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CANNIBAL CORPSE Drummer’s UMBILICUS Project To Release Debut Album

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 signed a digital cope with Blood Blast Distribution. The quartet’s debut full-length album will arrive later this yr.

Nordberg mentioned: “We’re all so excited to lastly begin releasing some music from this band! I’ve labored with Blood Blast Distribution with a number of different bands, and they’re completely killer to work with. Professional, nice communication, and so they care in regards to the artists. Our first single needs to be out this month, so keep tuned!”

Concerning how UMBILICUS got here collectively, Mazurkiewicz informed 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 facet undertaking and we wrote some unique 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 perhaps. [It was] quite a lot of enjoyable and [then it] fell aside. Proper round Could or June [of 2020], I mentioned, ‘You realize what? Now could be the time to [do it] if I wanna do that once more. Now could be the time to do it as a result of CANNIBAL CORPSE is completed recording the brand new report.’ I had a while on my palms. 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.'”

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

As for a way he discovered the opposite musicians for UMBILICUS, Paul mentioned: “Jack wasn’t gonna get entangled on this. He would not dwell 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 slightly 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 positively wanna get it recognized. 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 wished to play music like this. It’s simply a lot enjoyable to take a seat again and groove out and play by full really feel with out beating my physique down. To simply play some pure exhausting 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 pleased with what we’ve written and I am unable to look ahead to the world to listen to what we’ve to supply!”


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

Band picture by Deidra Kling

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