Death metal pioneers Cannibal Corpse have announced that Hate Eternal's vocalist/guitarist Erik Rutan will be permanently replacing Pat O'Brien, who was arrested in late 2018 after a bizarre string of incidents that found a cache of weaponry in his home.
Erik Rutan was Cannibal Corpse's touring guitarist after the arrests were made, filling in on their support slot during Slayer's final tour.
On top of this news, the band have also shared a savage new song called 'Inhumane Harvest' - the first offering from their upcoming 15th album Violence Unimagined, which is due out on April 16.
Rutan was involved with songwriting duties and production on the new album, fully embracing his full-time status - take a listen below:
Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster says:
“I think the most noticeable difference on this record will be the addition of Erik to the band. He wrote three full songs for the record, music and lyrics, and his song writing and guitar playing have added something new, and I think his musical style integrated into ours very well.”
He’s a great friend of ours, so on a personal level, he’s been a perfect fit, as we knew he would be. Beyond that, he’s one of the hardest working people I know, in music or otherwise, and he maintains a high energy, positive demeanor in challenging situations where other people might go in a negative direction. This energy and great attitude rubs off on the rest of us as well. That’s really a perfect situation to have when you add someone to a band, or any kind of team: someone who’s great at what they do, and also inspires the people around them.”
Cannibal Corpse - 'Violence Unimagined' Tracklisting:
01 - 'Murderous Rampage'
02 - 'Necrogenic Resurrection'
03 - 'Inhumane Harvest'
04 - 'Condemnation Contagion'
05 - 'Surround, Kill, Devour'
06 - 'Ritual Annihilation'
07 - 'Follow The Blood'
08 - 'Bound And Burned'
09 - 'Slowly Sawn'
10 - 'Overtorture'
11 - 'Cerements Of The Flayed'
Listen to Cannibal Corpse now.