Seven Gates of Hell with CORROSIVE CARCASS

26. března 2016 v 18:06 | RaznAgul |  seven gates of hell interviews
The aim of the open series of the blogzine´s Seven Gates of Hell interviews is to introduce the bands and their music that struck my metalhead´s heart and soul recently. In seven questions, the gates are open for those who make their music of true metal spirit, pure dedication and of what I understand as underground approach and aesthetics.

In the early years of the band´s existence CORROSIVE CARCASS put quite a lot of energy in searchig for a style of metal that would best suit their music temperament and fulfil their artistic ambitions. Before the final grounding in old-school death metal, they threw on a scrap heap all their previous work. At least they say so. Still, what I really like about the band´s new album "Forsaken Lands" are its slight, but clear diversions from the death metal archetypes one can trace within the genre stripped to the bones.

I. The album´s heavy moods and glossy quitar lines stand out as a very attractive seasoning of your metal harshness. It seems that you did scrap your past attempts, but, nevertheless, kept some ideas one can hardly find in a true death metal approach. Have you consciously retained in your style some elements of your past music endeavours?
"I'm glad to hear you can sense a differing style in our new album, as we always try to evolve as a band. We don't necessarily want to be put in a very specific genre (Swedish death metal comes to mind), we'd rather just take the many influences we have as musicians and work to create our own sound."

II. What was the most attractive element of death metal that finally hooked you to the genre?
"For me personally, it was the heavy guitars and the evil sound it created. I got into a lot of Swedish bands, Entombed, Dismember in the beginning. And of course, the evil foul smell that Autopsy brings about it can never be topped."

III. What about the fate of your first demo recording of 2007? Since it has never got released, does that mean that it just dwells in the personal music collections of the band´s members and will do so till the end of all ages?
"I don't know, we haven't really given it much thought. We were very fresh as a band at that time, hell I wasn't even behind the drums back then as we had Fredrik Lindorf doing the drumwork for us and I was playing guitar. But yeah, the sound production on that demo was pretty weak, however it's not impossible to see it as perhaps bonus tracks on a future album? Only the future can tell."

IV. With the colourful packing of "Forsaken Lands" you conspicously departed from the austere look of your debut album. Does the black-and-white cover artwork of "Composition of Flesh" points to a more straightforward approach to metal you might have at that time? And do you consider your second full-length a move forward in this respect?
"With the cover art of "Composition of Flesh", we pretty much gave the artist free hands as we didn't have much of an idea for a concept. We basically told him "think of our band name and draw inspiration from that!" haha! But yeah, it definitely feels as though "Forsaken Lands" is a more thought-out album, more cohesive. So in that regard I think we took a step forward."

V. The album "Forsaken Lands" is not only about ten tracks of great, captivating music. It also narrates fascinating stories with the point. The title track about the painful embarkation on a journey across the river of death and self-confident will to seize the underworld, the track "…And So She Dies (In Sacrifice)" about the perverse ritual of sacrificing human chastity and "Prosecuted At Birth", the one I like the most, about useless efforts to root out a sin, as it is reborn again. Do you believe that narrative lyrics in death metal is something worth writing, that you would not do just with usual approach of heaping gore, filth and decay in your songs?
"I'm glad you like that kind of narrative writing, I am a big fan of it myself, for instance I love King Diamond's lyrics as much as I love their music, so for me they're a big influence in my songwriting. And yeah, I definitely think death metal can be so much more than just murder, gore, blood and decay. Our first album was pretty much straightforward gore lyrics with a few exceptions. There's a lot of potential for exploring other themes in death metal, as this kind of music can evoke a lot of feelings."

VI. I have been really pulled by that bit of weird tuning in otherwise charming quitar line of the track "Memories". The diversion of the two tones within makes the whole riff absolutely nerving, but viciously catchy at the same time. Why, the holy hell, did you come up with such gimmick and did not let the guitar riff floating in tune? Perfect, it is just killing me!
"Haha, I guess we just like when the music gives that kind of shiver down your spine that makes you feel ill and good at the same time? I hope that's as good an answer as any!"

VII. Where is the place of CORROSIVE CARCASS in the Swedish death metal scene of today, and maybe tomorrow?
"Well, I've always had the idea that I don't want to release "the same album" several times, in that I mean I feel no need to release another "Composition of Flesh". We're always evolving and exploring new territories. This is when a lot of readers would get nervous we're going to turn into some symphonic black metal band or a Pantera knock off haha but that will not happen. We know what CORROSIVE CARCASS is, we just like to write songs that feel fresh and new. As of now we've currently come a long way in writing songs for our third album which will hopefully be recorded this spring or summer. Without saying too much, it'll definitely have a different sound than any of our two past works. Don't worry, it'll still reek of death. I can say though, that it'll feature more progressive pieces!"

Thanks a lot for the interview! The death madness of CORROSIVE CARCASS can always count on my support!


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