Necrot: ”I think there is a lot of closeted racism in the metal scene”

Inner turmoil caused by a world of suffering.

Necrot from California recently released a death metal album you really should pay attention to. Mortal could end up high in a lot of AOTY-lists. It’s dark, aggressive, old school yet modern. Necrot is a band that work hard – and it pays off. Bara Metal wanted to know more, and guitarist Sonny Reinhardt answered the questions.

To what degree is this album the product of the quarantine, and the pandemic?

– Not a ton really, we had all the songs written, finished and recorded right before we started even hearing about Covid 19. The part that affected us most with regards to the record was the release date being pushed back. But in the end it worked out because we were able to do this sort of long roll out with the promo for it. I think that really helped us spread the word much better. 

And during this down period of corona – what have you been doing personally? Stayed at home?  

– Yes, more time at home, but I have also been spending a lot more time outdoors too. I went on a solo motorcycle trip for a bit. I lost my job from all of this so I haven’t been back working just yet. I’m getting antsy to get back to doing more, working and being more active in general. 

Someone reviewed your last album with “the hate just flows” – would you agree? Is it that simple to sum up your death metal? 

– I think everyone has their own interpretation of how music makes them feel so it’s not so simple to label us as just that. Our music is pretty dark with the lyrics being more about inner turmoil caused by a world of suffering then your typical death metal fare. It’s also about realizing we are all mortal and going to die. Some may find some sort of embrace in death, others may find it terrifying. What we do now before then is what’s important.

You mentioned suffering. Reading your lyrics on Mortal, I sum it up with “living equals suffering”. Is it that dark now? 

 – In many ways, yes. We are living in quite dystopian times. A lot of the things we have been talking about with the end times of our world and society are coming true. The environment is going haywire and causing mass destruction. The poor are still poor and people are becoming more and more divided. We are living in a global pandemic where our lives have been shut down and governments and corporations are making profit off people’s suffering. It goes on and on. It’s pretty fucking dark. 

You are promoting the campaign Metalheads Against Racism. How did you get involved? 

– We felt a responsibility to use our voice to help elevate the other voices of people who feel marginalized by racism. Especially at a time when it has become a forefront issue of what is happening in our country. With Trump as our president, it seems like this administration has really made a lot of people feel more comfortable to show what their true racist colors are. It has become more violent and hateful and the police here are killing people of color without being held accountable for it. We don’t feel like that’s right and we stand against racism and police brutality. 

Do we need a change in the metal world when it comes to racism?

– Yes. I think there is a lot of closeted racism in the metal scene. In a lot of cases it’s also a very white, male dominated genre. But that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be room for other people who love metal just as much as anyone else. 

Back to the album. Which song has been the hardest to put together?

– I think Mortal the title track had some pretty tricky parts that took awhile to get right, even though it’s the slowest track on the album. Perhaps that’s why! Your Hell had some good challenges for me to. Especially with the picking! 

– I think for me as far as what I consider my own weakness is that I wish I could be a little more technically proficient on the guitar sometimes. I feel like sometimes I have to work twice as hard to play certain things that I’ve seen others play quite naturally and effortlessly. 

Mortal is such a short and dry title. No extravagnza. How did you decide on this title? 

 – We had some other longer names with more words but Mortal seemed to fit the best to all of us. In the end it also seems to work best with the whole package. I actually quite like the simplicity of it! 

Finally. What do you consider to be typical Necrot? 

– We have a big dirty heavy sound live for three people. I think when you play in a trio you have to find ways to make each sound as big as possible. I think we have our own type of sound in a way that makes us stand out on our own. Even if you can tell our influences right away, we do it our own way to. 


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