Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
Cirriosis (CRS) was formed in 1991 by Francisco "Chucky" Oroz and Sir OZ, being the only original members in the current lineup. In the beginning we tried to create songs in Spanish, with a brutal sound based on thrash and death metal. In those days we wrote song as “Masacre Infinita” and “Tú Última Blasfemia”, CRS live gigs were full energy, forming a solid fan base in the local escene. 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, which compiles 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” stand out. In 2001, CRS decided to stop. 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 has recorded their second album tittle “ "The
Collector of Truths" which will also be edited by Concreto Records in December 2019. Five singles of this new album 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.
Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
Sir Oz wanted to form a grindcore band in Spanish since the late 80s. In northwestern Mexico, back then was very hard to meet people who liked that genre and also play an instrument. In 1990, OZ met Oroz, he was wearing a Napalm Death and Oz shirt and from that everything flowed, soon they decided to start Cirrosis.
How would you categorize the style of the band?
Technical Old Death Metal.
What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
We want to show that being a metalhead does not exempt us from feeling internal fears. Traditionally, many guys in metal are hidden in an appearance of aggressiveness, trying to be strong. For us the main force lies in fighting your own fears and having the courage to accept them, the only way to change and be a better human being. Cirrosis is brutal like others metal bands, but we don´t need to talk about fucking dead people or satanism, inside CRS machine runs a lot of feelings.
Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands’ sound?
Kreator, Sepultura and many thrash metal bands are inside of us. Napalm Death Carcass, Obituary and Morbid Angel changed our way to undertand brutal music. However, Fear Factory, Pestilence, Meshuggah, enriched the technical way. We want to be a technical band without losing the aggressive part but above all without falling into excesses. It is not necessary to show the world that we are the fastest or the most virtuous musicians, it seems stupid for us. We just tried to make good songs, songs that would have made us crazy as a teenager.
Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?
“The Collector of Truths” is an album that was worked for many years. Most of the songs were written in early 2000´s, just after our first álbum was released. The ideas behind the music still the same, we´re really proud to see that even after two decades they sound fresh and powerful. We have two great international musicians playing with us, Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Chimaira) and Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Alkaloid) playing bass on “The Art of Breathing”. It is an album that tries to rescue the traditional elements of death metal, you know, not everything is blast beats and virtuosity. We find those bands that try to imitate Meshuggah boring but forget about including good riffs in the songs, it seems like a music clinic. In the record you will find songs in various styles of death metal, a lot of melody and good solos, a lot of intensity and feeling.
Where did you record your latest release at?
At our guitarist Francisco “Chucky” Oroz’s studio. Here in Sonora, México.
Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
Our very own guitarist Francisco “Chucky” Oroz is a multi-Grammy nominated engineer. He produced, engineer, mixed and mastered both of our albums. An interesting fact is that he studied in France with Andy Wallace (Slayer, Ghost, Sepultura, Slipknot, and so on)
Francisco “Chucky” Oroz and Joseph Lev mainly compose the music and Sir Oz handles almost all of the lyrics, although there are some songs (like Asfixia) where Chucky had the main lyric idea and then Sir Oz took it to another level. I guess you can say that although each of us has his “songwriting job”, everybody ends up contributing on everything.
How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
We have evolved a lot musically and as human beings. I like to think that we finally achieved the album we always wanted.
Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
Although everything is fiction, Sir Oz drew a story based on the individual struggle to change, to kill our demons. The idea of disappearing and starting from zero. Fear, insomnia, stress, anxiety, hatred, tiredness, exhaustion, everything that involves the struggle to be a better person can be appreciated in the lyrics. Sir Oz writes in a way that each song has two or three ways of interpreting, they talk about many things, and they have enough explicit references to the lyrics of the previous album "Reciclando Desesperación ", they are not complex lyrics but if you put attention they have many messages .
How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
Extremely important. This album actually has very meaningful lyrics. With a lot of weight. It’s a story, a journey,
What are your current tour plans, if any?
We keep that as a secret. hahahaha
Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
Brutal, honest, raw, in your face, metal!
Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?
It is something that is lived around the world. The music industry is very much like that, media, like radio, do not bet on metal and if they do it is only for consolidated bands. It is sad but it is the reality and that is why we value people like you who give us time to reach more public.
What do you think of the music industry right now?
I think it’s extremely unfair that streaming services are paying such ridiculous low rates to the songwriters and artists. Such a shame. I hope soon we can at least balance it a little more. Also, It’d be awesome to see more diverse music everywhere.
Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
To be honest, we don't think about the business, we dedicate ourselves to our personal professions, our income is not come from CRS. This gives us an important platform to do what we do in the most honest way posible, free of influences.
Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
There’s a lot of talented musicians and bands here in our hometown in Sonora, I definitively see it emerging and growing in the near future.
Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
There are bands that are not so new but as we are not teenagers anymore we see them like this, hahaha. GOJIRA drives us crazy.
How has Social Media impacted your band?
It is a double-edged sword, we were born on the internet and then we saw its advantages. Now we see a saturated market of bands and a lot of access to almost everything, musicians seem to do everything but they should spend more time practicing and making better songs, then they should start to think in take selfies hahaha, many guys acts like stars only because social media allow them to have many followers event if they don´t have any talent.
Where can our readers find you on the web?
CRS on iTunes: https://music.apple.com/hn/artist/cirrosis/895619047
Twitter . https://twitter.com/cirrosisband
What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
We’re using Ibanez and ESP 7 strings guitars, Fender Jazz 5 string bass, TAMA drums. Kempers. And we don’t have endorsements...yet.
Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
Stay Brutal and play music loud!
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