CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz – “Death Metal Became A Product Of Trying To Make Thrash Heavier”

August 12, 2016, 4 years ago

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz – “Death Metal Became A Product Of Trying To Make Thrash Heavier”

Cannibal Corpse are in the midst of the Summer Slaughter tour and drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz talked to the Phoenix New Times about the tour and other topics including the formation of death metal and whether it was a reaction to mainstream metal.

Mazurkiewicz explains:

“Well, we were just making it heavier, really. Thrash was so prominent at that point, and exactly — right around '87, '88, '89, you got bands like Death and Morbid Angel and Autopsy and other heavier bands that are pushing the limits of thrash. Yeah, it's slightly thrash but it's heavier — what is this? This heavier vocal style and all that. When you listen to the first Cannibal demo though, we sound like Kreator. We were still kind of finding our identity. [First Cannibal Corpse singer Chris Barnes] sounds like the singer from Kreator on that demo. Then you fast forward to only eight months later when we recorded, the album doesn't sound that way. We were more influenced by the death-metal style vocals at that point.

“Death metal became a product of trying to make thrash heavier. So that's what we were into. We loved Metallica, we loved Slayer, but yes, we wanted to be heavier. We wanted to be more intense. We have the ability, we want to take it to the extreme. We want to play as fast as we could, play as loud, as angry, as evil as we could, you know. We wanted to take it to that next level.”

Billed as “The Most Extreme Tour Of The Year!”, this year's edition of The Summer Slaughter Tour takes place between July 23rd and August 21st and will feature Cannibal Corpse (pictured above), Nile, After The Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter To Prevail and Ingested, with more to be announced. A video trailer for the tour can be found below.

Tour dates:         

August   
12 - Los Angeles, California - The Novo     
13 - Tempe, Arizona - The Marquee     
15 - Dallas, Texas - Gas Monkey Live     
16 - Austin, Texas - Empire Control Room     
17 - Houston, Texas - Warehoue Live     
19 - Richmond, Virginia - The National     
20 - Wilmington, North Carolina - Ziggy's By The Sea     
21 - Atlanta, Georgia - The Masquerade



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