Breathing putrid air since 1989(!), Necrophobic have diligently toiled away as Swedish underdogs, always delivering the goods but with little to no fanfare when compared to the likes of Grave, Entombed, Dismember etc.
However, Necrophobic had just as much influence on Sweden’s death metal scene, offering something darker, more malevolent and, ultimately, a little more blackened than their peers but still delivering brutality and ingenuity in equal measure.
Ice cold, morbidly sinister and indefatigably satanic, The Nocturnal Silence was at its best when delivering eerie, tremolo-picked soliloquy’s such as “Before The Dawn” and the overwhelmingly intense title track. The most striking aspect is how something this diabolically depraved could sound so damn catchy, an achievement that can only be attributed to the sheer quality of Necrophobic’s songwriting.
With 2018’s Mark of the Necrogram and 2020’s Dawn Of The Damned causing a stir amongst fans of this most reliable band, the time is right to revisit an underrated masterpiece and an album that ably kick-started Necrophobic’s now illustrious career.
Necrophobic‘s The Nocturnal Silence was re-issued by Century Media Records on September 16th, 2022.
- Anders Strokirk: Vocals
- Tobias Sidegard: Bass
- David Parland: Guitars, Keyboard
- Joakim Sterner: Drums