In case you missed the underlying theme in the above band pic, Necrosexual are out for fun, black metal riffage and evidently Mustangs. Grim 1, the band’s debut, will see its release later this week and the nine tracks contained will either make you smirk with knowing affinity or smirk with the sheer amount of fun unearthed. Black metal and fun normally don’t go together but the marriage here is nearly inseparable. Ahead of Grim 1 we had the chance to discuss our set of Profile questions with the band and you definitely will want to read the band’s responses. Head inside to see what they had to say.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I’ve been performing and creating videos since 2011. GRIM 1 is my first album. I know it’s a long way to the top. But I’m ready to take on the challenge to be the world’s next great rock n roll icon.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
Back in 2015, before the album production was underway, I was going stir crazy and hungry to perform. I got booked to do a burlesque performance the opening night of a new cabaret club in Philadelphia. I figured, how hard could male stripping be? So I got up there, stripped down to a pink G string to “Witching Hour” by Venom, and for the finale I had this jug filled with glitter. I intended to pour the glitter slowly and sensually over my chest, but I was so pumped with adrenaline that I threw it on my face and all over the stage. A glitter Bukake of sorts. That glitter stayed on my body and around my apartment for years after that. But this story has a happy ending – the guy who booked me for the show was Scott R Johnston, who ended up drawing my album cover for Grim 1. And the club this happened at is Franky Bradley’s, where I’ll be having my CD release party on February 18 . So the circle has come…full circle!
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
There’s a lot of garbage music out there in general, not just in metal. I try my best to ignore the wimp scene kids and focus on greatness. On a positive note, I went to Shadow Woods Metal Fest in Maryland the last two years, which is like heavy metal sleepaway camp for adults, and there are so many killer bands out there in the underground.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
I take out my frustrations on the posers in my music and lyrics. I’m passionate about bringing attitude and charisma with every performance. Showmanship is a huge part of metal and rock and roll history. Nothing bores me like a band with zero stage presence.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
Unwittingly, my father had a hand in creating the Necrobeast. He bought me Metallica’s Black Album when I was 12. The fuse was lit. The first line on GRIM 1 is “IT’S NOT A PHASE THAT I’M GOING THROUGH,” which was inspired by many real life conversations with my parents during my teenage years. But my dad also drove my friends and I hours away to see bands like Slayer, Kreator and Cannibal Corpse, before I was old enough to drive. They realize now I am who I am and support my music. Even if you’re not a metalhead, there’s no way you can discount our musicianship and attitude if you listen to the album or watch us play live.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Share your PornHub and Netflix passwords.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
I want to be known as the hardest working ghoul in rock n roll. So I hope to prove that every time we hit the stage.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
This is a few years old, but I was mesmerized by In Solitude’s “Sister.” It’s remarkable how they made an album so dark and heavy and soulful, and hearing psych rock and 70s influences was really refreshing to me.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Anthony Gabriele and I are already in the process of writing and recording guitar click tracks for drums. My goal is to have the next album recorded by the end of 2018.
I also play bass in Basilysk with Necrodrummer Mike Churry. Basilysk’s upcoming full length album “Emergence,” should arrive this summer like a swarm of ravenous cicadas from hell sometime this summer, and will be the next great death metal album of 2018.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Necrosexual for their time!