When it comes to death metal one band instantly comes to mind, Cannibal Corpse!
Returning with their 15th brutal studio album Violence Unimagined and the addition of guitarist Erik Rutan to their ranks, the Florida death metal pioneers ramp up the intensity and technicality proving once again they are the defining unstoppable force of the genre.
We were joined by Cannibal Corpse bass player and cofounder Alex Webster on the Everblack Podcast to talk about Violence Unimagined and how they have managed to keep their sound fresh and relevant sounding after all these years, their current solid line up with the legendary Erik Rutan, their longstanding creative relationship with cover artist Vince Locke, Butchered at Birth’s 30th anniversary, touring Australia and more!
Watch/listen to the interview HERE :
Comprised of eleven tracks, Violence Unimagined is state of the art death metal played with passion and breathless precision, making for another flawless addition to what is inarguably one of the premier catalogues the genre has thrown up. “It really follows the path we’ve been going down for a few years now,” states bassist and founding member Alex Webster. “I think we approach the writing in a similar way most every time: each of us try to write the heaviest, most memorable songs we can. We want each song to have its own identifiable character.
Showing my age, I like to say you can ‘drop the needle’ on any point of one of our albums and quickly tell which song you’re listening to.” While they continue to do what they do with aplomb, the one substantial change to Cannibal Corpse is the addition of guitarist Erik Rutan to their ranks, joining Webster, founding drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, guitarist Rob Barrett and vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. Known for his roles in Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse and most notably fronting the mighty Hate Eternal, Rutan has long established himself as one of the most dynamic forces in contemporary death metal.
Simultaneously, he has built up a reputation as one of the most in demand producers in metal, having previously produced four Cannibal Corpse albums (in addition to Violence Unimagined), alongside the likes of Goatwhore, Soilent Green and Belphegor. Filling in live on guitar since 2019, in 2020 he became a full member, contributing to the writing process. “I think the most noticeable difference on this record will be the addition of Erik to the band. He wrote three full songs for the record, music and lyrics, and his song writing and guitar playing have added something new, and I think his musical style integrated into ours very well,” Webster enthuses.
This is not all that he brings to the band. “He’s a great friend of ours, so on a personal level, he’s been a perfect fit, as we knew he would be. Beyond that, he’s one of the hardest working people I know, in music or otherwise, and he maintains a high energy, positive demeanor in challenging situations where other people might go in a negative direction. This energy and great attitude rubs off on the rest of us as well. That’s really a perfect situation to have when you add someone to a band, or any kind of team: someone who’s great at what they do, and also inspires the people around them.”
Cannibal Corpse – ‘Violence Unimagined’ is out April 16 via Metal Blade Records. Pre Order Violence Unimagined Now metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse