|1. How did the band get started? How did you meet
and how long have you been together?
Deceased started in 84! It was me and a guy named Doug Souther
who knew each other through mutual friends and drugs. We wanted to
form a band that basically put "just didn't give a fuck." We wanted
to be insane, outrageous, and the most aggressive, sick, band there
ever was! Deceased became the name and we were off! Mark came along
a little while later on second guitar. We met him at a Twisted Sister
concert in Washington D.C! He loved are "fuck the world!" attitude
and climbed aboard the crazy train! We built off this line up and
just kept it together year after year! Doug left in '90 due to a drug
problem and attitude problem. Mike Smith came in on second guitar.
Les joined on bass in 1987. Sadly our original bass player Rob Sterzel
died in a car accident!
2. How would you describe your
King Fowley: Death metal from the grave!
Loud, fast, slow, eerie, heavy, mellow, creepy, insaneeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
3. What are your biggest influences?
Fowley: All time it would be Maiden, Sabbath, AC/DC, Kiss, Priest,
Scorpions, big bands like that as kids. We also love stuff like Motorhead,
Voivod, Saxon, Raven, old Slayer, old Fate, tons of bands. But those
are our "biggest" most influential bands!
4. What influence
do you think your bands has in music and metal today?
King Fowley: Not much really! A lot of people shy away from
the band because of our hard stance on things "wrong" with the underground
to us. We don't "shut up and play" like most bands do. But we don't
care!!! We always will do what Deceased wants to do. Not what labels,
people, etc. tell us to do!!!
5. What made you want to
be in the band? And if you werent in the band what would you
be doing now?
King Fowley: Music is my life!
Always has been. The radio was on since birth I would think. I remember
my love for the Beatles at 2 years old! It started me on my way to
Kiss, Sabbath, Maiden, Slayer, Motorhead, etc, etc,!!! If I wasn't
doing the band thing I would be doing other music stuff like recording
bands, record label, etc.!!! Music is life!
6. Are any
band members in side projects? If so what are they, and explain a
little about them.
King Fowley: I personally do
a band called October 31. It's a traditional metal thing with emphasis
on the 1980's metal sound. Simple but to the point! We have 3 records
out and are actually signed to Metal Blade right now! My other project
Doomstone is a band that plays dark, heavy, evil metal! We have done
7. How would you feel if a band took their
sound from yours and became very well known?
Fowley: Whatever! Good luck! I guess I'd be flattered to a point!
A few bands have hinted at our old school death style but I still
proudly feel Deceased sounds like no one else in the over saturated
underground metal scene!
8. What current bands do you
like or respect?
King Fowley: Iron Maiden are
gods! The Gathering are doing some intense stuff! Great players! Mostly
old school rock stuff like B.O.C., Kansas, etc. These are the bands
that have seen the top and bottom of it. Respect and hard dues have
come to them naturally!
9. How many demos/albums do you
have? Tell me about them!!
King Fowley: Deceased
has 5 records on Relapse. Our first "Luck of the Corpse" was recorded
while Doug was in the band. Sloppy, fast, death metal with a slight
variation on the theme. We were young and learning. Since then we
have done an e.p "The 13 Frightened Souls" which was our first with
Mike on guitar. That showed a tighter, precise band in a "growing"
stage. "The Blueprints for Madness" could of ben a great record if
the production had been better. I am proud of that very intricate,
weird Deceased record. "Fearless Undead Machines" was a concept record
on the dead taking over the world themes ala Night/Day/Dawn of the
Dead films!!! It was really taken nicely by the underground and gave
the band a lot of "credibility". And now we have "Supernatural Addiction,"
our latest record that deals with weird tales and ghost stories. I
think it's a very intense record with lots of "dark" ideas and metal
stylings!!! There's a live CD called "Up the Tombstones" and a few
tributes and comps but that covers our "full blown" records. As for
demos we did 3 in the 80's. They all saw the band grow and learn from
mistake and errors. The titles were "The Evil Side of Religion 1986,"
"Birth by Radiation 1988," and "Nuclear Exorcist 1989." A lot of these
demos have ended up on our "Death Metal from the Grave" volumes 1
and 2 CDs!!!
10. What demo/album do you like the best?
King Fowley: "Birth by Radiation" for demo cuz it sounds
the best! And "Supernatural Addiction" because it shows this band
can play and perform with the best of them!
11. What is
the meaning behind the songs?
King Fowley: It
varies! Some are simple death and destruction types. While others
deal with social problems in the world that lead to despair. Horror
tinged metal, that's us!
12. What are the bands favorite
King Fowley: I'd say for me "Mysterious
Research," "The Premonition," "The Triangle," "Morbid Shape in Black,"
"Psychedelic Warriors," and "Nuclear Exorcist" are 5 top songs we've
written! As for the other guys you may hear "The Silent Creature,"
"Elly's Dementia," "Destiny," "Mind Vampires" as choices!!!! I'm not
sure the other guys faves!!!
13. What does the future
hold for the band?
King Fowley: More metal and
no compromise! We have a new EP "Behind the Mourners Veil" in the
works! Look for it in early to mid 2001 on Relapse. 4 new tunes and
4 cover tunes!
14. If you could play with any band who
would it be and why?
King Fowley: Iron Maiden
because it's something I never tire of musically. Great band! Powerful,
talented, and on the road all the time!!!
15. Who writes
the majority of the music?
King Fowley: We all
write but i'd say me and Mike probably contribute the most. I find
it hard to not include Mark or Les in this though. Because we all
bounce ideas off each other! So riffs one person may have written
may change into something totally inspired by another guys ideas!
Deceased is an equal band when it comes to writing our music!!!
16. Who has been the favorite band youve played with
King Fowley: Probably Corpse Vomit from
chicago! These underground fiends are long time pals and just know
what the underground is really about. Good night, bad nights! Good
pay, no pay!!! Blah, blah, blah!! Too many bands out there that want
more then they are worth! Money is nice but c'mon guys...earn it!!!!
Egos are awful to deal with! And sadly 90% of all bands we have played
with have them! Fuck that!
17. Where did you get the band
King Fowley: I thought it fit perfect
with our gloom and doom lyrics so we kept it!
what the band is like live?
King Fowley: As fucking
loud, noisy, and aggressive as we can be!!! We give it our all and
expect only the best from ourselves! It's not always how it comes
out but we build off errors for the future! A live show is to be an
event in my eyes! Not just 4-5 guys up on a lighted stage playing
19. If you are gonna do any kind of video
what would be in it?
King Fowley: "Elly's Dementia"
will be our first video. It revolves around the original Blair Witch
film. So you will get the storyline and some weird imagery! We shoot
it December 2000!!! Creepy and metal, that's our goal with it!!!
20. Are there any touring plans made; if so tell me about
King Fowley: We did a small east coast
tour with Embalmer, Origin, and Cephallic Carnage earlier this year!
Went well! We just got back from California festival to test the western
scene for Deceased. Went really well for us! We will tour a lot more
in 2001! New EP, full tour! It's time to step up to the plate and
bat the fucking ball already!!!
21. Where do you think
the band will be 20 years from now?
Banging our heads in front of Marshall stacks with a smile from
ear to ear!!! Maybe some arthritis and nerve damage but other then
that, doing fine!!!