Thursday, February 17, 2011

Interview: Don Anderson- Digested Flesh

Hey guys, sorry about not getting anything done the past few days, my computer got about twelve million viruses at once and was KIA for a while. And before anyone makes a porn joke, I'll have you all know it was a bad torrent. But anyway, to make up for it here's my interview with the guitarist of one of New Jersey's sickest slam bands, Digested Flesh. Sorry about the font issues, copy/pasting from Yahoo turned out to be a lot weirder than I thought it would be.

Hey bro, thanks for taking some time to chat with us. Tell us what the band's been up to lately, I haven't heard much from you guys in a while. Any cool tours or new material we should know about?

We actually just went back to Germany in September and played at the NRW Deathfest. Other than that we've been writing our full-length which should be out later this year.

Give us a basic syopsis of how Digested Flesh came to be. As a fellow Jersey metalhead I'm especially interested in how a band as brutal as DF came from a place that I understand to be full of hicks and hardcore kids.

Nick and I have been friends since we were kids. He was an awesome drummer and we were both into heavy music so we decided to put a band together. I met Rob through work. He's the most metal motherfucker you'll ever meet, which was exactly what we were looking for. Derek is an awesome musician so we recruited him on bass after Pete left the band.

Your newest EP "Macerate the Soul" seemed to take more of a grindcore approach than your usual slams, or at least that's what I got out of it. Was this intentional, or is did it just kind of happen on its own?

We just got better at writing music. If we played the same 3 power chords over and over and then just played them slower it would sound like The Answer to Infection part 2. I love that album but it's already been done. We're moving forward with our style.

Your music has always had a very raw, organic sound to it, kind of like it was all recorded live. Was this also on purpose, because I've noticed a lot of bands, especially in your genre, tend to go for the very sterile, drum machine-y Pro Tools sound.

That is on purpose. We always ask our engineer to make sure it sounds raw and sloppy. We play tight enough that we don't need it to sound like robots, we just need an awesome sound and minor clean ups and we're ready to press.

Since we're talking about your sound, I have to ask the mandatory question: what bands would you say have influenced Digested Flesh the most?

Devourment and Dying Fetus really influenced the first full-length (obviously). The newer stuff is influenced by all different bands. Deicide, Morbid Angel, Mortal Decay and Gorgasm just to name a few.

I see you guys are set to play a benefit show for Jay Sica, the recently deceased vocalist of Abacinate. His untimely death was a huge shame to say the least, and it's good to see the Jersey metal scene really rallying together. How well did you guys know him, I know Abacinate was/is a pretty big name in that scene.

Our drummer Nick was the closest member of our band to Jay. They were pretty good friends. I hung out with the two of them a few times and Jay was a really nice guy and an awesome singer. I hope we can do some good for his family with the benefit show.

Well that's pretty much it, thanks again. Any last parting words you wanna share with the readers before we call it an interview?

Thanks for the interview and the support!! Add us on

Alright, a new Digested Flesh full length later this year, you heard it here first guys. Thanks again to Don and the rest of the band, leave a comment or two and stay tuned for more.

-The Baby Killer

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