If you’re into the metal scene, you’ve most likely heard of the bands Cannabis Corpse and Six Feet Under. What those two share is guitarist Ray Suhy, who we’re highlighting today with an interview as well as a stream of “Cess Pool”, the fourth track from his upcoming EP Fulmination.
The song opens up innocently with an almost Indian sitar-like effect. However, it soon devolves into a chaotic frenzy of aggression, ferocity, and pure metal. Blistering leads sweep and shred over a foundation of extreme rage. This is the opposite of safe listening. This is madness harnessed and released through music.
Dread Central: With your EPs, you’re obviously allowed total creative freedom. That’s a lot of power and it offers a great deal of possibilities. How do you restrain yourself to get to the final product?
Ray Suhy: You really hit the nail on the head as to what can stump my creativity sometimes. The fact that there are so many possibilities and different roads you can go down. It can really get you stuck. For myself, I try and set some limitations on the project. For this EP, I wanted to make a “guitar” record that had heavy riffs and songs and that also had sections where I could totally let loose and rip a little. For example, on “Cerulean” I limited myself to only four notes and tried to create the main riff using only those notes. I also try and set a theme or mood in my head before I start a project. For “Fulmination”, I wanted the songs to be chaotic, explosive and unsettled to reflect on the current state of the world and how thats been making me feel.
DC: What does Fulmination allow