While the abundance of death metal is a plus in 2021, there is still plenty of room for rock and roll. Today, Umbilicus is presented to the world. With Cannibal Corpse drummer and lyricist Paul Mazurkiewicz on drums, Taylor Nordberg (Inhuman Condition, The Absence, Fore) on guitar, Vernon Blake (Anarchus, Napalm Deah [live]) on bass, and vocalist Brian Stephenson (Fore, Old James), the quartet rejected violence and gore, and increased peace and love.
Mazurkiewicz says: “Umbilicus was formed in the summer of 2020 and driven by our love of rock and roll from the late 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. I listen to well known bands like Grand Funk, Bad Company and Steppenwolf and lesser-known bands like Sir Lord Baltimore and Lucifer’s Friend for some 20 years now. The more I listened to these bands, the more I wanted to play music like that. It’s so much fun to sit, groove, and play with full feel without hitting my body. To play pure hard rock!
We’ve made ten really cool songs throughout 2020, but the only piece of the puzzle was missing: a great voice to tie it all together. Enter Brian Stephenson! An incredible singer and lyricist who completed the lineup! I am so proud of what we wrote and can’t wait for the world to hear what we have to offer!
The band are currently completing their untitled debut album due for release in 2022. More details regarding tracklist, artwork and release date will be announced soon. A teaser video is available below, which features a short demo mix of a new song.
(Photo – Deidra Kling)