at: 04th, December 2016
are a lot of Bands doing their own
interpretations of black metal next to us,
because it is a very subjective thing. It
is all about feeling and atmosphere.
years have passed since band´s foundation. How do you
describe the Necrotic Wood’s course? How important is in
Music, in general is one of the most important things in
life for me. I started playing the drums at the age of 6 and
played in several bands. Regarding Necrotic Woods, I
actually feel to have finally "arrived", as the
band developed to be a very big part of my life. Although
the band can really be dangerous to me, both mentally and
physically, I will never stop the madness.
Your music is often described as black metal, however you
have also included a blend of death, thrash and doom. How
your compositional techniques represent these approach?
All of us are fans of black metal
music, yet everybody's got their own favourites and styles
they like - if black metal or not. This is represented in
our music and in the way we write songs. Each of us brings
in their ideas, their material and we're equally
participating in stitching them together they way we think
it's best. Like that, a blend of different musical styles is
gathered around a core of filthy black metal. We don't
really care for genres but write the music the way we would
like to hear it.
Despite being active for many years, the band has a limited
number of releases. Why’s that?
When Nachzehrer and I started Necrotic Woods in 2004 it was
just to do some old school black metal together. After a
while our old drummer Trist, shortly followed by our second
guitarist Brew, joined the band. 2008 we decided to record
our first official release, „Exaltation of Death“. Prior
to that we only had a two track demo. Unfortunatly, Trist
left the band in 2009 and, furthermore, we lost our
rehearsal room. 2010 we were able to oblige Leech at the
drums and, after another half a year or so, we finally found
a new room to practice in and Spitt joined us as our first
fix bass player. So it was only in mid 2011 that we started
to recover from the long, yet, on the other hand,
inspirational break. We began to practice the old material
and played some shows while we slowly began to write new
songs, which eventually resulted in our last release, „The
Nameless Dark“. The album was already finished in early
2014 but, due to the search for a fitting record label, it
was only released in 2015 by Bret Hard Records.
How much time does it take to put a record together? Do you
have extra material that’s left out after choosing what
fits you most?
Oh that’s an easy question! It takes as long as it takes
haha! We promise that our next record won’t take so long!
In case of „The Nameless Dark“ there was no extra
material left. We took our time in composing and recorded
exactly what we wanted to be on the album.
Your second opus "The Nameless Dark" is pretty
well produced, Where did you record it and how did you
achieve the sound you did?
We recorded it at „Burns Production“ in a town near our
hometown. A studio that, in fact, doesn’t do metal
productions so often. Mixing and mastering was done by
Kostja M. Rohe. We had an idea how the album should sound,
which we explained to the sound engineer at the studio.
Furthermore, we showed him some other bands whose sound we
like. Thus, and by just trying this and that, we achieved
the sound we wanted.
What are your experiences with promoting "The Nameless
Dark" so far in today’s digital environment and the
changing nature of the music industry?
We haven't been around for 20 years,
so I can't really describe a difference to pre-digital
distribution. Through the internet and its many channels, it
was quite easy for us to distribute our music and get it out
to as many people as possible, which is quite comfortable in
a way. On the other hand, it's always a financial problem to
distribute your music via the internet. Nowadays, everything
seems to be available at any times - for free. Producing an
album is quite expensive, so we have to rely on selling
physical copies anyway. The best way would be to listen to
our music online and support us by getting in touch with us
afterwards and ordering our cd.
You have played a plenty amount of shows and with many well
known bands, in the past. What are your impressions?
The reason I am doing all that is to play live and no matter
if we play in front of 5 or 500 people, I am thankful for
every single show. This is what keeps me alive!
Wherever we play, we meet interesting individuals and bands.
For example on our last gig in Luxembourg, where we played
in an amphitheatre. It was an underground open air in a
natural cave in the woods, very well organized by true
supporters of the scene. Our labelmates Hyems and the
Belgians of Herfst (who sadly played there farewell show
there) were but
two bands of a great line up. In fact we did not play with
so many „well known“ bands at all, but we definetly
shared the stage with some very, very great bands!!!
What are the basic criteria by which you choose the places
where you would like to play live? Is it about lineup in the
case of festivals, the nature of the action, or even
approach of the organizers?
Mostly we establish contacts after we played a show, when
attending a show ourselves or when some organizer approaches
us. Feel free to message us!!!
Because the field of black metal is very wide, there is a
lot of differences in the styles, sound, approach, etc… So
which band(s)do you personally consider to be the treasure
of the black metal genre and on the other hand in which ones
do you see as the future of black metal?
I am a huge fan of the norwegian bands and, in my opinion,
they created the sound and atmosphere black metal should be
about. But of course I am not the type of guy claiming that
this is the only true way. There are a lot of Bands doing
their own interpretations of black metal next to us, because
it is a very subjective thing. It is all about feeling and
I became a great fan of Watain in the last years, not only
due to their music but to the whole atmosphere they created
around them. My latest revelation is Sektemtum, a great band
from France, playing a more modern style of black metal.
Black metal as a genre has been considered a philosophy by
some, while some others consider it an avenue to express
their anti-religious sentiments. What are your views on
black metal as a whole?
For me it all started as a way to exactly express this
anti-religious and anti-human attitude and still is
something representing freedom of mind and individuality,
but of course, this is a personal thing and nothing the band
inevitably has to represent.
Apart from making a living, what do you enjoy most about
being a professional musician?
Hehe...., we all have a job to make a living. Of course we
earn some money with our albums and merchandise, but without
everyone of us earning their own money it would not be
possible to record an album. By the way, you can support us
by getting some of our merch at necroticwoods.bigcartel.com!
What about alcohol, does that play a factor at your shows or
do you try to keep things as professional and tight as
In fact we (mostly...) do not drink too much before a show,
just some beers to relax a little bit while some minor
details, regarding the gig, are being run-through again.
a tight performance is important for us, we usually have
some beers while on stage -
but freaking out on alcohol has to wait until the
show is over.
Alcohol is involved in nearly everything we do, but we try
to stay as sober as possible until we have finished the
show. Once we are finished, it all goes down the drain.
It’s been more than a year since the release of "The
Nameless Dark" . How did the process of writing new
We finished almost all songs for the next release! Some of
the new songs have already been played on our last shows and
they turned out to be real badass tracks. Some still need a
little finishing, but we will definitely haunt the studio in
Thanks for your patience bro, that’s my last question for
now. Do you have few more words for our readers?
Support the underground!