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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Flesh Temple.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

My name is Eli Elliott and I have been involved with music for the past 15 years or so on some level! Basically Flesh Temple was started as a way of actually getting to write and record Doom metal on SOME level. I live in a small town and the musicians and ESPECIALLY people are not exactly the most receptive towards Doom as a whole So I set out to do it myself!

2.Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

Well, Ive always wanted to do some sort of project that was Doom related and like I said before, people werent always receptive to the style and even the majority of metal heads really just wanted to play Tech Death (which I despise) without really writing any riffs that you could even sink your teeth into. So, finding myself with all the right tools to do it properly I finally just got off my ass and did it. I would describe the sound as oppressive heavy riffage cut with a bit of dissonance and melody and just a little dash of speed now and then to give it some flavour! I essentially wanted to make a Doom/Death record that wore my influences on my sleeves while maintaining my identity .

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

Id say the high point for me would actually be getting down to record a demo of mine (not doom metal, but hey!) and having people contact us for splits with established bands. We were just a little black metal band with NO recording or mixing experience whatsoever aiming to just get some tunes down and we ended up releasing a split with Doom metallers Mourning Dawn! Id say thats ultimately what gave me the confidence to really pursue writing and recording and Im very proud of the polish of my latest release.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

God, that's a tough oneMy first metal record ever was Forest Of Equilibrium and to this day Id say its one of my favourite releases. Just the total dedication to slow painful riffs that I still dont think has been topped. Of course the Almighty Tony Iommi has influenced me throughout his entire career (yes I love the Tony Martin Era of Sabbath too) as a guitarist and songwriter. I can do a mean Tony Iommi improvisation when Im given the chance lol. And last Id saydISEMBOWELMENT and Id say the biggest reason is just the atmosphere they managed to create. Id very much like to make something so murky , dense and STILL filled with headbangable riffs one day.

5.What are your plans for the near future?

Actually, now that Im finished with this project for a bit Id like to take a step back and catch up on my reviewing! Haha, besides that, though, musically Id like to do some classic sounding rock , work on some compositions for other forms of media (Video games!) And brush up on my shred guitar for a bit. Just got this 1981 greco Les Paul that plays like a dream and want to show it off!

6.If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours

The only thing Id like to add is that its been a pleasure working with the Doom community lately and I hope to do it for many years in the future as both a musician and a writer.

Visit the Flesh Temple bandpage.

Interviewed on 2019-02-25 by Doom-metal.com.
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