Flesh Consumed Frontman Corey Athos Unveiled About Their Upcoming Album,Bands History and many more.

On this year US based death metal band Flesh Consumed will release their thirdfull length album. Earlier this well known brutal death metal band Flesh Consumed served up some devastatingly sacrilegious, rotten,slam death metal album,EP and demo. So recently I’ve interviewed Flesh Consumed Vocalist Corey Athos. I was very keen to interact with him and I’ve tried to enlighten on their upcoming new album and tried to explore more about his bands. Check out the full interview below.Interview done by SouvikBasu.

   1. Hello, how are you doing today?
Corey:  I am doing great!  Just working on a Flesh Consumed re-release of “Mutilate, Eviscerate, Decapitate”.

2.       Flesh Consumed  was formed in 2005,Can you give me a brief history of how the band got together?Had you been in any bands or musical apparition before Flesh Consumed?
 Corey:  Well actually the band started in 2003 disbanded then reformed in 2005.  I wanted to start a brutal death metal band in the vein of Skinless meets Morbid Angel.  I gathered musicians and started Flesh Consumed.  I disbanded FC but eventually was jamming with drummer Alex Cortez and we started jamming some heavy stuff and I mentioned Flesh Consumed and  that I had riffs, that’s how Flesh Consumed started.  I played in an experimental band called Xenogeneic, death metal band, and a thrash band.

3. what bands inspired the direction that Flesh Consumed took and motivated you? Writers? Visual artists? Movies? Books?
Corey:  Morbid Angel, The Beatles, Skinless, Gorguts, Immolatioin, etc..  HP Lovecraft, Clive Barker,  Dali, Zig, Jaws, Hellraiser, The Hellbound Heart, HP Lovecraft, Lavey, Aleister Crowley, etc.

4. There are two basic ways of looking at music. In the first, there is a mechanism to the arrangement of certain tones ,musical style.in the second, a narration occurs where a story is told or a poetic function completed. In your view of compositions, which is more important?Where were you when you first thought the project had longterm potential for you?
Corey:  Both are very important if you want to take in the album in its entirety or review albums.  The only long term potential Flesh Consumed has for me is the chance to express myself musically without paying.  I see no big sums of money or livings from Flesh Consumed in the future and that’s perfect. 

5. What for you is the significance of the name, “Flesh Consumed”?
Corey:  I was vegetarian and thought it was a clever name for a vegetarian.  It represents a lot more to me now.  Basically it represents my life.  When I see the name Flesh Consumed I think of my life because almost all the huge evenst that have happened; divorce, jail, mental and physical problems, rehab, many members departing etc  Flesh Consumed has been the only one that’s been there for me.

6. If you could tour with other bands in metal, who would you pick if you were looking for bands similar to Flesh Consumed?
Corey:  I would love to tour with Coathanger Abortion and maybe GWAR.

7. From 2003 in each and every year Flesh consumed released 2 albums,somedemos,EPscompilationetc  and shaped the style of music.How do you maintain this consistency yet keep developing with each album?How do you write your riffs,songs?What is the most difficult part about composing songs as you do?
Corey:  I do not maintain consistency, I write what I want to hear and don’t really care if it sounds different or what people will say.  If you listen to our albums or EPs none sound similar to one another and neither will this new one.  I use to sit and write and record with an 8 track.  Now I just use Guitar Pro.  Nothing is difficult in composing for me.  I’m confident in my writing, I do push the envelop in self development but it usually comes fairly easy.

 8. Do you have a preference for type of equipment? In your mind, how important is equipment to the production of music?
Corey:  Huge!  I do prefer mainly Marshall but I no longer consider myself a guitarist but still have specific tastes in everything from recording equipment to mics.  When it comes to my voice Shure Beta58.

9.well,now I’m going to the main point about new album.Already we new album artwork released and to be honest the artwork is wicked.Will wait for a manifestation from upcoming album. When were these tracks written, and how does Flesh Consumed go about the writing process?
Corey:  I usually write everything but when Shaune joined on guitar I had him write “Hymn…”.  I really look up to that dude and thought it would be great to musically document the Shaune/FC era.

10. What's going on as far as lyrical themes on new album ?
Corey:  Hate, Supremecy, Dominion.

 11. How did you get into this Brutal,heavy form of music and kindly explain about this music genre according to you?
Corey:  I was in 5th grade so about 9 and I discovered a used Grave cd in the used section at our local record store.  I was intrigued yet scared of it.   I had to turn the cd over because the cover was to scary.  After a couple days I gathered the balls to listen.

12.How would you describe the sound of the new album to someone who hadn’t heard it, and what distinguishes your music from any other act in the same genre?
Corey:  Listen.

13. Do you guys have any official videos coming out soon?
Corey:  Not soon but we have a Drug Induced Psychosis and Chamber of Torture video on youtube from Ecliptic…

14. How do you explain the album title, what it means and the album art and how it coincides with the lyrics,themes?
Corey:  Basically this album is made to empower people who are beaten in this world.  This is saying fuck you to those people who bring you down, Leeches.  The cover is the kingdom I have built in my head signifying that I am powerful and will not be stopped.

15. Who came up with the album cover? I personally cherish Flesh Consumed’s each and every album artwork because those are truly indelible,remarkable,appreciable too.
Corey:  I came up and oversaw the album art.  Dee realized it.  Art is a huge part of music in my eyes.  It’s the first thing people experience when they go to purchase a cd or vinyl, cassette whatever.

16. What's the first gig you ever went to? Have you been to any killer live shows lately?
Corey :I don’t remember the first gig I went to actually.  I haven’t been to a show in 5 years.  I live in the mountains in a church basement, insomniac, hermit with my studio bands and record label.  5 hours away from any shows.

17. In before you guys performed a lots of gigs so, Which show was the most memorable to you so far? Do you get a good crowd response? Did you get offers to play in other countries or anything like that?
Corey:  We do get many offers.  I use to be a very violent vocalist, one show I hit someone while singing and broke through both bones in my arm.  Jumped on stage and sang the last 4 songs then drove an hour to the hospital.  The crowd was scared.

18. Do you study other bands music to come up with ideas?
Corey:  I study everything.  Knowledge is everything.

19. Your vocals style is raspy, aggressive and raw.appreciate your vocal style.how do you prepare your vocals before the studio or especially for live performances? Did any band in particular inspire you in the shrieking department?
Corey:  Thank you very much!!  That means a lot!  I drink water and do a couple verses then go on stage.  Studio, room temp water or vitamin D milk sometimes.  I try to use my natural voice, don’t have many vocal influences.  Inspirations, yes.Influences, no.

20. Is there a difference in the band’s sound as compared to the EPs and demos you’ve released in the past?
Corey:  Of course, listen to them.  Completely different, every recording.

22. Unique Leader Recordshas been a great supporter of extreme metal, you’re signed to them now. How did this happen?
Corey:  Erik said he would sign us so we signed.  Simple.

23. What do you do as individual band members to relax, when not working on music? Do you have jobs or business?
Corey : I don’t really relax, if you know me you will laugh because it’s true.  I own a record label Obscure Musick and am a Senior Pharmacy Technician but not at the moment.

24. What albums are you listening to lately or just the bands and albums in general you're really digging right now and tell me about your anticipated album of this year?
Corey:  A lot of the bands on my labels material at the moment.  Im looking forward to all those albums.Plus a new morbid angel whenever thatll be.

25.last one question,what are your future band goals & tell us  something about upcoming tour. Lastly, a lots of teenagers aim to be full-time musicians. Many of them might be without any proper guidance, any words of wisdom for them?
Corey:  Just have fun.  In death metal you don’t  earn much except experience so get out, see places.. you can get drunk at home.. go check out the scenery because you may never come back.

26. Thats all I've got right now.best of luck for upcoming release .This album is one of my anticipated release of this year.thanks a lot for enduring this torture haha. Any final thoughts,comments for the readers? If I forgot anything, please insert it in here.
Corey:  I just want to thank you for one.  Did your research and produced a great interview.  Too many zines have cookie cutter interviews..thank family/fans/friends.

Interview done by - Souvik Basu. Published on 1/09/2015

Album Review: Disarmonia Mundi- Cold Inferno

Earlier this year Melodic Death Metal band Disarmonia Mundi announced they were mastering and producing a new record at the Metal House studio .Throughout the year Disarmonia Mundi gave updates about their upcoming album Cold Inferno which was released June 9, 2015. The band members consists of Ettore Rigotti (drums, guitar, bass, keys and clean vocals), Claudio Ravinale(unclean vocals). Cold Inferno has Bjorn “Speed” Strid (vocalist of Soilwork) guest vocals on some of the songs. Speed was on Disarmonia Mundi's previous albums such as Fragments of D-Generation, Mind Tricks and the Isolation game. Christian Älvestam former vocalist of Scar Symmetry also does guest vocals in Disarmonia Mundi's album Cold InfernoEvery record Disarmonia Mundi released has been jaw dropping, there were small clips of some there new songs posted on their Facebook before the album came out. Every clipping that was posted got great feedback from the fans. I listened to Cold Inferno, I would give the album a 5/5, one of the best Metal albums released in 2015.

Links: https://www.facebook.com/DisarmoniaMundi?fref=ts

My Rating: 5/5. Review done by Rose F. 

An Interview with Karolina Kotwieja

Karolina is an aspiring vocalist from Poland, she currently lives in Belgium where the Metal scene there is bad ass. Every year Belgium has some of the biggest music festivals such as Alcatraz and Graspop. I have known Karolina for quite some time now via social media, her talent for unclean vocals is amazing and she is by far one of the most talented vocalists I know. She also is one of the biggest rock/hardcore/ metal junkies out there. Some of her biggest musical influences are Angela Gossow (previous vocalist of Arch Enemy), Winston McCall (vocalist of Parkway Drive) and Johan Liiva (previous vocalist of Arch Enemy, vocalist of Nonexist). Down below is the interview I did with Karolina, also check out her vocal cover of Parkway Drive’s song Karma.


Metalhead Spotted: Can you tell a brief history about yourself musically? At what age did you start unclean vocals?

Karolina: Since I was 3 years old it was my dream to be a vocalist. I growl for 3 years now.

Metalhead Spotted: Who are your musical influences?

Karolina: My first biggest influence was Angela Gossow and  later I discovered Winston McCall, Johan Liiva, Chris Breetzi, Chris Barnes. But i think Angela is that one who had big impact on me.

Metalhead Spotted: What is the Metal Scene like in your area?

Karolina: At the moment I live in Belgium and there are so many hardcore bands what is cool because I like hardcore.There’s where I come from are many great death metal bands like Thunderwar, Hybris, Hazael, Decapitated and my favorite polish band Vader.

Metalhead Spotted: If you were to describe yourself in one simple word, what would you say ?

Karolina: I am stubborn. I think in a good way it's pretty much common with being very ambitious. Sometimes it annoys me that i am very ambitious because it costs lots of time to do what i want the best but after all it's worth it!

Metalhead Spotted: What advice would you give to other people that either are trying to do unclean vocals or wanting to learn?

Karolina: Don't give up, never. It'll be a long journey but after a few years of practice you'll reach a sound you want.  And practice of course. People are learning things through the whole life and if you want to be good at doing something you have to practice all the time.

Metalhead Spotted: What band would you want to open for and why?

Karolina: There are so many bands I would like to open for but I think the most important to me are Arch Enemy, Parkway Drive, Heaven Shall Burn, Architects and of course The Ghost Inside.

Metalhead Spotted: I have seen all of your vocal covers, you have an amazing talent for unclean vocals, if you had the choice to audition for any band if your own choosing who would it be?

Karolina: Well, thank you so much. If I had a chance to choose it would be Arch Enemy, because I feel very comfortable covering their songs and I know all of their lyrics.

Metalhead Spotted: Is there anything you would like to add?

Karolina: If there is someone who wants to start a band and searching for a vocalist or just needs guest vocals or something feel free to message me on my Facebook page, and thank you Rose for a great interview.

Interviewed by  Rose F.

Links: https://www.facebook.com/carolzmeetsgrowl?fref=ts

An Interview With Iris Goessens of Spoil Engine

What’s up Metalers!! The Metal industry is known for a variety of kick ass Metal bands. I had the pleasure of interviewing Iris who is the new vocalist for Spoil Engine from the Netherlands. The members of Spoil Engine were intrigued when Iris released her vocal cover of As The Pages Burn by Arch Enemy as an audition video. Currently Spoil Engine is working on their upcoming EP, Metalers in the Belgium area will be able to see Iris with Spoil Engine on their release show for their upcoming EP in December.
Metalhead Spotted: Can you tell a brief history of yourself such as when at what age did you start unclean vocals and when you started to explore more with your talent?
Iris: When I was 14/15 years old I discovered the whole metal music scene. It was around that age that I also started to do unclean vocal style. It took me a while before I found people who wanted and were able to play metal with me. In the mean time I played in bands, but “softer” kinds of music. Pop, rock, jazz.. I just tried a lot of different stuff. I think I was 17 when I started to perform with my first metal band.

Metalhead Spotted: What made you realize you wanted to pursue a music career?
Iris: Like a lot of kids, I was dreaming of playing big venues and festivals since I first started a band. Through the years it became clear to me that this is really what I want and what I love to do. Since I’ve joined Spoil Engine I’m even more sure about it.

Metalhead Spotted: What is the metal scene like in your area?
 Iris: There are a lot of talented young people in the area.  Also, there are a few nice venues who support the local scene. But it’s hard for a young band to get out of that small circle. If you want to get out of that, the real work begins. And that’s a point where a lot of local bands get stuck. Being in a band in 2015 is more than be able to play your songs and record them. You have to spend time working on your network and your promotion.. online AND offline. The reason why Spoil Engine found me in the first place is because of my online visibility. I love spending time taking care of that aspect too, but a lot of young artist don’t know how to start. At the moment I’m helping out a few of them.

Metalhead Spotted: Describe your shows, visually and musically.
Iris: For me a good metal show needs a lot of energy. Good riffs, vocal lines and all the musical aspects are one thing, but you need to get the energy out there. The audience has to FEEL your music. That’s what I want to try to do on stage.

Metalhead Spotted: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
Iris: Keep doing what you want to do and support each other.

Metalhead Spotted: If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit?
Iris: Just heavy fucking metal. I don’t know if there are more subgenres or discussions about subgenres in the metal scene.

Metalhead Spotted: Before joining Spoil Engine were you in other bands previous?
Iris: Yes I was. In 2014 I had a great year with Drunken Dreams. I’ll still be doing some shows in Germany with them this month.

Metalhead Spotted: There are so many great bands in the Metal industry, what band would you like to open for and why?
Iris: That’s a hard question, there are so many. I think I have to say Slipknot. Their live shows are my favorite ones.

Metalhead Spotted: Does your band have any upcoming concerts coming up?
Iris: At the moment we are very busy writing and recording the upcoming Spoil Engine EP. It will be mixed and mastered at Fredman studio in October. He did albums for bands like Architects, Bring Me The Horizon, Arch Enemy, At the Gates and many more. The release show will be December 12 in Belgium.

Metalhead Spotted: Will you tour the U.S in the near future?
Iris: For now there are no plans, but I really want to play the U.S. I’ll cross the ocean as soon as possible!

Metalhead Spotted: Is there anything you would like to add?
Iris: Horns up, stay metal and thank you for the wonderful interview \m/

Interviewed by - Rose F.

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