A sweet little Swedish town called Everöd, located close to the world-famous company “FRIKADÖLLÄ” manufacturing meatballs from horse meat, is the home of a young band that not too long ago released an EP via the small underground label BLOOD HARVEST. Encouraged by the delicious smell arising from the meatball plant day by day these strapping young guys present the kind of Death Metal I last heard from vinyl EP’s in the beginning of the Nineties from their fellow countryfolks NIHILIST, TREBLINKA, GRAVE or NECROPHOBIC. Sebastian (vokills, guitar) gave us some hints on how to prepare some good meatballs…
Hi Sebastian, I am disturbing you doing what? Well, it’s New Year’s Eve (it’s now exactly 5 p.m.) and I’m keeping myself busy with typing some stupid questions for this young Swedish band. The video “Poltergeist 2- The Other Side” is running in the background. Not really one hell of a New Year’s party. As far as I know it is tradition for you Swedish guys to get drunk at a private party drinking beer which is much too expensive. Most likely you did the same. And now you got a bad hangover and are trying to concentrate on this shitty interview.
Haha, well, my New Year’s Eve wasn’t the best either, got drunk (expensively drunk) and stuff but it did not turn out killer. And no, you are not disturbing me at all, because you see I answer this interview on … hmmm … the 13th of January. So I’m doing nothing, it’s late at night and I’m answering your questions you have written to me while being drunk… I don’t even have a hangover since it is Thursday and no pubs or friends will join me for beer.
A couple of months ago I received a flyer for your demo and when a couple of weeks ago I read that you have released an EP, I was gonna send you some money to order it. But your label Blood Harvest was quicker and sent me a promo CDR of the “Chants of Grim Death”-EP. This is Rodrigo’s (Blood Harvest) first release, however, he has already published some stuff from RETALIATION and REGURGITATE under the label name Putrid Filth Conspiracy. How did you guys get in touch with Rodrigo?
Yes, this is Rodrigo’s first release as a Death Metal label. But yes, I think he has released some Death Metal before. He still runs Putrid Filth too. They release punk/hardcore and stuff like that. Actually we did not get in touch with Rodrigo, he contacted us, bought our demo and was interested in releasing a 7”, so were we.
I know there’s nothing more boring than telling somebody else about your band history, however, I have to ask you to tell us how you guys met and how the band got started?
I really hope we survive as a band for a couple of years so we don’t have to answer this goddamn question in every fukk’n interview!!! Because it is a boring story to tell, and probably to read … well, well, got a beer in your right hand and your reading glasses on? Here it goes…
Me and Bünger started to rehearse some songs in late 2001. After rehearsing about 5 times we hit the studio just to record what could be the grounds of a new band. Stupid as we are we released the Death Metal we recorded under the silly name “Das über Evils”. We recruited our good friend Cliff to play bass and Bünger’s friend (who became our friend…) Robert was asked to play the second guitar. Well there we were with a silly band name and no vocalist, since Bünger did not want to sing and play drums live or rehearsing. Everything fukked up after trying to record a demo (unreleased) with me on vocals in summer 2003. So we just shaped up, made better songs, I learned how to play and sing at the same time somewhat more controlled and we recorded “Ovations to Putrefaction” and changed our name to the sweet sounding NECROVATION! The present situation is that we are now a 3-piece, since Robert is no longer in the band. No need to make a longer story of it.
Have you played in any other bands before NECROVATION was formed?
The only one worth mentioning is “Das über Evils”, Death Metal as well, turned out to be the grounds of NECROVATION. Been in some projects, nothing to exciting to mention.
Your first demo “Ovations to Putrefaction” was recorded in 2003, how many copies have you sold so far? Is there a chance that this material might be released on vinyl?
“Ovations…” is released in two editions, 100 copies per edition. All of them are gone now. Yes, maybe in the future the demo will be out on vinyl. No real hard plans to mention right now. Hello Mr. Anastasis…
I really don’t know much about Sweden. Sounds to me, that Everöd is some kind of little hicktown. In which part of Sweden is it?
Everöd is a shitty little community in Southern Sweden. With 20 kilometers to the nearest major city, Kristianstad. As stated on the flyers for “Ovations to Putrefaction”: “Swedish death, southern blood…”.
You guys still look pretty young, so I assume you must be around 20 years of age? What’s the reason for the fact that so many young bands from Sweden are into this old school stuff? By now there are lots of young bands, like you for example or VERMINOUS or also REPUGNANT, who are playing this old style from the beginning of the Nineties. You cannot ignore influences of old Swedish precursors such as GROTESQUE, NIHILIST or ABHOTH and US-Death Metal bands like SADISTIC INTENT. When and how did you start being interested in these bands? Sure, you can read old fanzines and download old demos from the internet, but still nowadays it is pretty unusual that in a time of US-Gefröggel or metalcore there are people who are into these old Death Metal bands. I hope you are aware of the fact, that you will never have as many groupies as IN FLAMES though?
I am 21, Cliff is 22, Bünger 20, I don’t know why metal bands tend to be young, maybe cause in 10 years one’s life will be different. Now it’s all about slacking and boozing and playing/listening to metal, but I think there is a lot of young bands out there, not just in Sweden. But maybe a lot of “young” old school is coming from Sweden nowadays. But NIHILIST/ENTOMBED were really young as well, and all the Stockholm Death Metal bands in the late 80’ies and early 90’ies too, a tradition?
Yes, but REPUGNANT is not a young band if you ask me. VERMINOUS and we are the same age and from the same area.
When I first got in touch with metal like when I was 11-13 it was all about IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, SEPULTURA. It was only maybe a year from when we recorded our first Death Metal attempt that I started listening to old school death bands. Started out on ENTOMBED and worked my way up, or should I say down?
If you ask me enough people are into the underground and old school scene. These people are not interested in the silly metalcore music with frog vocals mixed with ultra Christian choir vocals in the chorus, which is music for the masses today. So I won’t get to fuck as many 14 year old girls as IN FLAMES, but who cares, I/we am/are so much cooler than them anyway…
Which bands would you list when it comes to your most important influences?
NIHILIST/ENTOMBED, MERCILESS, CELTIC FROST, MORBID, REPUGNANT, AUTOPSY, when it comes to soundwise for me and my share of influences to NECROVATION. But also big inspiration from bands like SEPULTURA, SLAYER, KAAMOS, ANGELCORPSE, REPULSION, POSSESSED, MORTEM, THRONEUM, DEATH, and of course BLACK SABBATH and SABBAT!
On your EP you covered MERCILESS’ legendary song “Pure Hate”. Very good job, you really covered this in a fantastic way! MERCILESS has been back for a while, but their new album couldn’t really convince me. What’s your opinion on the new album, would you have done a cover version from this one as well?
No, I would not want to cover a MERCILESS song from the new album, totally boring to cover a song from 2003 anyway. The “s/t” comeback album from 2003 is pretty good if you ask me, although there are some songs they could have taken off the track list. Some of the songs have riffs in them that echo “The Awakening” which is cool. But their best release is still without doubt “The Awakening”. I saw them live and then I saw the new live DVD, maybe it was after that I started to like the new “s/t” album more and more. But it’s great that Stipen is back on drums, I will buy the next album if there will be one.
As a matter of fact I think that almost all bands who used to be a figurehead for Swedish Death Metal nowadays release a lot of garbage. UNLEASHED and GRAVE are headlining this list of pure shit albums. I don’t like DISMEMBER’s “Where Ironcrosses Grow” that much either. And my opinion on BLOODBATH is another different story. Young bands like you guys have to come and show those old bastards how to play real Sweden Death Metal. What do you think is the reason for this loss of spirit within the old bands? It can’t be alcohol, I bet you guys drink lots as well.
We play what they started out to play, maybe they can be inspired by the underground again? GRAVE is not GRAVE without Jörgen! And their new or shall we say comeback album seems to be more about fat sound than brilliant songwriting. DISMEMBER has done some cool death metal but maybe a bit boring in the end, almost the same drum pace and almost the same sound on every release. What surprised me with “Where Iron…” was the obvious AUTOPSY influence and even a new act like KAAMOS was traceable.
Now for what could have caused this…hmmm, being fathers and having to change diapers, and wifebeating is still a crime… But I guess to be diplomatic, bands change, get fed up with doing the same thing, well, except DISMEMBER who seem to be hanging on to their concept. But is it good or bad to do the same thing over and over again to please the fans? I don’t know. But it hurts a little when a good band does a wimpy record. For instance, ENTOMBED’s “Inferno”, what the fuck was that about? Let us know when we start to sound boring so we can end ourselves…
Were the songs really recorded in your rehearsal room? Sounds pretty good for that! Did you mix it by computer?
The demo (“Ovations to Putrefaction”) was recorded very primitive in our rehearsal room with only 2 channels for the drums (which means low abilities to mix). Our 7” EP (“Chants of Grim Death”) was recorded on Cliff’s homestudio equipment (in various quite odd places, like the drums were recorded in an elementary school gym, haha!). Also pretty primitive. 8 channels wired straight into his PC. So 7 channels of drums and one sloppy guitar is recorded first, then the overdubs can begin … So yes, our recordings are recorded in our rehearsal room, and some things on the 7” in other places since we left our rehearsal we had at that moment while recording “Chants…” It was all a bloody mess!
I have often heard that it’s not very easy to have concerts in Sweden. Either there is not enough audience or all visitors are musicians themselves and all they do is watch what the people on stage are doing, so there is not really a good party atmosphere. Is that true? What about you guys, have you performed live a lot? And since I’m a nosy journalist, also tell me which bands you shared the stage with?
The gig situation over here is no good. And why people are attending concerts like you say is probably because they are 14 and not drunk, haha … But a lot of shows here is “no drugs” shows you see. Sure there are places to gig, but then you have to go up the country a bit. But no “real” metalhead wimps out when attending concerts with bands you like, if the neck and throat and hangover doesn’t kill you the day after, then it was no show to talk about … front row banger!!!
NECROVATION has a really short live history. But a good one, we have only done one gig so far … crappy but true. But that gig was great, loud and messy with evil drinking afterwards! We did a show with VERMINOUS in April 2004. Cool to play with them since we know each other and had been talking about it. The party afterwards lasted until 09 or 10 in the morning the day after! We just started to rehearse again now in December, after recording “Chants of Grim Death” we had no rehearsal room, so we could not gig either, shitty situation, but we’re back on track now.
he cover for your EP was done by that little gay French guy Nathaniel from Mutilating Prozess Zine. I didn’t know yet that this guy has painting skills. What was the reason for having him design your cover? So, it looks like that little slob is also running around at Swedish gangbang homo parties, huh?
Well, after having read Mutilating Process Zine # 1 and # 2 with his evil drawings and cool interviews it was an easy choice to make when he offered his services.
When he lived in Norway I think he attended some Swedish events. Maybe you could invite him and me to your bratwurst country, I’ll hold the cam steady while Nathaniel penetrates … what say you? Or are you the dominant male in all your homosexual relationships?
So, what’s up next after this brilliant EP? Are there any plans for a full length album yet?
As we have signed no papers yet it’s maybe too early to tell. But yes, there are plans to do one release more and then probably a full length. We will announce this as soon as the deal gets done. Our stinking webpage is were you can keep yourself updated. Probably a new NECROVATION release in the first half of ’05 … stay tuned.
Alright Sebastian, you have almost made it through this bullshit. It’s almost midnight now and that shows you how slow I am in typing and that I urgently need to get outside to fire off at least a few firecrackers. Thank you for answering my questions. I hope to be able to listen to some new NECROVATION stuff on my stereo soon. It’s a tradition in the Necromaniac Zine to state your present top ten albums, so please do so! And then get your ass into bed!
Ok, good that you say “present” top ten albums, cause then I’ll just write down my ten current most played albums cause the permanent top ten would take me some serious fucking thinking man...Here it goes:
1 CAULDRON BLACK RAM – Skulduggery
2 PENTACLE – Rides the Moonstorm
3 DARK ANGEL – Leave Scars
4 SEPULTURA – Schizofrenia
5 ANGELCORPSE – The Inexorable
6 MORTEM – The Devil Speaks in Tongues
7 OBITUARY – The End Complete
8 TIAMAT – Sumerian Cry
9 KAAMOS – “s/t”
10 All fucking REPUGNANT releases!!! (Well, except the full length which sadly never seems to come…)
Ok, now my ass should really get itself to bed, the chair I have been sitting on started to grow inside my ass, fucking scary. Ok man, thanks for your interest in our band, your stereo will probably be fed some brutal evil old school death metal in a not too faraway future. Thanks and cheers! See you in the red light districts of Hamburg, Clit Commander… /Seb
c/o A. Bünger
297 72 Everöd