INTERVIEW: Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster “For Cannibal Corpse There’s No End In Sight”

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As one of the founders of CANNIBAL CORPSE, bassist Alex Webster has seen it all. Line-up changes, World tours, even a small role in Ace Ventura. After career-best opus Kill in 2006, the Corpse have kept the conveyor belt going with Evisceration Plague, a tour de brutality that has put the band back at the top of the Death Metal totem pole yet again. FANCORE quizzed Alex on 20 years in the most unforgiving genre in the game.

You are currently promoting your new album “Evisceration Plague”, when you began the recording process were you daunted by having to follow up the critically lauded “Kill”?

 AW: Maybe a little, because Kill was definitely an album we were proud of and fans and critics reacted to it very well. There weren’t a lot of obvious flaws on Kill so we knew improving on it would take some work. It really didn’t turn out to be a problem though, we were very prepared prior to recording the album and Erik Rutan (producer) had a lot of great ideas that helped make Evisceration Plague sound even heavier than Kill.

 You described the guitar sound on “Evisceration Plague” as “the best guitar sound we’ve ever recorded”. Do you think the new album is your finest work overall as a band?

AW: The guitar sound on Evisceration Plague is definitely our favorite. Technically speaking it is for sure, but judging it as art is subjective. Everyone is going to have a different opinion, even the band members.

 You recently released a retrospective DVD documenting the history of the band; did you do this because you foresee the end of Cannibal Corpse coming soon?

 AW: Actually, doing a band history DVD wasn’t even our idea. Denise Korycki came back to us with the history idea after wanting to do a Kill tour DVD. We decided it would be a good way to celebrate the first 20 years of our band. We have no plans to quit. There is a strong chance there will be a second 20 years, the enthusiasm in the band has never been higher. There’s certainly no end in sight.

 In the past you have described your music as “art” that is to be viewed in that respect. Do you feel people still take the horror and gore elements of your music and album artwork too seriously?

 AW: Well, we want the artwork and lyrics to be taken seriously, in the same way that other forms of serious horror art (movies, novels) are. What we don’t want is for people to think that we endorse the type of depraved behaviour the characters in our songs engage in. When a director makes a movie about a serial killer, he is not trying to glorify or promote that sort of behaviour, and the same is true of us when it comes to our lyrics. We love violent fictional entertainment, but we do not support actual violence.

 In the mid-90s you went through a great deal of government scrutiny. Do you feel you were unfairly targeted as a scapegoat due to being Death Metal’s most high-profile protagonists?

 AW: I’m sure that our popularity in comparison to other gory death metal bands helped get us singled out. There are definitely other bands that have lyrics that are even gorier than ours, but we are probably the most well known. As the saying goes: “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Start making noise and people will try to silence you.

 With more Death Metal bands than ever finding new and exciting ways to explore brutality, how concerned are you with remaining the most extreme band around?

 AW: I don’t think we were ever the most extreme band around. Speed and extremity are important but they are not the only ingredients in making a brutal death metal band. We focus on heaviness and song writing, with extremity, speed, and technical ability is a means to an end. The end being the heaviest, most memorable death metal we can possibly make. 

The continued growth of death metal is good news for everyone. The more brutal bands there are out there, the better. I think it would be cool if death metal bands got the same respect and recognition as any other type of heavy metal band. I think that day is coming soon.

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