“Noisy. Cacophonous. Caustic. Vociferous.” That is the ominous description to be found on the Facebook page of Abated Mass of Flesh. Presentimg death metal at its most intensive, this collective from small town Tennessee presents a unique ministry in Christ as unleashed through their absolutely ferocious musical compositions. Brutal Death is their magnum opus now available from Rottweiler Records, a staggering collection of sonic hymns that you will never hear within the hallowed walls of any traditional church service. Brutal Death is a compelling work of extreme art that is sure to leave the listener spiritually enlightened as well as pummeled by the relentless wall of sound. Here is an interview we conducted with guitarist Zach Plunkett to find out more about this compelling band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do Abated Mass of Flesh, and how long the band has been together.
Hey I am Zack and I play guitar for Abated Mass of Flesh. We’ve been active since mid 2011. We started out as a solo project and became a full band in January of 2013.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
The band started out as my solo project in the backwoods of Tennessee in a small place called Unionville. Then we became a full band like a year and a half later. Our drummer lives like an hour and a half away in the sticks too. So we’re a little scattered but we’ve been getting out in the Nashville scene lately. There’s a lot of groovy metalcore bands in the Nashville scene. A great band to check out from Tennessee would have to be Awake The Suffering. Some good ole’ Tennessee death metal.
How did you wind up being signed to Rottweiler Records?
We had some demo versions of “Brutal Death” posted online and it caught some attention from the label. Rottweiler is always on the lookout for bands and artists that are doing things a little differently. Shawn at the label is big on variety so you’ll find a lot of that on the label.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Brutal Death?
“Brutal Death” isn’t really a conceptual album, but the title and album cover go hand in hand. The cover is a depiction of chaos and modern day martyrdom. It shows a man being persecuted for his beliefs. All hell is breaking loose around him, but he is remaining faithful, even to the point of public crucifixion, like Jesus. It’s a modern representation of what Jesus did on the cross and a symbol of faith and strength in the midst of persecution in today‘s society. Christ suffered the ultimate brutal death. He was badly beaten, publicly mocked, flogged beyond recognition, stripped naked and crucified. It was a very dark and brutal display of God’s affection towards us. He was revealing humanity’s way to freedom and restoration through the pain and torture He endured. So that’s the overall theme of the band and the release.
Select two songs from Brutal Death and what inspired the lyrics.
Okay, I’ll go with “The Killer In Me” and “Iniquitous Decimation“. “The Killer In Me” is a song about self-examination. It’s also about someone coming to Jesus and finding their identity and purpose through His suffering. “Iniquitous Decimation” is a song about our social state in the world and the challenge of holding true to your faith during times of violence, murder and genocide. The lyrics to these songs were inspired by my outlook on life and the trials I’ve dealt with over the past few years; and how I didn’t have to face them alone.
Who did the cover art for Brutal Death and how much input did you have on it?
I did the cover art for it, so I had a lot of time and freedom to construct it.
What is the best and worst part about having two brothers in a band?
Luckily my brother and I get along really well, we are best friends and share the same taste in metal. We’ve been making music together for years. He’s been a huge helping hand in getting us established and his heart is in it 100%. I love seeing him get excited about the band and I honestly can’t find any downfall with having a brother in the band. He’s a really awesome dude and I am super proud of him!
Would you consider Abated Mass of Flesh to be a Christian band or ministry? Why or why not?
It’s one thing to call yourself a “Christian” band and it’s another thing to live it out. Each of us are Christians and our ministry is to display a character of love and acceptance towards others, like Jesus did; whether that’s together as a band or in our lives individually. Our faith goes with us everywhere we go. And I don’t say that like we are perfect people. Each one of us have our own faults and shortcomings and we just like to talk with others and share experiences.
Describe your music to an elderly church lady who has just decided she absolutely must go to one of your shows?
Ooo! That’s a good one! “So you want to come to one of our shows? You’re in for a treat! You know the sound a toilet makes when a giant turd is clogging it as you’re desperately trying to unclog it?…It’s kinda like that.” Most elderly people probably won’t understand where we are coming from, and that’s cool. It’s not for everyone; what works for some might not work for others. But one of our biggest fans out there would have to be our drummer’s grandmother. She loves our music and makes us awesome dinners every practice! But one thing to consider is that ministry comes in different forms and styles but the main thing that we should reach an agreement on is our faith in Jesus because ministry shouldn’t be defined by the way it looks and sounds.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Brutal Death for the first time?
I would like for the overall meaning of the release to stand out to them. I would like for people to listen to it with an open mind and get something out of it. People have been really accepting towards us and our music and it’s super awesome to see that support.
Any chance of Abated Mass of Flesh making their way out West to play some shows?
Yes, we actually started playing shows earlier this year. We’ve been playing some small local venues and stuff. We have a few dates out of state coming up too. So it’s going good so far!
When you look back on your previous EP Moth And Rust In The Temple Of Putridity, what do you think of it now?
My heart was in that release. I was going through a very difficult time in my life while writing it. So it still holds a place in my heart and I still enjoy jamming it from time to time. It’s also a reminder of how far we’ve come since the beginning. We’ve been blessed to have the opportunity keep doing this.
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Pantera, because I would have had the opportunity to see Dime.
Any final words of wisdom?
I just wanted to thank everyone that has supported us in any way. You guys have been so awesome! Thank you for giving us a shot. Your acceptance towards us has been such a blessing and your support has inspired us to keep doing what we do. Know that you guys are loved and accepted by us. Thank you!
Abated Mass of Flesh is:
Matthew Plunkett – Vocals
Kade Dodson – Drums
Max Tubville – Bass
Zack Plunkett – Guitars
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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