CANNIBAL CORPSE have announced a new album!
Titled Violence Unimagined, the upcoming album from the American death metal legends is their whopping fifteenth studio album and is the follow-up to 2017’s Red Before Black. The upcoming album is scheduled to be released in April this year, via Metal Blade Records.
“It really follows the path we’ve been going down for a few years now,” states bassist and founding member Alex Webster of the upcoming album. “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 the band is the addition of guitarist Erik Rutan to their ranks. Known for his roles in MORBID ANGEL, RIPPING CORPSE and most notably fronting HATE ETERNAL, 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. “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.”
Alongside the announcement of the new album, the band have released the first song from the upcoming album; Inhumane Harvest.