EMQ’s with CRS

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EMQ’s with CRS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Mexican Death Metal band CRS (Cirrosis)! 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?

We are CRS a Death Metal band from Sonora, Mexico, formed in 1991 under the name Cirrosis by Francisco “Chucky” Oroz and Sir OZ, being the only original members in the current line-up. Due to its technical capacity in which early incorporated progressive elements and melodic alone, they quickly won notoriety in the local and national underground scene. CRS live performances were characterized by their intensity and fury, becoming soon a cult band. In this early days, songs such as ‘Masacre Infinita’ and ‘Tu última blasfemia’ emerged. In 1996, “Joseph Lev” joined the band and recorded their first demo “The Land of Addiction”, which was distributed in a very limited way. In 1999, CRS recorded their first studio album “Reciclando Desesperación” in Spanish language, which compiled themes composed since the beginning, offering an extensive range of Death Metal styles with good quality mix and production. Song like ‘Fariseos’, ‘Dame tu muerte’ y ‘Negando lo no negado’ stood out. In 2001, CRS decided to stop because its members wished continue with their personal and professional projects. In 2014, Concreto Records reissued the album “Reciclando Desesperación” which is described as “The misfit sound that disturbed a style in Mexico that can currently teach lessons to actual modern “bands. 20 years later, CRS is recording its second album under study, “The Collector of Truths” which will also be edited by Concreto Records. To date, five singles have been released: ‘A Better Place To Hate’ and ‘Tan Lejos de Dios’, where international artist Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Chimaira), plays drums, also the songs ‘Asfixia’ ‘Kill My Name’ and ‘The Daydreamer’s Nightmare’ are available.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a name that we adopted from fans who were seeing us play at different gigs. We were binge beer drinkers so people started calling us “Cirrosis” (CRS is an abbreviation of that) to identify us. So we took that name.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from México! Our country has a somewhat complicated stage, but the important thing is that we have very good bands in all metal genres, too talented. However, better platforms are needed to transcend and offer something of higher quality. We have a bunch of metalheads and many international concerts but Mexicans should support more the national scene.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

It’s a song called ‘TAN LEJOS DE DIOS’ (Nowhere But Here).
Lyric video:
https://youtu.be/NEi1A85Gex4

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fear Factory, Carcass, Cynic, Pestilence, Morbid Angel, Kreator, Sepultura.

What first got you into music?

Music itself, it’s simply something I feel deeply and its brutal expression is important and urgent for us.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Actually, we had a collaboration with Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Chimaira) who plays Drums on the songs ‘A Better Place To Hate’ and ‘Tan Lejos de Dios’ and also, with Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Alkaloid) who plays bass on ‘The Art Of Breathing’.
We’d love to work with some members of Meshuggah.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

We’d love to play in the HELL AND HEAVEN FEST, because is a great one but the most important is here, in Mexico, we wish people all around the world could learn about Mexico, we can compete with any international fest.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I can’t remember anything really weird, but we feel very fortunate that our fans make their own shirts and merch. It feels great when they use the ones we design but when they make their own we feel really honoured.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Never stop expressing what you feel, release everything, even the negative and enjoy the music. STAY BRUTAL!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

PANTERA

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

We enjoy the composition and the recording process of an album. We enjoy seeing the final result of what we have done. We don’t hate anything about music, although we disagree with piracy and abuse in the industry.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The unfair way songwriters are treated under current laws.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Destroy, Erase, Improve” by Meshuggah.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Difficult question! Sir OZ (vocalist) has a really big collection of Vinyl and CD´s. There is something special in the ritual of putting a record on the turntable, not only a nostalgia thing but a way to listen music in a sacred audio room. However, we´re not against digital formats particularly FLAC or WAV files.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

There are a lot, we have great memories, but we really loved remembering local gigs in a place called PRD.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Actually, all of us have different jobs. We have a multi Grammy nominated producer (not in metal music) and also a lawyer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hahaha great question: Dimebag Darrell, Nikki Sixx, Fredrik Thordendal, Mattias ‘IA’ Eklundh and Devin Townsend.

What’s next for the band?

Finish the album and promote it. Once that is over, we will analyze the possibility of playing live and even recording a show.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://music.apple.com/hn/artist/cirrosis/895619047
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvTfCrbF0rl4KzgoTU2WRQ
https://www.facebook.com/CirrosisBand and https://www.facebook.com/crsmetalband/
https://twitter.com/cirrosisband
https://www.reverbnation.com/crsband
https://soundcloud.com/crs-metal

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahaha a Cake!!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

We are very grateful for your interview and congratulations for supporting metal.

 

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Voltax – No Retreat … You Surrender

Voltax album cover

Voltax – No Retreat … You Surrender

Running Time 39:45

Released on 14-04-2017 via Iron Shield Records / Pure Steel Promotions

8/10 – Review by Dawn King

One of things that really bugs me about reviewing is the way other reviewers pigeon-hole albums and bands and one thing that can not be done with the new album by Mexican band, Voltax, is pigeonholing.

Formed in Mexico City in 2006, Voltax have evolved into one of Mexico’s most impressive underground metal bands. They released their demo, “Discharge” in 2006 and their self-titled debut full length album was released the following year.

Despite not registering on MY heavy metal radar, Voltax do have a history and a metal pedigree behind them and never once have they abandoned their classic metal sound. I have seen them be described as “NWOBHM with a hint of Mercyful Fate and a sprinkling of Deep Purple”, “Traditional heavy metal mixed with classic speed metal” and also “With the hint of a progressive feel”.

I would like to describe them just as they describe themselves, “There is no “old school” and “new school” WE are heavy metal, as pure and as heavy as it can be played, no more, no less.”

Their second full length album “Fugitive State of Mind” was released in 2010 and featured artwork by Dimitar Nikolov (Ruthless, Fatal Violence and Air Raid) and in 2011 they won the WOA Metal Battle Mexica, playing the international final at the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle, finishing in third place.

Their third album “Hiding into Flames” was released in 2013 and consolidated the band as a vital force of the Mexican scene.

Now they are back with their new album, the fantastically titled “No Retreat…You Surrender”, again featuring the talents of artist Dimitar Nikolov.

Citing influences such as Judas Priest, Accept, Mercyful Fate, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Uriah Heep, UFO and Black Sabbath, it’s easy to see these shine through in this album. The band has a typical early 80s metal sound of galloping bass lines and thundering drums, mixed with twin guitar harmonies, searing guitar solos and shrieking vocals.

For me, the vocals took a little bit of getting used to, but then, as I have said before in previous reviews, if the vocalist is not singing in his native language, they will tend to sound a bit “off” to native English speakers. Having said this, the guy can sing. He has a hoarse, shrieking voice but he doesn’t bark or grind the vocals, which are, overall, very clear.

This may seem to some people as yet another throwback album, latching on to a sound of a bygone era and wringing it for everything it has while not bringing anything new to the table.

BUT, for me that is its appeal. I love newer bands reproducing the sounds of older ones because there is always that little bit of individuality that not everyone can hear.

These guys are full on leather and bullet belt heavy fucking metal and I for one hope they stick around for a very long time.

Definitely one for all the heavy metal maniacs out there \m/

Voltax band pic

Track List – 

  • El Fin (Intro)
  • Broken World
  • This Void We Ride
  • Deadly Games
  • Go With Me
  • Starless Night
  • Night Lasts Forever
  • Explota
  • The Hero
  •  25, 6 to 4 (Bonus track)

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