After brutally rocking out for quarter of a century, US death metal behemoths Cannibal Corpse
have been through a whole lot, crossing paths with mainstream acts and media in most peculiar manner along the way.
Bassist Alex Webster
remembered several such occasions during a recent Tampa Bay
interview, stressing that death metal has its place in rock history, as well as in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
"I think if you listen to Elvis and you listen to Cannibal Corpse or Morbid Angel, it's a pretty massive distance,"
said the group's co-founder. "But the roots are similar. Without rock 'n' roll, metal wouldn't have happened, and without traditional heavy metal and hard rock, you wouldn't have had thrash metal and death metal and stuff like that."
Alex continued, "I think there's a place for death metal and other kinds of extreme metal in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - maybe not the official Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but figuratively speaking."
Reminiscing the band's history, Webster discussed the experience of performing on "Ace Ventura
" movie set, as well as jamming at Cher
's house for her son's birthday.
"A lot of people don't know this, but Cher's son Elijah
] is a killer guitar player, and he's really into heavy music," the bassist said. "About 10 years ago he had us come out and play his birthday party at the Viper Room in LA, and Cher was in attendance. We actually partied at his house the day before and had a barbecue, and Cher was hanging out. Those are the kind of things where you're like, 'Wow, we're barbecuing with Cher.' That's pretty intense."
Apart from noting that Cher enjoyed the performance, Alex focused on "Ace Ventura" show, naming Jim Carrey
a legitimate fan. "That was shot down in Miami at the Cameo Theater, which is a place that we'd actually played,"
he said. "That was pretty surreal, being on the set of a major motion picture and being part of that whole world for a couple of days.
[Jim Carrey] said he was into some of our stuff,"
the bassist continued. "He said he had 'Butchered at Birth' and 'Tomb of the Mutilated;' that's our second and third album. And he was calling out songs by name that he was hoping we would perform for the movie. We did do 'Hammer Smashed Face,' and that was the only one that actually made it into the movie."
On venturing forth at the same intensity for another 25 years, Webster didn't seem too certain, but pointed out that Cannibal Corpse will hardly ever officially break up. "Honestly, I do think there will be a presence of our band in 25 years,"
he said. "It just won't be what it is now. In 25 years - let me do the math real quick - I'll be pushing 70.
"I don't see us ever officially breaking up, but I could see us being gradually becoming less and less active. It's normal. 68 years and still playing extreme death metal? Check back in with me in 25 years and we'll see if that actually pans out