Monday, September 16, 2013

interview with CORPSE RETURNS

new interview with american death metal band.


1) Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Corpse started late 1992 with Joe Cox and Jeff Hoskins. We brought in Shawn Clark on rhythm, Eric Massie (RIP 2009) on vocals and Sean Emberton on bass.
Early in 1993 we recorded our first 3 song demo. By then, Sean, Shawn and Eric left for college and personal reasons resulting in Jay Mattingly on rhythm, Kirk Jones on bass and Joe handling vocals.
Later that year, Joe, Kirk and Jeff recorded You Must Die for ART but it never was released. Joe moved away and Corpse disbanded.
In 1996, Jeff, Jay, Sean and Eric started Corpse back up, recorded For President, got signed to Cling and released From The Grave. We disbanded January of 1999 for other band commitments and personal differences.
This year, Joe, Kirk and Jeff committed to get Corpse going again (threw it around the past few years) and recorded Among The Dead.

2) What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?
Our lyrics deal with becoming Born Again, dying to sin, satan's defeat, overcoming fear and salvation through Christ.
We want to bring the Gospel and glorify Christ in our lyrics.

3) What bands have influenced your band and its sound?
Our influences are a wide range of metal. They include Obituary, Death, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Mortification, Vengeance Rising, Crimson Thorn, Metallica, Slayer, Deliverance, Living Sacrifice, Ozzy, Place of Skulls, Believer, Arch Enemy, Nile, Tourniquet to name a few.

4) What made you guys decide to form a band?
joe played guitar, I(Jeff) played drums, we loved metal and were Christians, so it seemed right. We wanted to reach people through our music and I know we have by the Grace of GOD.

5) How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? like deathcore, metalcore and other subgenres and how some get a negative rep.
I think a lot depends on what you grew up listening to. We prefer the old school sound but there are a lot of good bands doing core. At least people are being reached and metal has gotten bigger. Times change, so metal will evolve no matter what. Old school metal seems to be making somewhat of a comeback.

6) When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?
Working, spending time with family and I like to collect comics. Joe is now a family man and a World of Warcraft gamer. Kirk has a lot of fun with his lady, moped riding and we like to hang out.

7) Your biggest band moment?
Biggest band moment would probably be recording our first demo because it was exciting to be getting our music out. 
Close to that would be getting signed and performing with Mortification and Klank.

 8)What is your opinion on the current state of metal?
Metal is growing in popularity and respect among other musicians. Extreme metal drummers are doing clinics, getting instructional book and DVD deals and people aren't as prejudiced towards it. More kids are into it, but I miss the technical aspects and solos from the past. Musicians have found easier ways to play it and the Internet lets so many people have access to lessons and things we never knew about before.

9) How did you guys come up with your band name?
We wanted a death sounding name with a message. I mentioned Corpse (dead to sin-Colossians 3:3) just as an idea not knowing if it was unique enough, but everybody liked it and we kept it.

10) What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?
We still plan to keep making music and are currently working on songs for a full length. We don't make money from this(yet at least) and we have jobs and families, so playing out will be rare. GOD bless and thanks George and everyone for supporting us and the underground!


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