Friday, June 29, 2012

Rocking Corpses Interview

1. Can you tell  us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Rocking Corpses is a fairly new band and just now releasing debut album called Rock 'n' Rott through Abyss Records. The whole idea was to combine rock, death metal and various horror themes. The trio consists of Tony D.K., Leper Laze and Vile.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

I think the sound is a combination of the aggression and balls of death metal but also harmonies and groove of rock. Vocals have two main styles with low guttural death metal grunts and cleaner rock stylish vocals mainly in choruses. Also the gain in guitars have been toned down a bit to bring out the rocking side of the music.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music/

The first album Rock 'n' Rott is a theme album telling the story of one zombie crawling out of it's grave and rocking out in a city. So the main theme is horror but black humour is also a big part of the lyrics as well. The first album is about zombies doing crazy rocking things but in the future there will be other horror themes also.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name/

I think the band's name sums up pretty well what we are all about, rock, death, corpses, zombies, monsters, etc. It's also pretty funny name when you visualize some corpses rocking out but for me it's a strong and coarse name too.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

So far we haven't done any live shows. In the studio I played all the instruments and we haven't rehearsed all the songs yet with our new drummer Vile, who btw did all the artwork for the album. All the guys have played many shows with different bands and I think it will be great to do shows with Rocking Corpses when we are ready. It will be energetic and crazy rockin' gigs.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?

No plans so far.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

The album is going to be released on July 13th so there's not that much feedback yet. Maybe for rock fans the death metal side of our music may be too much but for a death metal fan, i'd think our stuff will be something new and exciting. A fresh breath of putrid air.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?

All the guys have different things going on too but Rocking Corpses is a solid unit and not just a side project. I also play in other bands but all my creative energy goes to Rocking Corpses.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases/

Now with an amazing new drummer we can maybe explore into more extreme death metal also. Without forgetting the groovy rock, of corpse. Also the sound will certainly evolve with future releases as the drums will be real drums and not electronic like the ones I played on our debut. The lyrical themes will be more varied too and not concentrating only on zombies.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Maybe I'm getting old 'cause I find myself listening to so much blues and bluesy rock. Motörhead and AC/DC are some of my all time favourites but lately I've been listening a lot of stuff like Clutch, Joe Bonamassa and finnish band Viikate. I also got really excited when I found Ghoultown. Their latest album is just amazing. Also I've been excited about Autopsy coming back with a great album! Other favourites are Pungent Stench, Necrophagia, Rob Zombie, Macabre, Entombed.. So many.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

It's pretty obvious in our music that I really love horror movies. Everything from classic black & white to new stuff. Laze has been riding motorcycles all his life but just lately I've been getting interested too. I bought my first bike last summer and now I've been thinking about buying a Harley. It's just too bad that the summers in Finland are so short..

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Be sure to check out our debut album Rock 'n' Rott! Listen with full volume and a case full of beer. More info from www.rockingcorpses.comand - Horror & Gore!

-Tony D.K.

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