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CANNIBAL CORPSE announces early 2023 European tour with DARK FUNERAL and INGESTED

Pictured from left to right: Rob Barrett, Alex Webster, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, Erik Rutan, and Paul Mazurkiewicz


Florida-based death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE have announced a massive European headline tour for early 2023. The trek will kick off in Hengelo, Netherlands on March 10 before steamrolling 15 countries, including five U.K. dates, and ending at Rock City in Nottingham, U.K. on April 23. Support on the tour will come from DARK FUNERALINGESTED and STORMRULER.

Tour dates:
Mar. 10 – NL – Hengelo – Metropool
Mar. 11 – DE – Speyer – Halle 101
Mar. 12 – CH – Lausanne – Metropol
Mar. 14 – FR – Toulouse – Le Bikini
Mar. 15 – ES – Pamplona – Sala Totem
Mar. 16 – ES – Madrid – La Paqui
Mar. 17 – ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 18 – FR – Lyon – Ninkasi Gerland / Kao
Mar. 19 – DE – Stuttgart – Im Wizemann
Mar. 21 – FR – Rennes – Antipode
Mar. 22 – FR – Paris – Elysee Montmartre
Mar. 23 – DE – Cologne – Essigfabrik
Mar. 24 – CH – Zurich – Komplex 457
Mar. 25 – CZ – Prague – Palak Akropolis
Mar. 26 – HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
Mar. 28 – DE – Munich – Backstage Werk
Mar. 29 – AT – Vienna – Arena
Mar. 30 – PL – Cracow – Hyde Park
Mar. 31 – DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
Apr. 01 – DE – Coesfeld – Fabrik
Apr. 02 – DE – Berlin – Huxley’s Neue Welt
Apr. 04 – DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
Apr. 05 – SE – Stockholm – Klubben
Apr. 06 – NO – Oslo – Inferno Festival Norway
Apr. 07 – SE – Gothenburg – Pustervik
Apr. 08 – DK – Aarhus – Train
Apr. 09 – DE – Hamburg – Gruenspan
Apr. 11 – DE – Hannover – Capitol
Apr. 12 – NL – Leiden – Gebr. de Nobel
Apr. 13 – BE – Antwerp – Trix
Apr. 14 – FR – Strasbourg – La Laiterie
Apr. 15 – DE – Geiselwind – Music Hall
Apr. 16 – FR – Lille – Le Splendid
Apr. 18 – GB – Bristol – O2 Academy
Apr. 19 – GB – Glasgow – Barrowlands
Apr. 21 – GB – Manchester – Academy
Apr. 22 – GB – London – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Apr. 23 – GB – Nottingham – Rock City

CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s 15th studio album, Violence Unimagined, was released in April 2021 via Metal Blade RecordsErik Rutan, one of the death metal’s most acclaimed guitarists who is known for his time as part of MORBID ANGEL throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, as well as handling vocals/guitars for HATE ETERNAL, lent his guitar as well as production skills to the effort, which was recorded at his Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rutan previously produced four CANNIBAL CORPSE albums (in addition to “Violence Unimagined”),alongside the likes of GOATWHORESOILENT GREEN and BELPHEGOR. Filling in live on guitar since 2019, in 2020 he became a full member, contributing to the writing process.

In a 2021 interview with Shawn Ratches of LaughingmonkeymusicCANNIBAL CORPSE drummer and founding member Paul Mazurkiewicz was asked how long he thinks the band can keep going. He responded: “As long as we’re all healthy, then who knows how long we can take it. I wouldn’t have ever thought when I started that I’d still be doing this still at 53 years old. So, how long can we take? You’ve just gotta look at it, at this point, day by day. You never know. If you stay healthy and you keep active and you keep doing it, it’s just gonna come down to that — it’s gonna come down to the health factor. Because everybody knows — the older you get, anything can go wrong at any given time, whether it’s a disease or an injury or whatever that you just go, ‘I can’t do it anymore. No matter how much I practice and how much I do the right thing, it doesn’t matter.’ So we’ve gotta just take it day by day at this point. There’s no denying — we’re more at the end of our career than we are in the beginning. Can we go another 30 years? Well, I highly doubt it. I would be 83 doing this… That would be incredible [if we could still do it at that age], but I would have to almost think that would slightly be impossible. I guess it’s possible — who knows? We don’t know. Nobody’s done it in that sense in the extreme form.

Watch the previously released “Inhumane Harvest” below.

Listen to “Inhumane Harvest” below.

Violence Unimagined is available  in the following formats:
– digipak-CD
– 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)

 “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.”

Violence Unimagined track-listing
1. Murderous Rampage
2. Necrogenic Resurrection
3. Inhumane Harvest
4. Condemnation Contagion
5. Surround, Kill, Devour
6. Ritual Annihilation
7. Follow the Blood
8. Bound and Burned
9. Slowly Sawn
10. Overtorture
11. Cerements of the Flayed

Cannibal Corpse line-up:
Alex Webster – bass
Paul Mazurkiewicz – drums
George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – vocals
Rob Barrett – guitar
Erik Rutan – guitar

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