Corpus Christi Bio:
Originality in the metal landscape is a difficult trait to come by these days. Only a handful of innovative bands will be the true bearers to the progress of the genre, and the imitators will follow. If Cincinnati’s CORPUS CHRISTI has any say in the argument, their explosive, guts-and-glory style of metal will be one of the former.
Risen from the ashes of two former metal outfits, CORPUS CHRISTI’s founding members, guitarists Jarrod Christman and Jon Pauly, sought to assemble the ideal lineup for their new venture. By adding bassist Chris Towning, vocalist Will Henry and Justin Evans on drums, the band finally had its foot in the door; however, a Victory Records band was in need of new talent. BURY YOUR DEAD recruited Towning to fill its bassist position, and with much encouragement from his bandmates, he signed on. This left the door wide open for Phil Smith, who filled the slot with panache and cemented the quintet.
Fueled on the riff-tastic sounds of bands like At the Gates and In Flames, CORPUS CHRISTI has used that inspiration, but not imitation, that made it instantly appealing to Victory. Within a matter of days, the band was discovered and signed, delivering a collection of metal carnage that was too good to pass up. Though comparisons to As I Lay Dying, Atreyu and Killswitch Engage have been common, CORPUS CHRISTI prefer not to be lumped into a category or subgenre, but to create its own separate entity. “In this day and age, everyone looks for someone else to compare you to,” Christman said. “But really, we’re metal and we can leave it at that.”
Another influential mark that has been left on the band is their beliefs, which play a subtle-but-powerful role in their music. CORPUS CHRISTI, which is Latin for “the body of Christ,” face the stereotype that many think one can’t be “Christian” and “metal” simultaneously. However, while the guitars thrash and the feel may be dark, many of the lyrics are rooted in a positive place, even when described with dark subject matter.
“To be a Christian metal band comes with a unique set of hurdles, but we play this music because we love it and it’s an extension of our personalities,” Christman explains. --“We love the music, and not necessarily the trappings often associated with it.”
It won’t be long before both of those seemingly separate worlds will know CORPUS CHRISTI. The release of their debut, The Darker Shades Of White, will feature a band that has continued to pound the pavement with their boisterous live shows, showcasing an album constructed with elements that will appease any critics from either side of the spectrum.
“The goal has always been to write great songs, and it always will be. Songs that people want to listen to over and over again, songs that are remembered, songs that last, songs that you can’t forget,” Christman said. “We want to put out the best album we can, with the hopes that it will be the best metal album that people have heard in a while, and to leave them wanting more.”
Spoken like a band that has no problem differentiating from the pack.