Many say that Montreal (Quebec) is the Metal capital of North America. The abundance of people supporting their scene is outstanding, so is the ingenious song writing of its bands. Among the most extreme acts building the scene since the early 90s, we recall – Gorguts, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy and NecronomicoN.
Officially formed in 1991 by guitarist/frontman Rob “the Witch”, NecronomicoN has been in constant evolution ever since, creating a fusion of atmospheric melodies and groundbreaking metallic attack. “Morbid Ritual” is what initiated the process, revealing 5 songs of Occult Death Metal and critically acclaimed in several countries. Unfortunately the band’s next release was delayed due to numerous complications, however NecronomicoN was able to optimize its live performance, playing throughout the nation and thus gaining higher recognition. They were by then considered as one of the main acts in the Canadian Metal scene.
NecronomicoN entered Victor Studio in 1995 to record its first MCD. Engineered by Pierre Remillard (Cryptopsy, Obliveon, Anvil…), “The Silver Key” overviews the band’s early days with unreleased material, in addition to defining a new beginning with the title track, where new elements of vibrating harmony were introduced. Following its release the following year, agencies’ interest led NecronomicoN to share stages with Mercyful Fate and Cradle of Filth among others, as well as invitations to perform at the Milwaukee and Montreal Metalfests. The band was growing higher in reputation and respected for its great perseverance, very often compared to Morbid Angel for its musical accomplishments and referred as the “Quebec Death legends” by sources such as BW&BK magazine.
1998 focused in preparing and recording the debut full length album as NecronomicoN entered Peter Pan Studio. Back at Victor to process mixing and mastering, “Pharaoh of Gods” was originally released under the currently inactive Hypnotic Records (Voivod, Kataklysm, Anvil…) and re-released in 2002 for worldwide distribution through Unique Leader (Deeds of Flesh, Disgorge, etc.). The spiritual yet extreme opus contains 9 tracks of absolute swiftness and technicality, making this Metal masterpiece unique in its own way. In support of the album, a full Canadian tour with Kataklysm and Blood of Christ has been completed in the fall of 2002 and was considered a success.
Ensuring there were to be no further delays for the new album, NecronomicoN went back in studio shortly after the tour. The follow-up to “Pharaoh of Gods” is entitled “The Sacred Medicines”, another token of ritualistic spirituality. Once again, the band never ceases limiting itself to a single style, exploring different levels of musical vibrations while excelling in the precise execution of its Heavy Metal core. Among other concept views of this album – the spirit of ancient Native traditions in all their complexity and in which all is contained. Perhaps an unconventional yet simple state of mind, more often than never found in our everyday lifestyle.
“The Sacred Medicines” has been officially released in Fall 2003. For over 2 years afterwards, many live performances followed in support of the album, including off dates with Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, select festivals and a 5-week Canadian tour with Behemoth.
The 3rd full length album and follow-up to “The Sacred Medicines” is currently in the works. More news coming soon…