EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hudiksvall, Sweden based Metal band Corrosive Sweden. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Corrosive Sweden was formed in 1997 and have since then released a number of recordings and performed on a number of clubs and festivals mainly in Sweden. We have had the opportunity to play with bands such as The Hellacopters, Amaranthe, Engel, Dead By April, Corroded, Freedom Call, The Kristet Utseende, Smash Into Pieces, Art Nation, Eyes Wide Open among others The band was also invited, as special guests, for a gig with the Backyard Babies.
We are currently working on the new album. The first single ‘Devil of Mine’ was released in October. As many other colleagues in the music industry, we had to cancel the tour planned for 2020. “We are really looking forward for Covid to cease. Meanwhile, we are spending time with our families and creating music” The recording of this album, is as the previous album, made in our own studio Dark City Sounds. The vocals are recorded by P-O at POL Studio.
We have been described as a hybrid between old school Trash and Melodic metal. The five band members all have different backgrounds when it comes to personal musical influences. It is a wide range from Classic Hard Rock, Trash Metal, Punk, Power Metal and Modern Metal. This makes the sound of Corrosive Sweden unique, but with recognizable fragments.
How did you come up with your band name?
There were several bands called Corrosive, so we added Sweden.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Hudiksvall, Sweden. The Metal and Rock scene is pretty bad actually.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
It´s called ‘Devil of Mine’. The song was released 2.October 2020
Who have been your greatest influences?
A lot of bands. Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Helloween, Slayer, Meshuggah, Deftones, among others. We have an influence playlist on our Spotify page. Follow that one
What first got you into music?
Johan: My cousin showed me Accept and Twisted Sister. Then I bought my first electric guitar.
Christer: I heard Kiss – “Dynasty” when I was six years old. Then I was sold for life.
Peter: I grew up in a home with a dad who plays guitar and a big brother who plays drums, so the music has always been there. I started my first band with some friends.
Daniel: My brother.
Alex: I originally started out singing just for fun, but eventually took the opportunity to perform on stage during my pre-teen years. In my teenage years me and some of my classmates decided to start a band and that’s when I discovered my love for playing the bass.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
A big band with the ambition to help us move forward in our careers would be very fun.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Rock in Rio – Because it’s a huge festival.
Wacken Open Air – Because Germany is a dream we’ve had for a long time.
Sweden Rock festival – Because it is the world’s nicest festival to be at, as a visitor.
Graspop Metal Meeting – We just love it.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Foam plots. It is a Swedish Christmas candy. Taste like rubber!!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Help us in these difficult times. Stream and spread our music. Buy our merch. Come to our concerts when the pandemic subsides. It´s a tough time for bands like us these days.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Johan: Freddie Mercury
Christer: Hard question. Probably Eric Carr.
Peter: Cliff Burton.
Daniel: The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold.
Alex: Chi Cheng from Deftones.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Love writing, recording and playing new music.
Hate is a strong word, but we dislike that many people want our money but do not want to work so much for it. We also dislike many people who don´t think that writing music is a real job.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Hard question. But getting paid fairly for what you do would definitely make it easier for us.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Christer: Kiss – “Lick It Up” or Helloween – “Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 2”
Johan: Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”
Peter: Therapy – “Troublegum”
Daniel: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”
Alex: I Don´t know!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
All of them but vinyl is the coolest.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
A small festival in Sweden called Metalpark. Great response and a fantastic crew.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Johan: Lighthouse Keeper.
Christer: Probably a Tennis Pro with 22 Grand Slam Trophies.
Peter: Industrial worker.
Daniel: Soccer Pro with Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Alex: Perhaps a photographer.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Christer: Paul Stanley but he probably would not come because of the corona so then it must be Michael Kiske or John Petrucci.
Johan: Dave Mustaine.
Peter: Kerry King.
Daniel: James Hetfield.
What’s next for the band?
We have just recorded two new singles that will be released soon. At this moment, we are recording two more that will be released in the spring of 2021.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our one website, and of cause many other digital platforms, Apple music etc.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
A biscuit. Very good with Swedish coffee. But it´s better with a chocolate ball, cinnamon bun or a Swedish Kladdkaka. Try it if you get the chance 😊
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for the support and may the force be with you.
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