Necrovore needs no introduction to most people into underground metal. With a single 4-song demo, this band changed forever the face and sound of what was to become known as 'Black / Death Metal' and influenced countless bands of imitators around the world. The fact that four guys from Texas could influence a generation of 'extreme' musicians is amazing, but what is even more amazing is that practically nothing is known about the band and it's members. Virtually no photographs or video exists of this band which is notoriously protective of it's image and legacy. We recently had the opportunity to interview two members of Necrovore and delve a little bit into the philosophy behind the band and its music.
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TMU: Who were the
original members of
The original members were: Jon
DePlachett- Vocals/Guitar, Ross Stone- Bass, Scott Humphrey- Guitar, Scott
original members of
anyone besides Jon DePlachett play in any local bands before forming
Ross Stone: Not really. We
all had stints with 'garage bands' but nothing that was serious. Jon was
the only established personality in the beginning.
Bjorn Haga: I played in a band
called Obsessed Death with Ross Stone on bass. I also played in a local
TMU: Do you
recall the year and month of the first
Bjorn Haga: I do not remember
the actual first
TMU: Who was the
principal songwriter for the band?
is easy, Jon was. Jon wrote the
music for the original demo single-handedly.
I had a hand in the lyrics and we all kicked in with inputs to the songs;
however, Jon was the principal songwriter.
wrote the first four original songs. Everything
after that has been written from input from all band members, including current
TMU: At the time
had the music on our original 4 track demo ready before Morbid Angelís
release; therefore they were not an influence on any of our music, nor did they
influence our band concept. One
thing to keep in mind is that our original demo was old material, it just
wasnít released earlier. By the
time we released our demo, we had enough new material ready for an album.
Not only do I reject Morbid Angel as an influence, there was quite a bit
of conflict between Morbid Angel and
wouldn't say that Morbid Angel's 'Abominations...' was a serious influence
outside of a competitive one. Our
main influences would have to be from Possessed and Bathory, with good doses of
Destruction and Kreator. There are
also many many more but those seem to stick in my head.
TMU: About how
many shows did
Ross Stone: Not enough, I really loved to do shows. Playing live is very addictive.
cannot recall at this time, there were a handful.
We played shows that we knew would
help promote the band instead of playing out just to play live.
we did. We played with some of
what I recall, the show with Syranax and Devastation never materialized.
We did indeed play a show later on with Devastation.
As I said before, Militia opened up for us on our initial show.
As for other bands I cannot recall any of them.
TMU: What were
your thoughts on the
the time we considered the
TMU: Around the
time of the original demo's release there were talks of a tour with Morbid
Angel. Was this actually in the works and why didnít it ever happen?
were only talks at the time of touring with Morbid so we could blow them off the
stage. I suppose that it never came
to be because they knew who the better band was.
TMU: There were also rumors of a planned LP on Combat Records. How involved were the talks and did you ever see a contract?
Ross Stone: We never saw a contract.
Combat was not signing bands at the time when we started looking to be
picked up. So talks never got far
TMU: How did New
Renaissance Records hear about
contacted us. I am not sure how they
first heard of us.
think Ann Bolyn got a tape of ours through Wild Rags records or something to
that nature. They contacted us, we
did not contact them.
TMU: Were there
any other labels showing interest in a
any major or substantial labels.
None that we thought were reputable.
TMU: Early on
there were problems finding a stable lineup. At one point Devastation
drummer Louie Carrizales was reportedly in the band. Did
Ross Stone: Louie was never in the band. I have no idea where this came from.
was during a transitional period after the initial disbanding.
We did a couple of rehearsals with Louie in 1997.
Nothing came out of it.
amazing. I still run into people who
have heard about us and sometimes they even have old demos!
Just the other day one of the guys I work with brought his teenage son in
to work with him. When he introduced
me the kid stops and says ďRoss
think it is totally incredible that we influenced as many as we have.
How would you feel if 15-16 years after a demo was released that you see
your band as a major influence for bands that you once looked up to
(specifically speaking of a conversation I had with Schmier of Destruction in
2000) as well as seeing Marduk and Emperor say similar things.
We knew that we were onto something at the time but maybe we were not
mature enough to contain what it was. That was why we decided to lay it
down until we knew how to control it correctly.
This is why we have decided to pick up the mantle again.
The Recorded Legacy
TMU: Where was the
original Ďofficialí demo recorded? Was it a Ďrehearsalí tape as
many assume or was it recorded in a professional studio?
was more than a rehearsal tape and a bit less than professional.
We recorded the demo ourselves. A
friend of the band, Walter Carter, ran the soundboard and mixed it.
We used an old 4 track machine, an assortment of microphones, and our own
effects to capture the essence of
The official demo was recorded in the rehearsal room.
We had a mutual friend who had a mobile 16 track studio come in and
record it live with minor overdubs for leads and vocals.
TMU: How was the
eerie intro that preceded Mutilated Death recorded? Could you give us a
translation of the Latin spoken section?
Ross Stone: The intro was produced using a chord bender. The Latin was our own creation.
Bjorn Haga: Jon and Walter Carter created the intro music. They did it in utmost secrecy even from the rest of the band. As for the Latin, it is an incantation of Blackdeath that Jon created.
There are quite a few additional songs from that time frame.
Songs that were recorded for a second demo were entitled Chaotic
Malevolence, Demented Evil, Treacherous Abominations (Imminent Possession), and
Defilation of Souls. There are
several more new songs that we have since written but I will not divulge the
TMU: The song
ĎSlaughtered Remainsí was re-recorded for the New Renaissance Records
compilation Satanís Revenge. Why was it re-recorded and where was this
was re-recorded because that is what the label asked us to do for that comp.
We recorded it again in the rehearsal room using Walter Carter and
Blaspheme Studios again.
TMU: It was long
rumored that a cleaner, Ďstudio qualityí version of the original demo was
recorded and never released. Does this version of the demo still exist in
the bandís archives?
was a cleaner version. We decided to
re-record the demo at a professional studio in order to give fans a better copy
of our old material; however, Walter didnít oversee the recording and the
studio technician who did had no idea of how a Black Death Metal band sounded.
He cleaned up the recording so much that it lost its soul.
Try as we might, we couldnít seem to make it right.
I donít know if a copy still exists. I really donít care.
I donít like the soulless recording.
If you want to get an idea of Necrovore,
stick with the original demo.
Yes. And no, it will never be released to anyone so please do not ask.
TMU: Were any
additional songs ever recorded besides the original four?
Ross Stone: Somewhere there should be a complete album worth of songs out there. It would have to be re-recorded by now.
there was an unfinished second demo recorded but we have decided to put that
recording away and re-record it in a proper studio for an upcoming release.
TMU: The original
1987 demo has been endlessly traded around the planet and bootlegged in every
format imaginable. Since there was obviously a market for it, did the band
ever consider an official re-release of the original demo?
We are not going to re-release the demo for sale.
TMU: An incredibly
raw 15 minute live video has long circulated in underground trading circles.
Are you familiar with this video? Do you know where and when it was
I have never seen the video. I
think it was recorded in 1987 on Friday, November the 13th, at a show in
this was taped at our first show at the Cameo Theater in
TMU: Are you aware
of any other
Ross Stone: There is a copy of a show out there; from time to time we talk about touching it up and releasing it. I wouldnít even think of putting anything out without talking to everyone involved.
there is another.
TMU: Can you tell
us the names of the members of the current active lineup?
There is no current line up.
current official line up consists of Jon and myself.
We are working with a couple of other musicians and we will see how this
course. We as the musical vehicle of
the years there have been multiple rumors of the band reforming and even
recording new material. Have there been serious attempts at reforming?
Why havenít these past attempts been successful?
have constantly written material since the early era.
Multiple private recordings exist. Why
they have not materialized is because we do not think that they are up to our
standards. When the time is right, we will release
TMU: Is Bjorn
still an active member of Thornspawn? Are any other former
Bjorn Haga: No I was only a session musician for Thornspawn.
TMU: In the late
1990ís there was talk of releasing a live 7Ē on Putrefaction Records out of
decided that the live sound was inferior to what we wanted to represent as a
TMU: Do you have
any news on the long delayed
have no idea what is going on with this. We
told them that we did not want this to happen unless the bands that were to be
on it were of a high calibre. After
this was told to them we had no more contact from them.
possibility of live performances with the reformed lineup?
TMU: And finally,
can we hope for a new
odds are in favor for this.
TMU: Thanks for
for the interview.