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Jamba Joot To Headline Fargo Reggae Fest

Dennis Brown: “The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.”

Fargo, ND – This summer’s highly anticipated Fargo Reggae Fest is excitedly stoked to announce that Jamba Joot will be the headlining act at this year’s all-star event.

Jamba Joot has played at literally every Reggae Fest in the world except for the Fargo Reggae Fest, but luckily that will soon no longer be true.

Event organizer Marley Dreadstone says that along with main headliner Jamba Joot, the 2017 Fargo Reggae Fest will loudly and proudly also include the following world-class Reggae bands: Zero Zero, Silver Haze, Low Ride, Jah Mon, The Brownies, Fourth World, Papa Z, and Tropic Of Cancer.

Tickets for the Fargo Reggae Fest will be available wherever tickets are sold, or you can just buy them at the gate and then join in with the parti, mon!

Jah Jones says: “Ef yah wantah parti mon, dis is de way cool plais fah da Reggae moozeek!”

Man Found Living Inside Fargo Piano

A man was found living inside this piano in a Fargo apartment.

Fargo, ND – Unbeknownst to the residents of a Fargo apartment, a man was found living inside their upright piano.

Needless to say, the residents are “kind of freaking out” about the whole situation, say police investigators who are working this bizarre case.

“Now, in retrospect, this might explain why some of the notes didn’t work so good when we were doing some sing-alongs at Christmastime,” ponders Mrs. Anonymous who was willing to speak “on the record” if able to maintain her total anonymity and privacy.

Mrs. Evelina Volšek of 12320 Camden Place in North Fargo is now looking for another piano which hopefully does not have a strange man living inside of it.

If you know of a free, uninhabited piano which could be donated to Mrs. Evelina Volšek of 12320 Camden Place in North Fargo, please contact her directly, day or night, but please remember to respect her privacy as she wishes to remain totally anonymous.

Singer Paula Cole Rejoicing As Cowboys Finally Located

6499465299_5e9fa81f46_bBoston, MA – The Observer is happy to learn that musician Paula Cole is on cloud nine today after her beloved cowboys were recently discovered to have relocated to the frontier of West Texas where they’ve owned and operated a dude ranch for the past 17 years.

The singer’s popular lament “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” skewered the Billboard top 10 back in 1997 and subsequently earned her a Grammy. She has been criticized as being a “one-hit wonder” but in reality, she was simply too distraught over the cowboys’ disappearance to continue writing commercially-successful music:

“I will admit, i’ve been churning out audible drivel ever since ‘Cowboys’. The fire just wasn’t inside me anymore. I would look for inspiration in empty places…places that the cowboys used to be.”

When asked why they decided to desert Paula Cole and form a dude ranch, the cowboys remarked “Who is Paula Cole and why are you asking us these questions about her?? Leave us alone.”

The Observer is hoping that newfound closure will help Paula Cole turn the corner and start writing inspired music again. Meanwhile, the cowboys have filed restraining orders.

Hot New 2-Man White Rap Group Busts A Move

Hot New 2-Man White Rap Group: Killa Vanilla

Hot New 2-Man White Rap Group: Killa Vanilla

The FM Observer is proud to introduce a hot new 2-man White Rap Group to the Rap World. They are from Fargo, North Dakota and their name is: Killa Vanilla.

FMO: What are your names and how would you describe your rap?

KV: Our names are John Wilcox (left) and Nick Gilborn (right) and our rap music is best described as White Motivational Rap.

FMO: Do you have any favorite rappers that might be considered your idols or mentors?

KV: No, not really. We kind of do our own thing.

FMO: Are you planning on just being a 2-man group?

KV: Eventually we would like to add some female back-ups and call them The Waifs (as in our favorite cookies, the Vanilla Wafers, do you know what I’m saying?)

FMO: Can you give us a flavor of some of your lyrics?

KV: Certainly. Thank you for asking. Here’s a song called “I Am Losing It” which should be on our first album:

I am losing it, and I’m losing it bad, yo
Used to be happy but now I’m so sad, yo
Everyone telling me what I shood do, yo
Paint this car red, no now paint it blue, yo
Bringing in treats, hiding behind my back, yo
Cupcakes laced with crack, heart attack, yo yo, yo
Break it down brother, cuz I need a beer, yo
It’s time to go, go, cuz we are OUTTA HERE, yo!

FMO: That is amazing! How did you get the name Killa Vanilla?

KV: That name came from a song called “The Peeps In Our Hood”, which should be on our second album:

The peeps in our hood down wits us, nice to know ya
We gots the street cred and a resume to show ya
Do you know what i’m saying now Mister Gorilla
We now hava name and it be: Killa Vanilla
Trying so hard to always give our maxilla
Mascot’s in a cage cuz it a full grown chinchilla
We’re always on vacation living in a new villa
Prince Charles agrees and so does Camilla.

FMO: Well, that is very kick ass. Thanks for sharing. Have you entered any competitions yet?

KV: We signed ourselves up for the White Rap Competition down there in Dubuque, Iowa. Hopefully we can take home a 1st place trophy.

FMO: You certainly should win with such genius lyrics. The peeps down in Iowa are in for a real treat when you guys from Fargo show up. Have you written anything special for that particular competition?

KV: We wrote this one especially for the White Rap Competition. We think it could possibly break into the Top Ten White Motivational Raps. It’s called: “Break It Down For Me Sucker”, and it should be on our third album:

Break it down for me sucker cuz you know i’m the boss
Every rhyme’s a winner even when it seems like a loss
My teeth and gums are healthy even though i don’t floss
I sleep for free when i want at the local red cross
Break it down for me sucker cuz you know i be great
My sisters are lezbo but somehow i ended up straight
Waking up early and busting rhymes until late
Foreigners listen to me cuz we take time to translate
If you need any help call the Secretary of State
Break it down for me sucker, yeah
Break it down for me sucker, yeah
Break it down for me sucker, no
Break it down for me sucker, yo
We outta here.

Interview With Max Cavalera of SOULFLY


If you’re familiar at all with the underground metal community, you’ve heard of Max Cavalera. He’s been hard at work writing and performing his own brand of ferocious, unapologetic heavy metal for almost 30 years.

This month he takes his band SOULFLY on the road through North America. They will be accompanied by his stepson Richie Cavalera’s band INCITE and his sons Igor and Zyon Cavalera’s band LODY KONG. The “Maximum Cavalera Tour” makes its stop in Fargo on February 27th at the House of Rock. I caught up with Max to get his insight on the upcoming tour and his most recent SOULFLY album:

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE: Max_Cavalera_Interview_2122013

Nick Hirchert: Thanks for taking some time to talk with me. You’ve got less than a week until you hit the road again…

Max Cavalera: We actually leave tomorrow. We start the tour tomorrow in San Diego. We’re very excited about the Maximum Cavalera Tour. The whole family on tour again. It’s gonna be great, man, we’ve got Zyon playing drums for SOULFLY which is gonna keep it more in the family. We’ve got a killer setlist prepared. A lot of great songs. It’s good to be back on the road again. I’m just excited to be back on the road. It’s been too long, if you ask me.

Nick: Fantastic. When was the last time you played a show?

Max: Two months ago I was in South America with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY with my brother Igor and before that, I was with SOULFLY in Europe. About five months ago we did a big European tour, so, it’s about time to get back on the road here. I gotta ask you, is it cold there? Like real cold?

Nick: (laughs) You don’t wanna know, man! 

Max: Oh, yeah, I wanna know! (laughs)

Nick: It snowed so bad a couple days ago that they had to shut the entire city down the following day. 

Max: Holy crap!

Nick: It was a disaster!

Max: Wow. So, I better get some warm clothes then, huh?

Nick: Yeah, bring a parka if you’ve got it, maybe some long underwear… (laughs)

Max: Whoa, yeah, I am packing right now, so…after this interview I gotta go pack! (laughs)

Nick: The Maximum Cavalera tour follows up the release of your newest album “Enslaved”. What can you tell us about the new record? Is this Soulfly as we’ve come to know it or are there new innovations to your band’s sound?


Max: “Enslaved” was a big step forward for SOULFLY. It was a heavier record, a very extreme kind of record. Some of the stuff even sounds like death metal which is really cool. I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff like that, bands like I DECLARE WAR, MOLOTOV SOLUTION, ACACIA STRAIN, PSYCROPTIC. So I wanted to make a heavier record because i’ve been into a lot of this new heavy kind of stuff and, of course, my love for death metal goes way back to the SEPULTURA days, so it was really kind of cool to make a record like that. I think it surprised a lot of fans who didn’t expect it.

We’re gonna open the show with “Plata O Plomo” this time, which is totally different. It’s a song that Tony and I sing in Spanish and Portuguese. That’s gonna be really cool and different. I’m really looking forward to this tour. We’re gonna play songs from all the SOULFLY records, even some SEPULTURA stuff and NAILBOMB which is a project I did with a lot of people. I got to dig up some different SEPULTURA songs to play, like “Straighthate” which is the first song I worked on when I did the “Roots” record. My son, Zyon wanted to play “Straighthate” during the set, so I think it’s gonna be great, man. It’s gonna be fun having the whole family on stage with me.

Nick: You have three sons (stepson Richie: INCITE, sons Igor and Zyon: LODY KONG) touring with you in their respective bands for this round of dates. How would you best describe their style of music?

Max: INCITE is more like LAMB OF GOD which is really great. I love that kind of style. I love that energetic kind of metal. It’s also melodic with really cool guitars on it and Richie is a killer frontman. I think he does a really great job. LODY KONG is completely different from everything else. They’re kind of like FUDGE TUNNEL, like THE MELVINS or MASTODON. Punk-metal, kind of heavy. I am so proud that both bands are completely different from what I do. That’s what I think is cool about our family’s bands. LODY KONG and INCITE sound nothing like SOULFLY and we’re all together on the same tour. That is gonna make the whole package different.

Nick: I agree. I’m really looking forward to it. You’ve got a pretty decent mix here and you keep it all in the family, so that’s excellent. “Enslaved” contains a song titled ‘Revengeance’  that credits contributions from you, Richie, Igor and Zyon. How did that song come about?

Max: There was an idea to do a family song. We decided to write about their brother Dana who was murdered in 1996. It has really deep, heartful lyrics. Each one of us wrote our own verses for the song and we’re all singing the chorus together. It was a very special day in the studio and the song turned out really killer. I love the energy of it, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the SOULFLY show when we all come together and do ‘Revengeance’ because it’s the end of the set. I see a lot of people taking pictures when I do that song. It’s great. We play that every night. I’m looking forward to the tour. I can’t stay home that much. If I stay home for more than 2 weeks I go crazy! I feel at home when i’m on the road, man, the road is my home. I love it. I’ve been on the road for 30 years now doing this shit. You get used to it, become addicted. I still love touring. Going from city to city, meeting the fans, playing the show, watching out the window of the tour bus. All that is part of the great experience of being on the road.

Nick: In the past, you’ve collaborated in-studio with some of the biggest names in rock. Did anyone lend their talents to the new album?

Max: Yeah, with SOULFLY, every record has at least 2 people from bands that I like. On the new record we had Travis from CATTLE DECAPITATION on “World Scum” which is a heavy, heavy song and there was a song with Dez (Fafara) from DEVILDRIVER. I know Dez from back in his COAL CHAMBER days. They used to tour with SEPULTURA. Dez is a great guy. We did “Redemption of Man By God” which is a religious kind of song. The next record that i’m working on in the studio later this year i’m recording with Terry Date, who is a great producer who did work with SOUNDGARDEN, WHITE ZOMBIE, PANTERA. I’m so excited to actually work on a whole record with him. That’s gonna come out next year and have 2 other guests. I don’t know who they are yet. It’s a blessing to be able to do these collaborations.

Nick: That’s very unique, to be able to share your talents in studio.

Max: I’m not competing with anybody. To me, it’s more about sharing the love of your music with your friends. That’s what’s great about being a musician. We are all a part of something. Metal unites everybody, from here to Singapore, to Japan, to Indonesia. Metal is metal. When you see someone with a black shirt and camouflage pants in the airport, you know this guy is metal so you can say ‘what’s up’, you know? That’s what’s great about it and what I love about collaborations. I get to work with my favorite people. Bands like CATTLE DECAPITATION–that’s not a huge band, but I love their music. They don’t need to be as big as METALLICA to work with me.

Nick: You recently made an appearance on the video game Grand Theft Auto IV by way of some downloadable content; DJ-ing for the “Blood Fire War Hate Death Metal Show” featured on one of the in-game radio stations. What was that like?

Max: It was great. I got to be a DJ on a radio station so I got to play a lot of my old favorite death metal songs I grew up with in the 80s and 90s. I play a lot of ENTOMBED, MORBID ANGEL, CARCASS, NAPALM DEATH, KREATOR. A lot of stuff that young kids today don’t know about. Without those bands, there wouldn’t be newer stuff like SUICIDE SILENCE and LAMB OF GOD–they all came from these kind of bands. I don’t really play video games much myself, but it was fun to be part of it, to be invited to do that.

Nick: With Soulfly, you put forth a very unique sound with Brazilian influence, what one could call tribal metal. Songs about war and fighting oppression. What would you say inspires your songwriting?


Max: Through the years it started with SEPULTURA, the album “Arise” (1990) was the first time we kind of did that. There’s a jungle intro on “Arise” for the song “Altered State”. After that, we got more interested in Brazilian, started listening to more of our native sounds. We thought it’d be cool to mix metal with tribal rhythm. Not a lot of people were doing that back then so it was kind of unique. We were pioneers of it, and it felt cool to do it. “Roots” (1996) was big. We did that in a big way. We recorded with a tribe in Brazil, did an amazing collaboration with a real tribe in Brazil. It was so awesome. When I did “Soulfly I” (self-titled album, 1998) I continued the Brazilian element. I was working with the guys from CHICO SCIENCE on that record. I really like the style that came out on “Soulfly I” and it continued, but through the years I didn’t want to repeat myself. I kept looking for different things. That’s why I did albums like “Prophecy” and “Dark Ages” that were more thrash, heavier. Then “Enslaved” which is more death metal just because I always wanted to keep doing something different.

Nick: I understand you’re putting together an autobiography? Can you give us an update on that?

Max: Yeah, i’ve been working on it the last 2 years, man. It’s been great, been a lot of work. Nonstop interviews. It’s going to be very, very detailed. Stories from childhood, the creation of SEPULTURA, then the creation of SOULFLY to everything i’ve been through. There’s some funny stuff, like Lemmy (Kilmister) pouring whiskey on my head. I call that my “baptism”. I said I was baptized by Lemmy when he did that. Of course, he was doing that to get rid of me (laughs). There’s a lot of fun stuff like that. Interviews with a lot of cool people in bands. Tom Araya, Chino from DEFTONES, Sean Lennon, Sharon Osborne. The introduction of the book is gonna be done by Dave Grohl. He loves “Roots” as one of his favorite records ever. It’s gonna come out before the end of the year. I can’t wait for people to read it. It explains a lot of facts people don’t know about me, like why I really left SEPULTURA. The real reason behind it.

Nick: You’ve been writing and performing heavy metal music pretty consistently since the mid 80s. What advice would you give to any musicians eager to follow in your footsteps?

Max: I think first thing, you’ve got to love what you do because it’s a hard road. I still, even today…we’re not millionaires. Nobody makes millions of dollars. We do this because we love it. We struggle like a lot of people do, you know. We have garage sales and shit like that at my house to try to make ends meet, man, especially now that people don’t buy CDs. It became harder and harder in music, but you survive just getting by. It’s the love of music. It’s your joy. For me, when I grab my guitar and write riffs, it’s a great feeling. I get satisfied just doing that and when I know that thousands of people are gonna hear that on record that gets me excited to do more and to keep doing it. I’ve been doing this for 30 years. It’s been amazing. I wouldn’t change my life for anything. I’ve been blessed to be in a famous band, SEPULTURA, then got out of there and got to be successful with the 2nd band. Not many people have had that chance. Most people just get one shot, but I had a 2nd shot with SOULFLY and took it and made it through. It’s a lot of hard work, man. You’ve got to be committed. Got to be ready to do everything; ready to do what the other person will not. That’s what makes the difference between making it or not; you’ve got to be ready to do the things the other person will not do.

The Maximum Cavalera Tour hits the House of Rock at the Hub in Fargo on 2/27. BUY TICKETS HERE

Stay in touch with Max and his band SOULFLY:

Official site: www.soulfly.com

On Twitter: 

Facebook fan page: facebook.com/SOULFLY

Album Review: Chimaira/Chimaira

Chimaira- Chimaira (2005)

Chimaira’s self-titled follow up to Impossibility Of Reason is not what you’d call “picking up where the band left off” but a turn in a darker, more intense direction of songwriting and guitar playing. Impossibility Of Reason came out in the year 2003 as their 3rd official studio album, the follow up to their major-label debut Pass Out Of Existence. The band toured relentlessly throughout a two-year period to promote IOR. They paid visit to small venues and arenas, their live performance reflecting the supersonic power of their studio work. This garnered them a legion of fans who i’m sure have eagerly anticipated their 4th release.  Through the creation of their first three albums, Chimaira have honed their songwriting and musical skills that have made the album Chimaira their very best. To get an idea of the band’s sound (for those of you who haven’t listened) one has to imagine this hideous mixture: A Slipknot/Metallica hybrid fueled by Jagermeister and suffering from an uncontrollable fit of ‘roid rage.  

This album has been widely considered as a kind of “epic” with songs as long as five to seven minutes in length, sans the repetitiveness and monotony you might expect. This provides a broader spectrum of experimental guitar riffs and solos sequenced with a decent mix of sampling that doesn’t go overboard. The album of course has what made Chimaira
famous- Mark Hunter’s screaming vocal talents as well as Rob Arnold’s lightning-quick guitar riffs that will make your blood shake. The song “Nothing Remains” shows true emotion on display as it was written on the very same day Dimebag Darrel Abbott was murdered. The same goes for the albums closing track “Lazarus”, a meaningful, brooding 7 & 1/2 minute mind-bender written about a friend who committed suicide 11 years ago. With Chimaira, the band evolves into a more mature and involved sound but doesn’t escape from the amped-up heaviness fans have come to expect.  

My favorite song on this disc is “Salvation”, and my very hard to choose least favorite song is “Inside the Horror.” “Salvation” contains a furious breakdown starting at about the 3:10 point that pretty much defines what metal is supposed to sound like. Unbeatable. “Inside the Horror” is my least favorite song simply because it’s the only song that lacks the sonic ferocity all the other tracks possess. I felt that what this album is missing is maybe a track or two containing some slower, drawn out riffs and a small amount of vocal melody. However, such is not part of this particular group’s M.O. They will come at you with blitzkrieg-style guitar shredding and a guttural scream that would force Coldplay through the nearest wall. All in all, I give this album a definite 10 out of 10 as one of my favorites and also one of the best metal albums ever produced.

Sample and buy the album HERE

Interview With King Buzzo of The Melvins

Buzz plays an aluminum guitar (hence the sliver finish) which gives him a very distinct sound.

Buzz plays an aluminum guitar (hence the sliver finish) which gives him a very distinct sound.

The Melvins have been around. And around. They are one of the most consistent rock bands of all time, ever since the inception of grunge in the late 80s/early 90s. They’ve made their mark on the rock & roll landscape by writing music and touring relentlessly throughout America and abroad for almost 30 years.

This year, a three-piece version of the band titled Melvins Lite that includes Buzz Osborne (more affectionately known as King Buzzo), drummer Dale Crover and stand-up bassist Trevor Dunn are attempting to make rock & roll history by touring 51 states in 51 consecutive days. The Guiness Book of World Records will be watching as the band starts September 5th in Anchorage, Alaska, then makes their way through every state in the mainland (including Washington, DC) and ends up in Honolulu, Hawaii.

I caught up with King Buzzo to get his thoughts on what has been a busy year so far that is sure to end on a high note…

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO VERSION (starts at 1:00 mark): Interview with Buzz Osborne

Buzzo: (phone ringing) Hey sorry, I was winding up my last interview.

Nick: How’d it go?

Buzzo: It was good. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Where are you at?

Nick: Fargo, North Dakota. I’m with the FM Observer.

Buzzo: North Dakota? We’ve never actually played in North Dakota. We’ve played across the river from Fargo, but I think it was still Minnesota.

Nick: Yeah, that would be Moorhead…

Buzzo: Yeah. Right there. We’ve technically never played in North Dakota, so…

Nick: This will be new then. The crowd’s gonna be ready for you.

Buzzo: Oh yeah. They’re gonna eat us alive.

Nick: Yup. It’ll be college town, USA by the time you roll through.

Buzzo: Nobody likes us more than college kids. Us and college kids get along real well.

Nick: I bet.

Buzzo: I never went to college, so…that seems obvious!

Nick: (laughs)

Buzzo: Funniest thing is: any of my buddies who are most successful with their own businesses–none of them ever went to college! (laughs)

Nick: No, of course not!

Buzzo: Two of the guys I know just went straight into the service. (laughs)

Nick: So, let’s talk about the 51 in 51 tour. One of the most innovative and aggressive touring gameplans i’ve ever heard of. How did this idea come about?

Buzzo: I’ve heard about it since I was a kid…George Thorogood trying to do this and even says that he did it, but I know that he didn’t because I was a George Thorogood fan in 1980 when he tried to do it and I remember that he canceled it. His memory seems to have fogged at this point because I know he didn’t do it and if he did do it, why isn’t he the Guiness World Record holder which he’s not?

Nick: Exactly! He’s not in the book. It doesn’t count unless you’re in ink!

Buzzo: I talked to Guiness and they said ‘absolutely not, there is no George Thorogood’ which means that Thorogood didn’t do it. They don’t even know anything about that.

Nick: They’ve never even heard of him?

Buzzo: The thing is, after that, George got really famous for his “Bad to the Bone” song and he was surrounded by people who would’ve loved that publicity, so instead, what he did is just said that he did it.

Nick: Ah. Well, if you have people surrounding you that will believe anything you say…

Buzzo: What is the old saying? “Bullshit makes the world go ’round?”

Nick: I think that’s it.

Buzzo: I’m all for it! I am not above a publicity stunt, and that’s all that it was.

Nick: Of course not!

Buzzo: Of course not. We’re entertainers. Just like Evel Kinievel or anybody else, you know. We have to do something ridiculous!

Nick: Yeah, if it’s not something somebody hasn’t seen before…

Buzzo: Well, if everybody could do it, then it wouldn’t be a big deal. So that’s what we want. We want to try to do it. We’ve done tours where we’ve done, like, 30 some shows in a row so it’s not that many more. If you’re gonna do something like this, you’ve gotta do it right. You’ve gotta go out with a bang. Boom boom boom. Make it happen! Start in Alaska, end in Hawaii.

Nick: I cannot wait!

Buzzo: Yeah, so we’ll play Sioux Falls, SD the night before (Fargo). We’ve already played Sioux Falls, SD once with Nine Inch Nails.

Nick: No kidding?

Buzzo: Yeah. A long time ago. We also played there with Helmet as well, on July 4th, 1997. I might be wrong about that date, but i’m pretty sure. Can’t remember the name of the club, but I remember the date and the year! (laughs)

Nick: (laughs) That’s unbelievable!

Buzzo: Yeah, that’s pretty crazy. I remember years and dates like that and I don’t even know why.

Nick: Amazing. That’s like, 15 years and 1000 gigs ago. How do you remember that?

Buzzo: I don’t know. I can remember all kinds of stupid shit. I remember the venue we played with Nine Inch Nails. It was a brand new venue and Nine Inch Nails did $30,000 in damage to their dressing room that night. Sioux Falls. I remember that.

Nick: What?? (laughs)

Buzzo: That was on their “Downward Spiral” tour. It was good. So, we’re really looking forward to this. We’re gonna play North Dakota. If you’re gonna play North Dakota, you gotta play Fargo. Where else are you gonna play?

Nick: Well, that’s probably the best city North Dakota has as far as entertainment goes…

Buzzo: We figured we’d have the best time in Fargo. That’ll be good. Driving there, you’re thinking driving across Montana will never end and then you get to North Dakota and you think that will never end! (laughs)

Nick: Oh, that’s not a joke. Plus, Fargo has electricity now, so that’s a bonus!

Buzzo: Yeah, it’s way out in the middle of nowhere. You could hide from the world there, you know?

Nick: There was an 800 foot-high generator that had been powering the entire city for the last hundred years or so.

Buzzo: I don’t doubt it. Still burning buffalo chips up there.

Nick: (laughs)

Buzzo: Yeah, but like you said, that’s a big college town, so anytime there’s a college town in any state, it means there’s an influx of culture and anytime there’s an influx of culture that means there’s outside forces coming in that are gonna make thing happen that wouldn’t normally happen in a town like that. College towns have always been real nice to us. Always a good thing. I don’t have any problem with that. I’m an urban guy. I grew up out in the woods, so I want to end my life surrounded by city. Some of us don’t like nature. (laughs)

Nick: Lot of mosquitoes up here too, just for the record. I thought i’d let you know in advance but it’s not like you’re gonna be galavanting out in the woods or anything.

Buzzo: Yeah I probably won’t. It’ll probably be me, the hotel room, and the gig. That’s it. The next day we play in Minneapolis so we’re looking forward to that, too. All of it is good, you know. This is gonna be a really good thing to do. It started when we were trying to figure out if we could do this Melvins Lite thing with Trevor Dunn, so a little over a year ago we played 5 shows here in California in little places like San Diego, Fresno and San Luis Obispo to see how it would go and it went great. While we were doing that, I realized we didn’t have as much gear so I realized we could do this 51 shows in 51 states tour and we could actually make it work. That’s kind of how it happened. Then, I go ‘if we’re going to do that tour, we’ve got to put a record together’ so that’s how the FREAK PUKE record happened. Then we had that whole tour booked a year out. A year ago last fall we had this whole tour booked but we didn’t announce it ’til June after our tour with the Melvins regular lineup that includes the Big Business guys. We had both those tours booked at the same time plus the Canadian tour we just finished with the Melvins Lite. I usually don’t leave any stone unturned in that department. I like to plan ahead when I plan.

Nick: Yeah. Planning 51 in 51 a year in advance would probably be wise.

Buzzo: It was wise. I also didn’t want our promoters to know that they had us over the barrel either. But we didn’t ask them for anything outrageous. All we wanted was that date so the deal we have in Fargo would be the same deal we would have any time we would play there. We try to be as realistic as possible with every promoter we ever play with because we want to be able to come back and do another show with them.

Nick: Oh yeah. The door will always be open in Fargo.

Buzzo: Yes, we want everyone to have a good experience and we will do our best to have that happen.

Nick: Nice. So, how has the chemistry been onstage with the stand up bass? I know you guys have played with Trevor before this year…

Buzzo: Oh it’s been great. Trevor is a tremendous musician. That’s the thing. He’s also a smartass. That all helps. If you can’t deal with people making smart-ass comments, you probably shouldn’t be a musician. The previous tour went really well. I knew it would. I’d seen him play a number of times before this, but not quite in the same rock-type thing that we’re doing, but I knew it would work. Once I started thinking about songs for the FREAK PUKE record, it all just kind of fell together. So now, we have both versions of the band that are gonna go and I would think probably next year you could probably anticipate us doing a tour with both lineups of the band at once.

Nick: Interesting…

Buzzo: All we’re doing is adding one more guy. Also, this year…and I think this is also a first. I might be wrong about this, but I think it’s a first…we also have an EP coming out at the end of August that will be just in time for this tour. A 4-song EP on Amphetamine Reptile records that is the Melvins 1983 lineup doing new material.

Nick: Reuniting with Mike Dillard, is that right? Getting the original group back together?

Buzzo: Yup. That’s right. So, what we did instead of having the original bass player who, at this point i’m going to say is acting like a brat which is why we’re not using him.

Nick: (laughs)

Buzzo: We’ll use Dale Crover, our normal drummer who plays bass, and Mike Dillard plays drums. So it’s as close as we’re gonna get to the ’83 lineup. I wrote some new songs and we even recorded an old cover song by a band called The Lude that they never recorded but we had a demo of and they told us that we could record it if we wanted to, and basically gave us the song. It’s a song we used to play back then. It’s a 4-song EP and I think we’re the only band that has ever done 3 releases in one year with 3 separate lineups of the band! (laughs)

Nick: I was gonna say, you’ve got BULLS AND THE BEES, FREAK PUKE and MELVINS 1983 coming out back-to-back-to-back in the same year! I don’t think it’s been done.

Buzzo: Maybe. Maybe Frank Zappa did it, but I doubt it.

Nick: I don’t know…it would be tough to pull off back in the 70s…

Buzzo: I don’t know either. He was a pretty hard worker. I actually saw Zappa in 1981, believe it or not.

Nick: 1981??

Buzzo: Yeah. I was in 11th grade. (laughs) Frank Zappa was quite a head spin to put on an 11th-grader.

Nick: (laughs) Wow. What was I doing in 11th grade? Picking my nose in the high school parking lot, more than likely…

Buzzo: My parents had no idea what I was doing in 11th grade, i’ll tell you that. Definitely not driving 100 miles to see Frank Zappa play, know what I mean? Fortunately, my parents didn’t really care what I did. It was good.

Nick: Ah, yeah. That would give a guy a certain amount of freedoms.

Buzzo: I didn’t really care what they thought, and I didn’t get into any trouble, so it was all fine. The best part was that in the end, I don’t know if they ever had much hope for me or that any of this stuff was gonna turn out, but i’m not asking them for money, you know?

Nick: I think you’re doing all right.

Buzzo: I think the less you have to hand your offspring money, the better. (laughs)

Nick: Exactly (laughs). So, how much time are you guys giving yourself for each stop? You have a gig each day for 51 consecutive days. Are you sleeping on the road, or how will that work?

Buzzo: Well, we set it up with a lot of foresight, and I worked very hard with our booking agent to book these states on these specific days and these specific towns. That’s why we did it a year in advance, so we couldn’t fuck it up.

Nick: That’s smart, because–Austin, TX? Texas is big! You’ve got a lot of ground to cover between Austin and the next stop.

Buzzo: We’ve got to go from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Austin, then to Norman, Oklahoma. That’s a long drive. You’ve got to understand…the freeway system in Texas is actually pretty nice.

Nick: Norman, Oklahoma?

Buzzo: Norman Oklahoma is just behind Oklahoma City. Straight north from Austin.

Nick: That’s got to be about a 6-hour drive…

Buzzo: Easily 6 hours.

Nick: Whoa.

Buzzo: But we’re not babies. What are we, a bunch of old women? Not at all! We’re grown men. It’s just driving. It’s not a big deal. People freak out about driving. I’ve never understood that. I love to drive.

Nick: Long highways, the open road. Not a ton of concerns.

Buzzo: I love it! One of my favorite things to do. I don’t like buses, and besides, this is the kind of tour you can’t do on a bus. You have to be behind the wheel. I want to be behind the wheel most of the time. We’re not going to be able to do this forever. The more hell you raise as a child, the sweeter the memories, you know? I want to have stuff to talk about when i’m almost ready to die.

Nick: You’ll never quit playing music, though, right?

Buzzo: Well, you know, most of those blues guys never quit and every time the Rolling Stones get on stage, that makes it OK for us to do it. (laughs)

Nick: Yeah! As long as they’re still throwin down jams, then anybody can.

Buzzo: They make it OK. Old people today know what rock and roll is all about. They were shaking their ass to it in the 50’s, so nobody’s going to give me any shit. We’re law-abiding citizens, by and large. This will be a fun thing to do. I’m really looking forward to it. We did this across Canada earlier this year. We didn’t play every day, but it gave us a chance to see if this Melvins Lite thing would work and it worked beautifully. I’m really happy we could have all this going.

Nick: Cool. How is it working out sonically with the stand-up bass? Is the ferocity and the loudness still there on stage?

Buzzo: You’re not going to have any problem.

Nick: Didn’t think so…

Buzzo: It works really well. We started with it playing big shows in places like Edmonton, Canada which is way farther north than Fargo and they had no problem with it. So, if they had no problem with it, I can’t imagine who will.

Nick: Nice. So are you guys keeping track of tour progress online at all?

Buzzo: Yes we are! Spin Magazine. If you look on our Facebook page you can see this thing that we did, something along those lines with Extreme Magazine in Canada (on the last tour). We will be doing a similar thing with Spin Magazine and I have a couple more ideas that I don’t want to talk about at the moment. I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Plus, along with everything else we’ve done, we’ve got a whole bunch of different releases planned for next year, too.

Nick: Releases? Plural? As in, more than one?

Buzzo: Next year is our 30th anniversary.

Nick: There must be some groundbreaking stuff coming next year.

Buzzo: Yeah. We’ll do 30 shows next year. We’ll play 30 songs a night (laughs). We’ll play venues that only hold 30 people.

Nick: (laughs) VIP only!

Buzzo: First 30 people get a free beer. How about we play a gig every 30 days! (laughs) See, the ideas never end! We’ll only play 30 minutes (laughs). Or we’ll play 30 30-minute gigs.

Nick: Or–put 30 shows together in advance, and announce the gig the night before on Facebook or something…

Buzzo: Yeah. You never know. We’ll just do Kickstarter. Whatever cities give us the most money is where we’ll go. (laughs)

Nick: When the tour concludes in Hawaii, what will you guys do to celebrate? Maybe a Hawaiian vacation is in order?

Buzzo: I think i’m just gonna come home. I like L.A. That’s where I wanna be. I’m not a big beach guy, believe it or not.

Nick: Maybe learn to surf?

Buzzo: Nah, I don’t like that. I like other outdoor activities, but not that. Too much sand and stupid people.

Nick: Going to hop on a bird and get the hell out of Honolulu?

Buzzo: I probably will. I tour all the time, so being home is like a vacation for me. We still do 85-120 shows a year, and we have for 20 years. It’s a bonus to be home.

Nick: I hear ya.

Buzzo: Look, I take what I do seriously and I love what I do. I don’t take it lightly. It’s an honor and a privilege to be a musician and going out and playing music to fans all over the whole world.

Nick: The fans know that and they respect that. I’m a fan, so I can tell you straight up.

Buzzo: We know that. We never stop and we never have. Trends come and go, but we just keep changing which is fine with me. Most of the assholes that i’ve dealt with in the music industry, it’s been my experience that all you have to do is wait and the assholes will be gone. You’ve got a promoter in some city like Cleveland or somewhere who is telling you you’ll never have lunch in that town again, but all you have to do is wait ’em out and they’re gone! We’re the last band standing.


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Rock 102 FM’s news radio makeover causes expected uproar

Fargo, ND – Was there ever any doubt that residents occupying the broadcast area of the Rock 102 FM radio frequency would voice their discontent over the channel’s new talk radio format changeover? Not in the slightest. Regular people like you and I have made their voices heard to the Observer over what many have labeled a “totally pointless and unjustified” switch-over from Rock 102 to Talk 101.9 FM:

Randy, West Fargo:

– “Four straight hours of Rush every day?! Hell yeah! [singing] FLY BY NIGHT!! Wait…what? Rush LIMBAUGH?? Aw, come on! Buzzkill!!!”

Elise, Fargo:

– “Oh, wow, this is terrific. If I wanted to hear a fat blowhard spew misogynistic hate venom at me for 4 hours every day in crystal clear audio i’d have dinner at my in-laws’ house.”

Bret, Fargo:

– “Q98 plays the same crap lineup of recycled one-hit-wonders from the 90s and early 2000s on a daily basis. Pathetic. One less competing rock station gets me that much closer to boycotting radio altogether.”

Adam, Mapleton:

– “What’s Rock 102 FM?”

Steven, Casselton:

– “I’m pretty sure if you fire Scotch, Tank and Ginger, you’re going to lose 3 talented radio personalities to a competing station. That, or lose 3 radio personalities and gain 3 cart-pushers at Hornbacher’s. Hey-ooo!!!”

This expected turn of events has me wondering: When will it end? Will the city of Fargo keep descending into utter pop culture obscurity until there’s nothing cool around to celebrate, thus turning everything here so pathetically lame that i’m forced to make fun of it until i’m run out of town? Only time will tell.

NECROPLASTY: An In-depth Interview and Discography With a Tortured Soul


NECROPLASTY rocking out in their garage studio

I sit down with one of Fargo’s finest. A native son born into boredom and evil.

The following in-depth interview occurred September 19, 2011. This is a transcript of what was discussed. All details have been preserved to protect the innocent…

Hello world! It’s Nick here, reporting from what appears to be a frigid and moldy basement (1). I have here with me Gregory Blair, more widely known by the stage name “Reamus”, the lead vocalist/frontman/head songwriter for Fargo-Moorhead-based death-metal band “Necroplasty”.

Necroplasty has been crushing tunes of death, cannibalism, and murderous debauchery for a lot of years. It’s been a wild ride– one filled with furious guitar riffs, guttural screams, live shows complete with fake blood & guts and petrified groupies (2).

NICK: Necroplasty has been recording and touring for over 2 decades on the underground death-metal circuit. Reamus, why don’t you give everyone a little background. Lay the foundation, if you will. Who are you, and what in the shivering hell is Necroplasty??

REAMUS: I’ve always had a pretty bizarre way about me. I think dark. This has nothing at all to do with my upbringing or any sort of horrible life experience. Could I do murder? I doubt it *winks*(3). Can I imagine it? Fuckin right, buddy. Can I write death metal songs about killing and eating motherfuckers? I believe so, bitch-ass. Our band is the scariest quartet of maniacal fuck nuts you never heard of. Since I do shit my way, first we’re going to blood-worship(4) Satan, then we’ll crunch through my freaktastic discography so you can get a taste of the audible mayhem that is NECROPLASTY.

(1) I was bound, gagged, blindfolded and thrown into a trunk before being brought to this interview. It’s good to be alive.
(2) Reamus wanted me to include that none of his groupies have let him waterboard them with lamb’s blood (yet) but he’s holding out hope!!
(3) I felt a draft right then—much like the cold, wispy breath of Satan himself. *shudders*
(4) Reamus chased a cat around for what seemed like an hour (actually 15 minutes or so) for use in the “ceremony”. He never caught the little bugger, so our blood worshipping was thankfully put on hold. Related: I’ve never felt closer to God than I did at that moment.



Deathly Flavor  2:12
Cauterize the Wound For Preservation  3:14
Tit Brunch  2:42
Kneecap Stew  3:01
Coffin Raid  4:43
Blood Curdle Gurgle  3:22
Drooling Over a Fresh Murder (Skit) 1:12
Phalanges: Finger Food  3:53
Smear the Staph  4:22
Gunt Harvest  5:44
Fermented Facial Scars  3:12
Human Giblets  3:15

NICK: Give us some back-history on this album.

REAMUS: What a motherfuck loving debut album! Wrote the lyrics during my junior year in high school. This thing was NOT critically acclaimed because, well, we dwelled in obscurity. A local garage band from West Fargo, ND couldn’t scream loud enough. Bands like us and Cannibal Corpse are largely considered a side show but god dammit, we belong! It’s easy to write us off after our 1st album features songs like “Gunt Harvest” and “Human Giblets” but strangely enough, our indie record company stuck with us.

NICK: (under my breath) Too bad.

REAMUS: What was that??

NICK: Uh, *coughs* I said, ‘That’s rad’!

REAMUS: …. *gives look of pure evil*



Fried Fupa  4:35
Toenail Garnish  3:11
Doused in Human Sick  3:45
The Singing Carcass  4:52
Murder Orgy  8:19
Evil Cram  5:25
Steeped In a Blood Bath  3:10
Funeral Buffet  3:28
Crunchy Cranium Crypt  2:21
Gut Diorama (skit) :41
Forced Abdominal Entry  2:43
Scabsickle  2:45

NICK: Many of your song titles and lyrics therein have kind of a comical vibe going. Am I wrong? Do you agree? Please agree with me…

REAMUS: There is a hilarious back-story behind one of the tracks on this album. This happened one day in high school, I’ll never forget it. The wildebeest serving slop from behind the counter leaned a little too far over the fried chicken as I stood there in line slowly dying. This lady was a tall drink of sludge and had no prayer of ever catching a glimpse of her toes from an upright position. She was nasty-looking, OK?? As she leaned over to dispense that slew of garbage onto my plate, her FUPA (Front Upper Pussy Area) rested itself comfortably over the steaming portions of chicken fresh from the fryer and she let out a screeching “AAAAAH, PIIIIIISSSSS, I’VE BEEN FRIED!!!”. The old hag knocked over an entire tray of tomato soup on her way to the back room! Thus, the song “Fried Fupa” was born.

NICK: Unreal! I went to West Fargo High School and I think I remember that lunch lady! “Large Marge”, we called her. I’m so glad you told this story.

REAMUS: The entire lunch line cheered wildly when it happened. Shit you not.



Scarfed Innards (Intro) :47
My Friend Mayhem  3:48
CunniManglist  5:14
Bathed in Cummed in Blood  7:55
Pulpified Remains  2:10
Inhaled Her Last Breath (Skit) 1:11
I Sawed You  4:55
Visceral Gluttony  2:45
Guts à La Carte  2:48
For the Love of Mutilation  3:29
Bludgeoned to Perfection   4:10
Pantry Full of Murder  4:42

NICK: The title of this album is only mildly disturbing. I have to say, i’m a little scared for my life right now.

REAMUS: After over 5 years of relentless touring nationwide, recording albums in my deaf grandpa’s garage, and pummeling various record companies with our demo, we finally got signed by a major label. Sickly Records signed us to a 5-record deal! They thought that if Cannibal Corpse can do it, we sure as shit can. They inked us for 4 studios and a live album. Life couldn’t get any better if it was doused in a goat milk/blood cocktail.



Blunt-Force Suicide (Intro) :48
Insides Gleaming  3:11
Erotic Rot  3:33
Bloody Divinity  4:11
Slasher’s Delight  4:58
Genital Ruination  (skit) :29
Assaulted Entrails  3:43
Bulging Leech Salad  2:38
Exhumed Dinner  5:48
Punish the Famished  4:19
Tortured in Isolation  6:48
Grub Thy Neighbor   4:10
Indulge In the Festering Bulge  5:44

NICK: Have any of you ever been arrested for assault or suspicion of murder?? Jesus H Christ, something needs to be done. This album sounds a little harder, a little heavier than previous efforts.

REAMUS: Yeah. Sonically, this album as a whole has all the ingredients for the soundtrack to hell. It sounds so undeniably evil. If the good lord Satan has any sense at all, he’d blast this one in hell’s elevators and while fucking his minions. “Indulge in the Festering Bulge” was a fitting end to one of my favorite albums. Funny backstory to that track- our drummer Linus (who we affectionately call by his stage name, FUCKHOLE) has a bit of a skin problem. There wasn’t a singular day in the studio in which he couldn’t be found playing with whatever skin deformity he had to cope with that week. Picking, poking, rubbing…the guy is the grossest fucking living organism on the planet at times. That being said, one day in between drum sessions i noticed him playing with this larger-than-usual pus-filled growth on his forearm. I go, “If you love it so much, why don’t you just eat the frickin thing”. He croaked out “Huh? Fug that”.  I whipped a hundo out of my rattlesnake skin wallet and slapped the fucker down. I said, “You’ve got 30 seconds.” He looked at me, at the pustule, back at me, shrugged and went CHOMP with his fang-like incisors. I yelled out, “YES! INDULGE IN THE FESTERING BULGE!!!”


NECROMANTIC INCANTATIONS – 2000 (double album)

Disc 1
Eat Your Hands to Please Satan  4:21
Sinewy Sustenance  3:45
Wrangled Intestines  5:59
Insides-Out 3:49
Skinless  2:31
Growls of Pleasure (skit) :39
Gall Broth  3:38
Stack the Eaten  8:39
No Escaping the Gang-Eat  4:38
Mortal Supper  4:38
Extract a Snack  3:22
The Devil’s Hitman  4:11
Congealed Meal  3:40
Chainsodomy  9:34


Disc 2
I Spit Out Your Eyes (Intro) :56
Edible Mandible  3:11
Reamed Urethra   4:34
Vulva Thieves  3:05
Live to Kill Life  6:30
Maggot Girl  5:40
Gnashed Hymen  3:39
Peel A Ripe Rash (skit) :34
Bile Drunk  3:38
Wolf Down the Girth  2:05
Cutdafuckup  3:48
Eviscerated…Again  4:18
Murder Is a Gift  7:32
Scab Garnish  3:19
Cauldron of Boiling Guts  14:27

NICK: Dude. “Chainsodomy” sounds a little unnerving. Impressive effort, nevertheless.

REAMUS: Pink Floyd had “The Wall”. Led Zeppelin had “Physical Graffiti”. Fuckers, this is our epic album: NECROMANTIC INCANTATIONS. The band and I wanted to plunge to the bottom of the murky depths of our creative genius for this one, so we camped out in an abandoned mental hospital to write this masterpiece. Sleepy Ridge Psychiactric Ward was built well before the concept of padded walls was thought of or cared about. Each cell in this hellhole told a different story. They were hollowed out completely. No furniture inside them except a cot that was mangled and ripped apart in most cases. The walls were untouched…covered in blood, shit, hatred and insanity. As soon as I set foot in the lobby, I knew we were in for a horrifying experience. The lyrics flowed. “Eat Your Hands to Please Satan” was derived from a story one of the crotchety old nurses told about a resident that got loose from his straight jacket one night and, well, went buckwild on his digits. She said she found him bloodied at the mouth, staring blankly at a pair of gnawed-apart, bony mitts.



Cadaverized  (Intro) :27
Scars and Secretions  3:18
Axed Aorta  2:48
Starving For Your Anatomy  6:34
Rip Apart the Bleeding  3:14
Charred to Perfection  4:58
Savaged Upon the Savaged  3:57
Creepin On Caskets  (skit) :58
Fatal Hunger  2:22
I Will Barf You  4:11
Filthmonger  3:49
Eaten Unmercifully  5:47
Felt Up by Satan  8:29
Killaholic  3:18
Death Rattle…Hunger Pangs  3:48

NICK: I might be sick in a few minutes…do you happen to have a bucket nearby or should I just toss my lunch into this floor drain?

REAMUS: What a girl. Anyway, we were re-upped by Sickly Records after this one. Was there ever a doubt? We’ve been their most successful act since 1995. Funny thing, too. You wouldn’t believe how many acts like us are out there screaming hatefully about death & dismemberment. After our epic double-album dropped in early 2000, we took an opportunity to go on a brief hiatus with the live album slated for the year after. I fell into a funk up until 9/11. The events of that day sparked a newfound fiery inferno of hate inside me. I took aim at the war and our new terrorist enemies. “Savaged Upon the Savaged” was inspired by yet another dream I had in which I found myself hate-maiming Bin Laden atop a mountain of bomb-charred Al-Qaedan flesh.

NICK: How very patriotic of you!



Beaten With Hammers (Intro) :40
Bite Fight  3:05
The Face Will Fester 2:56
Infanticide  3:48
Stabducted  (skit) :55
Never Mourn Your Lunch   7:34
Trail of Mutilation  3:41
You’ll Cry During   2:47
Fisted & Tasted  3:29
Red Perversion  4:21
Share My Rotted Corpse  6:19
Skinless Fantasy  4:59

NICK: Truly disgusting, sir. Congrats.

REAMUS: Ever seen those “Faces of Death” movies? Frickin lame. Half of that junk is likely some poorly-produced fiction. The other half is a meager attempt at shock value. You want shock value? Try one of our records on for size and let your imagination go fucking crazy. It’ll get you amped for a cage fight. It’ll turn your hatred inside-out, thus liberating the soul!

NICK: Ever thought of doing televangelist work for the church of satan?



Kicked Into the Oven (Intro) :35
Stalk the Feeble  4:55
Undead Autopsy   2:27
Garner Some Young Flesh  2:41
Grand Theft Hearse   3:10
Deathbed Murder  (skit) 1:05
Seduced & Slaughtered   7:39
Virgin Surgeon  3:00
Cooked In Captivity   4:48
Dessicated Remains   3:10
Rusty Knife Vasectomy  (skit) :41
Sacrifice Soup  3:49
Murder Manifest  2:33
Decrepit Barbecue   7:36
Butchered On Impulse  4:11

NICK: I have to ask…did you spend a lot of time alone as a kid? Drawing pictures of death scenes with red crayons, perhaps?

REAMUS: I discovered my affinity for death & dismemberment at a fairly young age. This affinity was aided by the fact that dad worked for a stuffed animal factory during my younger years. This enabled some experimental behavior and youthful exuberance in my bedroom involving red food coloring, a stolen butcher knife and plenty of spare time. “Butchered on Impulse” is a tune inspired by the fun my stuffed toys and I had back then. I would collect factory rejects that dad brought home and create murder scenes. A koala bear sporting red food coloring on his mouth and wielding a knife over an eviscerated Curious George corpse. A circle of Scooby Doo characters surrounding a Clifford the Big Red Dog being burned at the stake. That kind of fun!



Prelude to a Killfuck  :34
Killfuck, Pt. 1  4:58
Killfuck, Pt. 2 (Cold Lunch)  6:14
Gut Grubbin  3:41
I Sweat Blood  4:51
Holy Stabbath   2:18
Face, Meet Blade  (skit) :54
Pieces of You    3:49
Prey On the Weary  2:58
The Cries of Dessert  3:33
Bleed Machine  (skit) 1:01
The Dead Beckon  3:48
Seared Scars & Sores  4:09
Tasty Cries of Horror   4:14
Drillbit Sodomy  4:45
Hung on a Stab Wall  8:56

NICK: *looking distraught* *holds up cell phone* I don’t get great cell service down here… *sweat pours down face*

REAMUS: *stares blankly* *laughs* Got a little experimental on this one. We slowed down the beat considerably for a few of the tunes. Sludgy, distorted rhythms and we mixed in some samples of horror movies in the background but don’t worry PETA, no animals were harmed during the making of this one. Maybe some humans, but…..psyche! Fuck you guys.



Disc 1
Fried Fupa   4:35
Re-Kill the Eaten  8:42
Bathed In Cummed-In Blood   8:09
Indulge in the Festering Bulge  5:44
Pantry Full of Murder   4:42
Eat Your Hands to Please Satan   4:21
Stack the Eaten   8:59
Gnashed Hymen  4:28
Live to Kill Life   6:40
Cauldron of Boiling Guts   14:27
Rip Apart the Bleeding   3:14
Infanticide    3:48
Drillbit Sodomy   4:45
Hung on a Stab Wall  8:56

Disc 2
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (cover)   4:38
Su Sudio (cover) (American Psycho mix)    4:23
Evil Cram (Dance mix)   5:46
Gunt Harvest (Church of Satan Remix) 4:58
Team Mutilation (cutting room floor, previously unreleased) 7:31
Tomb Entrapment  (cutting room floor, previously unreleased)   4:55
You Can’t Scream Without a Throat (cutting room floor, previously unreleased) 3:19

NICK: I am very uncomfortable in my own skin right now. But, alas, the show must go on…You know, greatest hits albums are so redundant. Re-packaging all the material your fans already own and all. At least you added some remixes and a couple new ones.

REAMUS: Went on hiatus after “We Hate the Living” dropped. Guys were tired. I was tired. We needed a greatest hits to come out in order to satisfy our recording contract. That, and it’s tough sometimes. This lifestyle. I mean, I live for this shit and all, but the human mind is conditioned to live and embrace LIFE. We love each other, have sex and reproduce. We CREATE LIFE.  It’s part of our nature. Our genetic build. All this screaming about killing and eating fuckers can take its toll on a guy. We’ve been creating art “against the human grain” for almost 20 years. It was time. Time for me to play a little Call of Duty and refine my blood-worship tactics.

NICK: Dude, you keep talking!? Probably should’ve just called it a career. The fact that anybody takes you seriously still astounds me.


GUTFEST 2011 – 2011

Shivved & Drained  (Intro) :44
Lured to a Blood Party  7:49
Hell Awaits the Devoured  3:38
Cut of Corpse  3:39
Lycanthropic Tendencies  4:11
Reduced to Bone  (skit) :48
666 Severed Limbs  3:06
Murder Seminar  2:41
Prolapsed Kill Wound   4:46
Lance Chamber   5:06
Circle of Bloody Sin   7:14
Kidney Farmer  4:19

NICK: I can’t believe i’m gonna say this but, I like this one for some reason! What’s different?

REAMUS: Back, better than ever and with a newfound lust for gore. It’s either this, or I go clinically insane and spend my pathetic life in an asylum. Only in America! Well actually, Norway has some pretty bleak metal. Black metal, to be precise. Those guys scare ME. Anyway, we put forth some dynamite writing for this one. Seasoned veterans of murder/cannibalism, we’ve evolved into what one would consider the Godfathers of death jams. Check out the more inventive song titles here. “Lured to a Blood Party”, “Lance Chamber” and “Circle of Bloody Sin” were written during a Mojave Desert acid trip. Oh, the lengths we go to for solid jams.

NICK: Well, goddamn, that’s the last of it. Thanks so much for not harvesting my spleen!