Cannibal Corpse’s Paul Mazurkiewicz says Corpsegrinder is ‘a better vocalist’ than Chris Barnes

It is one of the biggest debates in death metal history: who is the best cannibalistic frontman Chris Barnes or George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher? While fans may continue to disagree until the end of time, drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz has given its final answer.

In a recent appearance on Pod scum podcast, Mazurkiewicz — who co-founded the band in 1988 — discussed Cannibal Corpse’s decision to replace original singer Barnes with Corpsegrinder in 1995.

“It’s crazy to think we did it,” Mazurkiewicz said [via Blabbermouth]continues:

The early era, the “Barnes era,” what I guess everyone calls it, that’s the beginning of the band. That’s obviously what started us and how we got started and everything. And we did pretty well. We are up the ladder here. We are moving. We are a force to be reckoned with now. So to change a singer in the middle of it seems a little crazy, but it had to happen. You look back now and of course we all feel we improved the band; George is just a better vocalist overall. And we have moved on.

Clearly, Mazurkiewicz understands why Cannibal Corpse fans are also so passionate about which frontman they prefer. “But both eras, of course, they matter,” he noted, adding:

It’s the beginning of the band, so you get the purists who will say, “I love that era more because . . .” Okay – whatever. I have no problem with that. It is what it is. [Chris] was part of the band and we did well; it wasn’t like he was nothing or nothing happened at the time. . . . It was a big thing to deal with and luckily we were able to persevere and get through it and be bigger than ever.

I guess it will always be discussed. . . . [Chris is] part of Cannibal’s history and every member who was in the band is. If it wasn’t for him, I guess, the five original members, well, the band would never have existed. So it was an important era and it can’t be overlooked and the importance of the original band and the beginning of Cannibal Corpse.

He also acknowledged that it’s “a cool story” because “maybe a lot [other] bands would not be able to survive [such a line-up change].”

As also noted by Blabbermouth, Barnes left due to the group’s “more technical direction” (among other reasons) after the release of their fourth – and without a doubt the best – LP: 1994s The bleeding. Thus, Corpsegrinder made its studio debut in the 1996s Wile and has been diabolical yet kind Cannibal Corpse’s face ever since.

What do you think of Mazurkiewicz’s reasoning? Which singer do you prefer and why? Let us know!

Also, be sure to check out his full Pod scum chat below.

Cannibal Corpse’s Paul Mazurkiewicz on the ‘Pod Scum’ Podcast

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