Feb 072016

Rearview Mirror


Sweden’s Necrophobic was formed in 1989 by drummer Joakim Sterner and guitarist David Parland (who left the band in 1995 to concentrate on Dark Funeral and took his own life in 2013). Their debut album, The Nocturnal Silence, was recorded with Tomas Skogsberg at Sunlight Studios and was released by Black Mark Productions in 1993. It really has not aged in 23 years; it’s still a great album. Six more albums followed, the most recent of which is 2013’s Womb of Lilithu, and it’s a very impressive discography, with a sound that blends ingredients from black metal and death metal while incorporating memorable melodies into a framework of undeniable savagery.

Not surprisingly given the band’s longevity, there have been many line-up changes over the years, with Sterner being the only constant member. In recent years the band has included guitarist Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Firespawn) and bassist Alex Friberg (Firespawn).

One of the most recent changes was the ouster of long-time vocalist Tobias Sidegård in 2013 on the eve of Womb of Lilithu’s release after being convicted of domestic violence and sentenced to prison. He has been replaced by none other than Anders Strokirk — the man who was Necrophobic’s vocalist when they recorded The Nocturnal Silence but left the band not long after its release.


Necrophobic 2014

Necrophobic 2014: Folkare, Sterner, Strokirk, Friberg

A lot of diehard Necrophobic fans are eagerly waiting to find out what Strokirk will bring back to the table. In the meantime, for this Sunday’s look back at the metal of yesteryear, I’ve pulled together a few songs and videos that span the band’s career:

The title track to The Nocturnal Silence, “Nailing the Holy One” from Darkside (1997) (which features a guest appearance by the late Jon Nödtveidt of Dissection), “Taste of Black” from Bloodhymns (2002), “Blinded By Light, Enlightened By Darkness” from Hrimthuursum (2006), “I Strike With Wrath”(also from Hrimthuursum), “Revelation 666” from Death To All (2009), and two tracks from Womb of Lilithu — “Splendour Nigri Solis” and “Furfur”.

I don’t pretend to have a comprehensive or masterful grasp of Necrophobic’s entire discography, but as good as they have been — as demonstrated by these songs — it’s surprising to me that they haven’t become an even more high-profile and successful band than they are. They deserve it.













  1. Death to all is definitely my favourite album,They sound a lot like the band Trident since they shared members.

  2. Criminally underrated band with several classic albums under their belt. Never really did a bad one either, everything they’ve done falls somewhere between solid and excellent!

  3. Damn, now I’m really mad I wasn’t able to make it out to see them in Chicago a few months back.

  4. As a huge (YUGE!!!) fan of these fellows and their work, I would tender the following alternative suggestions (just because it’s nice to have more options):

    “Unholy Prophecies” off The Nocturnal Silence

    “The Call” off Darkside

    “Into Armageddon” off The Third Antichrist (FYI – Withered do a wicked cover of this one as well)

    “Blood Anthem” off Bloodhymns

    “Sitra Ahra” off Hrimthursum

    “For Those Who Stayed Satanic” off Death To All

    “Marchosias” off Womb of Lilithu

    • “For Those Who Stayed Satanic” are indeed the tits.
      From Bloodhymns I’d also recommend “Dreams shall flesh”. Vicious fucking chorus.

      • That’s my favourite Necrophobic album to be honest, though the boss-man is right, they don’t have a single “weak” album overall.

        “Dreams Shall Flesh” is also fucking fantastic of course, but “Bloodhymns” is definitely my favourite Necrophobic track, bar none.

  5. The Nocturnal Science is a fantastic album \m/

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