Attention, all diehard metalfreaks
out there! Here comes some tasty reading, concerning The Swedish Deathsters
Necrophobic. The chosen and honoured one to be in metalcovenant.coms examination
chair is Necrophobics vocalist and bassplayer, Tobias Sidegård,
who will give us some information about the bands latest release: the
Tim: Hello Tobias. Your latest release,
Bloodhymns has been out for a while now. Can you tell us something
about what Necrophobic have been up to since the release?
Chris: A couple of minor gigs here and there,
a smaller tour in Poland and a 3 week Europeean headlining tour. The
last one of these were cool to do, thou we didnt know exactly
were we stand. I mean would Necrophobic manage a project like that.
Fortunately it all turned out really great!. Both financial and musical.
And then we had this invitation to play at Wacken 02 also, witch
was booth flattering and challengin. Damn, what cool it was to play
for such a big audience!
Tim: Your label change, from Black Mark
to Hammerheart Rec. Any comments regarding this?
Tim: Correct me if I´m wrong but isn´t
Bloodhymns a kind of concept album? With its story
flowing bloodred in its veins?
Tim: Through the years Necrophobic has went
through several changes in the line-up. If you go back to the times of
Spawned By Evil, there is only you and Joakim Sterner left
of the original army. Anything to say about this to our readers?
Chris: Thats correct. We have always
had some problems with our guitarists. But our current line-up feels
very comfortable and I can almost promise that it will be permanent.
But you never know, guitarists are very strange kind of people, hehe!
Tim: Back to Bloodhymns. Anything
to say about the recording/production? As well as The Third Anti-Christ
it is recorded in Sunlight with Thomas Skogsberg. I´m not alone
when I think that Bloodhymns has a much more heavier sound
than your previous albums. The secret behind this?
Chris: The secret is money, experience and
a very commited Thomas Skogsberg. We simply gave it all to be a Crusher
production. It was hard work as hell and resulted in many strenous,
late nights. Of course, in the end it was worth it and we are to 99%
satisfied with the album.
Tim: The band is quite productive, I mean
everyone in the band seem´s to be writing songs. I think that a
result of that could be an album with very different musical material.
But in my opinion Bloodhymns consists of songs with a musical
red line through the whole album. Any comments?
Chris: We have a very clear picture regarding
the sound, what Necrophobic stands for and how we will perform it.
We would never let a member steer away the ship and do some girlie
music or a Pink Floyd mid-part. In Necrophobic, that would certainly
result in a shoot through the
neck! (a warning shoot goes out to Tobias companions! /red.)
Tim: I wouldnt accuse Necrophobic
of being a political band. What´s the inspiration to
your Necrophobic lyrics?
Tim: I must mention the fourth track on
Bloodhymns, namely Shadowseeds (one of my absolute
fave tracks on the album /red.) It is based upon a guitar melody,
that wont go out of my mind - of course thats no problem with that!
A very dark and melancholy atmosphere through the song. Personal thoughts
about this song and can you name other personal favourites?
Chris: Shadowseeds is very cool
song. Particular when we play it live, it has a better flow when we
perform it now, than during the recording sessions. If I recall it
right, that was the last song we rehearsed before entering the studio.
The song is a hymn to you, me and all other shadowseeds out there.
Out of the womb we shall burst to take over the earth.
Other favourites on the latest album are Roots Of Heldrasil
and Dreams Shall Flesh. I actually think that all the
songs are great on this album and that this album does not have a
weak link compared
to our earlier albums.
Tim: Now, how is it on the inspiration/influences
front? Any good bands that sticks out and have been of importance for
Necrophobic through the
years? Recalled your tributes to bands as Slayer and Bathory.
Chris: Thats right! Slayer, Bathory,
Morbid Angel and Death has ment much for us. But it was more in the
beginning, when we were in the procedure of creating our own sound
(which they really succeded with/red).
Nowadays I think that Necrophobic has it own style and sound, and
a little own place in the mighty world of metal. But of course, unconcious
we get influences from the music we listen to daily.
Tim: Can you tell something about the nearest
time for Necrophobic? Festivals, upcoming tours?
- Chris: Yes, in
the end of July we hit off to Mexico on a mini-tour! It would be cool
to meet some Azteces, buy some speers and other stuff. The rest of the
year will be still I think. We will focuse on our next album, and we
are now working on new material.
Tim: Well, well - everything has an end
and this interview is no exception..Tobias, can you finish with some nasty
details that have happened on tour? Unleash hell and shock the readers!
- Chris: Unfortunately
I cant say what I first came to think of
That wouldnt be
lojal to a certain, dear bandmember! Thats a thing that we can
take over a beer (dont think we are talking in singular
form here..hm /red.) instead, Timmy. Otherwise
I think we are quite boring when we are out on tour. Spending the time
much for ourselfs and charging for the shows. It takes a lot of strength
to perform live in our way, one hour each day. But we have done some
juicy performances in front of twenty paying Slovaks
That makes you wonder a bit what your actually are doing...At last I
want to exhort all the cool hardrockers out there to buy our latest
album, Bloodhymns. And if you are short of money, you can
always download it somewhere on the net. This is a record that we are
very proud of and it is worth listening to. Hopefully, we can come and
play in your town and make some Chaos and Disorder!!! Hell Oden! Hell
Tim: Chaos and disorder....well thank you,
Tobias and the rest of the Necrophobic squad for this information! And
good luck in the future of world
domination in our world of Metal!