpse has a strong branding appeal to them; they go on to reference when Kardashian was seen wearing the Cannibal Corpse shirt and ask Webster what he thinks of the band’s branding presence in and outside of metal.
Replying to the interviewer, Webster expresses how such recognition in pop culture is a positive thing for a band. In regard to a band receiving some kind of shout-out in pop culture, Webster shares (as transcribed by MetalSucks):
“We’re lucky to be in that position. I remember I’d see these classic shirts. You’ll see a Motörhead shirt or Ramones shirt or Slayer logo shirt, Iron Maiden shirt, AC/DC shirt… Those kinds of things you’ll see in pop culture, not just in the music scene.
“For us to start dipping into that a little bit—That was something I always kind of hoped would happen. I think anyone in a band [would want to] have that kind of growth in your career. To be able to really just be no one universally, in a way. It’s something you can kind of hope for, but you can’t really plan on it happening.
“So I think just by us having been around for a long time, it’s sort of gotten there over the years. Every now and then, there’ll be this weird pop culture kind of reference to us that you wouldn’t expect. And it can be it can be with merch or something like that. And to be fair, we’ve just been lucky in that way.”