|Interview by Burt Wolf with Rob Elliott, vocalist & guitarist of NECRODEMON.
Interview done July 27th, 2007.
NECRODEMON HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1998. CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE
BAND UP TO THIS POINT?
After LORDES WERRE (my old band broke up we started in 1998 & recorded our first demo in 1999. Since
then we have played so many shows over the years & recorded quite a few releases. We have always strived to
be original, different than the norm & most important as dark & as dangerous a band as possible. 1999 saw our
first album. 2003 saw "ALLEGIANCE TO THE END". 2006 brought about "ICE FIELDS OF HYPERION". We
are proud as hell of our albums & they all stand on their own two feet. We are not drones. The Necro tribe
follows no one.
WHO OR WHAT HAS INFLUENCED YOU IN MUSIC & LIFE IN GENERAL?
Metal music has always influenced us. We tend to stay with the dark underground bands. We love the 90's Black
Metal, the 80's Thrash & various Death Metal bands. We do hate Power Metal & clean vocals though. If it has
keyboards, we don't want to hear it! We are also influenced by horror films & novels. Anything scary & to do
with the night. Beer is a pretty big influence on us as well! Ha Ha.
WHY WAS THE NAME
NECRODEMON CHOSEN AS THE
The name NECRODEMON was just
blurted out one night at practice & we
loved it so much it stuck. We had been
throwing around names with the word
"demon" in them & that was the one that
was best. It simply means the Demon
Of Death. We thought it fit well with our
mean ass attitudes & our style of music.
It creates a ghastly tale.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE & SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HAS YET TO
Well as I said, we are influenced by all of those so yes we do incorporate them into the music. We have nailed
our style down to "Ripping Black Death". Our sound is no sound. We sound different on each song & album, but
keeping the whole idea of NECRODEMON intact. We do this to keep it from getting boring & stagnant. We
Thrash, we do Black, we do Death. We have kept up this combination over the years to show & prove we have
allegiance to the end! We all work very hard to better ourselves on our instruments & with our writing. An evil
concoction of Metal.
THE NEWEST ALBUM OF YOURS I HAVE IS "ICE FIELDS OF HYPERION". HOW WELL HAS THIS
ALBUM BEEN DOING FOR YOU GUYS IN THE UNDERGROUND SCENE? WHAT HAS THE
RESPONSE BEEN LIKE?
This was our first concept album. We are damn proud of it forever. The response has been great. In the
underground we have had a lot of success with it. I am not sure that this album is for everyone as it is very dark
& very cold. Some people will not understand it. But that's ok. We target our audience to the true underground
Metal head bastards just like us! This album took a lot of hard work & dark soul to put out. NECRODEMON had
to prove something with "...HYPERION" & we all feel we did. Meet us in the ice fields if you dare!
OPEN GRAVE RECORDS RELEASED THIS CD. HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED UP WITH JAMES &
OPEN GRAVE? HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM?
James from OPEN GRAVE found us on myspace. The conversations begun there. Working with OPEN
GRAVE has been great. They have got the NECRODEMON name out there pretty well. A lot more than we
could have done by ourselves. I am looking forward to the new distribution they are working on. We played a
few shows out in their area & it was beer drinking Black Metal times. We also will be releasing a few more things
with them. James & Megz will tell you we are all bastards, but they love us!
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE COVER ARTWORK A BIT & WHO DID IT?
The cover is a scene from the cold dark place of Hyperion. The art was done by myself, our drummer Chuck &
a friend of the band. We all sat in front of the computer & listened to Metal, drank Heineken & worked on it. We
love the album cover. It has got a lot of compliments. It had to entail the concept of the album & we think it
does. A cold scene for a cold album.
NECRODEMON COVERS A LOT OF
STYLES & YOUR LYRICS FOLLOW
THIS SAME PATH. WHAT IS SOME OF
THE LYRICAL CONTENT IN YOUR
Well, with "...HYPERION" they all involve
aspects of cold & winter. Our other albums
cover rape, murder, death, darkness, tombs,
Cthulu, termination, evil women, war & so
on. The whole idea of NECRODEMON cover
as much ground as possible while staying true
to our dark black ways. Usually every song is
it's own story. I write most of the lyrics, but
not all of them, & I never want to repeat
myself or copy other bands. NECORDEMON
will always be it's own entity. It will stand on
it's own two hooves!!!
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU GUYS HAVE PROGRESSED OR IMPROVED SINCE YOUR 1999
"DEADLY DEMO" UP TO "ICE FIELDS OF HYPERION"?
We have all gotten better on our instruments. We got a lot faster as well. Our writing has improved 10 fold. Our
live show has improved so much. We actually are best when you see us on stage. The dark madness comes out
& the energy is there. The zombies dance on parade!
YOU HAVE A NEW ALBUM OUT NOW CALLED "SEVER OF THE DAMNED". CAN YOU TELL US A
LITTLE ABOUT THIS ALBUM?
Well is not an album. It is a collection of songs that we have recorded over the years that we saved for
something else. These songs will appear on different releases. I don't want to say too much here as it will all
unfold soon! The night of NECRODEMON is coming!
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR OTHER RELEASES?ARE THEY STILL AVAILABLE &
WHERE CAN WE FIND THEM?
All of our material is available through us. Look on www.NECRODEMON.com & they are all there.
"HAUNTED EONS" is our first album. It is very thrashy & very old school. It is an evil album. "ALLEGIANCE
TO THE END" was our second album. This album is what truly began to define us as a band. The title says it all.
It has a lot of Death Metal magic to it.
YOU DID A VIDEO FOR THE SONG "FEED THE WORMS". CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS VIDEO
This was a lot of evil fun. We set it all up in a warehouse & had Leonard Wilkes from 8MM STUDIOS do this.
We all just wanted a dark grungy production that would look old & from the 80's. Our drummer chose that song
because it lent itself to the footage we wanted to put out. Which wine to serve with such a sickening stew?
DO YOU GUYS PLAY OUT A LOT? WHERE
ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU'VE
PLAYED? WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS
YOU'VE SHARED THE STAGE WITH?
We have played a million shows! We have been in
In, Mi, IL, Ct, Pa, Mn, Oh, & Wi. We play large
cities & small ones. We have played with
EXODUS, CELTIC FROST, SUMMON,
CRYPTIC, MOONSPELL, FULL BLOWN
CHAOS, SKULLVIEW, THE CHASM,
PSYCHOMANCER, GARDY LOO & tons of
other bands. We'd love to go overseas. We just
want to spread the infection of NECRODEMON
across the planet!
ARE THERE ANY INTERESTING LIVE STORIES OR OTHER BAND STORIES YOU COULD SHARE
Well, let's see. Naked women, a lot of alcohol consumption, puking, police, trouble, fights, practical jokes & all
that. I know jail is no fun. Chuck & I have been at some PSYCHOMANCER parties & woke up in some pretty
fucked up situations! Ha Ha. During the "HAUNTED EONS" days, we were all seriously out of control. Jeremy,
our bassist was doing some pretty heavy shit back then. There was a lot of grave & church desecration back
then. If you read the lyrics to "Rape", these were my pre-meditation to something I really was going to do to one
of my ex-girlfriends. Chuck is a riot to be around at shows. Crazy.
NECRODEMON IS GOING TO APPEAR ON A SLAYER TRIBUTE ALBUM. WHAT SONG ARE YOU
DOING & IS THERE ANY OTHER INFO YOU CAN GIVE ON THIS?
We are doing "Black Magic". We chose this song because we love it & we wanted to stay true to old SLAYER.
The tribute is coming out in November or December of 2007. It is put out by the Russian SLAYER fan club.
THE FILM SONS OF PERDITION WILL FEATURE SOME NECRODEMON MUSIC. CAN YOU TELL
US HOW YOU GOT HOOKED UP WITH THIS FILM? WHO IS DOING IT & WHAT IS THE FILM
We hooked up with Richard Chandler because he made the video commercial for OPEN GRAVE RECORDS.
The film is basically an underground movie about the devil possessing a house in Boston & all the fucked up shit
that happens. It is kind of a sequel to his earlier film Our Kingdom Come.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO HAVE YOU
CURRENTLY BEEN LISTENING TO?
For the most part we only listen to Death, Black & Thrash. There are a few things also listen to though. BLACK
SABBATH was always a great one. Old ALICE COOPER & old KISS. Joe Satriani & Steve Vai are good
influences. As far as what we currently listen to: ANGELCORPSE, IMMOLATION, VADER, BLACK
WITCHERY, NECROPHAGIST, GOREAPHOBIA, MORBID, old MAYHEM, not the new crap, MORBID
ANGEL, IMMORTAL. Jeremy listens to pretty much all the 80's Thrash Metal. Chuck listens to a lot of Black
Metal on vinyl. I myself listen to both & 90's Death Metal. I also still like KING DIAMOND & old MERCYFUL
FATE. BEHEMOTH is cool too.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU THINK PEOPLE
WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT
That I have six years of college under my belt.
Two years in video production & four years in
design & web design. For Jeremy, he has five
children & still holds it all together to do
NECRODEMON. For Chuck, as much bullshit he
has had to deal with personally over the years that
he has not murdered someone yet.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT
Our new material is really kicking ass. We've
taken our music to a new black chapter.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING NOW THAT
Actually I was at work before this interview. Afterwards, I am going over to the studios to put the songs we just
recorded onto the computer & begin mixing them down. Hopefully to create a dark cellar of haunting melodies.
THANX A LOT FOR ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS. FEEL FREE TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE
YOU'D LIKE TO FINISH!
Thanks for the interview Burt. Stay true to the Metal. Allegiance to the end is a life code, not a joke. Check out
our site & www.OPENGRAVERECORDS.com. Thanks to all who support us. Brothers in Blood!