Cannibal Corpse is one of the most successful death metal bands to date, second to just one other death metal band in the world, in terms of album sales. Bassist Alex Webster said in 2004 that, even with decreased record sales, things may even out:
It’s another part of how technology is changing the way things are done. Most of our fans will usually get our stuff anyway, because they like the artwork, but it’s just something else that you have to contend with. Record sales will probably drop if people have the option to get things for free. I mean, everybody downloads things, if they can get them, more copies of albums from their friends, you know? It’s just what you do. I did it when I was young, I copied tapes. So I don’t expect anyone to not do that now, when it’s such an easy option – why not do it, you know?
At the same time like I was saying though, the cost of making an album has gone down, because of technology. So even if you’re selling less records, if it costs you less money to make an album, it can kind of even out, I think. People have the ability to try something out before they buy it. That was something that you didn’t have. Nowadays you can go to a website if you hear about a band, and listen to a free download or whatever, and make a decision on if it’s something you want to buy.
It hasn’t been the negative effect that people think it is. We do better business now, not sales-wise, but for tours and stuff. Everything has been better over the last 3-4 years, which is when the whole downloading thing took off. So it hasn’t hurt us.