CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster joins us on this week’s edition of The Loaded Radio Podcast
CANNIBAL CORPSE, the enduring titans of death metal, are set to release their sixteenth studio album, titled “Chaos Horrific,” via Metal Blade Records on September 22.
For over three decades, since their inception in 1988, CANNIBAL CORPSE has spearheaded the world of death metal, leaving an indelible mark on the genre and continuously pushing its boundaries. Their 2021 release, “Violence Unimagined,” further heightened their already formidable reputation. Now, in 2023, celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary, the band unleashes “Chaos Horrific” as the follow-up to this monumental album, heralding a new era in their illustrious career.
This latest offering was crafted shortly after the culmination of the “Violence Unimagined” sessions, and listeners can detect the lingering echoes of its predecessor within the powerful soundscapes of “Chaos Horrific.”
Band guitarist Erik Rutan has an impressive track record of producing six albums for CANNIBAL CORPSE, dating back to 2006’s “Kill.” Additionally, this marks Rutan‘s second release as a full-fledged member, following his official inclusion in 2020.
The album was meticulously recorded at Rutan‘s Mana Studio in Florida, the band’s home state, providing a comfortable and productive environment for all involved. Every member was operating at their peak, fully prepared to pour their energy into the project. Notably, the guitar work on the album went exceptionally smoothly, thanks to Barrett and Rutan‘s custom guitars, specially designed with longer scale necks to maintain the precise intonation required for lower tunings.
The album’s title, “Chaos Horrific,” was coined by drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, a choice that resonated with the entire band as a fitting representation of their music. The lyrical themes explored in this release are as dark and intense as ever, including subjects like battling hordes of zombies in “Chaos Horrific,” the grim selection of a random individual for dismemberment and sacrifice in “Summoned For Sacrifice,” and the brutal retaliation of victims of human trafficking in “Vengeful Invasion.” The album’s artwork, crafted by the long-time collaborator Vince Locke, encapsulates the essence of CANNIBAL CORPSE, featuring a chaotic tableau of the living and the undead, mirroring the vivid imagery within the title track’s lyrics.
During the podcast, Alex discusses everything from the creation of the album to past band members to his personal writing process to his top 3 essential death metal albums.
“Chaos Horrific” track listing:
01. Overlords Of Violence
02. Frenzied Feeding
03. Summoned For Sacrifice
04. Blood Blind
05. Vengeful Invasion
06. Chaos Horrific
07. Fracture And Refracture
08. Pitchfork Impalement
09. Pestilential Rictus
10. Drain You Empty
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