If you like US metal you need to check out NECRYTIS. Read this interview and then continue to check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We want the listener to enjoy modern traditional metal, with power metal elements and black metal riffs here and there as well. This stuff is heavy but it’s loaded with melody and choruses that get stuck in your head.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What did the name have to have to fit your music?
-I actually picked the name back in 2000. I read a book called ‘The Professor and the Madman’, about the creation of the Oxford English dictionary. It’s a great true story and after I finished it I decided to make up my own word: Necrytis. It’s perfect for metal. It means ‘Of, or pertaining to, the mysteries of the afterlife’.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Anything with distortion and melody. Accept, Helloween, Priest, Scorpions, Sanctuary, Foreigner, Queen, Maiden, Zeppelin, Dio with and without Sabbath…I could list a thousand albums. Those bands still inspire me today…they never get old. There are some newer(ish) bands out there too that I like, such as Firewind, Astral Doors, there’s a new one called Starlight Ritual…I’m even a big fan of Silversun Pickups even though they’re not metal. Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, etc, but most of these are due to the vocals because I like to sing along, but other stuff I listen to for the pure musical genius of what they do, such as Kreator, Behemoth, Machine Head, etc. When I warm up for vocals I usually sing parts of Soldier of Fortune, then Love Ain’t No Stranger and then I’m ready to record.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-It was fate. I had the songs already sketched out from dreams. I recorded the drums and vocals, then Mark and I met by pure chance and he came in and put the bass on to seal the foundation. The problem was that I had no guitarist. I knew Toby was busy with Affliktor but I emailed him anyway to see where he was at on it. Fortunately, he had just shipped Affliktor off for mastering, so we discussed guitar. I sent the tracks to him and he returned them about a month later and completely blew me away. Countersighns was so easy to record, we jumped right into the follow-up. Drums/vox are done and Toby is finishing the guitars right now. Mark will fly out in December to put bass on. JP Fournier is doing the artwork again and Jens Bogren is handling the mastering again.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-That’s hard for me to answer because I’ve never downloaded music before. I know lots of people that do and they seem satisfied with their own ‘playlists’, but I like to think there will always be physical albums, whether they’re LPs, CDs or whatever format comes next. I will say that fans are missing out on a tremendous output of music by bands if they only buy one song, because the single released might not be the best song; it should be up to the listener to decide which song is their favourite.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-There is a great book out there by Ramon Martos called ‘And Justice For Art…Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers’ and the forward was written by David Vincent from Morbid Angel. He answers your question best and I totally agree with him. Almost all of the music I own was purchased because of the cover art and/or the song titles. I distinctly remember buying Omen’s ‘Battle Cry’ because of the cover and the song titles. What sounds more metal than song titles like ‘Death Rider’? Or when I bought Metallica’s ‘Kill ’em All…I had never heard of them but I had Anthrax’s ‘Spreading the Disease’ in one hand and ‘Kill ’em All’ in the other. I only had enough money to buy one of them and had to go by song titles to decide. Whiplash, Phantom Lord, Anesthesia/Pulling Teeth and Motorbreath…are you kidding? That’s how I heard Metallica for the first time. I want our artwork to be visually interesting and I want it to be metal. I want the purchaser to know up front that this is a safe purchase for their metal collection. JP is a great artist and I enjoy our emails back and forth. He’s done around 130-140 album covers and many of them are just incredible. I can’t wait to see what he’s conjuring up for Necrytis #2.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media equals instant access to bands, something we didn’t have growing up. Nowadays you have websites, Facebook, Twitter, etc and a lot of bands connect with their fans daily. If anyone wants to contact us we have a Necrytis Facebook page…We’ll answer your questions, whether it’s about equipment, writing processes, recording, etc, we could talk about that stuff all day.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Metal is the coolest scene of all because it either resonates with you or it doesn’t. So many people don’t get it and are satisfied with watered down pop music, but true metal fans see it differently…they see metal as a soundtrack to their lives and that’s what I’m proud to be a member of. I’m proud to have a metal offering like Necrytis and I hope it finds its way into many music collections.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Well, as I mentioned, this album came about as a ‘rescue effort’, so we’ve yet to play these songs together. Playing live isn’t out of the question, but we would need a drummer to play my parts.
What will the future bring?
-The follow-up to Countersighns will be out by June 2018 via Pure Steel Records. I have 7 more songs ready to go for Necrytis #3 plus another track Toby and I wrote years ago. We feel at home, completely in our element when we’re recording, so I hope there are many more Necrytis offerings in the future.