Though it may seem a little strange that we are interviewing a band which has no releases so far, we are laying an advanced trust in them and that’s because their MCD “Into The Gory Scripts” -which will be out in May- will undoubtedly be well received by death metal underground.
As this is your first interview, please introduce yourself and give a short history of the band!
“We are Necrovile from Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar) and we are together as a band since 2001. We play and record our music “at home” using a PC and a Marshall amplifier. The first two recorded songs are “Dripping Spleen” and “Extreme Meal Dismemberment” which we self-released only for our friends. During 2002 we had composed another two songs, “Intestinal Feast” and “Unresting Carcass”. At the end of the year we met Mirgilus from “Mirgilus Siculorum Productions” who decided to help us and distribute our music. This spring we recorded all four songs under the name “Into The Gory Scripts”, our second Demo MCD that will be out this month. Well, this is our short history…Hopefully we’ll record at least ten albums from no on !!!”
Where does the name Necrovile come from and what do you want to communicate with it?
Daniel: “Necrovile” is about everything bad and sick that happens in the human mind and in the society. The band title is made up of two words: “necro” which is related to morbidity, to the dark side of everything, and “vile” which means something nasty, repulsive, disgusting. “Necrovile” is about degradation, insanity, murder, death, decay. The band title is like an introduction to the world and atmosphere of our music.”
In your opinion, what chances does a Transylvanian death metal band have on an international level?
Daniel: “I think that our chances to get on the international stage are pretty little. Romania is not a big name in the metal genre, especially in death metal, and it will be hard for us to get there. But if our promotion goes good, then maybe we’ll be lucky and a foreign label will want to help us recording an album outside Romania. From there it will be easy for us to “grow up” because we play good music. All we need is a studio with a professional recording sound.”
Since when have you been making music together? Under what circumstances did you record the Into The Gory Scripts, because it sounds very good?
Daniel: “We play together since 2001, when I and Calin decided to form a death metal band.”
Calin: “We used the computer in recording the “Into The Gory Scripts”, but only as a substitute for a professional studio!! The reason why I’m telling you that is because usually, when people hear that someone recorded something using the computer they immediately start throwing shit on him. The vocals, the bass and the two guitars were recorded separately and mixed together after. As for the drums, I’ve written them note-by-note, until the result was as closest as possible to what I initially had in mind.”
My only problem with this MCD is that you are using a computer instead of drums. Why is that? Don’t you think that a real drum would give a better sound to the whole music?
Daniel: “Yes, a real drum would make our music sound better or at least closer to the original death metal sound, but the problem is that we couldn’t find a fast drummer who would understand this genre. So, instead of a boring unprofessional drums sound we preferred the computer. Anyway, I think we made up a good drums sound which fits to our music.”
If I’m well-informed, you have not given any concerts yet. After the MCD comes out, you will have some concerts. Who will play the drums?
Calin: “It would have been better for us if we could have come out with a drummer, but unfortunately, until we’ll find one we’ll be forced to use the computer drums that we made up for the MCD.”
Tell me something about your lyrics. Are you using the common death metal cliches or the real life experiences?
Daniel: “I write all the lyrics for Necrovile. Like everything else regarding Necrovile, they are sick and gory. All the songs have their own story inspired by the dark and bloody side of reality. They are about insanity, sickness, violence, murders, torture…about that evil part of the human mind always ready to burst into something murderous. I describe acts of killing exploring the entire anatomy of the body and the psychological patterns beneath the human behaviour, in order to mirror the brutality of mankind as clear as possible.”
What do you think about the Romanian metal life (magazines, ‘zines, record labels, etc.)?
Calin: “There have been some changes in the past 10 years regarding the metal life; there are a few people interested in supporting metal in all the media fields, like Mirgilus Siculorum (thanx man! – Mr.M.) and others, and as long as they exist the metal genre will have a future; unfortunately, not all the record labels, magazines and ‘zines are really sincere with the bands and fans.
On the other hand, the death metal stage isn’t so healthy either. We would have loved it to be like, you know, ten times more bands, playing together and supporting each other – a true underground movement. There are a few bands that play quite well, but unfortunately, when it comes to death metal, things are not so bright anymore, because the few so-called ‘brutal’ bands, after releasing a demo they change their style to a more fashionable metal, with female vocals, keyboards and shit like that, most probably due to a more economical way of thinking, ‘cause death metal doesn’t sell! Anyway, we honestly don’t give a fuck, as long as the only reason that we’re playing metal is for our pure fucking pleasure; but don’t misunderstand me, the true metal fans that might enjoy our music are definitely invited to take a closer look!”
I know you are great death metal fans and collectors. Who are your favorites, and if you had the possibility, whom would you choose to play with on a concert?
Daniel: “The first metal bands I first listened to are Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Suffocation, Incantation, Cryptopsy and Broken Hope. Later on I listened to bands from other metal genres, too. Emperor, Immortal, Mayhem, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Sepultura and many others. Actually, I like all metal genres, I listen to everything that comes out. I have a lot of favorite bands: Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Broken Hope, Nile, Immolation, Disgorge, Deeds Of Flesh, Morbid Angel, Aeternus, Fleshgrind…man, I should stop…I love all the good metal bands and I could give hundreds of examples. Anyway, there is one band that made me love metal and influenced me a lot. It’s Cannibal Corpse, the best death metal band ever. When I listen to albums like “Eaten Back to Life” or “Tomb of the Mutilated” (this one really shredded my soul) I feel totally different…It sets me free. It’s the best feeling. To play with Cannibal Corpse on a concert would be…Man, I can’t express it. It would be the best thing that could ever happen to me as a metal fan. Of course, we would like to play with any other metal band from the world, too. I think I’d melt on the stage!”
Calin: “From the whole metal scene, the man that influenced me a lot was Chuck Schuldiner. I guess no one can deny the brilliant ideas from masterpieces like ‘Individual Thought Patterns’, ‘Human’, as well as the other Death albums. Also, one of my favorite bands is the mighty Slayer, who definitely play the truest metal in the whole fucking universe. Other bands that mean a lot to me are Carcass (their ‘Necroticism - …’ is one of the best death metal albums ever), Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Gorefest, Sinister, Monstrosity, Kreator, Obituary, Atheist, Cryptopsy, Benediction, Massacre, Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, Morta Skuld, Brutality, Cynic, Pungent Stench, King Diamond, Pestilence, Kataklysm, Massacra, Suffocation, Sepultura, Vader, Sadus and the list goes on. Opening a concert for any of these bands (the ones that still exist, of course) would be of great pleasure for us, but I guess we should be more realistic; the truth is that opening for any metal band would help us gain experience.”
Victor: “I practicaly grew up with Pink Floyd and Queen, and they still remain two of my favourite bands. Currently I listen to all kinds of music, icluding classical, jazz, blues, rock and metal of all sorts. Because I also started playing guitar, I soon discovered the guitar virtuosos: Satriani, Malmsteen, Petrucci and Chuck Schuldiner. It is the latter which made me explore the grounds of death metal, listening to bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel. As for the concert, to play with a well-known band would mean a lot to me as a guitar player.”
What are your future plans and what do you want to achieve with this MCD?
Daniel: “First of all, we wanna let the metal fans know that we exist, that Romania has a band that plays sick, brutal and gory death metal. This genre is very poor represented in Romania. And there are a lot of death metal fans out there. Just a few people want or “dare” to play death metal in Romania. We hope – if everything goes good with our band – we could encourage or even challenge other death metal bands. On the other hand, we hope that a foreign label will take a closer look to our “Into The Gory Scripts” and help us with the album.”
Thanks for the interview, and if you have anything else to say, please do it here.
Calin: “Support underground music, stay gory! Death metal shall live forever!”
Daniel: “Don’t you ever dare give up on METAl !!! Metal rules !!!”
Victor: “Respect metal and be a loyal fan.”