CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer PAUL MAZURKIEWICZ: ‘I’m Actually Playing Better Than I Ever Have’


During a recent interaction with The Downbeat Podcast, CANNIBAL CORPSE drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz expressed that his current performance surpasses all his previous ones. Furthermore, he highlighted a significant shift in his approach towards the band compared to the early days.

“You know, it’s weird because I think I’m actually playing better than I ever have,” Mazurkiewicz said (as transcribed by Metal Injection). “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,” he continued. “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.”

Death metal icons CANNIBAL CORPSE will unleash their sixteenth studio album, Chaos Horrific, on September 22nd via Metal Blade Records. You can pre-order it via Amazon here.