Like a fine wine as the years roll on, Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz believes he’s only getting better behind the kit. Having been with the band since 1988, Mazurkiewicz has been featured on numerous albums and toured the world, without ever looking like he’s missing a step. Basically, look up the term “locked in” and you might find Mazurkiewicz mentioned somewhere.
During a recent interview with The Downbeat Podcast (transcribed by Metal Injection), Mazurkiewicz explained how he believes his playing has only improved as the years go by. Especially now that their next album Chaos Horrific will be released in a couple months’ time.
“You know, it’s weird because I think I’m actually playing better than I ever have. I think the older you get, you end up using your mind more. You really try to work on your technique more, to be able to do it at this age. I look back when I first started – it was a very primitive, very primal. It wasn’t about any technique or anything. It was just about fury and adrenaline and going for it, right? That’s all the early Cannibal records were. I think as we got older we’re going ‘okay, we’re getting more intense with our music and it’s getting more cerebral’ so to say, because some of the songs are starting to get a little more technical and all of that.
“I really worked hard in the last 15 years, trying to refine my drumming to be more effective the older I get. I’m just working on minimizing my movements on the kit and sitting properly and all these kinds of things, so I feel that that has helped me tremendously. I look at my playing now and I feel that I’m arguably playing the best I’ve ever played.”
It’s gotta feel good to know the hard realities of time haven’t caught up with you yet. At 54 years old, he’s not ancient but he’s not exactly a child either. Regardless, the very nature of drumming requires a lot of moving parts, so it’s great to see his body can still handle the rigors of playing death metal on tour, night in and night out.
Chaos Horrific will be available on September 22 via Metal Blade Records, but you can preorder your own copy today.
Chaos Horrific Track Listing:
1. Overlords Of Violence
2. Frenzied Feeding
3. Summoned For Sacrifice
4. Blood Blind
5. Vengeful Invasion
6. Chaos Horrific
7. Fracture And Refracture
8. Pitchfork Impalement
9. Pestilential Rictus
10. Drain You Empty
CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Mayhem, Gorguts, Blood Incantation:
9/22/2023 Marathon Music Hall – Nashville, TN [Tickets]9/23/2023 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC [Tickets]9/24/2023 The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN [Tickets]9/26/2023 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA [Tickets]9/27/2023 Rebel – Toronto, ON [Tickets]9/28/2023 L’Olympia – Montreal, QC [Tickets]9/29/2023 The Palladium – Worcester, MA [Tickets]9/30/2023 Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY [Tickets]10/02/2023 The Royal Oak – Detroit, MI [Tickets]10/03/2023 Hard Rock Live – Gary, IN [Tickets]10/04/2023 The Fillmore – Minneapolis, MN [Tickets]10/06/2023 Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO [Tickets]10/07/2023 The Depot – Lake City, UT [Tickets]10/09/2023 Temple Theatre – Tacoma, WA [Tickets]10/10/2023 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA [Tickets]10/11/2023 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID [Tickets]10/13/2023 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA [Tickets]10/14/2023 SOMA – San Diego, CA [Tickets]10/17/2023 The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX [Tickets]10/18/2023 The Factory – Dallas, TX [Tickets]10/20/2023 The Eastern – Atlanta, GA [Tickets]10/21/2023 Paristown Hall – Louisville, KY [Tickets]
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