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Putrid Offal's Fred Houriez Discusses Returning From The Grave

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Thought dead since the mid-90s, Putrid Offal tore its way out of the grave to return to grinding duty with the "Suffering" EP.

Now a double-disc monstrosity is on the way, featuring re-recorded and re-mastered old material as well as new tracks to further add to the goregrind band's legend.

"Mature Necropsy" will drop next month via Katoxin Records, and we also just premiered the first disc online (give it a listen over here).

To go along with the resurrection and new album premiere, Putrid Offal bassist Fred Houriez checked in with Metalunderground.com to discuss the band's return, the changes in sound and recording processes after 20 years, and the guest musicians brought on to further brutalize the sound. Check out the full interview below.

xFiruath: The band was active back in the '90s but then dormant for a loooooong time. What led to the group disbanding before and how did you end up getting back together?

Fred: We have stopped Putrid Offal in the middle of the nineties but we (Franck and me) continued to play music in M.Pheral until 2001, then our personal and professional lives were priority. Putrid Offal has been stooped because our drummer left the band. At this time, it was difficult to do grindcore music with a machine. So we decided to do industrial music and this was the end of PO.

Our come back wasn't programmed. I just wanted to remaster the PO's song with Philippe Reinhalter (Division Alpha) and Franck. Philippe [Reinhalter - guitarist] has a studio and all the materials to do good things. We did it together and the sounds are amazing. We contacted two labels to have their opinion about the stuff and Kaotoxin was seduced first.

We wanted to have an opinion on our work. We had contacted several guys and Max (Otero) from Mercyless told us about Kaotoxin. We have sent two tracks and Nico from Kaotoxin was immediately OK to do an album.

xFiruath: 20 years a long time between releases - how has the sound of Putrid Offal changed since you've grown as musicians, and what can fans expect from this new music?

Fred: The major change is the time we spent in studio. At the early 90s, we recorded and mixed the split LP "Premature Necropsy" in...two days! "Mature Necropsy" was recorded and mixed in six months! It's the main difference because we've taken the time to choose each instrumental sound. The vocals have been worked with precision. Some songs have been rearranged too. The songs are now more brutal, I think. You can notice it on the double digisleeve CD because there will be one with the new version and another with the old songs.

We recorded all the album at the Psykron studio, it's the Division Alpha's studio. We did all the stuff, record and mix, by ourselves and the master has been done at Conkrete studio. We've taken all the time to do what we wanted to hear.

xFiruath: When were the tracks for "Mature Necropsy" written and how has the band approached the writing process this time around?

Fred: We began to re-write the back catalog at the Autumn of 2013. We have modified some songs and searched the good sound for this kind of music.

xFiruath: What guest musicians have you brought on to lend their talents to the new album?

Fred: Frédéric Blawblomme (Noise Emission Control) and Stephane Buriez (Loudblast) came on this project as a friend and because their musical talent was interesting for PO. For vocals, we've searched singers who have a different voice from Franck. Fred Blawblomme has a typical hardcore voice so the mix was perfect and Stephane is able to do some different kind of voices. He also play guitar on one track (solo on Repulsive Corpse).

xFiruath: Who handled the distinctive cover imagery for "Mature Necropsy?"

Fred: We choose the cover together. We wanted an image which symbolizes the new Putrid Offal sound: aggressive, brutal, and gory. Philippe worked on all the booklet and the result is very, very good.

xFiruath: Will Putrid Offal be touring or performing live at all in support of this material?

We're gonna do some gigs. We have booked some dates, Death Feast in Germany in September, and some others will be booked soon.

xFiruath: Other than your own material, what's coming out in metal this year you are looking forward to?

Fred: The new Napalm Death LP "Apex Predator Easy Meat"! I had the chance to listen four new song and it's, for me, one of the best Napalm Death LPs. For the rest, nothing special except a new Ad Patres LP expected! I'm also getting the new Benighted, Loudblast, and Dehuman out in March.

xFiruath: With the year just ended, what made your "best of 2014" list in the music world?

This year, I was deeply impressed by Sidious ("Revealed In Profane Splendour"). This LP is amazing. I love it a lot. There's also the Godflesh LP ("A World Lit Only By Fire"). Bloodbath ("Grand Morbid Funeral"), Entombed A.D. disappointed me a lot.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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