Texan FLESH HOARDER just had to be interviewed. Check them out if you like you death metal American. Answers by Mike Deleon Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-When we first started this band, we were all coming together from different bands that all played together. We all knew each other from years of jamming. Our goal was to have fun and create some new Underground brutal Texas death metal. As of today looking back on what we wanted to achieve, I think we have exceeded our expectations. We’ve played with some of the bands who had a major influence on us and are now about to release our debut CD on Comatose Music. As of right now, it is going great and we are looking forward to what the future holds for this band!
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-This debut album sounds so heavy! Feeling proud of all the hard work that’s gone into this recording and ready for everyone else to hear it! It definitely came out the way we wanted it. All the way from the intro, to the samples, to the production, it is a killer disc! For being a debut release, it’s brutal as fuck from start to finish.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Most definitely! Onward to working on album two and building off the foundation of where we started.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-We are not necessarily trying to send out a certain message or anything like that… our lyrics and music are pretty straight forward. There’s no like deep messages or anything here, haha! Just straight forward gory brutal death metal is what you’re getting with Flesh Hoarder.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Our cover art was definitely important to us. We wanted something as almost like a throwback to early 90’s style death metal covers. Something that could stand out from the bunch or stick out. I feel that this album cover does exactly that. As well as the tombstones bearing the names of each band member. Not sure if that has ever been done before, but it does add an eerie feel to the cover! I think a cool cover can still sell an album today… everyone does download, but say you’re walking around in a local metal record shop and you see a cover from band your really not to familiar with, there’s still a solid 50/50 chance on picking it up!
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-No matter where you’re from, it’s pretty hard to achieve any sorta success in today’s music business. Especially playing metal of any genre… success to us is just being able to play our music to fans and get out CD/merch as far out there as possible! Having fun and creating more new music is success to us!
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-Stand out by getting out there and in the actual face of the listener. Be different and try new ways of getting exposure… stay relevant in the social medias and don’t take to long to release new music. People don’t wanna wait 5 years between albums. You gotta get out and get dirty!
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Here in central Texas, there are a good amount of heavy bands in the scene. It definitely ain’t like it used to be 10 or 15 years ago, but the bands that have stuck around or the new bands to have formed are doing it right. Still brutal or still metal! For a band to break out and make it either national or internationally, is a huge thing. But in today’s world, it’s pretty hard for any band to break out… but to make it overseas for a US band is a big deal. It could mean a big break… or it can break a band. But just to get out of your town and play your music, whether it be in the US or out of US is still something every band should try and do.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Metal is accepted pretty well here in Texas… you can walk into a grocery store and see metal shirts often. Some people may still have that old attitude about it, but we try and avoid any of that. There is love for metal here so it’s all good!
What does the future hold for you?
-For the future of Flesh Hoarder, we are just looking to book more shows, write more music and try and get out selves overseas. We are currently booked for this year’s Las Vegas Deathfest and can’t wait to display our tunes for everyone there! We have no means of stopping anytime soon and will press forward with more brutal Texas death metal that Flesh Hoarder can deliver!