Interview with Flesh Hoarder done by Patrick
1. Hello how are you doing this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
What’s up? I’m doing good, my name is Nicholas Moreno and I’m the vocalist for Texas based death metal band Flesh Hoarder.
2. What age were you when you first discovered metal music and who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favourite bands?
I was about 10 or 11 years old, messing around with the radio and came across a local college radio station playing death metal music when I should have been asleep cause it was a school night and at first I thought I was hearing things because the signal was static-y and I stayed listening to it and ended up liking the music they were playing and would listen every Thursday night and would call in to find out what bands they were playing which became an obsession for me to find out who, what where and shit like that. The show at the time would start about 1AM – 3AM. The music consisted of a lot of death and black metal which I eventually grew to love and still love. Now around the time I had already been jamming Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, just music I came across on MTV which at one point played those kind of bands and videos n shit like that. And at that time I thought that was some of the heaviest music around. But like I said when I came across death and black metal it changed my life forever. I was hooked and am still hooked. Some of the first bands I came across listening to the show was Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Grave, Pungent Stench, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, Bathory, Emperor, Mayhem, Dark Throne and just grew from there. Like I said, I would call in to find out what was what and eventually go out to the local record store close to where I lived at the time called Flip Side Records which is still around today or even Hogwild Records and would go and pick up whatever cassette I could afford at the time of whatever band I was seeking out. If I remember correctly Morbid Angel’s 'Altars of Madness' album was my first death metal purchase. I remember the dude at the counter second guessing selling me the cassette just because of my age and the content, but was cool enough to hook me up. My mother and father had somewhat of a clue about me liking metal, but still I was reluctant to show them exactly what the fuck I was listening to. Especially with an album like Cannibal Corpse’s 'Tomb of the Mutilated'. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but currently I’ve been jamming Inquisition’s 'Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith' album. Dark Funeral’s newest album 'Where Shadows Forever Reign'. I just picked up the new Watain album the other day which is pretty fuckin' killer. So a lot of black metal and bands like that lately.
3. When did you first meet the other members of the band? And how did you choose Flesh Hoarder as the name of the band?
I first met the guys in Flesh Hoarder back in late 2004, early 2005 when my first band Eviscerated started to play shows and venture out into the club scene meeting people and other bands. Such as Disfigured, Scattered Remains, Exulcerate. Our guitar player Angel I believe is the one that came up with the name and showed us all one night and we all agreed it was a sick band name and it went perfectly with the music.
4. What is the current line up of the band? And who would you say are Flesh Hoarder biggest influences?
Myself Nick Moreno as the vocalist, Mike Deleon on guitar, Angel Tarin on guitar, Adam Deleon on bass, and Rene Martinez on drums. Old school Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Immolation, Broken Hope.
5. Homicidal Necrophile is the band’s debut release which is being released through Comatose Music. How did you and the band come in contact with this great label?
Mike and Adam’s other band Disfigured had released a few albums with Comatose Music over the years and so did Angel Tarin’s old band Exulcerate which released an album as well through Comatose. So we were familiar with the label and Steve Green, as well as his own bands, which we are all fans of. So when we decided to look for a label, Comatose Music was the first to come to mind. Thanks to Comatose for giving us the opportunity to release this fuckin' thing. Total professionals when it comes to taking care of the bands and helping get the music out. Glad to be a part of it.
6. Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
I would say our boy Angel has been the mastermind behind the music we have helped put together as a whole and with some input from us here and there to help shape shift some killer tunes. Lyrically I handled all that myself.
7. Besides the upcoming release does the band have any releases or merchandise available for the readers? If yes, what is available and where can the readers buy the merchandise?
We do have a demo out which was recorded back in 2012 titled 'Infatuation with Menstruation'. We do not have any physical copies of that one anymore so if you got one, you got one! You can still download it from our Bandcamp page for a buck. If interested in Flesh Hoarder merchandise you can message us on our Facebook page and we will get you hooked up. As of now we are currently working with Comatose Music and TXDM printing to create some more sick merch to have ready once the album is released.
8. Has Flesh Hoarder played very many shows so far? What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?
We have played a ton of shows since our first show of August 27, 2011 and I’ve lost count over the years. I would say getting to open for Deicide in 2012 was a definite highlight for me as it was our first big show since the bands inception. It was killer to have the opportunity to open for a historical band like that and one of our all time favorite death metal bands. Another couple good ones would be opening for Obituary doing the 'Cause of Death' album in its entirety and Morbid Angel’s tour doing the entire 'Covenant' album. Since then we have had the opportunity to open for pretty much all the bands we grew up with and have loved listening to since we were all kids. A lot of good times have been had and even more better times are still to come.
9. Are there any tours or shows coming up in support of Homicidal Necrophile? If yes, where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?
As of now we have a lot of local shows coming up just around Texas and the only out of state show so far will be out at the Las Vegas Death Fest on May 12th which is pretty fuckin' cool being as that will be the weekend 'Homicidal Necrophile' is unleashed. Since signing with Comatose Music it has definitely opened up more doors for us and look forward to what the future has in store for Flesh Hoarder. Well, the day we play the LVDF, we are getting the opportunity to share the stage with one of our favorites Dying Fetus as well as Putrid Pile, Defeated Sanity, Guttural Secrete and our Texas death metal brothers Devourment. Coming up in June we will be co-headlining with yet another old school favorite of ours Mortician here in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Gonna be a killer Summer for sure.
10. Besides playing and working with flesh Hoarder do you or any of the members currently play in any other bands or solo projects?
I have been with my other band Eviscerated, not to be confused with Eviscerated (CA) and Eviscerated (SWD), since 2004 and released a demo in 2005 titled 'Suicide by Self Disembowelment', followed by an album titled 'Gorging on Rotting Entrails' which was released in 2007 on Sevared Records. Since then, I have also jammed with Grieved, which was a melodic black metal style band for a few years. A couple years ago I started helping Mike’s other band Disfigured out and playing some shows here n there which also features Adam on bass as well. They’ve had that band going since about 2000 if I remember correctly and have released a couple albums on comatose titled “blistering of the mouth” and “amputated gore whore”. I’ve been helping out some other good friends of mine in Vaginal Bear Trap on vocals doing some shows here n there as well. Recently our guitar player Mike Deleon had an opportunity of a lifetime to jam with legendary frontman Phil Anselmo in his self-titled band Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals which just released an album so he’s got his hands full for sure. Our drummer Rene started out in a band called Scattered Remains which my band Eviscerated played countless shows with over the years, he’s featured on two of their albums as well as Whore of Bethlehem’s first album and both of Disfigured’s albums. Currently he’s working on another project called Embodiment of Suffering. Our other guitar player Angel Tarin, jammed in a band called Exulcerate and they too also released an album through Comatose Music about 12 years ago. We all have our history together in the scene and have all been friends for a very long time, so it only made sense to come together and create what Flesh Hoarder is today.
11. Flesh Hoarder comes out of the Texas brutal death metal scene, what is your opinion of the brutal death metal scene in Texas?
Well like everything else in this world I would say it has had its definite ups and downs for sure. You have some good shows, you have some bad shows. Shout out to those few promoters who will go out of their way to make these types of shows still happen and keep the underground alive. Still I would say it’s pretty strong, especially when it comes to the talent and musicianship you see in some of these types of bands today.
12. Who are your all time favorite bands from Texas? And are there any new upcoming bands you could recommend to the readers?
Well of course growing up in Texas I think all of us in the band can agree on Pantera being an old Texas favorite for sure. Then you have bands like Devourment out of Dallas, Texas who we all love. Fuckin' Absu who’s based in outta Dallas as well. Also another killer band, one of my personal favorite thrash bands D.R. fuckin' I. Texas based death metal bands people should be on the look out for I would say are Whore of Bethlehem from Austin, who are out here killing it in the Texas scene right now as well as our friends in ID who are not only a killer band but a well rounded group of musicians and are tight as fuck. Another band called Cheesegrater Masturbation based out of my hometown of San Antonio, Texas need to be heard. It’s some sick grind shit and those guys will be out on the road later this year so be on the lookout. Another sick grind band from San Antonio would be Vaginal Bear Trap who have been out here for quite some time tearing it up in the Texas scene. Flesh Hoarder just jammed with another band here in San Antonio the other day called Slaughterwitch who put on a fucking killer old school death metal set. So be on the lookout for them. Have some other San Antonio homies in Horrific Visions and Defiled Crypt keeping it fucking sick down here as well as my buds in Chaotic End. If you’re in the mood for some psychedelic stoned to the fucking bone doom then you should definitely check out a band called Cursus who are a killer fuckin' two piece And last but not least my good friends in HOD who’ve been keeping the blackened death metal alive and well here in good ole San Antonio. So go find their Facebook pages and give them a listen and if you like what you hear click that like button.
13. Besides bands are there any honest, reliable labels and distros you could recommend to the readers?
Our label Comatose Music, also be sure to check out Sevared Records, Ossuary Industries, and Hell’s Headbanger Records.
14. When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
Buying and listening to more death/black metal from bands I love to listen to with the occasional doom and gloom here and there. Finding new and more obscure bands to rot my mind with and collecting old vintage death metal shirts. Going to shows and supporting. I'm a freak when it comes to those kinds of things. Been a big gamer and have been into playing all the Call of Duty series for quite some time. Oh and Grand Theft fuckin' Auto! Perfect for when you’ve had a shit day for sure.
15. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thanks for the taking the time to give this a read and obviously you are a supporter of the underground if your read up to this point and for that I salute you. Cheers!