Originally Posted on: December 9th, 2011
Marquis DeBlood recently dug up Ryan Cadaver to get the inside scoop on the Casket Creatures.
H-P: Well, first off. Why don't you tell us a little bit about the band. A brief history, line-up and how ya came up with your name?
RYAN: We started out in 2007 doing a project called Brain Buffet. We mainly just played shows around Halloween. However, it fell apart after a while. A couple of years later, Ghastly and I decided... screw it, why just do a horror project one month out of the year? So at that point, we formed a new band. The new songs were so different that we decided to change the name as well. "The Casket Creatures" was formed with Ryan Cadaver -Vocals, James Von Ghastly - Guitar, Victor Rottenfella - Bass and Seamus McDeadly - Drums. Also, we just recently hired the Staci Grim guitarist, Derek Obscura.
H-P: You ghouls kinda have a unique sound blending hardcore punk with metal riffs, killer harmonies and a bit of rock n roll thrown in for good measure. What are some of your influences?
RYAN: We have all played in metal bands in the past and while setting out to do a horror rock/punk band, our past work bleed into the music we wrote. I would say as a band our influences range from horror punk legends, The Misfits and Blitzkid along with metal bands such as, Mercyful Fate and Iron Maiden.
H-P: Now let's talk a little bit about your new album, "Tales from the Unknown". It's sort of a concept album if I'm correct. Could you elaborate a bit more on it and why you decided to take that path?
RYAN: Yeah, "Tales From The Unknown" is a horror anthology. We have a few songs that are movie inspired, but we thought it would be more interesting to have a "Ghost Host" to introduce a few of the songs to set up the atmosphere.
H-P: Now your song "Agnes" (my personal fav) is based on an actual ghost story. Could you tell us a bit more about it?
RYAN: People have different versions of the story, but it is generally believed that she was a student at Brenau University who fell in love with a music instructor who rejected her. This resulted in her hanging herself from the high dive at the school swimming pool. Her ghost is said to still be seen frequently around the auditorium. They actually have ghost tours around the auditorium during the Halloween season.
H-P: What is the song writing process for The Casket Creatures?
RYAN: All of us have played together in the past, so we really work well together. One of us will come to practice with an idea and we just put it together as a band.
H-P: Do you guys plan on making a video to promote the album?
RYAN: We are in the process of working with director James Nation on a video for possibly "Gore On The Dance Floor" or "Agnes". When it's done, Horror-Punks will be the first to know about it!
H-P: You guys did a little stint over the summer with Aaron Omen & Children of October, how'd that go?
RYAN: We played the Atlanta date with those guys and it was a blast! All of the bands played great and I sang "Pet Semetary". We had such a good time sharing the stage.
H-P: Any plans on touring to support the album?
RYAN: We are working on setting something up for the spring at this moment. We will keep everyone posted on our various social media pages.
H-P: Now you guys are from Georgia, how's the music scene down there and is there a horror scene?
RYAN: Atlanta seems to have something for everyone when it comes to music. As far as the horror scene, we have met and played with some great horror bands around here. Just to name a few, Graveyard Gospel, Fifty Two Ways and Trashy Vamps. The Casket Creatures have a growing fanbase that is really into what we are doing. We are also lucky to live in an area with so many great venues around.
H-P: You guys have a huge sound, for the gear heads out there, what equipment do you guys use?
RYAN: We use Shure mics, Fender, Dean and B.C. Rich guitars, Peavey, Ampeg and Line 6 amps. Our drummer plays an Orange County drumset.
H-P: When not tearing up the graveyard or the stage, what do you guys do on your off time?
RYAN: We watch horror movies, drink beer and raise hell! Victor and I also play in a thrash metal band called War Machine.
H-P: Are there any current bands that blow you away?
RYAN: Off the top of my head, I would have to say Back to Zero and Children Of October are two great horror bands that everyone should check out!
H-P: What's in your CD player (or mp3 player)?
RYAN: Recently I alternate between "From The Theater To The Grave" by B-Movie Monsters and "Dimension Of Fear" by Back To Zero.
H-P: What does the future hold for the Casket Creatures?
RYAN: New music, touring and a new album next year!
H-P: Any final words?
RYAN: Thanks to Horror-Punks for the great promotion! And thanks to everyone who has picked up "Tales From The Unknown"!
H-P: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us and we wish you much success...
Keep it creepy!
Visit The Casket Creatures online: facebook.com/thecasketcreatures