Deeds of Flesh

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Deeds of Flesh
OriginLos Osos, California
GenresBrutal death metal, technical death metal
Years active1993–present
LabelsUnique Leader Records
MembersJacoby Kingston
Mike Hamilton
Craig Peters
Ivan Manguia
Past membersErik Lindmark
Joey Heaslet
Brad Palmer
Jimmy Tkacz
Roderick Williams Jr.
Derek Boyer
Jared Deaver
Sean Southern
Erlend Caspersen
Corey Athos
Darren Cecsa

Deeds of Flesh is an American brutal death metal band from Los Osos, California, U.S. They were formed in 1993 by Jacoby Kingston, Erik Lindmark (1972–2018)[1] and Joey Heaslet, and remained active until Lindmark's death in 2018. They founded their own label, Unique Leader Records, which has since become home to a number of other death metal bands from around the world. Deeds of Flesh have released nine studio albums, their most recent being Nucleus which was released in 2020.


Brief history[edit]

Deeds of Flesh formed in 1993. They signed to Wild Rags Records and released their first EP, entitled Gradually Melted. They then moved labels to the now-defunct Repulse Records, and released their first full-length album, entitled Trading Pieces, in 1996.

Two years later, in 1998, they released a second album, entitled Inbreeding the Anthropophagi, on the same label, this time with Brad Palmer replacing Joey Heaslet on drums. After this album was recorded, guitarist Jim Tkacz joined the band. The band then lost their contract with the label and self-released a demo. After this, they decided to form their own label Unique Leader Records. All their subsequent records were released on this label. The band then released a DVD called Deeds of Flesh: Live In Montreal in 2005.

In 2007, founding member and bassist Jacoby Kingston announced he was leaving the band, due to lifestyle changes. He was replaced by Erlend Caspersen.[2]

In Summer 2012, Erik Lindmark was diagnosed with tendonitis, leading to a touring hiatus.[3] The band's eighth full-length, Portals to Canaan was released on June 25, 2013.[4]

On November 29, 2018, frontman Erik Lindmark died from sclerosis at the age of 46.[5][6]

On September 28, 2020, the band announced a new album, Nucleus, which would be released on December 11.[7] It is the band's first album without frontman Erik Lindmark, though it features music Lindmark wrote and recorded prior to his death. It was also announced that former bassist and vocalist Jacoby Kingston had ended his retirement and rejoined the band solely as vocalist, while former drummer Mike Hamilton also contributed to the album. In addition, the album features guest vocals from many established death metal vocalists, including Luc Lemay of Gorguts, John Gallagher of Dying Fetus, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher of Cannibal Corpse, Frank Mullen of Suffocation, Matti Way of Disgorge, Bill Robinson of Decrepit Birth, Anthony Trapani of Odious Mortem, Obie Flett of Pathology, Robbe Kok of Disavowed, Dusty Boisjolie of Severed Savior, and Jon Zig of Serpentian.[8]


Deeds of Flesh has toured extensively over the past decade. After the release of Mark of the Legion, the band supported Monstrosity on the "Bloodletting North America Pt. II" Tour. A year later, in 2002, they would tour with Disgorge and Dutch death metallers Severe Torture and Disavowed on the Bloodletting North America Part III tour.[9] The band also performed a number of shows with Cannibal Corpse.

2004 found the band touring with such widely known American death metal acts as Dying Fetus and Hate Eternal. They also toured Australia with Tasmanian death metal group Psycroptic.[9]

After sitting out much of 2005 due to injuries to Jacoby Kingston and Mike Hamilton, the band started touring again in 2006. They toured Europe alongside Monstrosity, Vile, and Impaled, then toured North America with Decrepit Birth, Vile, and Odious Mortem.[9]

Musical style[edit]

Their music can be described as influenced by the brutal death metal style pioneered by Suffocation and the technical approach of bands like Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse coupled with a songwriting style that incorporates numerous abrupt changes in meter and tempo, creating a disorienting atmosphere to the listener. The guitar riffs themselves tend to be atonal, albeit often minor or diminished, mixtures of palm-muting, fast tremolo picking, and breakdowns. The drum parts also change frequently, mirroring the constantly shifting nature of the guitar lines. The vocals are a mixture of low growls and high screams. On former albums, the low-pitched vocals were performed by Lindmark, and the high-pitched vocals by Kingston. After Kingston's departure, Lindmark undertook all vocal duties before his death on November 29, 2018.[1]

Deeds of Flesh did not implement guitar solos until their 2008 release Of What's to Come, on which there are many, performed by then-new guitarist Sean Southern.

Their lyrical content deals with themes common to death metal, such as death, murder, disease, and horror. Of What's To Come was a stylistic departure from this as a concept album that dealt with post-apocalyptic and science fiction themes.


Current members[edit]

  • Jacoby Kingston – vocals (1993–2007, 2020–present), bass (1993–1998, 1998–2007, 2021–present)
  • Mike Hamilton – drums (1999–2016, 2021–present)
  • Craig Peters – guitars (2011–present)
  • Ivan Munguia – guitars (2021–present), bass (2012–2021)

Former members[edit]

  • Erik Lindmark – vocals, guitars (1993–2018) (died 2018)
  • Joey Heaslet – drums (1993–1996, 1998–1999)
  • Brad Palmer – drums (1996–1998)
  • Roderick Williams Jr. – guitars (1998)
  • Derek Boyer – bass (1998)
  • Jimmy Tkacz – guitars (1998–1999)
  • Jared Deaver – guitars (1999–2001)
  • Sean Southern – guitars (2005–2011)
  • Erlend Caspersen – bass (2007–2012)
  • Corey Athos – vocals (2011–2012)
  • Darren Cecsa – drums (2016–2021)




  1. ^ a b "Unique Leader Records Founder & DEEDS OF FLESH Guitarist Erik Lindmark Has Passed Away, R.I.P." 29 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  2. ^ " Deeds of Flesh parts ways with bassist, replacement announced". Archived from the original on 2009-04-28. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. ^ "DEEDS OF FLESH Announces Lineup Change". 23 July 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  4. ^ "DEEDS OF FLESH: 'Portals To Canaan' Track Listing, Release Date Revealed". 25 February 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Unique Leader Records Founder / Deeds of Flesh Guitarist Erik Lindmark Has Passed Away". MetalSucks. November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "Unique Leader Records Founder/Deeds Of Flesh Guitarist Erik Lindmark Passes Away". ThePRP. November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Deeds of Flesh to release Nucleus". Sputnikmusic. September 28, 2020. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  8. ^ "Deeds Of Flesh Recruit Cannibal Corpse, Ex-Suffocation, Etc. Members For New Album "Nucleus"". ThePRP. September 29, 2020. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-08-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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