Cannibal Corpse has officially announced that touring guitarist Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) is now a full fledged member of the band. Rutan replaces guitarist Pat O’Brien, who has been on hiatus since the end of 2018.
Cannibal Corpse also dropped their new single “Inhumane Harvest” after being played on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal channel. The single marks the first release from their upcoming fifteenth studio album “Violence Unimagined”. The new record is set for release on April 16th thru Metal Blade records.
Bass player Alex Webster said of Rutan joining the band: “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.”
“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.”
Webster then continued on about what fans can expect from the new album.
“It really follows the path we’ve been going down for a few years now. 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.”