Five & Five : Corpse Garden

Carey, Dan, and Alex of our EMURGMetal team interviewed Corpse Garden guitarist Federico Gutierrez. Corpse Garden is our EMURGMetal Band of the Month for June and before they play festivals such as the upcoming humongous Wacken Open Air Festival, our EMURG team got to talk to Gutierrez about their past, present, and future aspirations.

Part I:

1. EMURG: How did you come up with the band name?

CG: This is kind of a long one (laughs). We came up with the name because we wanted something that would actually stand for the perception of the world that we own so CORPSE GARDEN stands for an environment filled with corpses or persons that interact in this garden or world and share emotions, experiences and pain within this garden.

2. EMURG: What artists/bands/songs/albums influenced you?

CG: We have a bunch of artists that influence our way of playing. We all tend to listen to old-school death metal such as Morbid Angel- Covenant, Suffocation- Pierce From Within, Cannibal Corpse –
Tomb of the Mutilated and, of course, Death – Symbolic. Yet, also we listen to some other contemporary bands such as Aborted (which the new album Global Flatline is actually awesome!!) Decapitated – Winds of Creation, Behemoth – Demigod, Obscura- Cosmogenesis, Beyond Creation – The Aura, stuff like that.

3. EMURG: What are you listening to right now?

CG: Fleshgod Apocalypse actually!!

4. EMURG: What’s your favorite show/performance been as a band?

CG: When we performed at Rock en el Parque 2012 in Costa Rica. It was our first big presentation in front of nearly 2,000 people!

5. EMURG: If I want people to remember one song from our band, it would be…

CG: Burnt by the Light

Part II:

1. EMURG: What was the hardest part about creating this debut album?

CG: Practicing the songs because we had limited hours of studio time, so we needed to record everything practically in the first shot; there was no room for mistakes. But everything went just
fine! Also, I think coming up with right sound for this record was actually hard as well, we wanted a professional sound, a sound that would stand out and I think we manage to do so.

2. EMURG: Will you be able to tour in the US sometime soon?

CG: We currently have no plans to tour in the US although we would love to! As soon as we get an opportunity we’ll take it!

3. EMURG: What has been your biggest show so far, fans wise?

CG: Rock en el Parque in Costa Rica!

4. EMURG: What is the music scene like in Costa Rica?  Are there a lot of people turning out for metal shows or is the heavy metal scene relatively small?

CG: The metal scene here in Costa Rica is really small although it is growing. It keeps getting bigger and bigger and more people are supporting national metal bands.

5. EMURG: What places and tours have you been on outside of Costa Rica?

CG: Unfortunately, we’ve only have gigs over in Nicaragua but we are doing our first European tour in July: We are going to perform in Portugal, Spain, Belgium and we close with a performance in
Wacken Open Air in Germany!

The EMURGMetal team is extremely grateful that Federico of Corpse Garden took the time out of his busy schedule to interview with our team and we expect Corpse Garden to kick ass in Europe, especially at Wacken!