The Seeds Of Abysmal Torment - 2000 - Olympic
Murder Without End - 2003 - Olympic
S= RICH LIPSCOMB
G= RICH LIPSCOMB - Earthburner>>STEVE MURRAY>>Earthburner
B= Agamas, Lagames, Enthrall>>Ray Vazquez>>Masada - Dysphoria, Jungle Rot>>JIMMY GENENZ>>Jungle Rot, Avernus, Dysphoria
D= Dave Barbolla - Euphoric Evisceration, Sapphist>>Alan Collado – Headless Christ, Gorgasm, Lividity, Incestuous>>Derek Hoffman>>Worms Inside You, Mass Mutilation
Formed by Barbolla and Lipscomb in 1993, this Chicago-area death/grind band went for the jugular with two vicious demos called Holy Pedophile of 1993 (with some vocals from Joe Ptacek of Broken Hope) and Sorrow Breed Hatred (Bleed On Me) of 1995. Both demos were recorded by Broken Hope's Brian Griffin and made some waves in the underground.
The band appeared on the Repulsive Assault sampler, but didn’t get signed to Repulse. It was Pulverizer Records that bit at this time. Bassist Ray Vazquez was introduced and things seemed to be progressing until Pulverizer went broke.
Dave Barbolla and Vazquez were gone and the band played shows like Michigan Death Fest, Milwaukee Metal Fest and concerts with Broken Hope, Deicide, etc. in Canada and the USA. The band hit Europe with Resurrected and Coercion, played Fuck The Commerce Festival and signed with Pavement in late spring 1999.
Unfortunately, Pavement dropped Fleshgrind and a number of other bands a year later before releasing anything. Olympic Recordings signed the band and licensed the album to Season Of Mist a year later for a European release.
Murray joined two former Broken Hope members in the spring of 2002 to form Earthburner. The band simultaneously lost Collado and replaced him with former Gorgam, Lividity, Incestuous, etc. drummer Derek Hoffman. Fleshgrind signed a new contract with Olympic Recordings and entered the studio in May, 2003 to record an album called Murder Without End. The album was released in August. Chris Djuricic at Studio One produced it. Murder Without End was released in LP format by Restrain Records.
The band was joined by drummer Jesse Kehoe formerly of Screaming Afterbirth and Foetopsy in late 2004. The group disbanded in 2005.
Rich Lipscomb owned and operated United Guttural Records. He later sold his firm to Deathgasm Records.
FLESHGRIND - SORROW BREEDS HATRED
FLESHGRIND - DESTINED FOR DEFILEMENT - PULVERIZER
FLESHGRIND - THE SEEDS OF ABYSMAL TORMENT - OLYMPIC
FLESHGRIND - MURDER WITHOUT END - OLYMPIC/CENTURY MEDIA
In the vast land that is the United States, the Midwest has one of the bigger and heavier metal scenes. In turn, among the Midwest states, Illinois is known to be in possession of one of the heavier scenes and the band Fleshgrind is without a doubt one of the fastest and heaviest of the Illinois bands. Steve Murray, the guitarist of the band that lives up to its name, is calling from his abode in Illinois for a short chat on the history, state and news of the band. - 1996.
“Rich Lipscomb (vocalist/guitarist) came up with the name. He wanted something original,” remembers the calm and pensive guitarist. “We were originally called Burial, but there were a bunch of Burials around back then. In November of ’93 our first demo, Holy Pedophile came out; it was recorded by Brian Griffin of Broken Hope. The next demo was Sorrow Breeds Hatred (Bleed On Me) in November of ’94, it was done by Brian Griffin. We have a new bass player, Ray Vazquez, who used to be in Enthrall.”
It is no secret that death metal is not the hottest commodities right now. That being the case, I wonder why would a band be so adamant in maintaining that style. Murray does not miss a beat. “Musical integrity! Nobody in this business is going to make it too big, so why start playing some shit? We like to be extreme - why be backwards?” I agree, yet why do so many formerly brutal bands decide to go with the flow? Murray thinks he knows the answer: “Because they’re trendies. They are looking for that big break.”
Speaking of the current scene, I ask Murray about the situation of his particular scene. He offers this perspective: “I think (the Illinois scene) is very under-rated. It doesn’t get the respect it deserves. There are not that many places to play, but there are still some good bands left like Broken Hope, Jungle Rot, Deaden, Lividity, Oppressor, Sarcophagus.”
Back on the Fleshgrind front, “We have some new songs, but there are no titles. The music is slightly more technical - more busy with the guitars. It’s faster, more grindy and has more mosh parts; it’s more brutal overall. We are talking to Pulverizer Records (Sarcophagus, Dying Fetus, etc.) right now.”
In the meantime, the band will continue to do shows. “The best show for me,” recalls Murray, “was in Quebec City, Canada with Obscene Crisis and Suffocation. I loved the crowd. It was also great in Rimouski and Montreal. Those people like brutal death metal up there.”
Fleshgrind, PO Box 7142, Grayslake, IL. 60030 USA
This interview initially appeared in Pit Magazine No. 18.
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