It’s amazing that CRS formed twenty eight years ago, — then known as Cirrosis — then released their debut twenty years ago, then silence. Fast forward to now and the band comes roaring back to life on their sophomore effort The Collector of Truths and it’s a love letter to the time they left behind. Industrial bombast, guttural death metal, and melodically progressive strains of genius all play out in equally large parts over the course of these eight tracks. Just ahead of the album’s release we caught up with CRS to find out more through our Profile set of questions so dig in and give them some support.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I was 16 years old when I started with the idea of creating a brutal metal band. The 90s began and bands like Carcass, Napalm Death, Obituary, Pestilence, etc filled my ears and my social dissatisfaction. Back then, the expectation was reduced to being able to play in some gigs with our own songs. We have gone further from those teenage dreams. Almost three decades from then and today as adults we are throwing that same brutality and social dissatisfaction, for us this is success.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
Very good question. Around 1994, we played in a political event of a candidate for President of Mexico, actually, from an opposition party. Evidently who invited us had no idea that we were an extreme metal band. At the end of the event we played “People of the Lie” by Kreator. Absolutely true.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
METALHEADS everywhere, that’s the best. Children, women, adults, many people listen to metal all around the world, that’s great. Because of the internet, music reaches all places immediately. Great bands. Metal is not dead. The worst is piracy, there are fewer filters and it is difficult to find which are the best bands among millions. Very good proposals are diluted in that sea of music and very bad ones become mainstream. It is almost impossible to make music a way of life, very little income for musicians.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We address realistic and social themes in our lyrics. An example is “Resistencia” from our new album The Collector of Truths which is about Narco, although there is an analogy behind it, an extract of it says: “Get out of here, sick scumbags, Get out of here, Sons of a bitch, We are resistance, Shit Carteles, We are resistance, We are going to extinguish you today”. Also, in a song tittled “Tan Lejos de Dios” (Nowhere… but here) there’s an analogy about a political internal fight in our minds, you can hear the voice of Raul Castro.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I am 44 years old, since I was 8 years old I’ve been a fan of metal (1983). Ozzy, Dio and Maiden were my favorite artists. Then came Slayer. My room was full of posters and I attended elementary school wearing metal shirts. My brothers and neighbors showed me Metal. We watched a program called “Heavy Metal Mania” and one of the first vinyl I got was “Don’t Break the Oath” by Mercyful Fate. I think my parents never understood the metal thing and my band, but they were always respectful and I will always appreciate that.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Be honest. Avoid prejudices. Try to enjoy music and not just be judges who seek the negative. Help find genuine artists and spread them.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
We want to invade the mind of the listeners, be part of them, we want to be part of the soundtrack of peoples lives, we want to be the voice of those who are tired of the world and their falsehood. We want to be present when metalheads meet to drink beer and listen to good music. Francisco Oroz is a well-recognized producer, actually a multigrammy nominee; Sir Oz is a music collector.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
A Sangre Y Fuego – S/T, Leprous – Bilateral, Baroness (Everything); Gojira (Everything), Obscura (Everything), Freaj Kitchen. It’s a difficult question because, as I said before, I’m a music collector.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
At this time, we are busy promoting the new album and don’t have live presentations scheduled. We have our busy personal agendas but we want our album to travel the world.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the publication)
Many thanks to CRS for their time!