FLESHWROUGHT is a new two-man
technical death metal band consisting of Navene Kopperweis (ANIMOSITY,
ANIMALS AS LEADERS) and Jonny Davy (JOB FOR A COWBOY).
Signed to Metal Blade Records, their
debut full-length release, Dementia/Dyslexia, is an onslaught of
pummeling death metal mixed with electronic, progressive and
experimental styles of music.
Kopperweis is the mastermind and
creative force behind FLESHWROUGHT, as he played all the
instruments, handled all the tracking, mixing and editing on the
album. Davy lent his creative lyric and vocal services, which fit in
very well with Kopperweis’ vision.
I had the chance to speak with
Kopperweis by e-mail about his vision for the project, his eclectic
musical influences and what’s next for FLESHWROUGHT.
With Fleshwrought being a
two-man project, were you fed up with the concept of the
Very much so. I
work much better on my own.
What was your inspiration
for the material on Dementia/Dyslexia?
stuff from Cannibal Corpse to Frank Zappa to Squarepusher. I
like lots of music.
How excited were you that
Metal Blade wanted to sign you?
It was very
exciting. I couldn't believe they would put out a two-man
effort such as Fleshwrought. It's awesome!
Animosity was revered and
worshiped in its time. How was the disbandment and how did
you take it?
decide to disband for sometime. It was a gradual separation.
It didn’t take you long
to get back on your feet again with Fleshwrought, did it?
straight from the last Animosity tour to the studio to
record the Fleshwrought album, man on mission!
How did you know that
Jonny Davy would be perfect for your sound? Were you
concerned with any of the backlash that he receives for
being in Job For A Cowboy?
I could give
a flying fuck what dorks on the internet think about Jonny.
He's one of my best friends, favorite vocalists, and one of
the few people that shares my vision for the band.
You played all the
instruments, recorded it in your own studio and you mixed,
tracked and produced it. How was it wearing all the hats?
Was there a huge weight of responsibility and pressure on
Not at all.
This is my art. It's just something I do. I would have done
it even if no one were to hear it.
How did you become such a
I just love
playing music and writing songs. Playing a range of
instruments is one of the ways to achieve a certain sound
You’re a phenomenal
drummer. You know when to use blast beats and when to mix it
up with some tasty fills. Who are some of your influences?
I love hard
hitters like Zack Hill, Brian Chipedale and Morgan Agren.
But of course the blast guys influenced me a lot, such as
John Longstreth, George Kolias and Kevin Talley.
Do you use triggers and
what’s your stance on them?
If I were
playing drums for Fleshwrought, the kick would be triggered.
On the album, all of the drums were triggered and sound
replaced, so I guess you could say I'm for em!
Explain the constant
theme that runs through the entire album, and did Jonny have
an idea for the lyrics and album title after the music was
We came up
with the concept about half way through the writing for the
CD. It's about extreme emotion and mental process. It seemed
to just work with the music.
Your use of keyboard sampling and
a saxophone solo on “Inner Thoughts” just proves that you weren’t
playing by the book of death metal. What made you want to explore
different elements on the album?
I have lots of ideas
in my head for how I think death metal should sound. That's what I
love about the genre, it's always changing.
I think it’s a great debut album,
but where does Fleshwrought go from here?
Im putting together
the live band, Were planning shows/small tours. I'm already working
on the next CD and so is Jonny. I'm not goin’ away, haha.
Any last words or comments for
Keep music free!