King Fowley of Deceased - Back
1. How did the band get started? How did you meet and how long have you been together?

King Fowley: 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 music?

King Fowley: Death metal from the grave! Loud, fast, slow, eerie, heavy, mellow, creepy, insaneeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

3. What are your biggest influences?

King 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 weren’t 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 2 records!

7. How would you feel if a band took their sound from yours and became very well known?

King 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 songs?

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 you’ve played with and why?

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 name from?

King Fowley: I thought it fit perfect with our gloom and doom lyrics so we kept it!

18. Describe 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 their tunes!

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 them?

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?

King Fowley: 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!!!