Saturday, May 8, 2010
FLESHROT from UK came up with their new album “Traumatic Reconfiguration” via Deepsend Rec. Recently. That one is an amazing blast, unbeliveable complex and brutal, one of the best Death Meatl releases this year so far. I have talked with singer Ben about bits and pieces.
Hi Ben, how are you. You must be damned proud about your new album, it will be hard to beat, even for you. It has a lot of complex, tight structures.
Yeah were all really happy with this release, since the recording (1 year ago now) we have changed lineup so the new guys are REALLY eager to try and better what we have previously recorded!! Look out for a demo/split coming this year!
It has a lot of complex, tight structures. What about your songwriting, I refuse to believe it is so easy!
The way we write is relitively straight forward, each member would go home, write some ideas, tab them or record at home, and just bring the idea in, sometimes its a whole complete song, sometimes its just riffs, but wel all sit there and piece it all together. some of the riffs are pretty tough, and even the guys who originnally wrote them find them difficult still!! But thats what it is all about! Pushing the boundaries!!
Stands it still in some connection to “Gore – A - Holic”, or is FLESHROT a new band today?
Fleshrot is completely new, even since traumatic our sound has progressed, with the new members come new influence, new ideas fresh enthusiasm!! I think the Rot are still to find their "sound" or maybe were destined to be different!?
Are you more grown – up nowadays after a lot of line up changings?
Well the near on 7 years Fleshrot has been rotting has definately reflected on the members, being the only original member left, I find I take things more seriously now, its not just a hobby now, this is my life and i am always striving to get the band noticed. Our lyrical content has grown up alot too, from generic death metal titles like"drowning in menstrual excrement" in 2004 to "Expanding the Void" a song based on the Budhist theory on emptiness or "Dispossessed" a song about accessing the dark corners of the human mind, both on the new album.
Many zines compare “Traumatic Reconfiguration” with bands like CANNIBAL CORPSE, DISGORGE sometimes DERANGED. Is this ok for you or do you take it as an attack on your own identity?
We dont mind being compared to greats such as those bands, but our sound is so diverse we have been compared to old Devourment all the way to new Aborted and Whitechapel, so I dont think anyone can put a label on us just yet!
The first song “ From The Abyss” runs down like oil, it is so unbelievable eclectic. Tell me something about it. And from what is the selection and order of the songs dependent?
This song was the brainchild of ex-Bassist Ash, he wrote the music completely and we all learnt it, me and Ash both colaborated on the lyrics, we wanted a pure thumping rythmic anthem similar to Parasite from the Decomposition of Humanity EP. The lyrics are very loosely based on the concept from the movie Cloverfield, the idea of this massive unknown being emerging from the depths and completely destroying its unfamiliar surroundings, creates an awesome image in my mind, cant wait to get a tee design done inspired by that song!!
Do the brutal and progressive parts fit together? Or is it just a question of right combination?
I think the most important thing about extreme music is diversity, a blast beat isnt "fast" if the whole song is blast beats, a "slam" section wont be heavy if the whole song is basic and mid-paced. by combining technical, fast, slow and even bordering melodic sections I think weve created a reall "interesting" CD to listen to. Its also really important to us that the different parts blend in together, not just different riffs placed in sections ya know?
Are you personally satisfied with the album? Are there some detail on it, that you maybe want to erase again?
I´d love to go back and re do some vocal parts, but I will always say that with anything I release, im my own worst critic, which pushes me to improve I guess. There are other minor editing and mastering things i wouldve changed, but budget and deadline wouldnt allow!
How important are lyrics? Is it embellishment maybe?
I´d say with the older material, the "lyrics" or grunts were just added as another instrument, sounds to fit the gaps maybe, as weve grown and the music has matured, so has the lyrical theme and content, I´d hate to say its now embelishment, I think the vocals add character and depth to our songs, if you read the lyrics in the booklet, they let the listener in on what we were feeling or pissed about when writing the songs.
Which song on it is a real one for live performance? And is there one you will never play/sing on stage?
I´d say the best live song would be “From the Abyss” or “Traumatic Reconfiguration”, we haven´t played “Expanding the Void” or “Oblivion” in ages, so I think we may bring one of those back soon, I dont think there is one we´d NEVER play.
Were you ever drunk on stage, totally wasted without knowing what's going on?
In the older days yes, a few times, but it just led to a messy yet entertaining performance, I missed lines, broke shit, ate glass and dropped the mic all over the place, NEVER AGAIN!! I save the drunkedness for AFTER shows now!
What do you really hate if you are on stage?
I hate stage divers who stay on the stage, and headbang and stand there for recognition, "I´m not being funny bro, get the fuck off the stage!! People arent here to watch some drunk dick headbang, theyre here to enjoy some brutal bands!! Get a band, make some good tunes THEN get on the stage dickhead!!"
What was the most horrifying experience during/after a show?
I´d say letting some fan drink my bottle of tequila not knowing he was on medication for stomach problems, then watching him puke blood and pass out and be taken away by the ambulance! Or the typical power cut, thats the fuckin worst!!
Do you enjoy it every time on stage or do you think sometimes “fuck you all”?
I always enjoy being on stage, whether its in front of 5 or 500 people, but there have been times where some bad shit has happened just before a show and its set the bad mood yaknow?
Who would you like to torture people 24 hours with your music?
HAHAH that´d be the best!! Us metal heads have to put up with the "pop" industries music pumped out 24/7, every store, every TV channel, most radio stations, its EVERYWHERE! so fuck yeah I´d love to torture people with 24/7 ROT!
Does Sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll belong together? True or overrated and obsolete?
Majorly over rated!! Its a sad Cliche, I cant stand drugs, have witnessed friends and family members ruin their lives and even die because of it, fuck that, why glamourise somehting that completely destroys the person you are? Sex is always good to include with metal though! My girl doesnt like metal, but it certainly puts me in the mood and she dont complain!!
As far as I know there is a band in the USA with the same name. What will you do, if they copy write their name tomorrow?
We´re already copywrited back to early 2003, with lryic sheets, music sheets AND recordings, even our myspace was made before theirs, we´ve had words in the past, when we were less established, but I dont see the problem, were signed, their not, were toruing, their not, weve got several releases, they have one self released. were a full time band, their a side project. I really dont have much worries about them.
Last spot is yours!
Well cheers for the interview bro! Make sure you all keep your eyes peeled for the official "Traumatic Reconfiguration" video and keep posted on www.myspace.com/fleshrot for tour dates near you!! THE UK BOYS ARE HERE TO SHOW HOW BRUTALITY IS REALLY DONE!
STAY FUCKIN BRUTAL!