CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer’s UMBILICUS Project Releases First Single

UMBILICUS, the brand new undertaking that includes drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz (CANNIBAL CORPSE),guitarist Taylor Nordberg (DEICIDE, INHUMAN CONDITION),bassist Vernon Blake (ANARCHUS) and vocalist Brian Stephenson (FORE, OLD JAMES),has launched its first single, “Whats up Future”. The monitor is taken from UMBILICUS‘s upcoming debut album, “Path Of 1000 Suns”, due later within the yr. The LP was recorded in 2021 at Smoke & Mirrors Productions, and combined/mastered by Nordberg in 2022.

Stephenson says: “Whats up Future! Right here we’re, we did it! It is time for the world to listen to what we have been placing our time and efforts into. We couldn’t be extra stoked for this primary single and the album! Actual down and soiled, easy, straight ahead, in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll for the individuals. It has been a labor of affection on all counts and an actual journey from conception to delivery. Right here it’s kicking and screaming in all its glory! Me and my brothers Taylor, Paul and Vern‘s hearts couldn’t be crammed with extra pleasure for you all to expertise this with us. We’re UMBILICUS and we play rock ‘n’ roll. Dig it! A lot love and peace to you all previous, current, and future!”

Relating to how UMBILICUS got here collectively, Mazurkiewicz advised Extreminal in a 2021 interview: “20 years in the past when [Jack Owen] was nonetheless in [CANNIBAL CORPSE], actually 20 years in the past, he and I began a aspect undertaking and we wrote some authentic songs and we performed two exhibits right here in Tampa in a small bar. The title of the band was PATH OF MAN. And we wrote about 15 songs, we made a few demo tapes. However we did not actually do something with it. We performed two exhibits after which the band fell aside. It was three of us. We had a singer, one other buddy of ours, a buddy of mine, Vernon Blake. That was 20 years in the past. It lasted a yr possibly. [It was] numerous enjoyable and [then it] fell aside. Proper round Might or June [of 2020], I mentioned, ‘You recognize what? Now’s the time to [do it] if I wanna do that once more. Now’s the time to do it as a result of CANNIBAL CORPSE is completed recording the brand new file.’ I had a while on my arms. So I referred to as my buddy Vern who performed bass on that undertaking and I mentioned, ‘Hey, you wanna begin a undertaking again up once more? Let’s do that.'”

As for the musical path of UMBILICUS, Paul mentioned: “[It is] a complete form of arduous rock undertaking. Extra of a rock and roll, arduous rock form of stuff. Stuff that I used to be grew up with — the late ’60s, early ’70s kinda stuff.”

On the subject of how he discovered the opposite musicians for UMBILICUS, Paul mentioned: “Jack wasn’t gonna get entangled on this. He does not reside in Florida anymore, so we needed to begin recent. We’re, like, ‘Let’s begin recent,’ Vern and I. ‘Let’s discover a guitar participant.’ And we discovered a guitar participant. He is the guitar participant that performs in THE ABSENCE proper now and INHUMAN CONDITION. They only launched a CD, a smaller band, however his title is Taylor Nordberg. He’s enjoying the guitar with us proper now. We’re making an attempt to make this undertaking go somewhat farther than we did the final one.”

Mazurkiewicz went on to say that UMBILICUS had “10 songs written. Our plan is to get this music out to the plenty,” he mentioned. “We undoubtedly wanna get it identified. We wanna get one thing on the market to see what can occur.”

When UMBILICUS‘s formation was first introduced final December, Mazurkiewicz mentioned in a press release: “UMBILICUS was fashioned in the summertime of 2020 and pushed by our love of rock and roll from the late ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s.

“I have been listening to well-known bands like GRAND FUNK [RAILROAD], BAD COMPANY and STEPPENWOLF and not-so-well-known bands like SIR LORD BALTIMORE and LUCIFER’S FRIEND for the final 20 years or so now. The extra I listened to those bands, the extra I needed to play music like this. It’s simply a lot enjoyable to sit down again and groove out and play by full really feel with out beating my physique down. To simply play some pure arduous rock!

“We composed 10 very cool songs all through 2020 however the one piece of the puzzle was lacking: an superior voice to tie all of it collectively. Enter Brian Stephenson! A tremendous vocalist and lyricist that accomplished the lineup!

“I’m so happy with what we have now written and I can not await the world to listen to what we have now to supply!”


Brian Stephenson – vocals
Paul Mazurkiewicz – drums
Vernon Blake – bass
Taylor Nordberg – guitar

Band photograph by Deidra Kling

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