Norwegian old school thrashers Nekromantheon have delivered a fantastic new album recently, which you can find reviewed HERE. That was the occasion to get in touch with the band and try to find out what keeps their flame burning.
It is more than 9 years since your last full length Rise, Vulcan Spectre. Why we had to wait so long for a new album?
– Because we were occupied with inhaling the fumes that ascend from the cracks of the ground within the catacombs of Nekromantheon, granting us the gift of communicating with, and reaching the realms of the dead. We needed more inspiration to convey the message of the ancients.
And, quality takes time.
The title track and the fantastic front cover artwork are influenced by the legendary figure of Hermes Trismegistus. Why is he and Greek Mythology as a whole such an influence for the new album?
– As you can tell by the name of the band, ancient mythology, Greek / Roman in particular, have been our main source of lyrical and spiritual inspiration since day one. This time around the more mystical traditions have played a bigger role, like Hermeticism and Gnosticism etc. have gotten a larger focus than before. It adds another dimension to our music, and we think the timelessness it possesses resonates well with what we try to do musically.
As far as I can see from the press release, the band members are also responsible for all of the recording, mixing and mastering of the new album in your own recording studio. Is it difficult or is it actually easier to create and release the DIY way?
– We actually borrowed a studio room/studio collective, but we did all the work ourselves, except for some help by the owner with some mics and tube preapms etc. In the past we also had a venue to record in, but we did not now. It is difficult to do everything yourself, but it is rewarding work and it is very honest. This is how we sound, and no one else. It’s only our own victory or fault if the result is good or bad.
All of the band members of Nekromantheon are also involved with other bands. Can you tell us what is happening with Obliteration and Black Viper these days?
– Obliteration is going slow at the moment due to the pandemic, but we are writing music slowly and hope to get back to our old more active shape as soon as the pandemic dies down. Black Viper is gearing up for a new record I think, but Arild just quit the band, so he’s no longer a part of that. So I have no accurate info there.
Even though Nekromantheon has a cult fan following, the band is still in the underground and you probably like it that way. But what would happen if you had the chance to support Kreator or Behemoth on one of their tours? Is that possible?
– I can tell you that not much would have happened if we did a support tour for those bands. It would not lead to anything. It would not make us bigger. If you wanna get big, you have to build and build, tour CONSTANTLY. And compromise and compromise. Release album – tour – album – tour. It does not matter if the albums are good or not. And that’s not what we are about. We care about our music and we refuse to play ball with how “it’s done”, – we dance by the beat of a different drum.
I would not mind though, touring with bands like that, but we prefer to play with bands that have a similar mindset when it comes to the music and how it’s presented.
A lot of bands have decided to delay the release of their new albums to a time when the pandemic is over and they have the chance to tour. You have however chosen to release Visions Of Trismegistos now. Is it still important to release new music these days or it is all about revenue from live performances?
– See last answer on my view of the music industry. We don’t care about the business and its rules. This is however a much delayed album. We don’t make money on our music nor live of it. The album was done, and it needed to be released. We will play live when it’s possible to do so, but we will most likely not tour much.
Nekromantheon’s style is obviously influenced form the early 80s thrash classics, but what is your opinion of the latest releases Kreator, Sodom, Sepultura, Overkill? Do they still excite you as a fan like in the old days?
– No, they are absolutely terrible. Sodom is maybe the one of those bands that make something that is somewhat exciting. But they have all outplayed their roles decades ago. But their legacy lives on, even though their earthly form has nothing to do with the old spirit.
Can you recommend us some new, young bands from your local scene which we have to keep an eye on?
– There are so many great bands in the underground now, whether it be black, death, speed, heavy, hard rock/prog thrash etc. Konkelklang, Beyond Man, Spirit Possession, Forseen, Grave Miasma, Jordsjø, Evoke, Inculter, Evil, Pågå, Henrik Palm, new Vomitor rules as well. Many to mention, it’s in the underground where quality lies. Always.
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