No One Is Shocked 3 Skulls Were Found in Cannibal Corpse Guitarist's Home

You don't play in a band called Cannibal Corpse without expecting to raise some eyebrows at the very least. Unfortunately, being part of the band didn't do guitarist Pat O'Brien any favors when his home was investigated following an arrest and police found multiple firearms and human skulls.

If only we could have seen this coming

— Wilson (@VolleyBaws) October 19, 2020

In a tweet on Monday, a Twitter user joked "If only we could have seen this coming," sharing screenshots of an article about the incident from Consequence of Sound and a satirical most popular list of Cannibal Corpse songs on Spotify.

The Consequence of Sound headline reads, "More than 80 firearms and three skulls found in Cannibal Corpse guitarist's home," and the playlist lists the top 5 songs for the band on the streaming site, but swaps out two titles for ones that fit the situation: "I Have Guns in My House, For Murder" is one and "My Home is Full of Skulls" is the other. While the band is known for shocking song and album titles (the number one song "Hammer Smashed Face" is a real song by the band), the song titles are purely jokes.

In December 2018, The Tampa Bay Times reported that the guitarist had called relatives speaking about extraterrestrials arriving and "the rapture," before his house burned down. As the headline states, the investigators found 80 firearms (50 of which were shotguns), weapon parts, and the three skulls. O'Brien had broken into a neighbor's home with a knife, where he was later tased by an officer. His house caught fire shortly after, and explosions caused by ammunition made it difficult for firefighters to put out the fire.

Following his arrest, the band released a statement on Facebook expressing support for the guitarist and gave an update on his mental health. "[W]e all want nothing but the best for our brother and partner, Pat," the band wrote. "[W]e wanted everyone to know that Pat is getting the help he needs and appreciates the love and support from Cannibal Corpse fans around the world."

Journalist Kim Kelly, who's covered metal (as well as labor), responded to the tweet writing that while death metal is one of the most popular subgenres in metal, stories like this are few and far between.

In fairness there are literal thousands of death metal bands in the world, and very few stories like this

— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) October 20, 2020

Other people responded, pointing out that the two song titles were fake, but that the real titles were much worse and more extreme. While some song titles are too extreme for Newsweek to print, the band has albums regarded as classics with titles like Butchered at Birth and Tomb of the Mutilated. If you're still curious, you can find them on your preferred streaming service. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Newsweek reached out to Cannibal Corpse's label Metal Blade for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Guitarist Patrick O'Brien of Cannibal Corpse performs at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival on July 5, 2014 in San Bernardino, California. Getty/Chelsea Lauren/WireImage