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As of November 28th, 2005, Deathgasm Records and United Guttural Records have merged. The combination of Deathgasm and United Guttural will create one of the largest independent extreme metal labels in North America.
After two months of negotiations, Rich Lipscomb of United Guttural Records and Fleshgrind sold the company to Evan March, CEO of Deathgasm Records. "Deathgasm / United Guttural looks forward to leading the US death metal scene with brutal music, great service and unparalleled treatment of our artists" said Evan March.
United Guttural releases will be kept in circulation and Deathgasm / United Guttural will continue with the scheduled releases including the Fleshgrind "Demos CD".
The company plans to combine the Deathgasm and United Guttural websites by Spring 2006 in order to streamline the company and make online shopping more convenient for customers.
Deathgasm Records was founded in 1997 to provide the underground metal scene with extreme metal music at affordable prices. In December 2003, Deathgasm Records opened the first and only all metal record store in Georgia. In the process of expansion Deathgasm Records has taken over several record labels including Extremist Records, Warhammer Records, Skeptic Productions and Metal Merchant USA (ex Gutted Records).
Illinois-based death metallers FLESHGRIND have officially split up. The group's statement on the matter reads as follows:
"We regretfully wish to inform everyone that FLESHGRIND has officially called it quits. For some that's good news, for others it's gonna suck. The reasoning behind this decision was not an easy one after 13 years, but we feel this is the best time to move on.
"Before our last show about a month ago vocalist Rich Lispcomb formally stepped down from the position. Instead of contemplating replacing Rich with another vocalist, the remaining three members — Steve Murray, James Genenz, and Jesse Kehoe — have decided to move on in a new project. It just wouldn't be right calling ourselves FLESHGRIND if Rich isn't involved. Rich has decided he needs a life change. His heart just wasn't into it anymore, business-wise and artistically, so he is moving on. He sold his business, United Guttural Records, and will be moving to Michigan to get on with his life. The three of us have no hard feelings towards Rich and his decision, and respect him even more for coming out about how he felt, and we are excited about the uninhibited possibilites for our new project. We are currently undergoing a group soul search to determine our direction in our future endeavors, and will be looking for a singer and possibly a second guitarist to fill out the group, although that search has yet to get underway. For now we just wish to respectfully put FLESHGRIND to rest. We wish to thank every single person that has ever supported us in any way. You all know who you are.
"The MySpace page at www.myspace.com/fleshgrind will stay active for some time to come. News and information on our future efforts will be available here until everything is set in stone. We will be looking for members in the coming weeks. Again, we thank everyone for their support!"
Southern Slam Fest 05 will take place in Charleston, South Carolina at Scooters and features the following bands:
LUST OF DECAY
BODIES IN THE GEARS OF THE APPARATUS
CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN
POCKET PUSSY HASH PIPE
BOUND AND GAGGED
DEAD FOR DAYS
Former Gorgasm members have start new band called "Depths of Agony". The band features Tom Tangalos, Russ Powell and Derek Hoffman. The band was formed in May 2004 when Derek left Fleshgrind and Tom left Gorgasm. Seven songs have been written already and the band plans to enter the studio very soon.