Led Zeppelin Accused of Stealing Portions of Stairway To Heaven From Cannibal Corpse


You may have never heard of the song “Hammer Smashed Face” by Cannibal Corpse, but apparently Led Zeppelin has.

According to recently released phone recordings of Jimmy Page talking to Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant, the two conspired to steal the opening riff from “Hammer Smashed Face” and put it in their legendary song “Stairway To Heaven”. Page, who studied the art of transcendental time travel in an ashram in Northern New Jersey in the early 1960s, allegedly leaped ahead in time in order to find inspiration for Led Zeppelin IV.


While in the year 1994, he astrally projected himself into a movie theater in order to watch Jim Carrey’s comedy classic “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”. While watching Cannibal Corpse’s bizarre cameo in the film, he came upon the opening riff from “Hammer Smashed Face” and a rock’n’roll epic was born. Moments later, he teleported his soul to a local Sam Goody where he purchased “Tomb of The Mutilated”.

When Page returned, he played the song over the phone to Plant. The two were in the studio in a matter of hours. The rest is history.

“If you listen to the two, the similarities are obvious,” said metalhead attorney Butch Carnage. “It’s not just the guitar parts either. The blast beats are even exactly the same. Who do these guys think they are kidding?”

This is not the first time a metal band has accused Led Zeppelin of plagiarism. In 2009, Obituary charged that Zeppelin lifted a portion of “Chopped in Half” to create the song “D’yer Mak’er”. Texas death metallers Devourment have claimed that the song “Whole Lotta Love” is practically a carbon copy of “Parasitic Eruption” off of the album “Conceived In Sewage”. Nuclear Assault has also alleged that Zeppelin covered “Good Times, Bad Times” on Led Zeppelin I without properly crediting them.

We tried on several occasions to contact members of the band to get their comment. We even went so far as to hire a psychic medium to conduct a séance in order to speak with the spirit of drummer John Bonham. However, the band has yet to make a public statement on this brewing controversy.

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  1. #1 by ksfinblog on May 20, 2014 - 3:02 PM

    It would be fantastic if true………… the concept of time has always fascinated me

  2. #2 by Sprunt (@Progeny_Omega) on May 20, 2014 - 3:37 PM

    Nile would’ve been funnier

  3. #3 by Tom Burgess on May 20, 2014 - 5:46 PM

    Everyone who knows anything about music knows the opening of “Taurus” by Randy California was stolen by Page, along with “Dazed and Confused” in its entirety, including the title; talk about being lazy!

    • #4 by Keith Spillett on May 20, 2014 - 5:48 PM

      You probably don’t own one Cannibal Corpse album. Check your facts, pal!

    • #5 by John Nelson on May 20, 2014 - 6:03 PM

      Everyone spews that crap about Randy California, but little do they remember he spent the latter part of his ‘career’ playing for various death metal cover bands before forming his own solo technical sitar metal project. While he is a progenitor of the current yoga metal uprising, Randy’s claims that Zeppelin plagiarized works that he was only covering is laughable at best.

    • #6 by Brandon on May 21, 2014 - 5:55 PM

      You should know that Dazed and Confused is a cover song. Original is by Jake Holmes. Zeppelin own a separate copyright on it because it is different from the original.

  4. #7 by Damon on May 20, 2014 - 6:36 PM

    If they can prove that he was able to do that, then we all need to be worried.

  5. #8 by Dennis on May 20, 2014 - 6:38 PM

    This is BS if you listen to “Hammer Smashed Face it sounds nothing like Stairway to Heaven. It sounds more like a song Suicidal Tendencies would do.

    • #9 by Keith Spillett on May 20, 2014 - 6:39 PM

      Are you sure you listened to the correct version?

      • #10 by Hunter Led Zeppelin on May 20, 2014 - 9:41 PM

        And for your info, i just listened to the song buy cannibal corpse. NOTHING AT ALL in that songs sound anything like Stairway AT ALL! NOT ONE RIFF at all!!!!!!!!! I understand you are a fan obviously but JESUS!!!! Think about this. ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS!!!!! You must be a close minded fucking retard to think that this is even logical!!!! LISTEN TO THE SONG AGAIN!!! LOL Nothing is even relatable !!!! lol wtf this is so stupisd!!! and i dont knock any music at all i love all music but i strongly doubt that this band will ever make or meet the significance that zep has. Maybe thats why they are jelous and trying to imply this bullshit!!!!! lolol get a life!!!!!!

      • #11 by Keith Spillett on May 21, 2014 - 4:47 PM

        Thank you for your words, Hunter. If you didn’t exist, I’d have had to create you.

    • #12 by Eric Kloverstrom on May 20, 2014 - 8:37 PM

      You didn’t read the article too closely did you?

  6. #13 by Asa ferrell on May 20, 2014 - 8:54 PM

    Led Zeppelin has to be one of the top 2 rock bands in history so don’t be hate’n their bad a$$…Let it be…Let it be…Let it be…Let it be…Wisper words of wisdom…Let it be!!! Really who cares!!!

  7. #14 by Hunter Led Zeppelin on May 20, 2014 - 9:33 PM

    Are you fucking serious you dumb fuckn ass holes!!!! they abciously tried to copy stairway and then say it was zep this is the dumbest thing i have ever heard wtf get wit it people!!!! Zeppelin is one of the best and most greatest bands that changed the face of rock and blues music it self!!!!! each band member was fluent in their own talent, John paul bass and piano. Robert singing and harmonica and guitar. Jimmy invented the revers echo!!! and played Bass guitar and other instruments, John bonham was one of the best drummers known to musicians!!!! You people are fucking retarded believing this shit!!!!!

    • #15 by Fried Chicken And Metal on May 21, 2014 - 1:39 PM

      OK… Hunter Led Zeppelin is obviously just Keith Spillett trolling us with an alter ego. Well played Keith… well played.

  8. #16 by Cliff Jordan on May 20, 2014 - 9:59 PM

    These guys were not even born when the songs were written…. such BS

    • #17 by judy schulz on May 22, 2014 - 7:57 PM

      THANK YOU CLIFF>>>>THATS what I just said…Stupid….these young bands just want attention…IM guessing THEY are the ones that stole….so insane

    • #18 by D.S. on May 23, 2014 - 6:07 AM


  9. #19 by Frabdab on May 21, 2014 - 12:02 AM

    not hearing it tbh
    if anything cannibal corpse sounds a lot like Slayer, and Led Zep sounds nothing like that. stairway’s not even the slightest bit similar honestly

  10. #20 by Tom on May 21, 2014 - 7:45 AM

    I don’t get it…

  11. #21 by Håkon Aune on May 21, 2014 - 11:41 AM

    Oh…my…god! It’s true!! :O The blast beats are EXACTLY like Stairway!! :O
    Why have I not seen this before? :O

  12. #22 by Jericho on May 21, 2014 - 12:08 PM

    This article.

    People’s heads.

  13. #23 by Fried Chicken And Metal on May 21, 2014 - 1:36 PM

    Actually, Nuclear Assault not only filed a lawsuit, they won… but after all the dust cleared, Led Zeppelin only had to pay them damages of $1. This of course led to Nuclear Assault folding and members such as Steve Young and Reggie White getting drafted into Led Zeppelin. But… that’s rock n’ roll for ya…

  14. #24 by Davy Kephart on May 22, 2014 - 1:54 PM

    Lol! Come on people, doh!

  15. #25 by judy schulz on May 22, 2014 - 7:56 PM

    isnt the fact that this band is quite abit younger that ZeP A FACT? IM guessing maybe it was the other way around….

  16. #26 by Anonymous on May 30, 2014 - 3:38 AM

    wow you ppl believe anything this be trolls paradise.

  17. #27 by SoylentDream on June 14, 2014 - 1:33 PM

    Reading some of these comments is exactly why I’m not metalhead anymore.

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