Florida-based death metal veterans CANNIBAL CORPSE have announced a massive European headline tour for early 2023. The trek will kick off in Hengelo, Netherlands on March 10 before steamrolling 15 countries, including five U.K. dates, and ending at Rock City in Nottingham, U.K. on April 23. Support on the tour will come from DARK FUNERAL, INGESTED and STORMRULER.
Mar. 10 - NL - Hengelo - Metropool
Mar. 11 - DE - Speyer - Halle 101
Mar. 12 - CH - Lausanne - Metropol
Mar. 14 - FR - Toulouse - Le Bikini
Mar. 15 - ES - Pamplona - Sala Totem
Mar. 16 - ES - Madrid - La Paqui
Mar. 17 - ES - Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 18 - FR - Lyon - Ninkasi Gerland / Kao
Mar. 19 - DE - Stuttgart - Im Wizemann
Mar. 21 - FR - Rennes - Antipode
Mar. 22 - FR - Paris - Elysee Montmartre
Mar. 23 - DE - Cologne - Essigfabrik
Mar. 24 - CH - Zurich - Komplex 457
Mar. 25 - CZ - Prague - Palak Akropolis
Mar. 26 - HU - Budapest - Barba Negra
Mar. 28 - DE - Munich - Backstage Werk
Mar. 29 - AT - Vienna - Arena
Mar. 30 - PL - Cracow - Hyde Park
Mar. 31 - DE - Leipzig - Hellraiser
Apr. 01 - DE - Coesfeld - Fabrik
Apr. 02 - DE - Berlin - Huxley's Neue Welt
Apr. 04 - DK - Copenhagen - Amager Bio
Apr. 05 - SE - Stockholm - Klubben
Apr. 06 - NO - Oslo - Inferno Festival Norway
Apr. 07 - SE - Gothenburg - Pustervik
Apr. 08 - DK - Aarhus - Train
Apr. 09 - DE - Hamburg - Gruenspan
Apr. 11 - DE - Hannover - Capitol
Apr. 12 - NL - Leiden - Gebr. de Nobel
Apr. 13 - BE - Antwerp - Trix
Apr. 14 - FR - Strasbourg - La Laiterie
Apr. 15 - DE - Geiselwind - Music Hall
Apr. 16 - FR - Lille - Le Splendid
Apr. 18 - GB - Bristol - O2 Academy
Apr. 19 - GB - Glasgow - Barrowlands
Apr. 21 - GB - Manchester - Academy
Apr. 22 - GB - London - O2 Forum Kentish Town
Apr. 23 - GB - Nottingham - Rock City
As previously reported, CANNIBAL CORPSE will close out 2022 with a North American headlining tour. The month-long journey will commence November 3 in Silver Springs, Maryland and run through December 10 in St. Petersburg, Florida, with support provided by DARK FUNERAL, IMMOLATION and BLACK ANVIL. The trek includes a headlining performance at the first annual Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Denver on December 2. Additionally, the band will appear on this year's edition of the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in September.
CANNIBAL CORPSE's 15th studio album, "Violence Unimagined", was released in April 2021 via Metal Blade Records. Erik Rutan, one of the death metal's most acclaimed guitarists who is known for his time as part of MORBID ANGEL throughout the '90s and early 2000s, as well as handling vocals/guitars for HATE ETERNAL, lent his guitar as well as production skills to the effort, which was recorded at his Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rutan 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.
In a 2021 interview with Shawn Ratches of Laughingmonkeymusic, CANNIBAL CORPSE drummer and founding member Paul Mazurkiewicz was asked how long he thinks the band can keep going. He responded: "As long as we're all healthy, then who knows how long we can take it. I wouldn't have ever thought when I started that I'd still be doing this still at 53 years old. So, how long can we take? You've just gotta look at it, at this point, day by day. You never know. If you stay healthy and you keep active and you keep doing it, it's just gonna come down to that — it's gonna come down to the health factor. Because everybody knows — the older you get, anything can go wrong at any given time, whether it's a disease or an injury or whatever that you just go, 'I can't do it anymore. No matter how much I practice and how much I do the right thing, it doesn't matter.' So we've gotta just take it day by day at this point. There's no denying — we're more at the end of our career than we are in the beginning. Can we go another 30 years? Well, I highly doubt it. I would be 83 doing this… That would be incredible [if we could still do it at that age], but I would have to almost think that would slightly be impossible. I guess it's possible — who knows? We don't know. Nobody's done it in that sense in the extreme form.
"When you had [late THE ROLLING STONES drummer] Charlie Watts still doing it at 80 years old, that's amazing," he continued. "So the fact that [he was] still drumming and [he was] on stage at 80 is incredible. I just met Carmine Appice the other day, and he's 75. And the guy is still up there and playing and doing his thing — albeit it's not maybe extreme death metal, but still, he's up there playing drums…
"So, you never know. You take it day by day," he repeated. "As long as we're healthy and we're feeling good and everything is going good in those ways, then who's to say we can't last another 20 years. But who knows?"
In a 2017 interview with Aesthetic Magazine, Mazurkiewicz stated about CANNIBAL CORPSE's longevity: "It's about the love of the music. We're very fortunate to start out 30 years ago and have success right off the bat where everything was going great. We all just love to play and write songs, and after fourteen records, we just want to keep moving forward and we feel like we always have, and the popularity just grows with the band. We love to create and write the perfect brutal death metal CANNIBAL CORPSE song and I think we obviously must have achieved that to have this sort of longevity."
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