“I try to be humble, but you have to be the best at something,” Corpsegrinder says. “I’ve said onstage, ‘Try to keep up with me. You will fail.’
“I’ve seen some kids hold their own. There are some in the front row [saying], ‘I can beat you!’ It’s a fun game and, I wouldn’t say they’re better than me, but there are competent headbangers out there. Headbanging at the start of “I C*m Blood” is my signature part, so there are some great kids out there, but I’d never say anyone beat me.”
He also said that seeing death metal pioneers DEATH in 1988 set him on the path to becoming a modern metal icon.
“I went and saw DEATH play, and it changed everything for me,’ he admits. “It was right before Leprosy came out and there were, like, 50 people at this show. It was a short stage and I was standing right in front of Chuck [Schuldiner]. I could have literally walked right up to him and said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ I’d already heard DEATH records, but the way he could scream live made me go, ‘This is the way I want to sing.’ The long, high screams that people know me for in CANNIBAL CORPSE, the biggest part of that is Chuck Schuldiner.”
CANNIBAL CORPSE’s new studio album, Violence Unimagined, was released on April 16 via Metal Blade Records.