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Managed by the same team behind Slipknot, the hard rock scene has recently been buoyed by the grit and growl of Oklahoma five-piece Anti-Mortem. The band were raised on a palette of southern rock and heavy metal, which makes sense considering how they deal in huge, groove laden heavy rock anthems.
With over 300 hundred shows to their name already, Anti-Mortem are no strangers to the road. Their forthcoming debut release, New Southern, was produced, recorded and mixed by the legendary Bob Marlette (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Zombie, Black Stone Cherry), and features some solid playing from bassist Corey Henderson.
A fan of Cliff Burton and Rex Brown, you can hear their influence in the way Henderson backs up the band's muscular guitar riffs, laid down by Nevada Romo and Zain Smith, giving Anti-Mortem a growling, bass heavy sound that's enough to rattle bones.
How would you describe your bass guitar playing style and sound in Anti-Mortem?
“My sound is a heavy growl. Full and clear.”
How long have you been playing bass for, and are you self-taught or schooled?
“I have been self taught for six years, but tips from friends have always helped!”
What playing techniques do you regularly use when writing bass lines?
“I try to cover as much as the guitarist do as far as riffs go. I think simple things are the best things. Clear and punctual.”
You're a relatively new band so some people in the UK may be yet to discover you. Which Anti-Mortem songs best show off your bass chops and why?
“I like Ride Of Your Life because it really shows how heavy my bass can be.”
Who were your bass heroes when you were first starting to play?
“Growing up, Cliff Burton really grabbed my attention because of the way he played his bass like a guitar. But the longer I played, Rex Brown and John Campbell started to influence me.”
Anti-Mortem's debut album, New Southern, will be released April 28 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band will also play Download festival this June.