Fleshcrawl


Fleshcrawl
Manuel Markowski (Bass [since 2012]), Mike Hanus (Guitar [since 1992]), Sven Groß (Vocals [since 1997]), Oliver Grbavac (Vocals, Guitar [since 2002], ex-Debauchery, ex-Secret Dimension), Bastian Herzog (Drums ex-Suffocation (GER)), Alex Pretzer (Vocals ex-Suffocation (GER)), Tobias Schick (Bass [1998-2005]), Gero Schmitt (Vocals, Guitar [1991-1992], ex-One Past Zero, ex-R.U. Dead?), Stefan Hanus (Guitar ex-Suffocation (GER)), Alfred Handke (Guitar ex-Suffocation (GER)), Nico Scheffler (Bass), Markus Amann (Bass ex-Suffocation (GER))

FLESHCRAWL came to life in spring 1987 by Stefan Hanus and Bastian Herzog.

The band worked under the name Morgöth until the year 1990, when they changed their monicker to Suffocation and decided to become much more extreme concerning the musical direction. After their first demo tape "Festering Flesh" they were again forced to change their band name because of the upcoming US Suffocation and their first vinyl appearance.

After having found a constant band name in FLESHCRAWL they released their first 7" EP "Lost in a Grave" in 1991 on Morbid Records. One year later FLESHCRAWL inked a record contract with Black Mark Production.

In June 1992 they recorded their debut album "Descend into the Absurd" at Montezuma Studio, Stockholm. Shortly after, Mike Hanus replaced Gero Schmitt on guitar.

In 1993 Fleshcrawl’s second album "Impurity" was produced in Dan Swanö's Unisound Studio. FLESHCRAWL received great reviews from the international press for their brutal and uncompromising Death Metal sound, not to mention their highly powered live shows.

They proved their power at the Easter Bash Tour ’95 where they were joined by Deicide, Cathedral and Brutal Truth as well as Sinister and Kataklysm. In December ’95 FLESHCRAWL recorded their third album "Bloodsoul” being followed by their fourth album "Bloodred Massacre" in 1997 – both recorded at Abyss Studios by Peter Tägtgren. Having been the debut for the new singer Sven Gross who took over the place of Alex Pretzer, "Bloodred Massacre" earned the best reviews since their first album in 1992.

In 1998 Tobias Schick occupied the long time vacant bassist slot. After the release of "Bloodred Massacre", FLESHCRAWL cut the ties with Black Mark and went on a four week European Tour with Vader and Kataklysm, also participating in festivals with Cannibal Corpse and Dark Funeral.

Back from the tour, FLESHCRAWL signed a contract with Metal Blade Records. In January 2000 "As Blood Rains from the Sky - We Walk The Path Of Endless Fire" - produced at Fredman Studios in Gothenburg - was released.

A top class production with killer riffs and vocals that penetrate to the bone made "As Blood Rains from the Sky - We Walk The Path Of Endless Fire" an absolute must have item for all Death Metal Fans. Press reactions and reviews for this album turned out to be the best since the band came together in 1987. In June 2000 FLESHCRAWL went out to tour Europe together with Vader and Vital Remains for a 25 show trek.

Several single shows and festivals followed throughout the summer (e.g. Czech Dynamo Festival, Summer Breeze Festival).

In the meantime, FLESHCRAWL started preparing their new song material for their 2nd album on Metal Blade. In January 2001 they supported Bolt Thrower on a warm-up tour of Germany and Holland followed by the Torture-Tour in June 2001 supporting Six Feet Under.

That same year FLESHCRAWL performed live on the Party-San Open Air. In September 2001 the band entered Studio Underground in Västeras, Sweden, to produce album No.

6 - “Soulskinner”. After having returned from the studio with the best feeling ever, the band went out to promote “Soulskinner” supporting Bolt Thrower and Benediction on a 4 week European Tour in January 2002. Having played a few single shows in Germany and Europe throughout spring and early summer 2002, FLESHCRAWL performed on Wacken 2002, which turned out to be a really successful experience.

This also was the first appearance of new guitarist Oliver Grbavac substituting founding member Stefan Hanus, who quit the band for personal and private reasons. In fall 2002 the band appeared on the Westfalenfestival in Dortmund amongst other things.

Another premiere took place in November 2002: FLESHCRAWL played their first tour of Japan supporting Hypocrisy from Sweden. This was a very intense and huge experience in the band’s career.

In retrospect, the year 2002 became the most successful since the band’s foundation. After having returned from Japan, FLESHCRAWL started writing for the next album. During the year 2003 the band made itself scarce concerning live shows in order to intensely prepare the new song material for the follow-up to “Soulskinner”.

In November 2003, FLESHCRAWL again headed up to Studio Underground in Sweden to record album No. 7, entitled “MADE OF FLESH”, which musically kicks off where “Soulskinner” ended.

“MADE OF FLESH” features 10 songs of extreme variety and deadliness - having something in store for every die-hard death metal fan ! FLESHCRAWL supported “Made Of Flesh” by touring with Six Feet Under in February/March of 2004 on a very successful European tour. During the summer of the same year the band played various single shows as well as a bunch of open air festivals (Party.San, Summer Breeze, Metalcamp, Rock Harz, Skeleton Bash, Kaltenbach).

In early 2005 the longtime bass player Tobias Schick left the band for personal reasons. The band continued without a bass player while they were searching for a new fourstringer at the same time.

The search took longer than expected and just in early 2007 they found with Nico Scheffler the right guy for the position. Nevertheless the band played various single shows and festivals (Up From The Ground, Walpurgis Metal Days) in the year of 2006.

In early 2006 FLESHCRAWL begun writing new songs for the successor of “Made Of Flesh”. But fate struck the band as several band members had to face serious private problems during 2006 and the songwriting process was hold on ice for a while.

The band took off where they left in the second half of 2006 to continue writing songs for the eighth album “STRUCTURES OF DEATH”. Since Tobias was not in the band anymore, the guitar team Mike Hanus and Oliver Grbavac stepped in and delivered a great portion of the song material for this album.

For the first time in the bands history FLESHCRAWL didn´t record in Sweden, but in the Studio Toninfusion in their home city Ulm/Germany with Martin Schmitt behind the desk. The clear and heavy rough mixes proved their decision to be right! Pelle Saether at Studio Underground in Västeras, Sweden mixed and mastered the album once again and delivered the perfect job! Between 2008 and 2015 the band did not release new music, however was always active playing live. Over the years FLESHCRAWL played several well known fests like SWR Barroselas (2008), Protzen Openair (2008, 2016), Queens of Metal (2008), Rock Maraton (2008), Summer Breeze (2000, 2004, 2008), Battlefield Metalfest (2009), Chronical Moshers (2010), Way of Darkness (2007, 2011), Fistful of Metalfest (2012), Stromgitarrenfest III (2012), Inferno Metalfest (2013), RockHard Festival (2013), Bang Your Head Openair (2013), Baden in Blut (2014), Faces of Death in Moscow (2014), Nepal Deathfest (2016), Paelzer Hell (2016), Holsteiner Deathfest (2016), Death Shall Rise (2016), Schoonebeek Deathfest (2017), Obscene Extreme (2018), Helsinki Deathfest (2018) as well as many single club shows. In the year 2011 Nico Scheffler on bass quit and was replaced by Manuel Markowski. In 2015 FLESHCRAWL teamed up with Skinned Alive to produce a split CD with 4 new songs which was released by Brutal Arts Records and in the following year of 2016 released again by FDA Records. In early 2016 FLESHCRAWL embarked to their first ever Asian tour.

8 shows across countries like United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. It turned out to be a fantastic experience and great success ! FLESHCRAWL is planning the long awaited follow-up album to “Structures of Death” for the end of 2019. DISCOGRAPHY 1990: Festering Flesh (Demo) 1991 “Lost in a Grave“ (7” EP) 1992 “Descend into the Absurd” 1994 “Impurity” 1996 “Bloodsoul” 1997 “Bloodred Massacre” 2000 “As Blood rains from the Sky…we walk the path of endless fire” 2001 “Soulskinner” 2004 “Made Of Flesh” 2005 “Crawling In Flesh” (Best-Of) 2007 “Structures of Death” 2015 “Tales of Flesh and Skin” (4 song split) 2016 “Festering Thoughts from a Grave” Suffocation / Fleshcrawl early days demo and 7” EP compilation CD.

1987-1997 Fleshcrawl was formed by Stefan Hanus and Bastian Herzog in 1987 under the name Morgöth. In 1990, after original lead vocalist Wendelin Dopfer left the band, Alex Pretzer was signed on, the band changed their name to Suffocation, and released a demo tape called Festering Flesh. After the release of their demo tape, the band was forced to change their name because the American band, Suffocation, had released their first vinyl cut earlier. The band was officially renamed to Fleshcrawl and then released their first 7" EP Lost in a Grave in 1991 through Morbid Records. In 1992, Fleshcrawl signed a recording contract with Black Mark Productions, and on June 1992, they recorded their debut studio album, Descend Into The Absurd, at Montezuma Studios. Shortly after the release of Descend Into The Absurd, Mike Hanus, brother to founding member Stefan Hanus, replaced Gero Schmidt as one of the guitarists, and in 1993, they began recording their second studio album, Impurity, at Dan Swanö's Unisound Studio. In 1995, Markus Amann left the band and Mike Hanus took over as the bassist for studio sessions. In December 1995, Fleshcrawl recorded their third studio album, Bloodsoul, which was released in 1996. Shortly after the release of Bloodsoul, Fleshcrawl began recording their fourth studio album, Bloodred Massacre, which was released in 1997 with Sven Gross replacing Alex Pretzer as the lead vocalist. Both albums were recorded at Abyss Studios by Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy. 1998-present In 1998, Tobias Schick took over as the new bassist, allowing Mike Hanus to return to playing guitar exclusively. After the release of Bloodred Massacre, Fleshcrawl left Black Mark Productions and joined a month long tour with Kataklysm and Vader, as well as participating in festivals with Cannibal Corpse and Dark Funeral. After returning from their tour, Fleshcrawl signed a recording contract with Metal Blade Records, and on January 2000, they released their fifth studio album, As Blood Rains from the Sky, We Walk the Path of Endless Fire, which was produced at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. On September 2001, Fleshcrawl began recording their sixth studio album, Soulskinner at Studio Underground in Västeras, Sweden. In 2002, Stefan Hanus was replaced by Oliver Grbavac and the band played at Wacken Open Air. On November 2002, Fleshcrawl played their first tour in Japan in support of Hypocrisy. During 2003, the band played few live shows in order to focus on writing their seventh studio album. On November 2003, Fleshcrawl again entered Studio Underground in Sweden to record their seventh studio album, Made of Flesh, which was musically similar to Soulskinner. Made Of Flesh was released on February 23, 2004 in Europe and Japan and on March 9, 2004 in the United States, and following its release the band played a few shows, including the Summer Breeze Open Air heavy metal festival in Bavaria, Germany. In 2005, Fleshcrawl released a compilation album, Crawling In Flesh - The Best of Fleshcrawl, which featured fifteen tracks from their first 4 full-length albums. In early 2005, Nico Scheffler replaced Tobias Schick as the band's bassist and the band began to work on their eighth studio album, Structures Of Death. It was released in Europe on 24 September 2007. Following the album's release, Fleshcrawl played a few shows around central Europe with bands such as Carnal Forge, Dismember, Enslaved, and Jungle Rot, and also played several metal festivals including the Protzen and Queens of Metal Open Air festivals. Style Fleshcrawl, although their overall style has evolved over the years, remains quite similar- and often compared to such Scandinavian/melodic death metal bands as Grave and Dismember. Like these bands, Fleshcrawl creates a familiar, mid-range guitar tone with rapid tempos and short guitar solos consisting of fast, nimble alto-range progressions. However, the band's drumwork since the mid-to-late 1990s, composed mainly of high-speed, rolling double-bass drums and blast beats is comparable to that of many brutal death metal bands, such as Nile and Skinless, but at the same time, is down-tuned enough to not lose its kinship with the melodic death metal genre. Occasionally, they incorporate organs and other instruments, such as trumpets and kettle drums into their music, particularly in their instrumental intros and interludes. Fleshcrawl's lyrical themes are generally characteristic of typical death metal, and encompass such concepts as insanity, horror, doomsday, war, murder, misanthropy, genocide, gore, slavery, and sacrifice, among other lyrical concepts familiar to death metal.

Fleshcrawl is a death metal band formed in 1987 in Illertissen, Bavaria, Germany. Their most recent album, Structures Of Death, was released in 2007, under Metal Blade Records.


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