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).
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?
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://www.facebook.com/CirrosisBand and https://www.facebook.com/crsmetalband/
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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