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This blog is for unsigned Metal bands and bands on small labels. Whilst setting up my promotions company, I noticed that a lot of sites don't cover demo bands and bands just starting out. Hopefully this small corner of the internet will have redress the balance, ever so slightly

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Deep Underground UK - Old Corpse Road

Old Corpse Road have carved their name into the UK black metal scene by producing classic, yet unique British black metal based on the dark folklore of Britain. The Darlington based 6 piece formed in 2007 and take their name from a coffin road in the Lake District.

Dynamically their music flows from fierce black metal through to powerful melodic passages and onto serene yet haunting moments. The band incorporate a wide range of vocals from traditional black metal shrieks, guttural lows, spoken word passages and epic folk singing. Old Corpse Road bind these elements together to produce a solid yet original take on the black metal sound.

After an acclaimed demo and a split with The Meads of Asphodel they released their debut album ‘Tis Witching Hour…As Spectres We Haunt this Kingdom’ in 2012, which received critical acclaim from Metal Hammer, Zero Tolerance and Terrorizer as well as topping the Best Newcomer category in the 2012 Terrorizer Readers' Poll. After their recent split 7" with black metal band The Infernal Sea, they are currently working on the anticipated full-length follow-up to their debut album.

Throughout this time Old Corpse Road have built up a reputation with their intense and atmospheric live performances across the UK. The band have shared the stage with the likes of Shining, Alcest, Hecate Enthroned, Svartsot, Skyforger, Winterfylleth and Wodensthrone.

I know that you’re soon to appear on a Darkthrone tribute album. What sort of bands influence your sound?
Yes, December will see the release of ‘One Cold Night In Norway’ which is a digital tribute album. We will contribute the song ‘Divided We Stand’ from ‘Hate Them’, perhaps a less obvious choice of song!

A lot of the 90’s black metal bands influenced our sound. Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Bal-Sagoth and Abigor to name a few. Aside from black metal though plenty of doom (think My Dying Bride, early Paradise Lost and Celestial Season), old school UK grind/death bands Carcass and Napalm Death and then classic heavy metal such as Iron Maiden also plays a part.

Aside from the metal influences there’s folk music, dark ambient (Arcana/Raison D’etre) as well as classical and film score music too. All these things combined have in some way inspired us along the way.

And would it be fair to say that you’re more storytellers, than just a band playing regular songs? Well that’s how I think of you.
Yes absolutely. Of course the heart of the songs is the music, but we deliver that via the telling of these old tales. We use a multi vocal approach to tell the story over the different textures of the music, so we will often shift from aggressive black metal to choral folk chants and epic speech. It seems to work really well in delivering the message of the songs.

You played Bloodstock in the summer, how was it for you?
Bloodstock was incredible and was clearly our live highlight, albeit a very short one as our set was limited to 30 minutes. Regardless though we were overwhelmed by the crowd response. Not just the superb turn out but the actual involvement of the audience with our songs. It has to be said that playing the same day as one of our icons, Emperor, was a massive boost. It’s one of those days that comes somewhere close to perfect in my opinion and the memory will stay with me forever.

And you’ve recently played another special gig at Nemeton Borealis - The Blackwood Gathering. How does such an intimate setting compare to the likes of Bloodstock?
Nemeton Borealis – The Blackwood Gathering was created by myself and another chap called Joe from Bradford black metallers, Woes. It was hosted at a unique venue called Fell Foot Wood in Cumbria. The venue itself is on a hill side which overlooks Lake Windermere and is essentially a wooden barn type building. The area is such a beautiful place and of course, being in the middle of the woods, is a perfect setting for a black metal gig. We invited some of our friends bands to play and we got a good mixture of black metal styles from across the UK.

The gig was a huge contrast to Bloodstock but in a different way was just as special. The event was still very successful and there was a great turnout, but unlike a summer festival, this was hosted at the turn of autumn and the whole vibe of the evening was very different.  The whole gig was played by candlelight and the side of the venue opens up to the outdoors, and of course, by 7pm it was dark so the atmosphere of the night was amazing. We even played a short acoustic track outside in the middle of the woods between the stage acts, lit by flaming torches.

We will be hosting the event again at a similar time next year so keep an eye out for that one.

You did a 7” single earlier in the year, with The Infernal Sea. Was it a rewarding experience doing a vinyl release and would consider doing something similar again, or are albums more suited to your music?
The Infernal Sea are a superb band and we were honoured to do the split with them and to finally have our music released on vinyl. We’d definitely do similar things again. Whilst we will always focus on albums we hope to release at least some sort of EP or split in between each full length.

You’ve got to where you are by hard work and without the backing of a label (and big fancy adverts in the press), so what advice would you give to any band just starting out?
If you truly believe that your band has something to offer the scene then you just have to put absolutely everything into it. I can’t even begin to sum up the amount of time and money we’ve put into Old Corpse Road over the years, but all it takes is one nice comment from a fan, or a positive review and all of the hard work is completely worth it. Add to which we are creating the music that we as listeners enjoy so there is a lot of satisfaction in purely doing it for ourselves too.

Explore every avenue that you can for promotion, send promo material out to everyone you can find, contact all zines, radio stations, gig promoters. Also networking with other bands is key.

What’s next for Old Corpse Road? And what are your goals for 2015?
The primary goal for the band now is to complete and release our second album. I won’t go into a lot of detail now, but we are very close indeed to being complete so expect big news on that front very soon.

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