Hi, NECROSIS. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Now, we’re enjoying a well-deserved break from composing and practice. We take care of our families, and enjoying the last summer rays before we head back to the studio to write new stuff.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
We are Necrosis, a Danish death metal band. We hail from Copenhagen.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
We are 3 friends, close childhood friends, with a great passion for music.
We are, me, Bob, who is vocalist, lyricist and programming. I put a great effort into writing lyrics and programming drums. Then there’s Max, guitarist, who’s the main riffer, he’s the one creating complex loops asymmetrical to the traditional 4-beats constructions. Lastly is Johan, bass, he’s the dub vocal when we are live, and he’s setting the rhythmic foundation to give the music a more listenable format.
Max and I are brothers, and Johan is long lost older brother we never had. He’s not in family, but it’s darn close.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
I started playing drums when I was about 11yo, and I wanted to play metal drums forever. However, I also had a great passion for stage performance and growling which came much later. Max has played guitar approx. since he was 12yo, and has taught himself to tame the distortion-beast ever since. Johan started out with bass, but has also played guitar for a great deal of years and has since returned to his beloved bass.
NECROSIS recently released “Mythogenesis”. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
I put a lot of effort in wording almost everything, and I spent a lot of time to cohere the content of the album to a title.
Mythogenesis was the buzz, since most of the lyrics are of religious context, although very critical context.
Mythogenesis is the transition from a belief-system to a mythology.
The lyrics heads in 3 main direction, which are a socio-religious perspective, an inner-universe perspective and lastly a traditional death metal perspective. Songs like The Magnitude of Sovereignty, Forced Metabolic Convalescence, Amicable Decadence and Crying Havoc are a sociological criticism of how religion tend to dominate our society and the way we adhere to religious traditions.
Whereas And live to tell the tale and Abysmal Descent are reflections of self-deterioration. Mental diseases take a larger space in our representation of the society. And we like to address the suffering.
But songs like Fury and Structural Decay are traditionally worded as old-school death metal, especially Fury.
Structural Decay is about consumerism and the decay thereof, but it’s written in a deaden manner.
Staring Through the Sun is an observation of how we see the universe as we know it today.
How has been the response so far by the listeners?
It’s has been a mixed reception. Most say we have great potentials and a bright future if we continue as we do, which we intend to. Others say that it’s a load of shit. From what I have read, it’s mostly the “trve” metallers, that think our music sucks. I’m guessing it’s because we don’t want to be traditional in the way we compose the music, we make music from the heart, and if we like it, we swing with it.
So, in large, I’d say it has been a very positive response, and we’re grateful for it.
Have you started working on new songs already?
Yes, we have. But we don’t have any schedule yet.
When and where did you play your first gig?
The 3 of us had our first gig a long time ago, but it was another band. Back then I was the drummer. We played in a local biker-gang party, and they were NOT attuned to the kind music we played. We played traditional 90’s death metal, mixed with some vocal. I think that was in 1999 or 2000.
But when Max and I formed Necrosis, we got a live gig in 2009 with some of our earliest demo material. We played with our former bassist, at our local community festival. And again, to people who was NOT attuned to death metal.
How was the experience of going live for the first time?
I can’t remember much from our first concert apart for some minor details. But I do remember being extremely nervous.
Our first Necrosis concert, was a mixed bag of feelings. First off, I was extremely nervous, so was Max. Our bassist at the went to puke in all his excitement. But when we got halfway into the set, we kicked ass. Blowing off the minds of people in the place, it was an epic sight, the gaping mouths and the confused look in awe. Fun times.
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
Do what you’re best at, and fuck the haters!
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
We have had one epic failure, and a couple of minors not worth mentioning. But the epic failure, was we fucked up in a song, we lost track of it all and just stopped playing. Luckily the audience was good to us, and encourage us to get going again asap, and we just started the song over and nailed it.
If asked to differentiate NECROSIS from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
We work hard on not to have a generic soundscape, that often comes in form of untraditional structure. However, we still work improve ourselves constantly. Most of our music is melody based with few strumming sections, and it’s usually high-speed paced passages. We use programmed drums, so we aren’t limited by the local talents. The vocals are very personal, and doesn’t just to go in the lowest tune, which often seem to be the pissing contest in our local metal community.
The band has seen no any solid change in line up since the formation of the band. Is it because, everyone in the band is doing his job perfectly? How compatible are band members with each other?
There is a sense of synergy in our band, and it’s solidified by our long-last friendship. We have experienced each other in different transitional phases from teenagers to parents, and we still stick together. It’s supported by a strong brotherhood between me and Max, and which Johan ineffably became a part of. We formed our first band, called Alter Ego, where I was the drummer, and Max and Johan on Guitars and vocals. That was back in the late 90’s or early 00’s,
and we had great fun, which really strengthen our bond.
Initially it was only me and Max when we formed Necrosis. Then later we got a good friend, and a very talented bassist, and musician, called Calvin joining us and propelled our ambitions. But Calvin had to move to another country, so he had to leave the band. That’s where we asked Johan to join us again.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from?
We draw inspirations from many bands, so it’s hard to be specific. But we have a lot of artists whom we admire, and draw inspirations from.
Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary) has inspired me to how I write today, but most of my inspirations come from Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) and Glen Benton (Deicide). But Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied) blew my mind in how to reflect on the songs, and of how give them multiple levels.
Max has four, of what he calls archetypes, and they are, Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied), Trey Azathoth (Morbid Angel), Eric Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) and Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah).
Johan names Steve Di Giorgio (Death, Testament) as one of his main influences, also Cameron Grant (Psycroptic) in his “earlier” days.
Which are your favorite local bands?
Phrenelith and Mental Coma.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also, how often do you guys gather altogether just to fun?
We write to all kinds of people who we think will be interested in our music, we make sure people know who we are and how ambitious we are. And at some point, it pays off, but it’s a lot of work.
We hang out when we got the time, but with family, it can be hard to make time. We do, however, meet quite often in our studio to practice or compose, and that’s our fun time. Mostly we just meet together for a concert or a movie, and that’s once a month, or maybe second month.
NECROSIS is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 2 years from now, where do you see yourself?
In the process of making our next album. Maybe we will be on our first European tour. But we will definitely strife to achieve a larger recognition internationally.