Hope everyone's week is starting out good? Here is a new interview with Ohio's death metal machine Fully Consumed this band has been active for quite a few years and recently released their second cd "Incendium" so if anyone is into brutal death with some technical and very well executed music should defintly give this band a chance.
Interview with Fully Consumed done by Patrick
1.Hello how is the summer treating you? When did you all meet each other? What gave you the idea to form Fully Consumed ?How did you all choose the Fully Consumed.
Hello, Jeff here. Greetings from Ohio! Summer is always a busy time, but we are enjoying it. Fully Consumed originated as a recording project for myself. My original plan was to write, record and release music on my own. My good friend Mike Burns introduced me to Jesse Barrowcliff and we started working on the project together. From there it evolved into a band. Jesse brought in Robert Clark, who he'd known for years. Matt joined the group soon after and that's how we rolled for about 10 years. Then, in 2013 my long time friend and amazing guitarist Dan Gates came on board. The name sorta came out of my mind-set I had at the start of the project. I had played bass for 15+ years and decided to play guitar. I knew it would take a serious effort to make the switch, and sound convincing. So I immersed myself in it. For months I dedicated ALL my free time to playing guitar. I was fully consumed by it. When it was time to come up with a band name I threw it out there and the guys liked it. Plus we all agreed we did not want any sort of typical, gore, death metal name.
2.What is the current line-up Fully Consumed ? The band formed in 2003 how would you say the bands music has changed over the years?
Jesse Barrowcliff on bass. Robert Clark on vocals. Matt Behner on Drums. Dan Gates on guitar. Jeff Shepler on guitar and vocals. I don't think our music has changed a whole lot over the years. We have refined our approach slightly and we've gotten better at playing it. The original concept was to push ourselves, musically, physically, and creatively. And that is what we are still doing.
3.Fully Consumed has just released their second cd titled "Incendium" how long did it take to write and record the songs for this release?Does the whole band work on writing the music or does one member usually write everything?
The entire process took years. We are always writing and adjusting our material. I would much rather take our time and have everyone happy with the end product than rush through the process. I write most all the music. We are riff-centric. I usually have a collection of riffs I throw at the guys. Then, the actual arrangements are a group effort.
4.Who usually writes the lyrics for the band.What are some subjects/topics you all write about?
In the beginning, I had lyrics for several songs. They ended up on the first release. Since then, Robert has handled most all the lyrics. The topics vary, but they almost always boil down to the futility of the human condition. Our self-destructive nature provides endless inspiration.
5.i Know Fully Consumed has played some shows this summer for the new release.Are their any upcoming shows or small tours this fall?If yes where are some places the band will be playing?
Unfortunately, we all have commitments that make touring impossible, at this point. We are focusing out efforts on getting on, and setting up good shows. We do little weekend trips with a Friday, Saturday combination as often as we can. We are confirmed for the Colorado Gutfest in 2016 and are trying to get on other big fests.
6.Who have been some band you have shared the stage with this summer? What have been some of your most memorable shows to date?
Two of the best bands we've played with recently are Corpse Hoarder and Post Mortal Possession. We did a Friday in Pittsburgh and Saturday in Kent with those guys, it was amazing! As far as memorable shows, we have played with Origin several times and are looking forward to playing with them again on October 4. Aside from the fact that they are one of my all time favorite bands, the crowd is always large and receptive to what we do.
7.Besides the "Incendium" cd does Fully Consumed have any other Merchandise available for the readers to buy? Where can the fans buy your band Merchandise?
We have hoodies, multiple shirt designs and still have copies of our debut CD available at Artconsumed.bigcartel.com. We also have merch available at Irongates.bigcartel.com.
8.Fully Consumed comes out of Ohio's death metal scene I know in the mid nineties Ohio had one of the best Death metal and grind scenes in the world what is your opinion of Ohio's death metal scene?
We are very proud to be part of the Ohio scene! It's always been very deep with talented bands. There are great new and old bands alike. There are also many venues that are receptive to metal in our area. We go to other areas and you can only play in one or two bars. We have at least 10 venues, in the Akron/Kent area alone where you can go see a deathmetal show! And then you add all the venues in Cleveland... It makes for vibrant scene!
9.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Ohio? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?
There are many choose from, some have been around a long time like Drogheda, Embalmer and Blood Coven. And other more recent like, Necrotic Disgorgement and Forged in Gore. Once Flesh is an amazing young group that you should certainly check out.
11.In your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground scene today?And what does the term "underground metal mean to you?
There are lots of great bands out there that are getting great sounds. But underground is a weird name for the scene at this point. While it is true that it is not mainstream, anyone in the world can click and get it, instantly. It was originally called the underground in part because of it's inaccessibility. We used to trade tapes through the mail. In the end though, I say what's in a name. It's all about the music.
12.Thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview do you have any final words for the readers?
Thanks for your interest in Fully Consumed!! Stay sick and support METAL