Hails – Kit Rathenar here, of Destructive Music. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us, guys! Without further ado:
How long has Necrotherion been around, and how did you all meet each other and get started?
Necrotherion formed in 2008, but never really got off the ground at that time due to many reasons. A few demo songs were recorded but that was about it. The beast lay dormant until 2012 when things really began to pick up steam. After intense rehearsals the first show was done on Good Friday with a lineup of Stellarvore on bass/vocals, Chernobog on guitar, and Vitiatus on drums. Shortly after this show, Pain joined on bass, and lastly I, Wargoat, joined on second guitar in the summer. I’ve known Stellarvore and Chernobog for a few years now. They have wanted me to join since the inception but the time was never right, but finally the stars aligned and here I am. It’s good to be playing with competent and dedicated musicians, but also guys that all get along well. That fact cannot be understated.
I’ve been to Ohio, and truthfully it didn’t strike me as a place that was likely to be a stronghold of black metal. What’s the metal scene actually like where you are, and is it supportive of bands like Necrotherion?
Haha, yes Ohio is certainly not a black metal oasis but we seem to have been accepted well. There are always diehard black metal fans at our shows and it seems the thirst for real black metal has been strong. There is also another black metal band called Disobey that are doing some cool things, and there was a band called Harvist from the area years ago. You may have heard of them. As for the scene, I’m not too knowledgeable on it as I live an hour away near Pittsburgh, but it does seem to be strong. There are a good number of death/thrash/heavy bands coming out of the area and I can see good things happening with the scene.
What bands are you inspired by, and how have those bands influenced your sound and style?
For me personally my biggest musical inspiration is Emperor. The chord stylings and the compositional structures really inspire the way I write songs. Other bands that inspire me are things like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Destroyer 666, Venom, Bathory, Absu etc. I could name 100 bands haha. I also like music other than metal, such as classic rock, hard rock, ambient, classical etc. But there are other things that inspire me besides music, things like personal experiences, walks in the woods and everyday life. For example, I may step outside in the morning and see snow falling to the ground and this may inspire me to pick up my guitar and write some riffs. So as you can see, there are a wide variety of things that inspire me. As a band, on the other hand, we listen to stuff like Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone, Bathory, Mercyful Fate and Celtic Frost. I think when people listen to our music they will know that we are no copycats. We infuse elements of thrash, heavy metal, and maybe even some death metal in our sound. There are no boundaries that we are afraid to break!
Your debut album is going to be called “Novus Ordo Seclorum”, correct? How’s the recording process for that going, and what can you reveal about the songs that will appear on the album?
Yes, that is correct. Originally we were going to call the album “Soulless” but we decided to change the title to something that we felt fit a bit better. “Novus Ordo Seclorum” can be translated to “New Order of the Ages” and that’s the way we look at ourselves. We, as a band, are the new order, bringing the true essence of darkness to the world. It burns within our souls. The recording process has been interesting so far, and actually we have almost all of the drum tracks done, so I’d venture to say that within the next few weeks we will be starting on guitars, which shouldn’t take too long at all. There is no definitive release date yet, but hopefully we can get this album out no later than the beginning of next year. There will be 8-9 songs on the album, maybe 1 more as well. Songs set to appear on the album include: Whispering Trees, Nihilistic Faith, The Three Beggars, Lamb of Decadence, and 1692. But then again, I can’t give it all away haha. I have written another new song as well, but I’m not sure if it will feature on this album. Hopefully the next one.
A lot of, if not all black metal is more than just music – it generally has a conscious ideology, philosophy or spirituality of some kind behind it. Is this the case for Necrotherion? What ideas and beliefs do you aim to promote or explore in your music?
We are spiritual people, and I hope to express that spirituality through our music. We’re not religious though. Don’t confuse the two. I am against all religions! We express the dark side of life and the conscious energy that flows with that darkness. We may incorporate elements of Satanism, but on this topic I can say that I follow only myself. I make my own decisions. When I look in the mirror, it is me I see, no one else! I answer to only myself at the end of the day. Isn’t that what true Satanism is all about?
On October 2nd this year you had the opportunity to open for Morbid Angel in Cleveland, on a bill that also included Dark Funeral and Grave – which has got to have been a pretty special gig. What was that night like for you, as an experience, and how did the show itself go?
That was a fantastic experience for us all. It was the biggest show we’ve ever played and we performed in front of diehard maniacs! The energy that flowed thru the club that night was one of dark passion for the art on display. For myself, I can honestly say that it felt like I wasn’t even there, but that I was watching from afar. Total black metal devastation haha. The show went great. We played well and had a good turnout. The sound was good and the audience seemed to appreciate and enjoy our dark art. And of course the headlining bands were amazing. Grave and Dark Funeral both killed it that night. It was a great honor to be opening for such legendary bands. And I don’t care what anyone says: Morbid Angel still rule! Fuck the wannabes!
Speaking of gigs, I’ve seen footage from a couple of your live shows and I noticed you sometimes have Watain-style inverted crosses onstage with you, and you also all wear classic spikes and corpsepaint. What’s significant, for you, about the visual and theatrical traditions of black metal live shows? Is it just about the “look” or does it mean something more?
When I put on the paint and bullet belts/spikes, I feel that I am right at home with the dark energies. It’s not just an image for me. I take this very seriously and when I am in my “battle gear” it almost feels like an out-of-body experience. A black metal show should be something more than just a normal concert. This isn’t music to mosh to and get stupidly drunk while falling flat on your face. Atmosphere is key, and I feel that we recreate that atmosphere well in the live setting. We use the inverted crosses and candles to get the message across that the darkness is present and very much alive. I hope to take this even further in the future. I’d like to incorporate fire in the show and barbed wire separating us from the audience. Just make it look like a total war zone on stage haha.
Boring question next, but traditional: do you have any further gigs lined up at the moment, and if so where and when?
So far we want to play on December 21st, the end of the world haha. Wouldn’t that just be a perfect way to go out; playing black metal when the world ends. Seems perfect to me. We are supposed to be playing a show in Detroit, MI within the next couple months, but so far nothing is set in stone. Other than this, we’re trying to get shows wherever and whenever possible. Book us! We’ll travel anywhere as long as we can get back.
And a chance for a bit of cross promotion: does anyone in the band have any side projects or additional bands that Necrotherion’s fans should be checking out?
I have my own project/band called Bloodwraith (www.facebook.com/bloodwraith666) which I have been working on since 2010. The music is a combination of black metal, thrash, and some traditional metal thrown in some places. So far I have one album and a demo out. You can buy the album from Rigorism Productions (Russia). If you want a copy of the demo just ask me and I’ll be glad to give one out.
And lastly, any additional comments or final words you’d like to share with us?
I would like to thank you Kit and Destructive Music for this interview. It was my pleasure to answer your questions. I would also like to send a big hail to all Necrotherion’s fans, wherever they may be. Watch out for Novus Ordo Seclorum, as it will be the most devastating black metal album to come out in a long time. If you would like us to play your town, all you have to do is talk to your local promoter and tell them you want Necrotherion to ravage the club! Last but not least, visit our Facebook profile at www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Necrotherion/150393611662666 to get all the latest on the band. This is only the beginning of our dark reign of terror! Agios os Satanas!
Well, there you have it! Good luck to Necrotherion and thanks for your time…