Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz: "Slayer wasn't big enough to headline Mayhem Festival"

Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz was recently interviewed by Metalshop TV, you can read some excerpts below.

About why he thinks European heavy metal festival have managed to thrive and continue to be successful while U.S. festivals are seemingly struggling to stay afloat, Mazurkiewicz said: "It's really a different thing. Obviously, over here in Europe, you have these weekend festivals, and there's a lot of them. You don't really have that that much in the United States. You have the Maryland Deathfest, which is kind of the European way, a weekend thing, I guess. But, yeah, most of the U.S. tours that happen, say, during the summer are the things like the Vans Warped Tour or Mayhem, where they're traveling festivals that play every day in a different city."

He continued: "It's hard to really say. But, I mean, you've seen everything and, I'm sure, read everything online about this year's Mayhem festival. We're doing the same thing, reading what we see. And, I mean, it just looks like this year, it wasn't strong enough to be… you know, to the masses. I mean, in the United States, metal is very big, of course, but, I think, having a band like Slayer headline Mayhem, it seemed like it may be not the greatest idea. For us, it's great, Slayer are our idols and our kings, so for them to headline Mayhem, to me, is, like, 'Wow! That's amazing. That's great.' But in the realistic whole scheme of popularity, maybe, and record sales and all that, it was a downsize, in a way."

Paul added: "When we played Mayhem two years ago, we were with… Avenged Sevenfold were headlining, and Avenged Sevenfold are a huge band in America right now. So just for that reason alone, there should be more people coming to the show, wanting to see Avenged Sevenfold. There was Korn as well, and you had a great whole secondary stage and all this kind of a thing. You know, it was downsized this year, you saw the lineup and everything — but, yeah, I think that was the big downfall. If they had a bigger band to headline, then maybe it would have been more successful."

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