It is very rare to find a band that can properly translate their hatred and brutality onto disc, but this Chicago-based quartet have accomplished this seemingly impossible task with ease.
Taking their extreme metal savagery one step further with "Murder Without End", the mighty FLESHGRIND proves that they are out for blood and are stopping at nothing until they annihilate audiences worldwide. This is a record perfectly fit for people who are looking for the most unrelenting music they can possibly find. In March of 1993, Rich Lipscomb (Guitarist/Vocalist) and Dave Barbolla (Drums) got together with the sole intention of writing the most extreme music possible to counteract the stagnant death metal scene.
Once they recruited Steve Murray (Guitars) and Casey Ryba (Bass), FLESHGRIND was created. In November 1993, they entered the studio to record their now infamous "Holy Pedophile" demo.
Due to their nonstop self-promotion and great work ethic, "Holy Pedophile" earned FLESHGRIND a spot in the elite underground, as it went on to sell over 2500 copies. Their next demo "Sorrow Breeds Hatred...
Bleed On Me" was recorded in April of 1995 and helped the band secure their first record deal with Pulverizer Records. The group immediately headed to Quali-Tone Studios with Brian Griffin (Broken Hope, Internal Bleeding) to record "Destined For Defilement", their first full-length album. During the recording process they also enlisted the skills of Ray Vasquez to handle bass duties.
This album was released in August of 1997, and featured nine brand-new songs of relentless brutality. Although they were now on a label, the group still believed in nonstop self-promotion and they knew that they could not rely on anyone but themselves.
Unfortunately, die to financial problems Pulverizer Records was no longer able to press their disc, so FLESHGRIND decided to take it upon themselves to print their own copies. Soon after the albums release Vasquez decided to leave the band and Dave Barbolla was asked to leave for personal reasons. The group wasted no time in acquiring new bassist James Genenz and new drummer Alan Collado and promptly proceeded to hit the road.
After numerous shows with the likes of Broken Hope, Dying Fetus, Internal Bleeding, Malevolent Creation, Six Feet Under, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and a five week long US tour with Mortician, the group developed a loyal underground fanbase. Refreshed with new members, they began composing new material that was just as catchy as the classic FLESHGRIND material, while incorporating more chaotic and technical elements.
Due to their relentless self-promotion and rabid underground fanbase they caught the attention of Olympic Recordings, who immediately offered them a deal. With a bigger labels support, FLESHGRIND quickly entered the studio to record their second full length album. In November 2000, "The Seeds Of Abysmal Torment" was released and this the groups most diverse and pummeling release to date.
Unfortunately, the band was unable to perform many shows in support of this record, as just before release Rich Lipscomb broke his leg, requiring three surgeries and almost 18 months recovery time. Once he recovered and the band was ready to get back on it's feet, they were hit with another roadblock in May of 2002 when their drummer abruptly left the band. FLESHGRIND soon enlisted former Gorgasm skinsman Derek Hoffman and then began composing new material.
In early 2003, the group entered Studio One with producer Chris Djuricic (Origin, Jungle Rot, Novembers Doom) and came out with an album filled with an utter contempt and hatred for everything around them. The new effort, "Murder Without End", is a ten track slab of aggression that will proceed to beat the listener mercilessly with each track that passes by.
FLESHGRIND's tours have included US Tours with Mortician, Dead For Days, Canadian mini tour with Suffocation, European tour with Germany's Resurrected and Sweden's Coercion. In 2004 the band was again hit with the unfortunate dilemma of losing a drummer, as Derek decided to split.
A few months have passed and finally the band is back on it's feet with some new young blood. FLESHGRIND welcomes Jesse Kehoe (SCREAMING AFTERBIRTH, FOETOPSY) to the fold as the new drummer.
Currently the band are rehearsing songs new and old for shows and festival appearances and also writing new material for the forthcoming album. Having overcome numerous personal issues throughout their career FLESHGRIND takes all of that negative energy and turns in into the most volatile death metal there is.
Be prepared because war is about to be unleashed! ************************ UPDATE: FLESHGRIND officially disbanded on Halloween 2005. Rich Lipscomb is now in private business in Holistic Healing. Steve Murray is married with children and is not active musically at the moment, but has plans to play again sometime. James Genenz went on to play bass in JUNGLE ROT and recently formed REIGN INFERNO. Jesse Kehoe is playing drums in SEXUAL ATROCITIES and doing vokills for FOETOPSY. Derek Hoffman is playing drums for PESHMERGA. No information is available on the whereabouts of the other former members. ************************** LINKS: JUNGLE ROT www.facebook.com/igotjunglerot REIGN INFERNO www.facebook.com/reigninferno SEXUAL ATROCITIES www.facebook.com/pages/Sexual-Atrocities/130930040268125?ref=ts PESHMERGA www.myspace.com/peshmergadeathmetal FOETOPSY www.myspace.com/foetopsy .
- April 1993
Sorrow Breeds Hatred
- December 1995
Destined for Defilement
- July 1997
- Pulverizer Records
The Seeds of Abysmal Torment
- April 2000
- Olympic Recordings
Live at Fuck the Commerce III
- January 2002
- Perverted Taste
Live in Germany
- September 2002
- United Guttural Records
Murder Without End
- August 2003
- Olympic Recordings
- January 2004
- Hell's Headbangers Records