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Metal Injection’s Mayhem Festival Coverage: Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage, Whitechapel

This year’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest came to a close toward the end of August, and Metal Injection sat down with a few talented and insightful members of the fest’s varied lineup. Included are drummers Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Paul Mazurkiewicz of Cannibal Corpse — two long-standing and highly significant bands in the metal world.

Lombardo spoke to Rob Pasbani of Metal Injection about their new record, ‘World Painted Blood,’ and its creative process. Ever-appreciative of the fans, he also mentions the possibility of future collaborations with Mike Patton in their Fantomas project. “That door will never close,” says Lombardo.

Scarlett from Metal Injection spoke to Paul M. about Cannibal Corpse and their excitement about the Mayhem Fest, and the success of the ‘Evisceration Plague’ graphic novel — a limited-edition, 96-page comic book that was sold exclusively at the festival’s Hot Topic booth.

Also included on Metal Injection’s Mayhem coverage were interviews with guitarists Zach Holdhouse from Whitechapel and Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage. Zach’s insights into opening for the likes of Slayer and Cannibal Corpse were genuine and inspiring to many bands that dream of achieving the same sort of tour. “At the end of the day, I make it a point to always catch Cannibal…[and] I try to catch Slayer every day.”

Adam from Killswitch said “wicked” several times and pegged the tour as a [Drunken] Mayhem Fest, and Scarlett informed him of the perpetual rumors of Lady Gaga‘s hermaphroditic qualities: “Really?! So she’s got a weiner too?”

Even though Mayhem is over, everyone is constantly on the move. While Killswitch is playing over in South America and Europe, Whitechapel is currently touring the U.S. with Trivium. Slayer’s ‘World Painted Blood’ is up on the chopping block, being reviewed by writers and bloggers everywhere. Cannibal Corpse is over in Australia, prepping for a major headling tour throughout Europe, and re-starting an American run in early November.

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