NECRODEATH were formed in 1984, so in time when were released first, second or third albums of a cult bands such as Slayer, Possessed, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Mercyful Fate, Tormentor, Sarcofago, Venom, Protector, Bulldozer and others. Of course, these Italians did not play any else music, or less interesting, just on the contrary, they were as extreme as they could ever be. Mix of Black / Thrash / Death Metal in the wild manner and their first recording was "Into The Pentagram" debut from 1987. They come from Genoa from the region of Ligury where sun always shines and blow sea breeze. Also from these areas come the dark and sinister bands that wrote the history of Metal in the 80's. Then followed a number of other classical albums, and the band basically kept the line-up up to smaller personal coats. It's great that NECRODEATH not only kept up to date but still releases new materials. Evidence is certainly the latest "The Age of Dead Christ" album from 9th March of this year, which was released by Scarlet Records. All four members answered the questions.
Hello to NECRODEATH band from Slovakia. First I have to admit your new "The Age of Dead Christ" album made an impression on me just for the first listening. Mostly, when a recording is immediately appealing to me, it will gradually lose the drive, but in the case of "The Age of Dead Christ" it was not. Tracks are deepening over time, details that have been unseen at the beginning then appear and the power of the material is massive. Could you evaluate the new album from actual view?
GL: Thanks, I'm glad you like this album, we're getting a lot of positive opinions and we're pleased. The age of dead Christ is a very direct and spontaneous album, born with the idea of returning to the "old school" both in the way of play with jam session between us musicians, and in the way of recording and packaging it. In this album you will find the essence 100% Necrodeath, in fact it has many references to early work and our musical background.
It is often case the elder Metal bands from the 80s seem to have lost their breath and perhaps creativity, but it is admirable they are still on their way and continue to be extreme. In your case I find as if you were a young band in the best form with always fresh ideas. What drives you the most forward?
PIER: That's great, thanks! We have been playing together in this line up more than 10 years so first of all we have goodtime together. We enjoy in particular to be on the stage making gigs. Big place or small club it doesn't matter. We composed all songs of the new album together in rehearsal room and this helps for have fresh new ideas.
Names as Bulldozer, Vulcano, Protector, Sarcofago, Living Death, Schizo, Sexthrash, Mystifier, Poison and the like are legends of extreme Metal. Your name, of course, shines equally. What is the feeling you stood at the birth of the extreme Metal and have been forming it? You are a legend for other new and younger bands. Did you realize in the beginning you will go so far?
PESO: I DONT KNOW IF WE ARE LEGEND OR A SIMPLY UNDERGROUND BAND.... I REALLY HAVE LOVED POISON (GERM,) BECAME R.U.DEAD'? THEN.... THIS IS THE MUSIC THAT I LIKE AND THE MUSIC THAT I COMPOUSE SINCE 1984.... YES THE BEGINNING WAS SO FAR AND IM ALWAYS OLD TO PLAY THIS KIND OF STYULE EHEHEHEHE
You have released unbelievable 12 albums, that's history, but also madness. Which NECRODEATH album is the best to you and which, on the other hand, do you think is not a very good work if you can do it this way?
PIER: You know for us any Necodeath album is just great. In my taste first 2 albums are sacred. I was not in the band and I "lived" them as fan. Then last album is great because We searched for the sound of first albums and in my opinion We founded the right way. No click, non drum trigger, just live sections. There are other albums as "Draculea" that are great for us but people think about that as "experimental" albums, maybe they are right, maybe not.
Like the other Metal bands, you deal with topics such as death, witchcraft, fake religion, Satanism, freedom ... what do the lyrics mean to you? Are they just as important to you as music itself? Has it ever happened that after writing the riffs or the whole song, you felt something so strong about this song you immediately knew what the song would be like in lyrical side?
FLEGIAS: Lyrics are just as important as the music, I mean they have the same importance so they do not prevail. Both are one thing together and they must have the same feeling. If I deal on a fast and aggressive song, consequently the lyrics will be the same. If a song has darker and slower atmospheres this will make me write about more involved themes. Usually it happens that at the first listening in the rehearsal room I immediately think of impressive words for the refrain. In this way best things come out.
Italy is strongly Catholic country. Have you ever visited Vatican and its Christian monuments? How do you feel in such places? Do you feel some respect for the architecture of this kind or you completely disdain all of them?
GL: Of course, I visited Rome and the Vatican, not for what happens in it but for the monuments and the history that has been and is now in Italy. I have no prejudices against anyone and I think that humanity needs a faith to overcome the sadness of life. I am against any exploitation of the name of "god" or in the name of any faith or religious belief, which generates hatred and crimes. In Italy we still have many prejudices due to the presence of the church, which often limits the freedom of people, such as sexual freedom of procreation or euthanasia.
One biology professor said all the religions of the world are the source of indescribable horrors in the form of human sacrifices, inquisitions, pogroms and crusades. This dark side of religion is becoming very dangerous in the modern world, because religion is not neutral in contrast to science. Do you think science is better morally?
FLEGIAS: I don't know this biology professor but he thinks like me. In every of our albums you can find lyrics that go on this direction of thought. We passed through Medieval times and Enlightenment and giving answers to life through religion seems stupid to me. Science can make mistakes but this is the only way to go on. Talking about morality, it depends exclusively on our point of view.
For all these dark aspects of Catholicism, many popes has tried to justify. Do you think it is sufficient or at least merciful? While many know the dark days of religions are not over yet, they are more hidden, secret and even tolerated by many Christians...
PESO: I GUESS THE MOST OF CHRSITAN DONT KNOW THE TRUE STORY OF THIS RELIGION.... THATS THE PROBLEM.....
Ancient Rome is a special chapter of human history, it were different times, different morals, different methods. How do you look at this ancient history of Rome? Would you prove to imagine how you'd lived at that time. Or would you want to come back there at least for a while with a time machine?
PESO: IN THIS CASE TOO THE REAL STORY HAS BEEN NO TEACH ... NOBODY KNOW WHAT REALLY JULIO CESARE HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO IN HIS LIFE.... PROBLABLY THE VERY FIRST BLOODY GENOCIDE-MAN........ ANYWAY IN OUR TRACK "THE KINGS OF ROME2 THE LIRYCS ARE INTO AN IRONIC WAY.... THE KEY TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS "IL RATTO DELLE SABINE"....
Many religions are based on belief in the afterlife and perhaps it is also one of the most important reasons why there are so many believers. How do you feel about this, do you believe something is still going on after death or would you want death to come to an end? Have you ever had a strange experience, let us say, with a paranormal character?
GL: I believe that after death there is nothing, I do not believe in heaven and in hell, we only have a chance to live and appreciate what surrounds us so we must not waste the time that remains and we must therefore live it to the fullest. We have no other possibility and no one has ever come back to tell us what's after death, so let's resign ourselves and let's enjoy life.
What does NECRODEATH impersonate to you? Did this band always mean the same thing to you from the beginning, or your feelings have changed over time? That would be all from me, thank you for talking to Legend!
GL: The Necrodeath as well as being a band are four friends who share a passion for music and the pleasure of sharing moments of life on the road together. In many years spent together we have experienced many experiences that have tied us a lot and I think this can also be heard on the last album. Peso, Pier and Flegias are brothers to me and I hope we will continue to be so for a long time!
Thanks to you for the interview!
Necrodeath 18. 4. 2018 Mortuary
The Age of Dead Christ