Cannibal Corpse’s Paul Mazurkiewicz Talks ‘Eaten Back to Life’ Debut + Adjusting to Metronome
Cannibal Corpse recently wrapped a North American tour in support of 2014's A Skeletal Domain. The death metal veterans have been touring relentlessly in support of their album, showing no cracks in their armor over a quarter century into their career. We had the chance to sit down with iconic drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz before their New York City show and he discussed the band's longevity, reflecting on the early parts of their career and the daunting switch to a metronome a few years ago.
When looking at Cannibal Corpse's career, the band has remained remarkably consistent from the raw and energetic debut, Eaten Back to Life, all the way through A Skeletal Domain. Each album is unmistakably Cannibal Corpse, though the band has made adjustments along the way, injecting new ideas and techniques to their signature brand of brutality. We asked Mazurkiewicz what it's like going back and listening to Eaten Back to Life to see how far they've come since their 1990 effort.
Mazurkiewicz is renowned for his unique playing style which stems from the drummer being a self-taught musician. Throughout most of his career, his inimitable style was partly attributed to not using a metronome, preferring to run off his internal timekeeping senses. In 2009, Mazurkiewicz tracked his parts to a metronome for the first time.
In the interview, he discusses what it was like trying to adjust to this new technique and how his style has evolved with each album playing along to the click-track. The skinsman also reveals that he's been utilizing it live as well, but only for some songs. Which ones? Watch the video above to find out!
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