Over the next few years, Fleshgrind recorded a couple of demos which eventually landed them a deal with the small Pulverizer imprint.
Replacing Ryba with Ray Vazquez, Fleshgrind released their official debut album, Destined for Defilement, in 1997; shortly after its appearance, Vazquez left the band and Barbolla was fired.
With a new rhythm section of bassist James Genenz (ex-Avernus) and drummer Alan Collado (Euphoric Evisceration), Fleshgrind toured extensively, building enough of an underground following to convince Pavement Music to re-release Destined for Defilement in early 1999.
Fleshgrind next signed a permanent deal with Olympic Recordings, which issued their second album in 2000.
Rich owned United Guttural Records but sold it in November 2005 (to DeathGasm Records) along with quitting the band leading to the decision of the remaining members to end Fleshgrind after 13 years.
Last known line-up
Rich Lipscomb - Vocals (& Guitar during the early years)
Steve Murray - Guitar
James Genenz - Bass
Jesse Kehoe - Drums