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Human Meat or CCR: What caused the mania behind Feeding?

Feeding / Cole Hadley
Hard Charger, Begrime Exemious, Feeding
Chez Pierre
June 29, 9 pm $10

By Ellen Reade

If a man at a gas station in middle-of-nowhere British Columbia offered you “homemade pepperoni” wrapped in a Safeway bag, would you eat it? 

Members of Edmonton’s crusty death metal outfit Feeding did. 

“I’ve never tasted anything else like that,” says Justin Wyrozub, Feeding’s drummer, “and it was good.” 
The members are pretty sure the secret ingredient in this mystery meat was human flesh. Legend has it that cannibalism leads to brain deterioration, delirium, madness, and eventual death—some believe it inspires truly brutal death metal riffs and gruesome lyricism.  

The consumption of maybe-human-meat is one of Feeding’s many inspirations in the development of its new sound. The band’s roots are in hardcore, but the new EP, Demo 2019, pulls influence from black metal and death metal—and wholly and light-heartedly accepts the tropes, sounds, and imagery of the genres. 

“It’s a way to get really brutally raw with your emotions in like sort of a metaphysical way,” says Zach Pyshniak, vocalist and lyricist. “I love black metal, but you can’t take it too seriously cause it’s so fucking, like, nerdy.”

The new EP will be released on cassette as a full length LP, alongside the May release, The Stench of Life

Feeding self-identifies as “ham and mustard death metal,” meaning the band’s sound is a homestyle classic. If ma could cook up death metal, she’d cook up Feeding. 

“We’re just kinda, you know, ham and mustard people,” guitarist Tyler Marshall says.

“You know, just plain,” Pyshniak adds. 

Keeping with  classic death metal themes, Feeding’s music explores death, death, death, death, and more death. 

“So it’s all about dying—but no, it’s like, deep … it’s like a deep death,” Pyshniak says.

The new single, “Bastard Altar,” deals with a topic that is equally ham-and-mustard and death metal: fighting the rise of right-wing fascism and “brutally murdering” Jason Kenney. 

Bastard Altar

The focus on dying comes partly from the band’s multitude of near death experiences.

“I almost fucking killed us once,” Pyshniak says. 

Once is an understatement. 

Pyshniak once drove the band off a three-foot ledge trying to take a photo of a street sign. They almost got hit by a train driving through an unmarked railroad in the middle of Saskatchewan. They almost froze to death because the sunroof froze open during a midwinter tour. In contrast, they almost cooked themselves alive in the tour van after leaving the heat on all night. 

But, Feeding’s best story is the most horrific—a story of near madness, spiritual awakening, and psychological torture. The band once went on an entire tour with nothing but a Creedence Clearwater Revival greatest hits compilation stuck in its CD player on repeat. The endless days of repeated swamp-rock brought out a new kind of twistedness. 

“The mania came on and it made us evil,” Pyshniak says. 

“Like … maybe possessed,” bassist Dickinson adds. 

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