Deeds of Flesh – Press Kit
9/28/2020 - OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Technical death metal pioneers Deeds of Flesh return after a seven year hiatus with their 9th studio album NUCLEUS, set for release via Unique Leader Records on DECEMBER 11TH, 2020 (Jan 15th on Vinyl).
DEEDS OF FLESH have also unveiled the first single from the album, ‘Alyen Scourge’. Check it out at deedsoffleslhmetal.com
The band’s first release since the tragic passing of guitarist / vocalist and Unique Leader founder Erik Lindmark, who lost a battle with Sclerosis 2018, Nucleus features retired member Jacoby Kingston back in the fold along with guest performances some of the biggest names in extreme metal to celebrate his life and contribution to metal.
Vocalist Jacoby Kingston is joined by:
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
John Gallagher (Dying Fetus)
George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse)
Frank Mullen (Suffocation)
Matti Way (Submerged)
Bill Robinson (Decrepit Birth)
Dusty Boisjolie (Severed Savior, ILLUMINEGRA)
Anthony Trapani (Odious Mortem, Severed Savior (Official),
Obie Flett (Pathology)
Robbe Kok (Disavowed)
Jon Zig (Serpentian).
With a mix of the old and new styles of DEEDS OF FLESH writing, this album is the completion of a story that began with Of What’s to Come (2008) and ran through Portals to Canaan (2013). The music was written by Erik Lindmark (RIP), Craig Peters, Ivan Munguia and Darren Cesca, and had been recorded and partially mixed for almost four years. When Erik Lindmark passed in 2018, vocalist Jacoby Kingston came out of retirement to help finish the album. Alongside long-time drummer Mike Hamilton, they finished the story arc, wrote the lyrics and made the vocal arrangements for Nucleus.
Guitarist Craig Peters commented:
“After we started the writing process for Nucleus about 7 years ago, I’m very glad that now fans will be able to hear what we’ve been working on. This album is special to me because I got to work closely with Erik on the material to really craft a cinematic experience for the listener. With the passing of Erik we were all saddened by the news and not sure where things would go with the album and the band. It only seemed right to have Jacoby and Mike come back into the fold to help finish this album. They’re such a huge part of the Deeds of flesh legacy that I couldn’t see the album completed any other way. Nucleus completes this amazing story that Erik started with Of What’s To Come with a fusion of older and newer musical elements of the band with stuff fans have never heard before. Get ready because this album is an intense journey!”
Vocalist Jacoby Kingston commented:
“After losing Erik, it didn’t feel right to have anyone else do the vocals on this album, so I knew coming out of retirement only made sense. Mike Hamilton and I made a plan to tackle the story and lyrics as a team and it came out better than I could have hoped for. Writing and performing on this album brought me back to the early days of recording “Gradually Melted” and “Trading Pieces”, when everything was new and exciting. We put 100% into this album and I think it really shows. The dream team of guest vocalists that laid down tracks on this album is ridiculous and humbling at the same time. We are honored to have them, and I think fans will be excited about it once they learn who is on there. The music is freaking crazy, but it’s definitely a Deeds album. We’ve managed to mix some of the old and new together to come out with a hybrid form for a new era.”
OFFICIAL BAND HISTORY
Deeds of Flesh was formed back in mid 1993 by Jacoby Kingston, Erik Lindmark and Joey Heaslet. Before Deeds of Flesh, they were all in different bands but felt a calling to Deeds after their initial jam session together. Their goal at the time was to push the envelope, so to speak, in the current scene with a more technical, intense style of songwriting.
After taking 3 months to write the first CD entitled “Gradually Melted”, we released it through various labels. It took off explosively in the underground, gaining worldwide recognition extremely fast. Touring included: U.S. supporting Broken Hope/Malevolent Creation/Oppressor and Monstrosity.
In late 95′, the band signed with Repulse Records (Spain) for a 2 album deal and released their first full length CD entitled “Trading Pieces” in 96′, not much touring for this album was done due to Joey having to leave the band because of flight schooling opportunities but the release took off anyway.
Touring included: supporting Incantation in Europe, Fuck the Commerce festival, U.S. mini tour supported by Vile/Devourement (TX only).
The second Repulse Records release “Inbreeding the Anthropophagi” was released in 1998 and featured new drummer Brad Palmer. The release was over the top technically and included guest vocals from Matti Way of Disgorge.
Touring included: Deeds of Flesh/Dying Fetus U.S. and Canadian tour, Milwaukee Metalfest 1998, Ohio Deathfest 1999.
Also in 98′ the band re-released a new remastered version of “Gradually Melted” with all new artwork. Touring during this time period was also limited due to Brad having to leave the band.
In 1999, Deeds picked up guitarist Jim Tkacz and original drummer Joey Heaslet stepped in to record “Path of the Weakening”, which was written from beginning to end and recorded all in about 2 month’s time. This was the debut release for the band’s own record label – Unique Leader Records – on which, all following Deeds of Flesh CDs would be released. Path brought a darker element to the songwriting, which stuck with the band ever since, although still keeping the original Deeds of Flesh intensity.
Soon after, Mike Hamilton also joined Deeds to take on the task of drumming for the band full time. Jimmy T, after recording Path and performing on a headlining Brazilian tour, left the band to take care of personal family matters. Jared Deaver, formerly of Impaled/Psypheria, was hired to replace him.
Touring included: Bloodletting N. America 1- headlining U.S. and Canada with Cephalic Carnage/Disgorge/Mortal Decay, headlining tour in Brazil, Death Across America(U.S.):Vader/Dying Fetus/Deeds of Flesh/Cephalic Carnage, Milwaukee Metalfest 2002.
Jared had one too many obligations back home and had to leave the band. In 2001, Deeds of Flesh released “Mark of the Legion”, once again as a three piece. Aaron Gustafson joined soon after on guitar to help with 2 tours.
Touring included: Bloodletting N. America 2-Monstrosity/Deeds of Flesh/Pyaemia, Gutting Europe 2-Deeds of Flesh/Disgorge/ Pyaemia, Fuck the Commerce 4 festival, U.S. tour with-Cannibal Corpse/Malevolent Creation/Hate Eternal/Macabre/Deeds of Flesh/Cephalic Carnage, New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
In 2003, Deeds of Flesh released “Reduced to Ashes”, their 5th full-length release.
Touring Included: Europe-Hate Eternal/Dying Fetus/Deeds of Flesh/Prejudice, New Zealand/Australia headlining with Psycroptic, Canada headlining with Mortal Decay.
The DVD ”Live in Montreal” was also released at this time and featured a video for “Crown of Souls” the upcoming CD and a full live set from the headlining Canadian tour.
In December of 2004, Deeds recorded “Crown of Souls” for a 2005 release – their 6th full-length album. This was the first release to feature the artwork of the famous Raymond Swanland. Before touring for “Crown of Souls”, Deeds picked up lead guitarist Sean Southern.
Touring included: Gutting Europe 5-Monstrosity/Deeds of Flesh/Impaled/Vile, Bloodletting N. America 5-Deeds of Flesh/Vile/Decrepit Birth/Odious Mortem.
In Early 2007, Jacoby retired from the band and was replaced by Erlend Caspersen from Norway. With the new line up the band decided to add more elements of over writing from the 2nd guitar and bass rather than writing as a 3 piece as in the past. The band also took a different vocal and lyrical approach. The previous Deeds of Flesh albums all lyrically dealt with the darker sides of the human condition, and tragedy ranging from many different subject matters. The change based content on a more fictional future of human existence, concentrating on a new concept of mankind’s place in the universe and the challenges faced.
The 2008 release “Of What’s to Come” brought many new elements to the band, especially on the guitars including more lead work and overwriting. The Vocals were also approached in a more aggressive direction.
In 2013, the band released its 9th studio release, “Portals to Canaan”, which featured 2 new members: Craig Peters (lead guitar) & Ivan Munguia (bass), continuing the over-the-top musical structures and added new chapters to the band’s ever-evolving lyrical concepts.
In 2016, Mike Hamilton left a band due to personal reasons and a busy touring schedule with Exhumed and he and Erik Lindmark recruited Darren Cesca to play drums on the next album. Darren joined the band and along with Craig, Erik and Ivan, they finished writing the next album and recorded it.
In 2018, Deeds was all set to finish the recording of their 10th release when health problems sidelined Erik and eventually took his life. With no lyrics written or vocals recorded, it was doubtful the album would ever see the light of day. Co-founder Jacoby Kingston, who had retired back in 2007, made a vow alongside Mike Hamilton to not let the music die with Erik and took up the flag to finish the lyric writing and recording of the album “Nucleus”. Together, Jacoby and Mike wrote the third story to the trilogy of records, which was started back in 2007. The new album is a mix of the new and old Deeds in many ways and is full of legendary guest vocal surprises.