Death metal can be a tiring, exhausting form of music to crush day in and day out for years at a time. Just ask Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster — that dude’s been going on for years with one of the most iconic outfits around.
During a recent interview with The Rockman Power Hour (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), Webster described how physical it can be to throw down the kind of brutal tunes that fans have come to know Cannibal Corpse for over the years — especially now that he’s in his fifties.
“Death metal and the other kinds of extreme metal are really physical kinds of music. First of all, just in the execution of it, and then also if you’re doing a stage performance where you wanna really be headbanging and moving around, that’s all stuff that’s, it’s physical. I mean, everything — playing folk music is physical, but for sure what we’re doing is probably gonna get the sweat going a little more.
“It’s hard to think of the best analogy. The whole show is kind of a marathon, I guess, because we’re playing, like, 75 to 90 minutes, but each song is a sprint. So it’s almost like HIIT [high-intensity interval training] training… So that’s kind of what the show is like. And for sure, I’ve been doing this, all of us have been doing it for three decades-plus at this point, and just like an athlete in his twenties in football or whatever is different from an athlete in his fifties. The same is true here. So we do have to kind of look out for our bodies and everything. The stuff you do in your twenties — drinking and whatever, not getting enough sleep, eating garbage food — you just can’t do that, at least I can’t in my fifties. I really keep track of my health, and it’s kind of a hobby too. And I could go on and on about that, but I love to run. And that’s one of the things that keeps me kind of focused and just having fun on tour — finding new places to run when I get to a different city or whatever. But yeah, it’s important.”
As for how long he and his bandmates can keep pushing the envelope in the death metal scene, Webster said that as of today, they can still keep things going for a long time still.
“It’s physical music. We’ll see how long we can keep doing it. Right now we feel great and we don’t see any end in sight, but, to be realistic, this is not gonna get easier, so we’ll see where it goes. I feel that there are many years ahead of us, as long as long as we keep track of the things, keep track of our physical health, really. That’s very important.”
If you’d like to see just how physical their shows can be, they’re currently on tour with Mayhem, Gorguts, and Blood Incantation. You can find the full list of tour dates below.
CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Mayhem, Gorguts, Blood Incantation:
9/26/2023 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
9/27/2023 Rebel – Toronto, ON
9/28/2023 L’Olympia – Montreal, QC
9/29/2023 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
9/30/2023 Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
10/02/2023 The Royal Oak – Detroit, MI
10/03/2023 Hard Rock Live – Gary, IN
10/04/2023 The Fillmore – Minneapolis, MN
10/06/2023 Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
10/07/2023 The Complex Salt – Lake City, UT
10/09/2023 Temple Theatre – Tacoma, WA
10/10/2023 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
10/11/2023 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
10/13/2023 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
10/14/2023 SOMA – San Diego, CA
10/17/2023 The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
10/18/2023 The Factory – Dallas, TX
10/20/2023 The Eastern – Atlanta, GA
10/21/2023 Paristown Hall – Louisville, KY
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