American death metal band Cannibal Corpse have announced a new album, entitled Violence Unimagined, set to arrive 16 April 2021. The announcement comes alongside the release of the record’s first single, and the news that guitarist Erik Rutan will be joining the band as a permanent member
Rutan temporarily replaced former guitarist Pat O’Brien in 2019. O’Brien left Cannibal Corpse following his arrest for burglary and aggravated assault. He had been with the band since 1997. The band have since released a statement saying O’Brien “is getting the help he needs” and “is currently with family and friends and looks forward to a healthy return at some point.”
Rutan’s new status as a permanent member was a large influence on the new album, as bassist Alex Webster noted: “He wrote three full songs for the record, music and lyrics, and his songwriting 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,” Webster added. “Beyond that, he’s one of the hardest-working people I know, in music or otherwise, and he maintains a high-energy, positive demeanour 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.”
Rutan is also known as the frontman of Hate Eternal, and for his work in Morbid Angel, who he’s played with across three separate stints. He’s also produced four Cannibal Corpse Albums alongside Violence Unimagined, and has run the desk on albums by bands such as Goatwhore, Malevolent Creation, Nile and Agnostic Front.
You can listen to the first single from Violence Unimagined, Inhuman Harvest, below, and preorder the album here.
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