The Collector Of Truths By Sir OZ & Francisco “Chucky” Oroz
CRS is a death metal band from Sonora, Mexico, formed in 1991 with the name of Cirrhosis by Francisco “Chucky” Oroz and Sir OZ, being the only original members in the current lineup. Due to their technical capacity, they incorporated early progressive elements and melodic solos, CRS quickly gained notoriety in the local and national scene. Their live performances were characterized by their intensity and fury, soon becoming a cult band. In 1996, Joseph Lev joined the band and they recorded their first demo ‘La Tierra de la Adicción’ which was distributed limitedly. In 1999, CRS entered the studio and recorded the album ‘Reciclando Desesperación’ totally in Spanish, in which they compiled the main composed songs since its birth, they offer a range of styles of Death Metal quite extensive for their time, highlighting the quality of its production. The singles of this álbum were ‘Fariseos’ ‘Dame Tu Muerte’ and ‘Negando lo no Negado’. In 2001, CRS decided to break up, and their members continue with their personal and professional projects. In 2014, Concreto Records decided to reissue the album ‘Reciclando Desesperación’ describing it as “The maladaptive sound that disturbed a style in Mexico that can currently give lessons to current modern bands”. 20 years later, CRS has recorded their second studio album ‘The Collector of Truths’ which will also be edited by Concreto Records in December 2019. There are two international guests playing in the album, Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Chimaira), on drums in ‘A Better Place to Hate’, ‘Tan Lejos de Dios (Nowhere.. but here)’ and ‘I’m the Universe’, also Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Alkaloid), plays bass on ‘The Art of Breathing’.
HMA: Tell us about the journey?
Sir OZ: I’m friends with Chucky since high school. I was a fan of extreme metal just like him. It is a small city, we were in the same school. I had the idea of forming a brutal metal band, I even thought about something from Noise-Core and he already played the guitar, it was almost natural that we met. In a couple of months, we were already forming the band and the first songs were born. It was the beginning of the 90s, there was a lot to say, we were dissatisfied teenagers, we wanted to scream loudly at everything that bothered us and at the same time show our love to the music and CRS was the vehicle to do it.
Chucky: It was a long road. We stopped playing in 2000 without much explanation and conversation about the reasons to stop. There were songs ready but we were busy in our professional and personal lives. Fans insisted that they wanted more music from us and we all knew we had something else to say. In 2013 we decided to record and in 2014 we had already chosen 8 of the almost 30 songs we had. The pre-production was worked and we started recording some drums and guitars. We lived at that time in different cities and our agendas became saturated. There was even a period of almost two years without any progress, it seemed that it would not be possible to finish the album, but we did it and we are very satisfied with the result.
HMA: How did you end up playing the music you do?
Sir Oz: We don´t like tags. We don’t understand very well, the human need to classify everything. We only think of making strong and aggressive music. In this album we all had it very clear, we weren’t going to make a linear and monotonous record. In these days of immediacy, an album where all the songs sound the same is boring as people decide to skip songs and change the artist. We try to offer an album full of colours, different sounds. We rescue some things that are no longer used in Death Metal. Our musical influences of thrash, technical death are there. You will find sounds of Kreator, Sepultura, Meshuggah, Cynic, Carcass, Fear Factory, etc. Some people say we play Groove Metak, what the hell is that?
HMA: How could you describe your music?
Chucky: As a catharsis. We use music to spit negative aspects and emotions, a way to let go of our fears, our hate. We become a voice that talks about how difficult life itself is, we talk about real things, anxiety, our nightmares and frustrations. Our life in a certain way depends on CRS, it allows us to continue focusing on the things that are pleasing to us. We remove all aggressiveness in music, then comes peace and we return to work on our things, knowing that we vomit those demons that affect us all.
Chucky: Realism. Sir Oz has a particular way of writing, each song has at least 3 interpretations with a bunch of messages. There is a lot of analogy towards religion or politics, or even against narco. Actually no letter should be interpreted literally, the common denominator is a struggle that happens in the mind of each person.