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NECROPHOBIC was formed in 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden by guitarist David Parland and drummer Joakim Sterner to give the world a band that created unholy death metal. Necrophobic had a few different influences and focused more on creating a much more dark and evil sounding music, in the beginning influenced by Morbid Angel, Slayer and Bathory.

During the underground years 1990-1992, the band built up a great reputation with the demo tapes Slow Asphyxiation (1990), Unholy Prophecies (1991) and the limited vinyl-ep The Call (1992). The great sales of these releases proved that Necrophobic was not just another band.

Necrophobic thought the time was right to move on and started to contact a few labels to get a record contract. Black Mark Production responded after just two days and it turned out to be the label the band signed with. In March 1993, members David Parland (guitar), Tobias Sidegård (bass),
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NECROPHOBIC The Nocturnal Silence album cover 4.00 | 7 ratings
The Nocturnal Silence
Death Metal 1993
NECROPHOBIC Darkside album cover 4.07 | 6 ratings
Death Metal 1997
NECROPHOBIC The Third Antichrist album cover 4.06 | 4 ratings
The Third Antichrist
Death Metal 1999
NECROPHOBIC Bloodhymns album cover 3.58 | 2 ratings
Death Metal 2002
NECROPHOBIC Hrimthursum album cover 3.58 | 2 ratings
Melodic Death Metal 2006
NECROPHOBIC Death to All album cover 3.92 | 2 ratings
Death to All
Melodic Death Metal 2009
NECROPHOBIC Womb of Lilithu album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Womb of Lilithu
Death Metal 2013
NECROPHOBIC Mark Of The Necrogram album cover 3.81 | 3 ratings
Mark Of The Necrogram
Melodic Death Metal 2018


NECROPHOBIC The Call album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Call
Death Metal 1993
NECROPHOBIC Spawned by Evil album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Spawned by Evil
Death Metal 1996
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Tour EP 2003
Death Metal 2003
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Death Metal 2017

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Realm of Terror
Death Metal 1989
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Slow Asphyxiation
Death Metal 1990
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Unholy Prophecies
Death Metal 1991
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Death Metal 1994

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Death Metal 2009

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NECROPHOBIC Mark Of The Necrogram

Album · 2018 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Mark Of The Necrogram" is the 8th full-length studio album by Swedish melodic black metal/blackened death metal act Necrophobic. The album was released through Century Media Records in February 2018. It´s the successor to "Womb of Lilithu" from 2013, and as the case also was between the release of "Death to All (2009)" and "Womb of Lilithu (2013)", there have been quite a few lineup changes between the release of "Womb of Lilithu (2013)" and "Mark Of The Necrogram". Guitarists Sebastian Ramstedt and Johan Bergebäck, who left before the recording sessions for "Womb of Lilithu (2013)", have now returned and have replaced Fredrik Folkare and Tobias Sidegård. Sidegård also performed lead vocals on "Womb of Lilithu (2013)", and his lead vocalist spot is taken by Anders Strokirk on "Mark Of The Necrogram". The only two remaining members from the last album are drummer Joakim Sterner and bassist Alex Friberg.

Despite the many lineup shuffles in the band´s history, they have remained surprisingly consistent in sound and in the quality of their output. This is a band with a signature sound and they stick to it. Sure they´ve evolved slightly over the years, and their albums don´t sound exactly the same (although there are many similar features on all releases), but there is a strong musical vision which Necrophobic have remained true to throughout their career. Occult/anti-Christian themed melodic death/black metal. Contemporary artists like Dissection and Unanimated are valid references. So it´s especially the vocals which are a blackened snarl, while the instrumental part of the music is closer to melodic death metal (of the darker and most raw kind).

"Mark Of The Necrogram" pretty much continues down the same path Necrophobic have travelled for many years, and there aren´t any surprises to be found on the album. The material is well written melodic blackened death metal and you can pick any track from the album and call it a quality track in the style. Like most Necrophobic albums, "Mark Of The Necrogram" become a bit of a one-dimensional listen only a couple of tracks into the album though, which isn´t a major issue, but it´s still an issue that the band aren´t able to vary their songwriting and sound more than they do. The whole album more or less passes by without any particular standout moments to hold on to and mention afterwards. So consistency can both be a strength and a weakness, and if you crave album variation it´s definitely a weakness in this case.

"Mark Of The Necrogram" features a professional and well sounding production, which suits the material perfectly, and the musicianship is also on a high level on all posts, so upon conclusion it´s another quality melodic blackended death metal release by Necrophobic. The above mentioned lack of variation brings my rating down a little, but it´s still a strong release in the genre and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

NECROPHOBIC Mark Of The Necrogram

Album · 2018 · Melodic Death Metal
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Necrophobic have been releasing quality extreme metal albums since their 1993 debut The Nocturnal Silence, a highly regarded by many, old school death metal release. They shortly afterwards adopted a more blackened death metal sound which is pretty much where they have remained since. All of their albums have been at least good, if not essential listening, though I must admit to my recollection with some mid period releases vague.

It’s been five years since Womb Of Lilithu and Mark Of The Necrogram sees the band remaining faithful to their blackened death metal sound which means no surprises I guess but it’s still a quality release. The sound is nearer to 2009’s Death To All than WOL which is not surprising when you know that it marks the return of guitarists Sebastian Ramstedt and Johan Bergebäck who last played on that record. It also sees the return of original vocalist Anders Strokirk.

The first thing that hit me with the opening title track, apart from the crystal clear production, is they appear to have upped the melody quotient and as the album progresses it proves to be the case. There’s no shortage of catchy riffs, which I must admit to a large extent didn’t hit me straight away but once they did I was hooked. It doesn’t get any better than Odium Caecum which after a moody guitar arpeggio intro kicks in full throttle, more death than black until the chorus and is one of the heaviest songs too. There’s no shortage of great songs though played with strong musicianship. Ever present drummer Joakim Sterner throws in the expected array of blast beats and double kicks with expert precision and the guitar work is impressive with some melodic solo work too.

I’ll stick my neck out here and say that Mark Of The Necrogram may just be the bands best and most consistent album in their career. It’s also their best sounding too. I’ve never felt the need to own all Necrophobic’s albums, having cherry picked their back catalogue but this ones a keeper for sure.


Album · 2009 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Death to All" is the 6th full-length studio album by Swedish melodic black/death metal act Necrophobic. The album was released through Regain Records in May 2009. Necrophobic are one of the seminal early nineties Swedish blackened death metal acts along with acts like Dissection, Marduk, and Unanimated. Band´s in that grey area between black and death metal. While there are usually a couple of years or more between their album releases, they´ve kept themselves pretty busy over the years and have gained a small yet loyal cult following in the process.

The music on the album is melodic blackened death metal with blasphemous/occult lyrics, which is apparent from songtitles like "Revelation 666", "For Those Who Stayed Satanic", and "Celebration of the Goat". As such that´s nothing new when we´re dealing with Necrophobic. The music is well written as always though, the sound production raw and powerful, and the musicianship of a high standard, so even though Necrophobic bring little new to the table, compared to their previous output, "Death to All" is another quality release by the band. The tracks are predominantly furiously fast-paced and energetic, but the band do take the pace down on occasion, like they do on the epic and anthemic "For Those Who Stayed Satanic". Not for the full duration of the track though as this particular track also explodes in fast-paced blasting in the middle section of the track. The vocals on the album are snarling growls. Tobias Sidegård has a very aggressive delivery and compared to his vocals on "Hrimthursum (2006)", which to my ears sounded a bit strained, his performance here is strong and commanding.

They really understand how to deliver caustic hateful aggression to the listener yet never at the expence of catchiness or melody. And there are plenty of melodic guitar themes on the album, which by now is a trademark of Necrophobic´s dark and epic sound. The music also features occasional atmosphere enhancing keyboards, which provide some sections with an additional epic touch. So "Death to All" delivers just what fans of the band expect and new listeners can also start here and have a good idea of what Necrophobic are about. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.


Album · 2006 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Hrimthursum" is the 5th full-length studio album by Swedish melodic black/death metal act Necrophobic. The album was released through Regain Records in May 2006. The lineup who recorded "Bloodhymns (2002)" is intact. Despite this being the only 5th full-length album release by Necrophobic since their formation in the early nineties, they´ve been one of the most consistent black/death metal acts on the scene in terms of the quality of their output. They are a shining example of quality over quantity.

The music on "Hrimthursum" is unmistakably the sound of Necrophobic. A furious yet melodic black/death metal attack, with snarling aggressive vocals, fast-paced drumming and riffing, melodic leads and the usual blashemous lyric approach. The latter is pretty obvious from the get go with the intro track "The Slaughter of Baby Jesus". While much of the album are played in a fierce pace, Necrophobic are no one trick pony. They are very successful in effectively incorporating both mid-paced heavy riff sections and more dark atmospheric parts to their music too (often created by the use of keyboards). In terms of standing out in Necrophobic´s discography, "Hrimthursum" sounds a bit different than it´s predecessors. Mainly because Tobias Sidegård has opted for a more raw and shouting vocal style compared to the more intense and aggressive raspy style that he has used on earlier releases, but also because of the sound production, which is a bit more crisp and clear sounding albeit still delightfully raw.

It´s impossible not to by blown away by tracks like "Blinded by Light, Enlightened by Darkness" (this one is positively killer) and "I Strike With Wrath" but all 12 tracks on the 59:09 minutes long album are quality material. It can be argued that the album is slightly too long and that the tracks sometimes sound slightly formulaic, but taken one by one, these are quality tracks played by skilled musicians and packed in a powerful and raw sound production. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.


Album · 1997 · Death Metal
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Captures the cold & evil atmosphere of Dissection but with a harsher sound and a more straightforward mentality.

There are none of the drawn-out epics or complex song structures you will find on Storm of the Light's Bane, because Darkside is designed as a quick burst of aggressive melodic black/death excellence. There are no weak points on this album. Each and every song is compact yet strikes the perfect balance between the evil grimness of black metal, the ferocity of old school dm, and the catchiness of melodeath.

Some of my favorite moments: The melodic acoustic passage and subsequent scream on "Black Moon Rising", the intro to "Darkside" (SATAN TAKE MY SOOOUUUL!), the frantic furiosity of "Nailing the Holy One", the verses of "Bloodthirst" that always make me bob my head, and finally, the gorgeous piano interludes.

Highly recommended for fans of Dissection, Swedish old school melodeath and meloblack. For fans of atmospheric and headbanging metal alike. Hell, any real metalhead should enjoy this masterpiece!

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