INTERVIEW: Necrophobic

Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m fine, thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your single “The Infernal Depths of Eternity”?

It is the second single and also second video of the new album and a part of the concept album Dawn of the Damned

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Well, this is a concept album, where the text and story begin with the song “Darkness Be My Guide” and ends with “Devil’s Spawn Attack,” so every lyric is a part of an entire story and fits together. Like a book, from start to end. The event, as you call it, is something that has been written down by Sebastian (Lead & Rhythm guitar) and is a recollection of something that he really experienced during a period when he was working and investigating the depths of magic, in an order here in Stockholm during the ‘90s.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We have made three videos, all very different from each other. The first one, “Mirror Black” is the most professional one, since it’s a traditional video with a video director and a video producer. As it was in the middle of the COVID-19 period, each and every member was shot separately. We have worked with that director twice before with promotional videos, so everything went smoothly and everyone was professional when it was time to film and play.

The second video was “The Infernal Depths of Eternity,” which is a new and an untried idea for us, since none of us figures in the video. It’s 100% animated. We gave him the song and the lyrics to it and also, except for that lyric in particular, told him the full story and concept of the album.

The third video was “Devil’s Spawn Attack,” which also was a new and an untried idea for us, but we have always had that idea in our minds. It’s a sort of documentary-type of video. It’s built on personal video footage from the studio where we recorded the album.

The singles come off your new album Dawn of the Damned – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s a concept album, built of real experiences and visions while doing magic.

How was the recording and writing process?

Both the processes were very different this time compared to how we usually do it. The writing was not done at our rehearsal studio as most have been done in the past, or in the very past, to be clearer. Nowadays, most of us have professional studio and recording equipment at home, so this time it was written, recorded and presented with pre-production demos to show the rest of the band the idea for a new song. When it then came to the recording of the album in the studio, we didn’t book studio time for every day, 2 weeks in a row, to spend there to record all the stuff between business hours. Together with the producer, we booked time individually to record our parts. It was more time efficient and suited us best this time around.

After 30+ years on the scene and with tastes changing even within the Death Metal circuit and with many bands failing to stay so long – what would you say has been the key to your success?

Our fans still love what we do! They still like our music after all these years, which gives us energy to continue. It’s really fans that decide if it’s a success or not. It also gives us proof that what we like to hear is the same as what our fans want to hear. We have stayed true to what we believe is good music and the fan base has been growing year by year. 

Speaking of past decades – what made you want to go for a much 80s direction with this record?

Our heroes and inspiration came from back then and later on in that decade, when we formed this band. Our live show is based upon what we saw our heroes do on stage. To give you an example—we looked at W.A.S.P. and were blown away to see their energy onstage and the visual image of their shows. We did not look at bands in light blue jeans and T-shirts, just standing there, with zero expression in their act or faces.

You’ve called this your most imaginative album to date – could you elaborate?

Well, the songs on the new album are, in a way, very like the songs on our last album, which was our biggest success in our career so far. But the new songs also differ a bit, as in not being as “easy” to get a grip on at the first listen. If you take our last album, but add more drama to them, add layers and details that you maybe don’t hear on the first listen – then there you have our new album! It demands more of you. Listen to it a couple of times to find all that stuff in there, to fully understand the album, and it will get to your heart.

With the great success from your previous work – did you feel any pressure when putting this album together or rather the opposite?

I would lie to you if I say that we didn’t feel any pressure, but at the same time, we do as we always do—write songs we like ourselves. We, of course, waited with anticipation to read and hear the feedback from our fans when we released our first single and video for Dawn of the Damned.

What role does Sweden play in your music?

I guess everything. We can not explain it of course and many of our colleagues in other bands, in metal or in any other genre, have been asked the same question. ABBA got it already in the ‘70s, for example. The simplest way to answer it is to explain that half of the year, it’s dark and cold here in Sweden.

Known for your lyrics about evil, darkness, anti-Christianity and Viking mythology – did you get to touch on some of these themes or you actually get to touch on other topics?

I would go as far as to say that Viking stuff doesn’t really have anything to do with this band. We may have touched on it once, but it’s not really a topic or theme we continuously write lyrics about. Sweden is a de-Christianized country. And all of us in this band grew up with the fascination for the dark, occult and evil, through movies, books and music. Some of us are more experienced with those topics and we started already from day 1 of this band to write lyrics about it and we also think it fits our music the best.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We also get ideas from our not so normal brains and dreams.

What else is happening next in NECROPHOBIC’s world?

As the world is what it is right now, I’m afraid that I cannot tell what comes next. When the pandemic is over, we will be prepared to go out on the roads again, to meet our fans again! Soon, I hope.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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