In this section you will find 2 bios
- Band Histoy - A full time line of the bands achievements
Old Corpse Road have carved their name into the UK black metal scene by producing classic, yet unique British black metal based on the dark folklore of Britain. The Darlington based 5 piece formed in 2007 and take their name from a coffin road in the Lake District. In Britain, Coffin Roads are haunted trails with deep folkloric connections, they provided a practical means of allowing the transport of corpses to cemeteries that had burial rights.
Dynamically their music flows from fierce black metal through to powerful melodic passages and onto serene yet haunting moments. The band incorporate a wide range of vocals from traditional black metal shrieks, guttural lows, spoken word passages and epic folk singing. Old Corpse Road bind these elements together to produce a solid yet original take on the black metal sound.
After an acclaimed demo and a split with The Meads of Asphodel they released their debut album ‘Tis Witching Hour…As Spectres We Haunt this Kingdom’ in 2012, which received critical acclaim from Metal Hammer, Zero Tolerance and Terrorizer as well as topping the Best Newcomer category in the 2012 Terrorizer Readers' Poll. After their recent split 7" with black metal band The Infernal Sea, they are currently working on the anticipated full-length follow-up to their debut album.
Throughout this time Old Corpse Road have built up a reputation with their intense and atmospheric live performances across the UK. The band have shared the stage with the likes of Shining, Alcest, Hecate Enthroned, Winterfylleth and Wodensthrone.
The music is at its heart classic British black metal. Dynamic guitar patterns flow from fierce black metal through to powerful melodic passages and onto serene yet haunting ambient moments. Through the music and lyrics the band tell British folk tales and thus the songs move through many emotions and atmospheres. In order to achieve this the band employ various musical stylings which give rise to unusual but enthralling musical structures.
In addition Old Corpse Road successfully weave folk sections played on acoustic guitars through to progressive metal moments in order to portray the tale. Vocally the band employ intense black metal screams, deathly growls, passionate narratives and medieval inspired harmony chants. Lyrically each song is our interpretation of a folktale, told from different perspectives. Each lyric has several real world factors such as location and cultural effects, these factors allow our listeners to connect to the music beyond just their imagination.
Old Corpse Road consists of five members who play under pseudonyms. This is due to our personal identities being unimportant to what the band produces as a whole. The band's line-up has been stable since its inception in 2007 (bar a brief period of 3 guitars) and consists of 2 guitarists, bass, keyboards and drums. Vocals are taken care of by all band members. The members of the band are long time friends whcih allows us to function effectivly without the limitations of muscial egos. On a personal level the band follow the entire metal scene passionately and regularly attend gigs and rock nights whilst indulging in fine ales and beverages.
Musically the band creates and arranges the music together and has a very positive working relationship. The band take pride in all aspects of their work and self produce their art, lyrics and website from concept to completion. Dedication is at the core of the bands work ethic. The band currently has its own rehearsal space allowing us to practice and write music regularly. The band play live regularly and always look forward to being able to perform our energetic and diverse set to the masses.
- The Echoes of Tails Once Told (CD demo self released)
- The Bones of This Land are Not Speechless (CD split with the meads of Asphodel on Godreah Records)
- 'Tis Witching Hour - As Spectres We Haunt This Kingdom (CD full album on Godreah Records)
- Insidious Art and Serpentine Rites (7" split with The Infernal Sea on Three Swords Records)
As you will be aware the spectrum of Black Metal is as vast as the cosmos that inspires it; selecting the correct course for our creativity was a decision we did not take lightly. With the utmost contempt for religion, a total disregard for humanity, and pity for politicians and our ailing society we concluded that we would only become more bitter and spiteful following these paths. So after much discussion and introspective travel, we narrowed our focus to the single aim of playing Black Metal inspired by our true passions; Nature and British Folklore. Combining the dark beauty of British Folk Tales and the power and majesty of Nature, we hope to steal away your soul.
Old Corpse Road are not aiming to break any musical barriers, nor do we seek fame or infamy; we only seek to give back to the scene that has given so much to us. Musically we are inspired by many diverse bands; within black metal Bal-Sagoth, Primordial, Cradle of Filth, Burzum, Emperor, Abigor and Immortal. Old Corpse Road also enjoy classic early doom bands such as My Dying Bride, Celestial Season and Paradise Lost. The band find much pleasure in various other musical styles from Cold Meat Industries (Arcana, Raison D'etre) to traditional folk music, classical pieces and film scores.
The Mythology Behind The Name
Corpse Roads provided a practical means of allowing the transport of corpses to cemeteries that had burial rights. In Britain, such routes can also be known by a number of other names: bier road, burial road, coffin road, coffin line, lyke or lych way, funeral road, procession way, etc. Such "church-ways" have developed a great deal of associated folklore regarding wraiths, spirits, ghosts, and such-like. Many of the corpse roads have long disappeared, while the original purposes of those that still survive as footpaths have been largely forgotten, especially if features such as coffin stones or crosses no longer exist.