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

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