All Flesh General History (1993 to 2000)

Musical History | July 28th, 2009


By 1995, All Flesh made a shortlived partnership with Lloyd Sterling, an assistant manager at the all ages industrial Cage Nightclub, which helped then garner a slowly expanding following and allowed Rev. Wilhelm Fisk to further fine tune the All Flesh visual image.

All Flesh wrote and recorded the demo for the upcoming self titled album while playing shows at the Cage throughout 1994. And while Rev. Fisk’s voice was still quite raw, the music and delivery were powerful enough for him to recruit E. Karlis K., a tall, heavily muscled and good looking man (counterbalancing Rev. Fisk’s scrawny presence) to play the guitar on stage, giving All Flesh music some organic energy and filling out the stage with Karlis’s presence. Lloyd Sterling rounded up the lineup with his synthesizer skills and his good looks too, along with a bunch of pyrotechnics to boot. At the end of a set, a keyboard was brought up on stage as an alter, lit on fire then smashed with a battle axe while walls of flame illuminated.

With plans for a debut album on a record label that Lloyd was planning on launching as the flagship release, All Flesh grew in size and scope through their literally explosiv stage shows, leading up to their debut at the brand new Ground Zero Nightclub; a sprawling space that is almost as large as Thee First Avenue. .

By the year 1995, All Flesh had garnered enough of a following to finagle their way onto the fledgling Ground Zero nightclub for two main-stage events, the first of which saw All Flesh at the top of their game, with punk rock legends Liechenschrei and metal powerhouse Static Grey opening. Three-hundred-and-some odd people were there to give All Flesh the boost that they needed.

But fate would play jokes on Rev. Fisk, for he became a caricature of himself in his reverend bit, which he was quickly tiring of in the meantime. And because of promises not kept by his ‘manager’ Lloyd, he was becoming doubtful and a bit jaded—which is what happens when you put too much faith in those around you and not enough faith in yourself. With a final show in ’95 that almost burned the house down (literally) All Flesh was the talk of the local industrial scene.

After a few more explosive gigs at the Cage and Ground Zero, E. Karlis K. bowed out of the live lineup, stating concerns that Rev. Fisk was mad. Lloyd took up the slack on the keyboards as best he could, but Karlis’s desertion was too much. Rev. Fisk took a break from perfoming until mid-1996, which would ultimately be his downfall from infamy.

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