Q & A With Cory Scheider, Guitarist For Casket Robbery

Q & A With Cory Scheider, Guitarist For Casket Robbery

Take a deep breath. Your unrelenting nightmare has just begun.

Pulse-pounding, unrelenting, heavy, and brutally catchy.

Heavy metal evokes deep emotions from elation to introspection to revulsion. Casket Robbery runs the gamut all the while burrowing its titanic sound deep into your psyche. The songs are pulverizing and catchy. The imagery is unique and their live performances invoke a primordial effigy, others can only hope to achieve.

If you don’t find yourself moving to this you should at least feel dirty for listening. The undeniable grooves and hooks coupled with conceptual vocal brutality make Casket Robbery the next level force of death metal insanity.


Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Yes, we have a new single and music video with an official release date in July! It looks like the video premiere will be on the 18th of June.  We’re so excited for this to hit and we’re going to be bringing it with a ton of Midwest shows booked. We’re keeping busy this summer.


How long has the band been together? We have been together since about 2012. It all started as a recording thing in my studio and we kept on grinding and building it since then.


What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? For me personally, it was because I just love playing guitar so much. I clung onto that and just wanted to do it more. I’m a person that can’t sit still and has to be working so all that energy has been going into music and guitar since I was a kid.


What is your music background?  I have been playing professionally for a while and have been fortunate enough to play in some amazing bands with world-class musicians over the years.  I started out in bands as a guitarist that could learn other’s music really fast so I landed in bands with Brian Koenig, Troy Stetina, and Jonah Weingarten supporting their shred visions!  I’m very grateful for my experiences with different musicians. They all taught me so much and upped my game.  There is so much more history and bands I’ve been in but I’ll keep it short.  I’m just very lucky and happy to have such a diverse background.


Q & A With Cory Scheider, Guitarist For Casket RobberyWhat image do you think your music conveys? A very dark, horror movie type image.  We write about dark subjects in the lyrics and our goal is to create a sound and vibe with the instruments that match the mood of the lyrics.  Our music should be the death metal soundtrack to your worst nightmare.


What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)  Step one is to get another album out!  We’ll be touring some more and stepping up some other aspects in the band like creating more fun content online.


What are your long-term career goals?  We hope to get confirmed for more festivals for next year first of all.  And just keep this amazing thing we’ve created going strong and making sure it continues to be successful and sustainable.


Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Definitely playing to a live audience. Our live show is what we do well and it’s why we like to tour and be on the road.  Live, it’s just like yo, let’s strap our boots on and go kill some shit.


What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)  All dark images.  Leaning towards horror movie themes and a lot of dark moments in history.  The plague, some mythology, and the evils of the world, etc.


Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.  We had a pretty fun time listening to our drummer Alex call Dominos pizza at 3 or 4 am after they were closed once. This was on one of our tours last year. This lady kept answering even though they were closed and we had a pretty fun drunken conversation trying to convince her to deliver us pizza for about 30-45 minutes. There are many more stories I shouldn’t mention haha.


What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?  I can’t think of anything strange but we have some pretty awesome fans. We’re willing to chat and talk to everyone. I’ve given relationship and life advice to a few people that were going through tough times.


Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band? Absolutely, they have always been amazing.  I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them!


What are your favorite tracks to play live? Blood Bathory and Lilith.  Those two always get a good audience reaction and are also really fun to play on guitar, so it’s a nice challenge to play solidly and jump around and have fun with the headbangers.


Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why? Megadeth and Children of Bodom.  As a kid, these bands kind of opened a ton of doors for me musically.  When I heard them for the first time I was like wow!  You can do that with music?


If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill? For me, it would be something like Gigantour. The old Megadeth tour they used to do. Touring with them would be awesome. And actually rivaling that would be Summer Slaughter tour. There are so many sick bands out there, I’d like to just tour with a huge group of bands on a tour like those. I think that would be fun. And bands like Jungle Rot, Behemoth, Lamb of God, NEVALRA, Convalescence. I’m down to tour with everyone!


Q & A With Cory Scheider, Guitarist For Casket RobberyWhat do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far? Just keeping the band going through touring and all of the hard work we’ve done.  Through all of that, we have had so many struggles to get to this point of being able to tour frequently and have a very solid fan base. 


If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?  I would definitely own a business.  I love working on my own, doing my own thing.  It could really be anything and I would be happy.


What type of equipment do you use for live shows?  I proudly use and endorse Dean Markley strings and Vader cabinets. Our drummer Alex uses Scorpion Percussion sticks.  Our guitarist Jeremy endorses ESP and EMG pickups. We love all of these companies, they make us sound good every night!


What do you think of the current music scene?  It’s amazing and crazy.  We’re in this upcoming and unknown period for music.  Anything can happen and anyone can do anything they want, there are no rules on how to be a successful band. It creates such a unique world of how to discover music for people and how to deliver it to fans for bands.

For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?  That I love 80’s new wave and pop music. But don’t tell anyone I said that haha


If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound? It’s pulse-pounding, unrelenting, heavy, and brutally catchy.


Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?  Just a huge thank you to everyone.  We can’t and wouldn’t be able to do this without you.  Our fan base is so good to us, we appreciate you all. Check out our new video in June/July! 


Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!  Thank you, you rock!!!


Megan Orvold – Vocals
Cory Scheider – Guitars
Alex Simpson – Drums
Jeremy Kohnmann – Guitars
Eli Pete – Bass
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