The Core of Brutality Interview - July 2013

The Core of Brutality Interview - July 2013

1.Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Old Corpse Road was conceived in late 2007 during an excursion to the UK Lake District. After writing a few songs , The Bearer (Guitars/Vocals) and The Dreamer (Drums) decided to look for a full band line up. This was soon established in 2008 with the addition of The Revenant (Guitars/Vocals) , The Wanderer (Bass/Spoken) Word and finally The Watcher (Keyboards/Vocals). We released our first demo in March 2009 entitled “The Echoes of Tales Once Told”, it received many great reviews and excellent feedback , we were honoured to receive a deal from Godreah Records to record the split CD with The Meads of Asphodel titled ”The Bones of this Land are not Speechless”. We have recently released our debut album "Tis Witching Hour… As Spectres We Haunt This Kingdom"


2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

We chose a lyrical approach basing our songs entirely on UK folklore and stories of legend which have been told throughout the country’s history. These stories are very dear to us, and have been of interest to us long before the band formed, thus it was the natural choice. There are no “messages” as such in our music, although I’m sure you could find some if you looked deep enough! The purpose of the lyrics and music is aimed at re-telling great stories that are slowly being forgotten, and allowing our listeners to experience the emotions and atmospheres connected to these tales.

3. How have the gigs you guys been doing been?

The gigs have been fantastic. It’s really warming to witness the support which we receive from our fans. It’s an amazing experience and we always love to see everyone enjoying themselves, it really spurs us on. It’s also great to get to see new places and meet new people and of course meet new bands.

4. What equipment do you guys use?

The Bearer uses an Ibanez S-series through a line 6 pod
The Seer uses a Cort M600 through a Laney VC-50
The Wanderer uses a Traben chaos 5 string bass through a Laney Richter R3
The Dreamer uses Tama Hyperdrive chrome with iron cobras and Sabian symbols
The Watcher uses Roland Juno-DI

5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Some obvious influences come from the early British scene such as early era Cradle of Filth, Bal-Sagoth and Hecate Enthroned. We can’t deny being inspired by a range of black metal bands from the early scene such as Emperor and Bathory all the way to modern bands such as Negura Bunget, and avant-garde acts such as Solefald. Classic British doom has also played an important part as well as ambient acts such as Dead Can Dance and the Cold Meat Industries roster.

6. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?

Yes we remember, but it seems like a long time ago now though. It was back in 2009 and we played a little venue in our home town called Seen when they used to run a metal night. It was a pretty good turnout for our first gig as Old Corpse Road, I even think there's a video floating around somewhere, may be we'll put it on a DVD one day.

7. What made you guys decide to form a band?

We had been playing in different bands for some time, but always wanted to play black metal as it has always been out most enjoyed genre. We decided to form the band just to play black metal and to give something back to the scene we loved. Somewhere along the journey it turned out we weren’t too bad at writing songs and hence the band became more focused and determined to create something of value to both ourselves and those who have supported us.

8. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

We don’t mind single songs etc. being posted on YouTube and other social sites, it’s all good promotion so we actively encourage sharing of single songs. The downside is, we have no financial backing and it is a hard and expensive job running a band, traveling to gigs and releasing albums (plus everything else that goes into keeping a band active) so we rely on CD and merchandise sales to help us keep active. Obviously when people rip our full CDs and torrent them this has a negative effect on our ability to finance the band. However on the plus side the fan reach of this is undeniably good.

9. Is there any bands that you guys enjoyed playing with more than the others?

We have met loads of fantastic people over our gigging career, almost everyone who we have played with have been a joy to work with but we have definitely formed some firm friendships with bands such as Aloeswood, Northern Oak, Infernal Creation, Primitive Graven Image, Ancient Ascendant and Ravenage and many more, sorry to any we have forgotten to mention, there are that many!

10. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? Like deathcore, metalcore and other subgenres and how some get a negative rep

It is somewhat of a double edged sword, genres are essential for defining music but often stigma can get attached to a genre and can lead to good bands getting overlooked from time to time. Genres are good as a guideline to finding new bands but good music transcends classification.

11. What song do you enjoy playing the most?

We enjoy playing all our songs of course, we currently are enjoying touring the songs from our new album but our newest song, which is currently unrecorded, called “The Whispers of Long Meg”, is proving to be a firm favorite with all of us and the crowd too.

12. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

We often go to the UK Lake District and other areas surrounded by folk tales to look for new inspiration for songs, we also like to attend as many gigs as possible to help support the scene.

13. Your biggest band moment?

That’s a tough one, we have had some awesome moments to choose from; playing Bloodstock or getting best newcomer in Terrorizer Magazine, but for us it has to be the release of our debut album. All the hours that went into it, after meticulously checking every aspect and it finally coming together and being complete was an amazing feeling.

14. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

We circulate mainly on the British black metal which seems to be going from strength to strength at the moment. We still love metal as a whole and there have been some great albums released over the last few years. There are certain areas struggling with over saturation, but there is always a trend so there’s no escaping that!

15. How did you guys come up with your band name?

We came across a footpath known as the Old Corpse Road in the Lake District, its connection with folklore and as a beautiful walk where the band was first conceived. It was an obvious choice for the name. There is something a little unique about its structure and it immediately inspires people to look it up and investigate further.

16. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

We have a lot in the pipeline at the moment, we are still gigging and promoting the new album, we have a small tour in Ireland coming up and many more dates. We have also been writing so we will be recording at some point in the near future, check out our website for details on news, gigs and merchandise.

Posted by Core Brutality at 10:43 AM - 21st July 2013