Interview: Derek Corzine (Blood Thirsty, ex-Syringe, ex-Bloodline Severed)
The other day I got to talk to Derek Corzine, of the bands, Syringe, Blood Thirsty, Bloodline Severed and several others. Check it out!!!
TBD: Who am I speaking to? (for the readers)
DC: Derek Corzine
DC: Well, since this isn't about a specific band, I'll give a quick background on myself. I am a multi-instrumentalist metalhead who has a gazillion ideas and never enough time to record them, haha! Unless I'm on stage, I'm very introverted and laid back, but very easy to get along with. Lately, I've been focused on music production and recording/mixing.
DC: I'll just use bands/projects I was actually a member of that has a release and links to my active projects. We're also all on Facebook too.
Syringe "Former Life Departure" http://syringeministry.bandcamp.com
Cosyns "Cosyns" http://cosyns.bandcamp.com
Whisper from Heaven "Into Eternity" http://whisperfromheaven.bandcamp.com
Blood Thirsty "Sanguine River Absolution"
Blood Thirsty "O Come Emmanuel (The One Foretold)"
Blood Thirsty "Woe to the City of Blood" http://bloodthirstymetal.bandcamp.com
Bloodline Severed "Visions Revealed"
Bloodline Severed "Letters to Decapolis"
Derek Corzine "Remembrance" http://derekcorzine.bandcamp.com
TBD: You've been in several bands that people have heard about. If you would be so kind to tell the readers how musically prolific you are. No, just tell us the bands you've been in.
DC: I think the personal discography covers most of the bands I've been in. I've been blessed to be able to be a part of some type of release. Other bands/projects I've been a part of would be Quester. I was hired to write & record a full album of heavier progressive metal that so far has never seen the light of day. At this point, not sure it ever will, but that's not up to me. It has some great people on it including vocalist Martin DeBourge (Damien Thorne, Torman Maxt, Barren Cross), bassists Bryan Beller (Dethklok, The Aristocrats, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani), and drummer Acacio Carvalho (Voughan, Burning Trail). Solarian, which was an early progressive power metal incarnation of mine, and Ancient Remains which was a local death metal band from my hometown in Texas where I played guitar, drums, and bass at one time or another...basically whatever they needed at the time while I was still in Syringe.
DC: Yes, right before I moved to North Carolina in 2007, I was contacted by Alex Kenis. He found me on Myspace because I was playing headless Steinberger guitars and the music had a lot of similiarities to Aletheian, chord-wise etc. We toured in the New England area and then over to Cornerstone Festival with Becoming the Archetype, whom Alex was also playing with at the time. This was just after BTA's album "Physics of Fire" was released.
DC: I never recorded anything with them in the studio. However, if you have a copy of the Ironclad/Metal Blade version of their release, "Dying Vine," there is a video section with some concert footage from Cornerstone. That's about as close as it got haha! You can probably find those videos floating around on YouTube somewhere also.
DC: False. There is an upcoming FULL LENGTH for Cosyns! I am scheduled to begin the actual recording in just a few days. There will be 12-14 songs on it all using different guitars with different tunings and slightly different writing styles, so it will be varied but still follows the Morse Code Metal theme. Recording is scheduled to wrap up in December and looking at a possible late January / early February 2017 release.
DC: Syringe definitely has material for another full-length, but since we have disbanded, that may or may not happen. Technically we were disbanded when we decided to release our original material, so it's still a possibility. Everyone has talked about wanting to do it, but it's really a matter of scheduling and actually putting a plan in place.
DC: That's correct, right now Whisper from Heaven is on temporary hiatus. We had so much scheduling conflicts, commitment issues, and other personal things among everyone that it needed to be put aside temporarily until some stuff got worked out. We're not dead yet! Moving on, there has been a discussion between myself and Darren about a new project that I'm really looking forward to. We're still deciding on a name but it will be a sci-fi/space themed progressive metal. Stylistically, it will be sort of a cross between Symphony X, Ayreon/Star One, Devin Townsend Project, Textures, and Dream Theater. I'm known more for extreme metal and extreme vocals but I actually sing a lot more than growling.
DC: I departed Bloodline Severed at the end of 2010. I really felt like God was calling me elsewhere, musically, and to pursue other endeavors. That's about the time I started getting really deep into the recording and mixing side of music. I'm actually producing their 3rd full-length and I'm excited for their new direction!
DC: I played on the album "Days Without Names," specifically, the guitar solo on the song "Burning Autumn Leaves (Under a Harvest Moon)." It's been received very well, that song in particular, so that's been really nice to see the reviews. Plus, DC is a great writer when it comes to that style of music.
DC: DC and I were in Bloodline Severed together very briefly. I joined the band after I got off the Aletheian tour in '07 and DC left not long after as he was being called into other ministry at the time. My first show with the band was DC's last. Then later on, after I left, DC had an opportunity to rejoin briefly before having to depart again. He's very down-to-earth and humble so we both identify with each other in that way. He has to travel to my area on occasion for work, so we try to coordinate a time to hang one of the evenings he's here.
DC: My area is (or was) saturated with hardcore and metalcore bands. Seemed like they were everywhere at one point when I was with Bloodline Severed. I don't get out as much as I once did, so I'm really not sure what bands are out there. I haven't seen a lot of Christian metal bands in the area lately. There are a few bands locally that I'll go out of my way to attend a show, but I'm mostly in the studio either recording or mixing other bands or working on my own projects. I tend to stay extremely busy.
DC: Lately, I've been really digging the new Devin Townsend Project, Meshuggah, and Textures albums. Those have been on constant rotation in the car. Oh, and all the re-released remastered Circle of Dust & Argyle Park material has been awesome
DC: I want to thank you for the interview, and thank you to all the people who have supported my music endeavors through the years. There's a lot of music coming for 2017! The new Bloodline Severed album will be released early 2017 as well as my Cosyns full-length. My new project with Darren may be able to release something along with a possible Blood Thirsty album for the end of 2017. I was also fortunate and humbled to have the opportunity to record the guitars, bass, and keys for the upcoming Your Chance to Die album, so watch out for that one too! Any fellow artists need session work or production, let me know! You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. All glory belongs to God. Thanks and God bless!
That was Derek Corzine everyone! Go check out his music, with the links Derek provided! I love it when people help me by doing that! Anyways, go there, go check out the other bands, Aletheian, Vials of Wrath, and Your Chance to Die!
The Bearded Dragon