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Tonight at Cosmic-Rock.com we have a special guest, the infamous musician/wrestler Cory Chapel. A natural behind the mic in a rock band or stepping into the ring, Cory makes a strong impression standing tall with dignity and determination in the metal madness underground. Today we find out a little about his past, influences, news and thoughts on life. From his formative years getting in metal and wrestling to present day glory, Cory’s journey has only begun. Dig this interview with a true, genuine individual with a big heart behind everything he is and does.

 

1.Hey Cory good to hear from you man how have you been?

I’m doing great Gideon. Good to hear from you too brother. I’ve been staying busy with pro wrestling and music lately.

2.Great bro. How are things going with your music?

Going great man! I have been the lead vocalist for the Heavy Metal band Hellstorm’s Hell On Earth for around 5 years now. It’s actually Brian Williams (lead guitarist of October 31) solo band. We do originals and covers of his work with October 31, K-Octave, Final Sign and much more. Also I’m in a band from the other side of the spectrum called Anne, The Polar. It’s an interesting mix of classic rock, folk and pop. I switch back and forth from lead vocals to backup and harmony vocals. Our album “That Is” was released June 20 of last year. We’re currently about done recording the follow up record which will be released September 20 digitally on iTunes and Amazon. If fans want a hard copy they can contact the band on Facebook or our Instagram. Also I have my own Heavy Metal music in the works in a yet to be named band. I will say that drummer Chris Tallman (formerly of Cresent of Winston-Salem) will be a part of it.

 

 

3.Awesome bro look forward to hearing it. So you guys are recording your new album tell us all about it.

 Well we definitely stepped our game up. We all go by stage names in Anne, The Polar. I go by Chapel which is also my name when I work Pro Wrestling shows. Falcon is the main songwriter in the band but when he brings a song in we all put our own flavor on it. He might write a catchy chorus and I’ll write the verses or he’ll just say “I want you to sing lead on this”.  Our contrast in vocal styles really compliments each other and I think we played to that strength on the new album. If you’ve heard “That Is” you might notice we have this ability to make a song with a happy melody but dark/moody lyrics. It’s also a theme on the new album as well. The songs touch on so many different themes from heartbreak, betrayal, and loneliness to love, friendship and enlightenment.                       

                                                                 

4. Are you from North Carolina?Where originally did you grow up and tell us a little about your history?         

I was born in Galax, Virginia but I grew up in Ennice, North Carolina. It’s a rural area in the mountains of Alleghany County. It wasn’t easy becoming the Metal madman I am today. It was an area surrounded by Country and Bluegrass. I do respect and like music from both now but then I was influenced by my parents records. My Dad listened to bands and artists like The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, AC/DC and Rush. My Mom was into more top 40 stuff like Kiss and Prince. This really helped to shape my own love for music.

 

 

5. Did you have any favorite albums or artists that inspired you growing up?

Definitely Ozzy Osbourne, Glenn Danzig and Phil Anselmo. They are all huge influences as bad ass frontmen. They have made a huge impact on my style as a frontman. How to work a crowd and have stage presence. But if I was to give you five albums to describe my childhood it would be Black Sabbath-Sabotage, Pantera-Far Beyond Driven, Danzig-4, Type O Negative-Bloody Kisses, and White Zombie-Astro Creep 2000.

 

6. What were some of your favorite concerts you saw and why?

My first is a memorable one. Pantera and White Zombie!!! I was 15 and super excited. I only knew a handful of Pantera songs but I was into White Zombie pretty hardcore. But I left there a bigger Pantera fan. Never have I witnessed such energy then and I’ve never seen it duplicated. I also saw Kiss reform with the original lineup which was pretty awesome. I’ve seen quite a few concerts over the past 27 years. Over the past couple of years I would say seeing Black Sabbath during their retirement tour was a very bittersweet experience. I love them so much but knowing I’ve finally reached the moment I will never see them again was sad.

 

7. I know in addition to music you are also a wrestler. How did you get into wrestling and what inspired you?

 

Pro Wrestling is my first love. Before music even. Some of my earliest memories are watching old NWA Pro Wrestling with my grandmother. Ric Flair was my biggest influence since then. I use to read my mom’s old wrestling magazines from the 70’s. Seeing him in the magazines and seeing him do his thing in the 80’s made me want to be what he was. I have a cousin named Gary Semones who was a Pro Wrestler. He was one of the only men trained by The Great Moolah. She was a famous Pro Wrestler for WWE when it was WWF and usually only trained women. He taught me a few basics but I got trained by different wrestlers by going to different shows and helping set up and take down wrestling rings, put up entranceways, put out chairs and run the music for wrestlers entrances. Had to work my way up from the bottom.

 

 

 

8.How do you feel wrestling has changed since the golden days and what inspires you with today's wrestling culture?

 

My love for the business inspires me. Even if the business I love has changed so much. I’m not a fan of watching a three hour show with only thirty minutes of actual pro wrestling. But now a company like WWE try’s to appeal to more than just the wrestling fan. It’s an entertainment company and not just wrestling. The business has to evolve to survive. I’m just stuck in the 80’s and 90’s. There are plenty of independent companies around the country who put on great quality wrestling shows. The art form isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

9. Outside of music talk, What life skill do you feel everyone should have?

Cooking if you ask me. Too many people eat out too much because its convenient. Fast food is killing us. I’m not going to get on my pedestal because there’s nothing wrong with a little fast food every know and again but I feel some people rely on it too much.

 

 10. What do you feel were some of your mistakes in your life and some of your best choices?

My biggest mistake was not getting in a car at 18 and driving everywhere I could to get on Pro Wrestling shows. I should have traveled the country more. I have only wrestled in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. I also met Dimebag Darrell from Pantera once and got his autograph. I could have went back after a friend brought a camera (no real good cameras on phones yet) but I wanted to give the other people who waited to have their time with him. Six months later he was murdered. I wish I had gotten that picture. My best choices are deciding to finally delve into being a vocalist with like minded people that I am with now. My greatest choice was marrying my best friend and love of my life, Lita Chappell. She gives me plenty of encouragement and is always the brightest of lights in my life.

 

 11. What do you feel best embodies strength in a musician and freedom in music?

Work ethic. You either want to do this or you don’t. You feel it in your bones and your soul. And no matter how hard it gets you push right through. Nothing in this life is free and life doesn’t owe you anything. So you better be prepared to work for it and work for your freedom to express your art.

 

12.What advice would you give to a younger artist or wrestler starting out today?                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. I’m not saying it’s not hard work or you’re not going to work. It’s just easier to do the work on something you love so it doesn’t feel like the grind of an everyday job.

 

13.What are some of your favorite films or tv?

I am definitely a big fan of The Big Lebowski. One of the only films with multiple replay values. Bram Stokers Dracula is another favorite of mine. Gary Oldman is a genius. I was always a big fan of the Evil Dead movies. Which I have also been a fan of the Ash Vs The Evil Dead television show which just ended with three seasons which was great. I have also been a big fan of Game Of Thrones. I’m pretty into that whole world. I also read the books as well. Sons of Anarchy was also one of my favorite tv shows over the past decade.

14. Any news or events you'd like to share with your music or wrestling?

 

Both Hellstorm’s Hell On Earth and Anne,The Polar should be playing shows by the summer and fall. Please check out both bands Facebook pages for information on shows when available. As Pro Wrestling is concerned I will be wrestling at Clingman Community Building in Ronda North Carolina on June 9 for a wrestling company called N.E.W.           

                                                               

15. Do you have other creative interests outside of music?

Besides Pro Wrestling there isn’t much. I still like going to concerts and club shows. I use to be a comic book collector. I don’t collect much any more. I do like to play games on my Xbox One. Skyrim took up a lot of my free time once. Mostly I like to spend my free time with my wife.

 

16.Any last words for your fans?

Thanks to everyone of you that have supported me and my dreams over the years. I would be nowhere without you. I would like to say to my wrestling fans that this is my last year wrestling and I’m officially spending more time on music soon. To all the people who chanted my name during my matches, I just want you to know I love you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks again Gideon for taking this time to interview me. I really appreciate it brother.

 

Rock on dude thanks to you as well, keep us updated on your news.