George Fisher: The Grinder in Cannibal Corpse
We all know I am a HUGE fan of Chris Barnes-the original voice of Cannibal Corpse, -the current RULER of Six Feet Under, and the KING of Metal Blade. So imagine my joy when the gods gave me little Georgie Fisher to grind up into tiny little pieces. I know there is a substation in hell that grinds people up into burgers and serves then with bad fries and flat soda, -I thought I would show this kid a thing or two about GRINDING CORPSES. -I found I just couldn’t hate him. Cannibal Corpse hasn’t dressed him up to look like Chris Barnes (will the people handling The Doors of the 21st Century take note please). His voice is brutal-he’s going to need a vocal coach so his chords don’t snap. -I found I really do like him. He is doing a job, doing it pretty fucking well, and just trying to get by and make it like the rest of us. Here is what he had to say:
MI: How did you become a death metal vocalist and who influenced your vocal style?
George: My influence was Chuck Schuldiner. He’s the man. He inspires all of the high screams I do on any of our albums. There’s a band called Sacrifice, the lead singer is Rob Urbinati and he’s a big influence as well but Chuck Schuldiner is the greatest death metal singer ever.
MI: What is your favorite track off of the new album Wretched Spawn?
George: It’s hard to decide. I do like Blunt Force Castration a lot.
MI: How did you get the name Corpse Grinder?
George: My old band name was Corpse Grinder and it just stuck with me.
MI: How did you get involved with Cannibal Corpse?
George: I knew the guys and was always a fan. When they fired Chris they called me up and the rest is history.
MI: Do you have any secrets about the members of the band?
George: We’re all boring. After a show we have a few beers and play video games. Nothing really crazy goes on.
MI: I heard you’re a big fisherman….
George: My father and I always went fishing. I have a pond in my back yard and I got fishing out there. One day I hope to get myself a boat.
MI: What video games do you play?
George: Just before this interview I was playing Final Fantasy 10-2. It’s awesome.
MI: How many shows are you going to do on tour?
George: We usually do 30 to 35.
MI: I heard Cannibal Corpse has been banned from several places.
George: I know we were banned in New Zealand; we had problems in Australia, Korea…. We can’t play any songs from our first album in Germany; they’re banned there. You can’t buy them or sell them their, you’re not even supposed to own them.
MI: If you were not a musician what would you be doing?
George: I’d probably be doing well drilling or something. I’d be doing some kind of construction work with my father.
MI: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Jeff: I don’t think I’ve ever had a really bad time at a job.
MI: What is your favorite band?
George: Marduk. They’re awesome.
MI: Tell me what you thought about Chuck Schuldiner as a person.
George: He was great. He was the best Death Metal singer ever. Every scream on every one of our albums would never be there if it wasn’t for him. No one did it better than him. It was a dark day when he died.
MI: Tell us about a day in the life of George.
George: I get up, eat something, go for a walk with my wife, work out and do some weight lifting…. Mondays and Tuesdays is when I practice with the band. An average day is at least 8 hours of video games.
MI: Do you like online video games?
George: I don’t play any.
MI: What’s your favorite football team?
George: I’m from Baltimore so of course I root for the Colts. They left Baltimore when I was 13 though. A few years later I started routing for the Broncos. People in Atlanta know about that! Michael Vick rules though. So I route for the Broncos, but then the ravens came to Baltimore, so a lot of people call me lame for routing for two teams.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
George: Yeah, a couple times, but I don’t really do it.
MI: What’s your opinion on the legalization of drugs?
George: I think they might as well legalize marijuana. I’ve tried it about 6 times in my life and it’s never been for me. I drink. It’s the same thing as alcohol though. You shouldn’t operate machinery or work with it, but if you’re sitting at home and feel like smoking a joint you should be able to.
MI: What do you think about the old MTV and the new MTV?
George: At least now there’s a Headbanger’s Ball. I think there’s some stuff that they should not play that they call metal, but that’s a whole new discussion.
MI: Who do you think should not be playing on Headbanger’s Ball?
George: Ill Nino. I don’t think they’re a metal band. Nothing against them, I just don’t think they’re the kind of band that should be getting time on a show for metal heads.
MI: How is your old band Monstrosity doing?
George: Pretty good. They just released a new album. I think they’re going to tour Europe.
MI: If you were on a desert island and could only bring one person, on book, and your favorite case of beer, what would it be?
George: I would take Milwaukee’s Best or Budweiser. Of course I’d bring my wife. For music I would definitely bring Don’t Break The Oath by Mercyful Fate. I usually read Fangoria or video game magazines.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
George: Half and half. My wife does.
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
George: When I was younger I saw something. My brother and I used to sleep in the attic and I know I saw somebody.
MI: Tell me your opinion on George W. Bush.
George: I don’t really care about politics that much.
MI: If a movie was made about your life what would you want the theme song to be and whom would you want to play you?
George: They would probably call the movie “Boring”. I want to play me damn it, I’m me! I’d have to have a whole soundtrack of different stuff.
MI: Does it piss you off when people compare you to Chris Barnes?
George: It doesn’t really piss me off. It’s going happen and you have to roll with the punches.
MI: What’s your favorite horror movie of all time?
George: The Shining.
MI: Where were you when 9-11 happened and how did it affect you?
George: I was in bed and my wife called me to tell me. I was, like everyone else in America, very pissed off.
MI: If you could, what kind of memorial would you design for the victims of 9-11?
George: I don’t know if I could come up with anything that would do it justice.
MI: If a genie granted 3 wishes to you and 3 to the band what would they be?
George: I want millions and millions and billions of dollars! Once I had that kind of money I could already get most anything I wanted so I’d just hang on to the other two wishes. My 3 for the band would be to sell many records, to keep going, and for everyone to stay healthy.
MI: Where do you see the band 5 years from now?
George: Probably with 2 more albums out, a little bit older, and not any wiser.
MI: How do you think the industry is treating the musicians?
George: I think talent is over exaggerated when it comes to certain people in the music industry.
MI: Who do you think the greatest actor is?
George: Arnold! Arnold rules.
MI: Who would pour a bucket of flesh eating ants on?
George: I don’t think I’d do that to anybody. There are a lot of people I’d like to punch in the mouth.
MI: What pisses you off the most?
George: When you’re at the grocery store and people are in the middle of the fucking isle not paying attention. I can go on all day about things that piss me off.
MI: Tell us a joke.
George: Why didn’t the TV work? There was a duck behind the couch.
MI: Do you have a message for your fans?
George: Thank you for the support and coming to the shows.
MI: What’s your favorite quote?
George: Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women.
MI: What is your web site?
Thanks George! I look forward to catching you live again…soon. I have a soda and some fries for you!
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