CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer On 'Torture': 'These Are The Best Songs We've Ever Written'

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Post by reneesmith on Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:26 am

On March 15, Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz of Florida death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Assault: I feel that the music on [the new CANNIBAL CORPSE album, "Torture"]
is what people would have expected from you, but there are some songs
that are slightly different from what you did on previous albums. Would
you say that you've made progress since the last album, musically?

Paul:
I would think so. We're always trying to make progress. I do believe
that these songs are the best songs we've ever written, the most diverse
songs, with a lot of individuality to all of them. The fact that we've
had Rob [Barrett, guitar] and Pat [O'Brien, guitar] write a little bit more on this record helped, I think. We're always trying to step up our game. We're CANNIBAL CORPSE,
we're going to do what we do, we're brutal death metal, but at the same
time we do want to feel that we're moving forward, especially in the
songwriting department. I think we've got some really catchy, heavy
songs on this record, and it's something we've always strived to do, to
keep bettering ourselves in every way possible.

Metal Assault:
I also feel that your drums are sounding stronger than ever. Firstly,
do you agree with that, and secondly, why do think that's the case?

Paul:
Yeah, I do agree with that, and I really think I've stepped it up a lot
on this album. I've worked harder than I ever have. Not that I didn't
work hard before, but for some reason I just went through a lot of
changes personally with the drumming, changing up some little things,
working on some things I felt I needed to improve upon, like changing
sticks, setting up a little higher, using different pedals, and that
kind of thing. The big key with that is, we incorporated the click track
while writing the last album, "Evisceration Plague", but this
time around I felt a lot more comfortable working with the click track. I
think it has really opened me up to be able to play a little bit more
freely and to be able to do things around the click that I wasn't able
to do with "Evisceration Plague", being that it was so new at the
time. So I think all those factors really came into play, and like I
said, I just stepped it up and tried to do my best. I'm glad that people
are noticing that the drumming is a little bit stronger on this record,
and like you said, arguably the best I've ever played, or one of my
best performances.

Metal Assault: CANNIBAL CORPSE
has such a huge reputation when it comes to the violent lyrical themes,
songtitles and everything. Do you feel any kind of pressure of living up
to that reputation while writing lyrics?

Paul: Well, we
just do what we do. That's all we've always done for everything, writing
music and writing lyrics. We feel that it's inside us, but, of course,
we want to do something different than the last time around. I think as
long as we come up with some good subject matter and we have some good
titles, the stories will come. That's the key, and that's the way I
write my lyrics. Most of the guys in the band come up with the title
first, and then the subject matter follows because of the title and the
concept that we came up with. That was important, just coming up with
those, and we just took it from there. So I don't think there was any
added pressure of needing to do anything specific or feeling like we
have to outdo ourselves. Obviously there are going to be a lot of
parallels with the lyrics and stories we've written on past albums,
because we're horrific death metal. We try to write horror stories, some
of them might be a little similar in nature because of writing about
zombies, killing and all this kind of stuff, but we keep it fresh in our
minds and as long as we do those little subtle different things that I
was talking about earlier, we'll be okay. And we have done okay on this
one.

Metal Assault: Normally, when do you start writing the lyrics? Does it come as the final step for a new album?

Paul:
For me, it's always the final step. I think for all of us, it's the
final step. We think about music first, and that's always been the case.
We obviously want to write the song and that's the most important
thing, because if you don't have the song, you won't have anything to
put the lyrics over. So that's the way we've always worked. We might
have a song title in mind, but until after the song is done musically,
that's when we typically start working on those patterns and fitting the
lyrics into the song. So they come at the end, and that's probably the
way we'll always work.

Read the entire interview from Metal Assault.










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Re: CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer On 'Torture': 'These Are The Best Songs We've Ever Written'

Post by mdemaz on Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:39 am

This album kicks serious ass.

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Re: CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer On 'Torture': 'These Are The Best Songs We've Ever Written'

Post by davidgarcia on Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:40 am

I just heard the whole album, fucking brutal as fuck.

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Re: CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer On 'Torture': 'These Are The Best Songs We've Ever Written'

Post by mdemaz on Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:42 am

davidgarcia wrote:I just heard the whole album, fucking brutal as fuck.
What's your favorite track?

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Re: CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer On 'Torture': 'These Are The Best Songs We've Ever Written'

Post by davidgarcia on Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:44 am

mdemaz wrote:
davidgarcia wrote:I just heard the whole album, fucking brutal as fuck.
What's your favorite track?
'Encased In Concrete.'
It has an old school feel to it.

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Re: CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer On 'Torture': 'These Are The Best Songs We've Ever Written'

Post by mdemaz on Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:06 am

davidgarcia wrote:
mdemaz wrote:
davidgarcia wrote:I just heard the whole album, fucking brutal as fuck.
What's your favorite track?
'Encased In Concrete.'
It has an old school feel to it.
You should see the artwork in the booklet.
I got Torture in the mail yesterday.

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Post by andrewwarhead on Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:07 am

Badass album.

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Post by davidgarcia on Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:10 am

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Post by jamieking on Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:12 am

The band is still brutal as fuck.

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Re: CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer On 'Torture': 'These Are The Best Songs We've Ever Written'

Post by Thrasher on Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:11 pm

Meh, pretty boring riffs on this album, but they kept their original formula.
Intestinal Crank sorta brings back the Butchered At Birth style.

Actually, a lot of tracks do that.

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