Hi, thanks for accepting our interview request, especially as Necro Deathmort seems to be quite a mysterious band when it comes to the information about its members and background. What will you be listening to while answering my questions?
We are listening to Grail 'Black Tar Prophecies' while we type this.
Well, to start with this questionnaire I'd like you to explain us a bit how and when Necro Deathmort did come to life, and how did you gave birth to the idea and form of this band and its musical identity. Was it something clearly-defined or more a kind of project where you would experiment with your musical curiosities?
We didn't set out to start a band, we were just making the sort of music we wanted to listen to and play at the time. It never occurred to us that we'd be playing shows and taking it seriously.
I must admit that what caught my attention from you in the first moment was the name of the band, which led me to buy your third album during a trip to London without even knowing what kind of music you played. Did you choose it precisely with that aim to catch peoples attention, or is there some strange story behind it? Why three times death?
There is no story or meaning behind our name, that's just what we called it.
You seem to have been welcomed by that scene that appreciates as much slow and Heavy Metal, Post and droning sounds as dark electronics. But which one understands better your music, Metal/Rock or Electronic?
We don't think that has actually happened yet, but we're meeting a lot more people that share our tastes in music these days. People are not as closed minded as cynics suggest and we're constantly surprised with the diversity of our listeners.
I've only had the opportunity to listen to your last album, “The Colonial Script”, which caused a big impression on me, but I'd like to know how close or far is it from your two previous recordings, 'The Beat Is Necrotronic' and 'Music Of Bleak Origin'. Has there been many changes on the conceptual side of your music and in the songwriting?
It's really just an evolution of our sound, but with a more conceptual side behind it. Some of the ideas date back to before we released our first album, they just took time to finish.
What kind of process do you follow to build up the structures of your songs? I mean, do you come up with a riff or an electronic loop (or a sequence of them) and start creating the song around them, in a more typical Rock way of writing, or do you start to improvise with sound layers and then add the main riffs?
We do all of those things and anything else that gets the job done. We never have a set way of working, as this would create a formula for songwriting, which we want to avoid at all costs.
When it comes to your songs, at least on your second album, I would bet something that you like pretty much bands like Scorn, old Pitchshifter, Lustmord or Swans, even though, your music has many moments that reclaim the Doom Metal or Sludge flame for its heaviness, vocals or even melody, as happens on “Theme From Escape”. Could you give us your vision about this and how close you feel to those influences and scenes mentioned?
We appreciate some of those artists and genres of music, so it's probably played it's part in influencing us. We're not really influenced by anything specific though, we just do whatever suits the song, whether it's screaming or playing a gas canister.
Let's start digging behind the music now, and I would like to do it through the cover of the record, which shows an astronaut looking at planet earth (at least thats what I assume), alone in the deep universe. What concept does this image hide and what's the relation with the lyrical background of 'The Colonial Script'?
The cover was illustrated by the very talented Thomas Neulinger, who really captured the concept and feel of what we were trying to convey. A colonised planet destroyed by it's inhabitants own hubris.
Being your music so much based on the instrumental part, with only some hints of vocals, how do you link it with the ideas behind it? Do you conceive it like some kind of soundtrack maybe? Do you work on the music having a clear idea of the concept that hides, or maybe the opposite?
Some things should be up to the listener to interpret, other times there is a need for lyrics and vocals.
Could we find a link of union between the nine tracks included on this album? Do they make up some kind of concept or story through all those passages? In positive case, what kind of development do they drive?
Collectively, the tracks tell the story of a colonised planet and it's fate.
On 2012 you were invited to play at Roadburn Fest, which is possibly the biggest event related to slow, obscure and experimental sounds together with Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, and just some weeks ago you were in Portugal for the Amplifest. How were you received in both places and how was the experience? What does a Necro Deathmort live show look like?
It was an honour to play all those festivals, it's always rewarding to play to bigger audiences and meet new people who appreciate what we do.
What about your tastes in music? Could you let us know a bit what surprised you in the past year when it comes to music, literature, movies or whatever kind of art you may like? Are you big art consumers on a daily basis?
I think a record that surprised both of us in 2012 was 'Bish Bosch' by Scott Walker.
So, before putting an end to my questions, could you please let us know a bit about your future plans when it comes to releases and anything connected to the band? Are you already working on a new album? What kind of differences can we expect from it?
We are working on a new record, but we can't really say how it will be different yet. We're playing a few shows in Europe in 2013 and will possibly tour. We also have a collaboration with Dead Fader in the works and a soundtrack we've just finished for a director called Matt Palmer.
Thanks a lot for your time spent answering this interview, and good luck for the coming future. I hope to hear something new from you very soon. You can close this interview the way you want.
Thank very much! Have a great new year.
Matthew and AJ - NDM
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