Carnivore was an American crossover thrash band from Brooklyn, New York by singer and bassist Peter Steele, and was formed out of the breakup of the Brooklyn metal group Fallout in 1982. Carnivore released their self-titled debut album Carnivore in January of 1985. For this album the band spelled their names in what they thought were “exotic” ways. In September of 1987 they released their second album, Retaliation.
The first Carnivore album was heavily influenced by the contemporary New York metal scene. It also drew inspiration from Black Sabbath and early Judas Priest, whereas the second album had significant crossover influences. The ‘post-apocalyptic’ theme that dominated the first album and was carried onto parts of the second album, was apparently inspired by a dream Pete Steele had and which became the basis for the lyrics of “Predator”, the first song from the original album. The lyrical theme was then expanded on to describe human society (or the lack of one) between imaginary World Wars 3, 4 and possibly 5 (as referenced in the song ‘World Wars 3 & 4’). Other lyrical themes included nihilism, anti-religious sentiment, cynicism, and explicit but tongue-in-cheek depictions of gore and despair. Song titles such as “Jesus Hitler”, “Race War”, and “God is Dead” reflect these themes. Here is the list of 10 best riffs of Carnivore.