First of all I want to say 'Grip Of The Dead' is a killer album. I think all songs on this album haven't been recorded and released before so, is it all new material you recorded for this full-length?
Yeah, basically you can say that it's all new material. Everything is written between 2010 and 2012. Then there are a few riffs here and there that are taken from old scrapped demo songs. But as I said it is brand new songs so there is no question of any re-recorded material. Besides a bonus track to the vinyl version is a re-recording of 'Souls Of A Thousand Funerals'.
Most of the album you recorded with Andy Larocque at Sonic Train Studios. You managed to get that ancient, disgusting sound that suits death metal so well. Can you tell us a bit more about the recordings and the intentions you had upfront to come up with an album like this?
First, we recorded the drums in Sonic Train Studios. Andy is good at what he does. He gets what we want to say. The aim of the sound of the drums was that it should sound like drums do. No triggers and such crap. As a reference to the drum sound we had Iron Maiden 'Killers', Death 'Scream Bloody Gore' and an album with Whiplash. We wanted to have something like that simply. Good, hard, large and METAL. Then we recorded the guitar, bass and vocals in Necrotomb Studios and a few more small studios. Then we decided to come back to Sonic Train Studios for mixing and mastering. We are cruelly satisfied with the job that Andy (and Olof Berggren) made with mix and mastering! The end result was just as we wanted. And it feels like we managed to get a bit of our own sound even though it obviously is not 100% unique and original but still NECROCURSE so to speak.
The CD edition is released by Pulverised Records. Aftermath Records released your previous EP's. So could you tell a bit more about the decision to work with Pulverised on this one? While you're at it can you also tell a bit about the vinyl and cassette editions that are coming out at a later date? The LP has a bonus song right?
After the first 7” vinyl was released it started plump several requests and proposals for collaborations for full album. Pulverised was what we decided for. The contract is for one album, and we are very pleased with the company so far! Vinyl version will be released through a partnership between Blood Harvest Records and To The Death Records. If all goes as it should it will be out during April.
It will be a bonus track on the vinyl, a re-recording of 'Souls Of A Thousand Funerals'. Death Invocation Records will release the cassette license, also hopefully in April.
You did two 7” EP's that were released in 2011 on Aftermath Records. The songs on these EP's were also released on a shaped MCD. I think these songs were also released on cassette before as well. So could you give us some insight on what you have released and if it's from various recording sessions and so on?
In early 2010, we recorded five songs. It is these five, which are then later released in several editions: 'Chaos Carnage Cataclysm' 7" vinyl and cassette, 'Insane Curse of Morbidity' 7" vinyl and cassette, 'Shape of Death' MCD. Then the cassette version of 'Insane Curse of Morbidity' got another bonus track in the form of a rehearsal recording of a song called "Strike of Sepulchral Terror".
A bit about your past. I read the seeds were sown in 2004. So can you tell us a bit more how Necrocurse came to fruition and you actually started recording “proper” songs?
The aim of the project/band was to create hard death metal. Originally, it was only a small project started by me (Nicklas Rudolfsson) and not really planned to become an official band. This was during a period when Runemagick started going to the heavier riffing and “slower” material so it was my channel for harder material. It was not until 2009 as the project became a real rehearsing band with more members. The first official line-up consisted of me on drums (and session vocals), Rotting Vomitor - guitar and Basstard - bass. Hellbutcher (vocals) joined in 2010 and Martin “Mörda” (guitar) short after that. Several of the old songs are written in 2004 as 'Souls Of A Thousand Funerals', 'Shape of Putrid Abomination', 'Self Exhumed' and a few more...
Even when some might think you're a new band you guys have been around for ages and have been or still are active in other bands as well. What, would you say, does Necrocurse have to offer to the current scene?
Hopefully we have something of our own in our sound even if we are not completely innovative and original. It feels like the combination of us as members and songwriters enables us to create something that feels NECROCURSE and not just sounds like 100 other bands.
You sound pretty ancient so I was wondering where you draw your influences from?
It's probably much of 80's and 90's metal that more or less influence us. I mean everything from heavy, speed, doom to black and death. Metal which we ourselves grew up with and still listen to, simple as that.
Can you tell us what is up with the other bands you're active in at the moment? Will Necrocurse be a priority from now on or is it easy to combine all bands?
Necrocurse is serious and not a project on the side. But some of us are more or less involved in other stuff. Hellbutcher is obviously occupied from time to time with Nifelheim. I myself see right now Necrocurse as my main band, but then I have little projects on the side as Domedag and the currently dormant bands/projects Runemagick and The Funeral Orchestra. The other members jump into some other projects on and off.
Will you go out and lay waste to other territories besides Sweden in the near future?
Of course but only a few gigs in Sweden booked at the moment. We hope to play a few gigs out in Europe during the year. We'll see what comes in during the year.
That's all from this side. Anything you'd like to add?
Thanks for the interview!! Prepare to be caught in the grip of the dead!