Extremists ABOLISHMENT OF FLESH formed in 2008, releasing material, doing shows, touring, with material following left and right, including themselves currently writing all new works with further plans for more activity! Guitarist/Vocalist/Drums Ramon Cazares discusses all of these matters and more!
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Ramon: Well, I started the band back in 2006 and it wasn’t till 2008 when it became fully active doing shows and tours. Since then we’ve released a self titled recording and an E.P. called Decimation and is available on iTunes, Spotify and other sites online. We also have a latest album called Creation to Extinction which is only available at our shows on tour. We are hoping to have a label to officially release the album soon. The band had multiple lineup changes but I think the current lineup is the strongest by far. Especially with Izaak Chavez on guitar. At this time we are working in a bass player which we will announce soon. As far as a drummer we usually use session drummers.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
Ramon: Abolishment of Flesh has 2 meanings. First meaning is biblical which means to put away the flesh and to live by the spirit. I kind of took that meaning further. To me the name states how the flesh or mankind itself is wicked and evil and the only way to become pure is by purification through death. The problems, tragedy, sickness, poverty, wars, crime and corruption in the world have nothing to do with religion, organizations, politics, lifestyle or race. It is a human problem. We are the problem. And that’s where the concept of name originated.
3. Tell us about your thought on your local music scene? Are there any new and upcoming bands that
you are into?
Ramon: We have a broad perspective of what we consider a local scene. We are probably the only active death metal band in our town. We don’t play locally very much but we do go out to local shows and even travel hundreds of miles to the nearest cities for shows. We consider our state as our local scene. A lot of great bands coming out of Houston, Austin and as far as south Texas. Bands like ID, Diminished, Blast Perversion and even New Mexico has tons of kickass bands like Left to Rot, Impaled Offering, Fields of Elysium, Diminished Existence and End to End.
4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Ramon: We incorporate a lot of different styles from death, grind, slam and black metal so we just go with the title of extreme metal. We don’t want to put our music in a box and only stay within those barriers like most bands. We’re gonna write what we like and if it flows and sounds great then we’re going for it. Our influences vary. Our main influences are Death/Chuck Schuldiner, Cynic, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Napalm Death, Emperor, 1349, Goatwhore. But we are also into various genres other than extreme metal that also are influential to use musically.
5. What have you released so far and where are you in the process of the new material?
Ramon: We have released the following;
Abolishment of Flesh 2008
Creation to Extinction (currently unreleased)
We are in the process of writing new material.
7. Are you guys signed to a label or unsigned? What should labels/zines/promoters know about your
band? Why should they be interested in it?
Ramon: We are currently unsigned. We’ve had various offers from labels but we’ve turned them down because we’ve felt the offers were not in our best interest. We do have other labels interested in us as we speak and our management is in the midst of negotiations. We work really hard musically and take the music business seriously so I know that counts for something.
8. Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Ramon: We do play live. We tour throughout the year. Last year we had to cancel shows and tours but that was due to my son being diagnosed with medulloblastoma which is a brain tumor. His treatments took a year and a half which forced us to not be as active as we normally have been in the past.
9. What are your current tour plans, if any?
Ramon: We have a tour in October with Wednesday 13 and Byzantine. We also have a few more tours in the works but we cannot release that info right now, hahaha! That is a secret!
10. Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
Ramon: Of course we always try to have a strong presence. I’ve always been an 80’s metal fan so we’re hoping to incorporate smoke, pyros, lasers and projectors, haha! But for now it’s all about the music. We come out strong and intense and make our point as soon as we come out. We love to get the crowd to interact with us.
11. What one item do you have to have with you out on the road that you can't live without?
Ramon: Phone. It has communication, internet and music. But I’ve had my youngest son give me his special pillow for tour so that meant a lot to me.
12. Do you have a favorite song you like to play live?
Ramon: Not sure about favorite but I have a least favorite. The Suffering is my least favorite song but our fans love that song so we play it and it’s an awesome feeling to see the crowd sing along to the song.
13. What's your favorite city/venue to play in the U.S?
Ramon: Albuquerque is considered our second home for us. So many friends and true fans!
14. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Ramon: Write new music and more tours.
15. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Ramon: iTunes, Spotify, Last FM. Just search us online and buy our music!
16. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
Ramon: Our music is always evolving. We’re always up to something and never underestimate us. Not because we are trying to be high and mighty but because we are determined and always working hard to bring you everything we have.