The notorious NecronomicoN of Canada has resurfaced once more, ready to curse the world once again with their fiery brand of blackened death metal. Rise Of The Elder Ones is the name of their latest magnum opus, now available from the folks at Season Of Mist. The band left a lasting impression while embarking on The Black Path Of America Tour in 2011, opening for the likes of Vreid and Kampfar. Expect to see NecronomicoM on the road constantly, including a North American Tour with the legendary Deicide in October. Here is a recent interview we conducted with founder member Rob The Witch to find out more about the rise of the mighty NecronomicoN and their wicked new album. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in NecronomicoN, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Rob The Witch; founder writer and composer of NecronomicoN and the band’s been around for over 20 years.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local metal scene like there?
We are coming from the remote northern part of Quebec province of Canada called Saguenay, we moved in Montreal city in the 90’s because it was no good for us to stay up there and wanting to do something serious with our music. The Metal scene in Montreal is really one of the best in North America I think, a lot of different kind of metal bands around. The only thing that is sad, there’s no real industry for metal and bands don’t help each other very much, the scene would be way bigger if it was not like that.
How did the cooperation with Season of Mist come about?
I can’t say for now since its pretty new but hopefully its gonna be better than with our previous labels. The only thing I know it’s that they have a good reputation and beside some standard procedure things seems okay for now.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Rise Of The Elder Ones?
Rise is the ending (if i can say) or the second part of the cycle of what we started in Return of the Witch. The awakening of the Omega energy and the consciousness of what it is, the creation of the divine in the flesh to give birth to the human god in Rise of the Elder Ones. The spiritual realization of the self reaching unity in the physical form to change and re create what humanity is supposed to be after the years of slumber.
Select two songs from Rise Of The Elder Ones and what inspired the lyrics.
Well there are 2 songs that are not in the same veins of what we are doing usually. The Valley of the Lost Souls and The Fallen. The first one is inspired by a Story of Robert E. Howard in the Conan saga. When I was a kid, I was reading Conan and I had a collection of the comic book Marvel was publishing. One story among others always stayed in my mind, it was The Vale of Lost Women. I found some leftover of my old collection and fell on the book that had that story and decide to put music to the story. Well, the lyrics are inspired of that but I had to change some elements because it would not be NecronomicoN anymore, but it follows the same line than the story if I can say. The Fallen is homage to the people that gave their lives to save others in the great conflicts that have been raging forever on the face of the earth. My grandfather was a WW2 war hero and he died while I was writing the album, so this song is in part for him.
Who did the cover art for Rise Of The Elders and how much input did you have on it?
Simon Bossert from Metal Artwork in Germany, he is the one that did Return of the Witch also. Besides the language barrier, he is not really hard to work with. I don’t know how he works with the other bands but in NecronomicoN’s case, we had total control on what we wanted, it was extremely précised. He did mention that working with us was more demanding due to the fact that there was no place for random stuff.
How did The Black Path Of America Tour go and what were some of the highlights? (I was at The Whisky show – which was outstanding!)
Well it went really well in overall, there’s always weird stuff happening on the road so it’s no big deal and its part of the game you know. We stayed in really good contact with Kampfar and actually meet each other quite few other times, they became close friends and we are really happy with that. Some highlights…hmmm well the Whisky was one and Edmonton in Alberta (CA) was one too , really intense there. Kingston (NY) really surprised us too because it was a small venue but full packed and people were so into it that it felt like a million bucks. It’s easier to recall the crappy ones because there was not many of them HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Any chance of NecronomicoN making their way back to the States for another tour?
Yes its already in process and its already announced actually. We were supposed to be their some months ago but the other band we were touring with decided to drop the tour and another time the tour has been cancelled. I cross my fingers that everything will be okay now.
What could one expect from a live NecronomicoN show?
Well it’s obvious that going there as a opening band or not too high on a fest bill prevents us to do our full production set up, you know. So we will see, we like using pyro and things like that but I think you can easily imagine that it wont be part of the next US/CAN tour.
Any strange or scary stories from the road or at a show that you could share?
They are always full of weirdness and it’s part of the game when you tour, so yes. But if I have to pick one, I would say on the Black Path we lost all breaks on the bus while entering San Francisco, and trust me when it happen right when you start to go down hill…it’s pretty intense. No one was hurt or anything but was really impressive.
If NecronomicoN could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Okay that I don’t know because we already played with a lot of bands. Really hard to say but I think that going back on the road with Cradle, Dimmu or Behemoth would be nice. First because they are all good friends and touring in these conditions is a must , it make everything way easier and when shit happens is fixed quickly.
When you look back on your early albums Pharaoh Of Gods and The Sacred Medicines, what do you think of them now? Any chance Season Of Mist will re-release your early work?
I think they both great album, the only think the bugs me it’s that Pharaoh have never been done the way i wanted, Sacred is not super well produced + the booklet was Done in catastrophe and have never been distributed world wide. If season would do that i would be more than happy, but that’s something we need to wait to see, right now we are just thinking about going on the road. But yes i would be going for it.
What is your favorite beer of choice and why?
Mostly European beers like Stella Artois, Bitburger, Grolsh, Becks, Heineken and Guinness when I need dark stuff. But there’s one from Montreal that is something amazing, if you like stout like beer. Its called St Ambroise Noir, to my standards it beats Guinness.
What’s up next for NecronomicoN?
We just want to tour for now, that’s it, nothing else. Of course I have some new songs in my head for the next album but I haven sat down to work on it yet. The road is calling and I need my fix if I can say. Touring is something we are really fond of. |So anyway be sure to not miss us with Deicide in October in US.
Any final words of wisdom?
First thanks for your support and we really hope to see you soon on tour, the next one starts in Atlanta and finish in Austin TX , be sure to visit our Facebook page for the tour dates. Be there. Rock on.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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