Fans of Carcass rejoice, for here’s another worthy band breathing new life into the style they created. Horror-influenced, Cropsy Maniac are on the verge of releasing their new album called ‘Further than Fear’ via Dead Beat Media. The music is at once reminiscent of the gory greats, but the horror touch hearkens back to the thrashy, splattery ones that came out on Razorback Records such as Ghoul, Gruesome Stuff Relish and Frightmare and comparisons with Impaled and Haemorrhage are inevitable as well. We’ve got a chance to talk to the band and also premiere one of the songs called Increase the Voltage v2.1. It’s every bit what you expect but is bolstered by a distinct and catchy death metal riff, not to mention excellent drumming that spices up the whole affair. It’s not the same thing all over again, but it’s a new expression of something that you already love. It’s intense, catchy and aggressive – just like how it should be, at least in this era. It’s got the vital ingredients and more importantly, it’s executed to perfection.
Transcending Obscurity (Kunal Choksi): What made you want to start a band playing this form of music?
Cropsy Maniac (Travis Ruvo): This band is the brainchild of Aaron our guitar player. We became mutual online friends while Kevin and I were in Blood Freak, once we departed that band I could clearly see that Aaron was onto something that embodied what Kevin and I wanted to do as well. We are all huge fans of horror movies! Aaron’s main goal was to pay homage to The Burning, which is our favorite of the slasher genre. We wanted to use influences from all genres of movies. We wanted to create a type death/grind that would fit in well with the Video Nasties of the glory days of films!
TO: Which are your favourite movies – clearly there’s some connection between them and your music here!
Cropsy Maniac: That is a very hard question to answer haha! To keep it simple, The Burning, TCM, Cronenberg, Carpenter, Fulci, Bava, HG Lewis, etc.
TO: Your music seems influenced by Carcass and the others that came after that like say Haemorrhage, Impaled, Gruesome Stuff Relish, etc. Why did you choose music of this style over say brutal death metal (which also sometimes explores the horror themes)?
Cropsy Maniac: The bands you mention are a few examples what we wanted to incorporate into our sound as well as some influence from the 80’s and 90’s. We wanted to take the sound of the “Glory Days” of gore soak death/grind and put it in a blender with the cinema experience!
TO: Is it safe to say that this is your first debut full length? How different were things this time around? How long did you take to work on this one?
Cropsy Maniac: The EP ‘Shear Terror’, 4 Way Split on HPGD and Split Cassette Tape with Revolting were songs that Aaron had written prior to the band forming. Once Kevin and I joined we were able to record the songs. We record everything ourselves. Kevin and I have a home studio where we record the drums and vocals. Aaron records his guitars and file shares them with us. We had a lot more time this time around to create stronger songs. The new songs are longer and more varied.
TO: Jill from Deadbeat Media has been supporting your band since the debut ‘Shear Terror’. How did you end up working with her? How has the experience been so far?
Cropsy Maniac: I have been in touch with Jill since the Razorback days. She has proved herself to be a true fan and supporter of bands. Once we met Aaron, we had the mutual feelings and friendship with her. She immediately wanted to be the person to help us bring it all to light! She has had our back from day 1! We love her!! Couldn’t ask for a cooler person!
TO: The last words are yours. Thank you so much for your time!
Cropsy Maniac: We make this music because of our love of horror movies. Not enough bands do it properly. We aren’t trying prove anything to anyone! Just fans making some Nasties!