CANNIBAL CORPSE Frontman GEORGE "CORPSEGRINDER" FISHER On ERIK RUTAN As A Producer - "I Could Work With Anybody Else But I Prefer Not To" (Video)
March 5, 2021, 2 months ago
On April 16th, Cannibal Corpse will release their fifteenth studio album, Violence Unimagined, via Metal Blade Records. Frontman George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher recently guested on the Metal Blade Live Series to discuss the new record. He also shared tour stories, opened up about working with Erik Rutan as a producer, and talked about the possibility of a new Serpentine Dominion album.
Fisher on working with Erik Rutan: "He's seen me at my highest, he's seen me at my lowest in the studio when I was about to just give up; 'Get somebody else to come in and sing this.' Torture was the gardest record for me to do. I was having lots of issues with my voice, I was defeated. He talked me up because he's the most positive fucking dude there is, he got me to get my head out of my ass and stop feeling sorry for myself. I needed that talk, I needed someone to say 'Everything is cool; you've been doing this for so long, you're not a quitter.' He doesn't let anything get past him (but) he doesn't bark orders. I could work with anybody else but I prefer not to (on the Cannibal Crpse records)."
A new video (directed by David Brodsky) for the first single from the new Cannibal Corpse album, "Inhumane Harvest", can now be viewed below.
Rob Barrett (guitar) comments: "'Inhumane Harvest' takes a look inside one of organized crime's more sinister activities: the human organ trade. Desperate buyers will pay a high price for a much-needed organ transplant to either save themselves or a loved one from certain death, which makes for a lucrative business in underground crime rings."
The new album is available for pre-order here in the following formats:
- deluxe edition artbook (48-page hardcover book includes: CD, crimson red marbled vinyl, flag, patch, and sticker)
- 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
- bloodred marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 1000 copies)
- golden ochre marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
- silver-gray blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
- clear w/ red, silver, and black splatter vinyl (Kings Road exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- silver / white melt w/ red splatter vinyl (Kings Road exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
- dark olive marbled vinyl (PIAS exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
- burnt skin marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- swamp green marbled vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- khaki olive marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- dark burgundy red vinyl (EMP exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- bloody skin marbled vinyl (UK exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
- coke bottle clear / swamp green color in color vinyl (Decibel exclusive)
- bone / red color in color vinyl (US exclusive)
- white / olive green melt vinyl (US exclusive)
- beer w/ red splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
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."
Already well known for the level of extreme technicality they bring to every record, on Violence Unimagined, Cannibal Corpse have further upped their game, particularly in Mazurkiewicz's drumming.
"I think we all pushed ourselves a bit technically on this one, with Paul probably pushing the hardest. This album is probably the most drum-intense album we've done yet. Part of that could be a result of Erik joining the band. His song writing style often features technically challenging drumming, probably owing to his years of experience in high speed death metal."
And with typically dark and warped lyrical content, Mazurkiewicz came up with the fitting title of the record, "summing up what the band is about in every facet, and taking violence to another level of extremity."
Violence Unimagined tracklisting:
"Surround, Kill, Devour"
"Follow The Blood"
"Bound And Burned"
"Cerements Of The Flayed"
Cannibal Corpse lineup:
Alex Webster - bass
Paul Mazurkiewicz - drums
George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher - vocals
Rob Barrett - guitar
Erik Rutan - guitar
(Photo - Alex Morgan)