Cannibal Corpse Smile At Idea Of 'Big Four' Death Metal Tour

After a successful run with this year's Summer Slaughter Tour, Cannibal Corpse will hit the road again in November on its own headlining tour, kicking off Nov. 16 in Huntsville, Ala.

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After a successful run with this year's Summer Slaughter Tour, Cannibal Corpse will hit the road again in November on its own headlining tour, kicking off Nov. 16 in Huntsville, Ala. But the Florida death metal group is also looking ahead to 2013, when it will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Drummer and co-founder Paul Mazurkiewicz tells Billboard that the group has "a couple of things that are in the works, but I'm probably not a liberty to say anything at this point. We've got a few things planned. Hopefully fans will enjoy what we've got lined up. We've definitely got to have something going; 25 years is a huge milestone for the band, so something will happen". Meanwhile, Mazurkiewicz says he and the rest of Cannibal Corpse are still trying to wrap their heads around the prospect of hitting the quarter century mark. "Every day we look back and go, like, 'What's going on here? How'd this happen?'" Mazurkiewicz acknowledges. "We're just kids from Buffalo (originally) that started playing some crazy music, and here we are touring the world, selling records. It's really crazy to fully comprehend and grasp that this has been happening at all, let along for almost 25 years. We never thought this far into the future, you know? And now we look back and there's a lot to look back on. We're a household name, in a way. That's crazy to me". And while the anniversary plans are still in formation, Mazurkiewicz does like the suggestion of a death metal equivalent of the Big Four thrash shows that featured Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. "I think that would be pretty cool", he says. "I don't know if it would every happen. On paper, of course, it would be great for us, Morbid Angel, Deicide and Suffocation, something like that. That would be a brutal, brutal tour, a big celebration of bands that have been there since kind of the beginning - and are still going. It would be cool to do something like that". Meanwhile, Cannibal Corpse continues to promote "Torture", the group's 12th studio album, which came out in March and debuted at a career-high No. 38 on the Billboard 200 and No. 7 on the Independent Albums chart. For Mazurkiewicz that's a sign that the group's genre has grown beyond its fringe appeal. "It's not new anymore. It's been around for generations", he notes. "Kids are coming to see us now with their fathers - and grandfathers, sometimes. Back in the mid-80s when thrash was new and this crazy death metal was coming out, people were freaking out, like, 'What is this?!' Twenty-five, 30 years later, it's weird to think that death metal is doing as great as it is, and heavy metal in general. It's just getting bigger and better and more popular, which is great". Cannibal Corpse's fall tour, supported by Misery Index and Hours of Penance, includes: 11/16 - Huntsville, AL - Crossroads Music Hall) 11/17 - Little Rock, AR - Juanitas) 11/18 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom) 11/19 - Bloomington, IL - The Castle Theater) 11/20 - Eau Claire, WI - House of Rock) 11/21 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon) 11/23 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop) 11/24 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls) 11/25 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance) 11/27 - Providence, RI - The Met) 11/28 - New York, NY - Boat Show) 11/29 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock) 11/30 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony) 12/1 - Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel) 12/3 - Louisville, KY - Headliners) 12/4 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero) 12/6 - Miami, FL - Grand Central) 12/7 - Tampa, FL - Brass Mug)

Thanks to Billboard for the report.

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    I think if there was to be a Big 4 of death metal, you'd need Death, and obviously that couldn't happen. But if something like it ever did happen, it would be sweet to have Death to All open up, or have some of the members of the bands jam on a Death tune.
    I reckon it could at least be dedicated to Chuck. And like you suggested, have the bands play a couple Death songs. That way it'd still kinda involve them.
    Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary and Carcass? It's sad that Chuck is gone, because that tour would also need some Death. ):
    There can never be a Big 4 of Death metal until we master resurrection and bring Chuck back
    The Big Four of death metal would be Death, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, and Deicide. I thought I should put Morbid Angel in there, but if you think about it Suffocation did a lot more for death metal than them.
    Big 4 of Death Metal? I suppose it depends on what criteria you use to make the Big 4. The innovators? Death, Possessed, Massacre, and Master? As for popularity... Well I suppose they'd manage to squeeze Cannibal Corpse in there, despite only really gaining big popularity recently, because when they were good, all they did was rip off other, better Death Metal bands at the time.
    Big four of death metal sounds cool but a big three or four maybe of Melodic death metal would be even better IN flames, At the gates, Dark tranquillity and maybe Soilwork. You'd get In flames to play the old stuff like none of the newer stuff.
    Maybe the Big Five with Whitechapel?
    whitechapel is deathcore so no.
    Which separates them from ordinary death metal in what way? Deathcore is just a pointless label anyway, in my opinion.
    Whitechapel suck arse, that's what separates em.
    Mind to elaborate why? Otherwise very unsuccessful, but hilarious, trolling.
    Glad to see you find facts funny. I don't understand how you can listen to that shit anyway.
    It can't happen without just...can't But thats never going to happen ever ._.
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    Big 4 death metal bands? So...1 hour sets for each band, that's 3 hours and a 2 hour empty slot where the headliners should be.
    I'd love to see a big four of death, but instead of CC, I'd rather have Morbid Angel, Nile, Atheist and Arch Enemy. I know most death fans probably won't agree with my picks, but I'm mostly into the melodic and technical stuff since I find it to have more balance and depth than "traditional" bands like CC, Obituary and Deicide. No matter what, Death will always be the number one masters of death, though.
    Arch Enemy isn't death metal. I think a 'Big Four' with CC would have to be more relentless than Atheist (even though I do love them). Maybe Cattle Decapitation or something.
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    Actually Arch Enemy is classed as melodic deathmetal, which actually does constitute them as Death Metal. Besides, who does 'Death' sound more like, Cannibal Corpse or Arch Enemy? Exactly.
    I just chucked on Scream Bloody Gore. I'm leaning towards Cannibal Corpse on that one, buddy. 'Melodic death metal' is different to death metal. That's why we we use the word 'melodic'. If we're going to allow that, then people are going to start suggesting In Flames gets involved.
    Aaaand let the s**tstorm commence. Sorry for expressing a humble personal opinion, those five brutal, hardcore dm fans who (at the moment) have downrated my comment. At least this helps sorting out the a**holes on the site.