Interviews: Cesspool Of Corruption

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Melodic Death Metal/Death Metal band, Cesspool Of Corruption from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The band name was originally one of the songs off of this release. However, eventually early on we felt that it just didn’t pop enough. Our current name was actually taken from an early episode of the Simpsons funny enough. Points for whoever can find the episode and name the character that coined the phrase!

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We were drawn to the intensity of the music, and the complex nature of many of the bands we were influenced by. We wanted to create music that was engaging and not so straight forward, but without becoming an incoherent mess. The idea was to blend complexity with catchiness, hooks, melody with brutality, and create a fairly well rounded sound. Plus, we can’t sing, but we found out we can make some pretty sick monster noises.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

3 out of 4 of us knew each other prior. Obviously Matt and Mike are brothers, but Blake met them early on right before Jr. High. We started playing together early on initially jamming and learning guitar and such. Blake moved away for several years, but upon his return in the spring of 2012, we formed the band and linked back up after reconnecting and discussing it from afar for some time. As far as Brennan joining us down the road, we met him via Craigslist of all places in 2014. We couldn’t ever seem to find a drummer, so we just worked on writing music in the interim until we were able to get ready to play live. Once he was on board, we were set and the band is as it’s been since then. We chose to go without a vocalist since we already had issues finding reliable musicians, and had our fair share of experiences with people who just didn’t fit what we were seeking. Plus, we loved the Dying Fetus, Origin style dual vocal attack.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Death without a doubt. Alongside Chuck, probably Origin, Vehemence, Nile, Inferi, Arsis, TBDM, andNecrophagist. There’s so many, the list would probably never end. Matt:Death,The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Vehemence, Arsis, Origin, Nile Mike:Death, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Suffocation Brennan: Death, Cynic, and Suffocation, at least around the time we were working on this.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Overall, some of our foundational bands definitely help keep some inspiration going. Bands like TBDM, Origin, Vehemence, Suffocation, Nile, and Planetary Duality era The Faceless, etc. I’d say at this point overall exploring new scales, new keys to play in, ways to blend them together all help to drive us. Trying out different techniques to focus on, as well as different song structures or themes. Overall trying to continually challenging ourselves to further develop our sound and evolve as a band is probably the primary motivation at this point.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last show was at a local spot in Deep Ellum down in Dallas called Wit’s End. We played with Vale of Pnath and Gorod among a few others.

7. Where would you like to act?

We’d love to travel the rest of the US first and kind of get the feel for touring. That said, Europe is definitely where we’d like to head to down the road.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Agh, so many choices! If we were talking Europe, something like Defeated Sanity, Virvum, or Cytotoxin would be phenomenal. Stateside, probably Origin, Alterbeast, Inferi, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, etc. We could literally go on forever. 

9. Whom not?

Trapt Official. Pass.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Probably each and every one of us has dealt with this, or still deals with it to degree. It’s hard to say exactly what to do there. Sometimes we have a beer or two to try and level out the nerves. Can’t have too many though, then it gets hard to grunt and play at the same time! Blake usually gets a knotted up stomach, even still occasionally to this day. Advice there is to just be sure to eat a bit throughout the day and stay hydrated. The pre-stage beers are optional. Really if you just can’t seem to relax. Overall advice would be to make sure you aren’t having to rush. Be prepared and take your time, get places early, etc. That makes the whole process less of a rollercoaster. We always get a solid warm up in before our set to make sure everything is fresh and focused in the mind, as well as get those chops loosened up so we make sure we can suck the least on stage.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Death is definitely probably the biggest in terms of what really got us all into playing Death Metal, but also probably with seeking to make music that is a little more melodic, thought provoking, and not so straightforward, at least all the time. Beyond that as mentioned before, Suffocation, Nile, Vehemence, Origin, TBDM, early The Faceless definitely helped to craft what we’d call the foundation in terms of influence. We wanted to take the chaos and nasty aggression of Origin, with the melodic aspects and catchiness of Dahlia, alongside the kind of fun techy, spacey vibes of The Faceless. The rest helped to kind of gives us some more diverse ideas to blend all these aspects together.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Thus far we haven’t had any outlandish requests. We have a solid following locally across Dallas/Ft. Worth, but we’re still working on building our fan base abroad. Hopefully Covid fucks off soon and we can get back to playing shows and looking into our first actual tour. We have some fans abroad, but we’d really like to take full advantage of this opportunity through Gorehouse to give it our full effort and really try to catapult the band into further success.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Love ‘em to death! The fans are what makes this whole thing work in the first place! Without them, there’s not much to accomplish here except in the sense of artistic fulfillment. To know that something you’ve labored on extensively has resonated with another person, that’s the best feeling there is. If it even manages to have that effect on one person, it’s made the whole thing so much more worthwhile. If anything, we’d love more opportunities like this to be able to communicate with fans about the band, cool facts, history, and so on. Once again, couldn’t thank Gorehouse enough for really lending a helping hand when we needed it the most and having some faith in us and what we can do.

14. What do you think of our site?

We thought it was super rad. We really dig it, and we are most appreciate of this opportunity. We don’t get a ton of opportunities such as this, so we were stoked to do this and work with you.

15. Something to add?

We just want to thank you for having us and doing the interview, as well as a thanks once again to Carlos and everyone at Gorehouse Productions. That said, be sure to check out the MCD for Eradication of The Subservient in its revamped form as we were initially intending. We have some really sick merch ideas in store for fans too, so be sure to snag some stuff from Gorehouse so we can get these new ideas printed for you all. Also, be on the lookout, because in 2021 our full length record is due out through Gorehouse and we assure you, it will be a banger and well worth the wait. Once again, we appreciate any and all support, and keep your ears open, because there is so much more we have to offer.

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