NECROT was formed in 2011, and after three demos released, the band strikes with the debut full length that broke into the scene like a furious monster. “Blood offerings” has receive great reviews and well deserved acclamation. Chad (drums) gave us more details regarding the band and their Blood Offerings…
All the band members have background in other previous bands, so who was the one behind the idea of forming Necrot?
Luca and Kyle of Acephalix started Necrot. They asked me a few months after if I wanted to try out and that was it.
Which bands would you name as your main Influences? Have the other bands that you guys were/areinvolved helped to influence the current sound of NECROT?
We all have influences from so many different bands. If I listed them all it would take forever. I think if none of us were in bands before we started Necrot we would've had a harder time getting the sound we wanted. We have all been playing for years to get to the playing ability we are at now.
Your debut full-length is receiving lots of positive reviews so far, does this means any kind of pressure?What were your expectations towards the fans and media?
I'm definitely happy about the positive reviews. I think everyone involved with "Blood Offerings" is too. I wasn't sure what to expect when we released the record. I knew it was great and that we put everything we had into the production of it. All that matters is that we were happy with the end result.
How important is the debut full-length, I mean all the recordings are important but the first ones are always something special for the fans, can you think about some debut full lengths that impressed you the most?
I really like Grave's "Into the Grave". Everything about the record is killer. Some other ones would be Terrorizer "World Downfall", Repulsion "Horrified", Convulse "World Without God"
It´s quite unusual these days for a band to record three demos before releasing a full length or an EP, sometimes they release a demo or even sometimes none, but your case is like in the old days, I think it was better before when the bands worked hard to write decent stuff and to be truly prepared to enter a studio and record proper songs, don’t you think?
Yeah I completely agree. Having all these years to get the band where it needed to be was the right way to go. We really had a chance to show people what we were doing so they knew what was coming when we released a proper record. There is no point of rushing anything if it is not the right time. So many bands now just release one demo, make a record, and break up pretty soon after. It's crazy to think how long Necrot has been around and all that we have done before we even made a real record. I think the wait was worth it.
You didn´t re-record any of the demo tracks for the album, so I think you felt like ending a chapter with the demo material, later released as a compilation last year, is that correct? What do you think about “The Labyrinth” compilation?
I would have liked to re-record all the old tracks but at the same time it's good to leave the past behind and move forward. We have played all the demo songs for years now and it is good to finally be playing all the new songs that we have all been waiting years to unleash. "The Labyrinth" Compilation LP was how we always intended those demos to be properly released. We sold out of all those demos very quickly and did not repress them. If you missed out on the original tapes you could get the CD, the LP, or even the compilation cassette. We are extremely thankful that Scotty at Tankcrimes released it for us. It looks and sounds amazing.
I really dig the sound of the album; can you unveil some details about the recording sessions? How involved were the band members in production? Did you have a specific idea of how the album had to sound before entering the studio?
Before we went in the studio we practiced a lot. Even practiced to a metronome to make sure we were solid. The recording started off a little weird. I thought using 16" hi-hats would be a good idea. Three songs in I decided that it sounded bad and had to start all over. We also scrapped the metronome as it was fucking us all up. After that it went pretty smooth. Sonny and Luca both finished their tracks fairly quickly. We spent a good amount of time figuring out the guitar tone for the album. Trying different Amps and pedals and combinations of the two.
In your opinion what are the significant differences in the songs on the album compared to the demo material?
The demo songs and the album songs are pretty similar to our style. The songs on "Blood Offerings" really step it up a notch. I think they show what our band has become over the last six years.
Is difficult to pick up songs of the album as in my opinion it is solid and homogeneous work, but I´d say that “Empty hands” and “Shadows and lights” and the opener “The Blade” are among my faves, can you tell something specific about this songs, music and lyric wise?
All of the songs you picked out were written near the end of the writing process. They are all really great tracks. The Blade I feel is one of the more technical songs we've written. Shadows and Light and Empty Hands follow the usual Necrot formula. As far as lyrics go, I think everyone comes up with their own opinions and interpretation. I will leave it at that.
Tell me your impressions and some details about the cover artwork…
I love it! Marald Van Haasteren is an amazing artist and I'm really happy he agreed to make a cover for us. He took the lyrics and rough tracks of our songs and was able to create something brilliant. His interpretation of "Blood Offerings" is everything I could've wanted.
Now, about your lyrics, what kind of topics is interesting for Necrot members?
We talk about the suffering endured by humanity from birth til death.
What made you sign with Tankcrimes? How the band and the label did come in contact?
We had always known Scotty since we all lived in Oakland. He had shown interest early on by booking us on shows he would set up. He eventually offered to release our compilation LP and we were obviously into it. It was released in early 2016 and it rules!
What´s your opinion on the current death metal scene? Any bands that you feel a particular affinity with? Which bands would you like to share the stage with?
There are a lot of bands forming all the time. Some bands to look out for would be Phrenelith, Skelethal, Fetid, Mortiferum, Regurgitated Guts, Vöyeur, Ascended Dead, Sempiternal Dusk, Shroud of the Heretic, Mortuous, Skeletal Remains, Morfin, Succumb, and Cartilage (SF). Would love to share the stage with Doom, Terrorizer, Morbid Angel, Grave, and Autopsy.
What do you do when you´re not working with the band, do you have jobs, go to pubs, concerts?
We all work and like to spend time with friends and family
What´s the strangest place and the most shocking place you have been?
One of our first shows was in Olympia at the Track House. It was a rad show! A bunch of weird things happened that night. Some dude was on heroin and fell on his head. He was rushed to the hospital. Some girl showed up in black face. There was a rotting deer carcass upstairs. Bunch of people going fucking crazy while we played! Definitely a night not to forget
What has been the best show you have done so far?
I really liked Power of the Riff last year in Los Angeles. I think we played really well and were treated really well by Southern Lord.
Do you, or will you play cover versions live?
Not sure. We have always talked about it but never acted on it.
We will be doing a full US tour for the month of July with our friends from Denmark, Undergang. We will be in Europe for the month of October and are really looking forward to it.
Thanks for your time, the final closing words are up to you…
Thanks for the interview! Be sure to buy the new record and see us when we come to your town!