Cannibal Corpse – Alex Webster
Interview by Matt Seddon
Can you tell us a bit about yourself, like what hobbies you have as well as playing your music?
AW: I like to exercise and read. I’ll play video games once and a while too, usually shooters.
Tell us about your position in the band.
I’m the bass player, and I also write a lot of the music and lyrics.
What was the first Bass you ever bought?
A Kay Fender P-Bass copy. It was around $150 brand new. I still have it, although the neck is broken.
What Bass guitar do you play now?
I play Spector Euro 5 basses. I have several, including a signature model.
Can you play any other musical instruments?
No, not well enough to play in a band anyway.
As a child what music did you grow up on?
My father’s side of the family has Scottish heritage so he was a member of a pipe band. I heard a lot of that music while I was growing up. I also liked to listen to my father’s rock and roll 45’s he had from when he was a teenager. He had a lot of the popular rock singles from the 50’s and early 60’s. I also listened to classic music at the library (they had cassettes and a cassette player there).
When and how did all the guys from Cannibal Corpse meet?
We met in 1987. Our old bands (Tirant Sin and Beyond Death) were part of the same scene so that’s how we got to know each other.
Who came up with the name Cannibal Corpse?
I did. I just had a ring to it, and it made me think of zombie horror movies like “Night of the Living Dead”.
Who are the main influences of Cannibal Corpse?
In the early days it was definitely bands like Slayer, Morbid Angel, Kreator, Sodom, Possessed, Dark Angel, and The Accused. We still may draw influence from those bands, but most of the time we try to come up with our own ideas whenever possible.
What made you want to write about Blood, Gore, Death, Rape, Drugs and other morbid things?
We enjoyed horror movies and any sort of macabre or violent entertainment, and since the music we were playing was violent and macabre, it seemed like a good fit. Also, the bands that inspired us had similar lyrics…we just took it a little further.
What would you define as the highlight of Cannibal Corpse’s career?
Hard to say. We’ve had a lot of luck in our career, and there have been a lot of high points. Playing Wacken last summer and doing extremely well there was a highlight for sure. Anytime you do well in front of 70,000+ people it’s something you’ll remember.
Evisceration Plague came out in early 2009, but when can we be expecting a new Cannibal Corpse album this year?
We plan to record our new album in September so we should have it ready for release by early 2012.
All your album artwork is very Graphic and Explicit. Who comes up with the ideas for them and who draws them?
Vince Locke is our artist; he generally comes up with the ideas on his own for the covers based on our lyrics and song titles, although we occasionally will give him specific instructions.
What is the best gig you have ever played and why?
Too hard to say. We’ve probably played something like 1500-2000 shows by now. Like I said, the last Wacken show was a damn good one. Moscow, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, and the Bloodstock festival were also highlights…and Tuska Festival, and Metal Camp…see what I mean? I can’t choose just one.
Can we be expecting any UK tour dates soon?
Most likely not until 2012 when the new album is released. We’ll definitely be coming to the UK for the next tour.
What is your favourite song to play live and why?
It’s different for me from time to time. Lately I’ve been enjoying playing “Sentenced To Burn”, it’s really easy to play and I can headbang really hard to it because it has a medium tempo groove.
If you could be in a super group with you on your job, who would be in the band?
Wow, there are so many great players out there…I could make up dozens of these “super groups”, no problem. How about this one, for example: Jeff Loomis, Ron Jarzombek, Anders Johansson, Russell Allen….I’d play bass for that band, for sure!
If you could open for anyone dead or famous who would it be and why?
We’d love to open a tour for Slayer sometime. They’re one of our favorite bands and they have a fan base that would probably be very recepetive to Cannibal Corpse.
Who would you say is the most underrated Death Metal band?
Aeon, no doubt about it. That band should be huge. Perdition Temple is the runner up, they also deserve much more recognition.
What small local bands are you into?
In Florida there are quite a few good local bands. Two that I saw recently that I really liked were Ebullition and Imperial Conquest. The extreme metal scene in central Florida is still quite strong.
Thanks for the interview!