You had a band called Crucifix which was formed in 1994 and now Necrocult...
You are in the extreme metal scene but you hadn't released many records, could
you tell us about the past of the band and what you have experienced?
Manu : As you mentioned, the band was born in 1994. David and Loran used to
play trash metal classics covers then I joined with bass and voice, trying to
play with them. From these sessions a first song was born, and another, and
another... highly death metal influenced. Through those years the band evolved
to something more and more brutal when in 97 i think Loran started singing with
me, puting his black metal voice and touch in the music and entity. That was the
debut of actual Necrocult.
During all those time we recorded many rehearsals tape, for us only, and one
live recording, the one and last under Crucifix name.
Loran : Crucifix then Necrocult is from the beginning more a live band
than a studio one. We played live since 1994 and never stopped to spread our
music on stage – except since these 3 last years. We recorded our first album
after a meet with Ash from Ouroboros who proposed to record us. He released this
album on his own label, Snakebite Production that is owned by his bro now.
You released an album in 2003 under Necrocult name. Then 8 years have passed
and during 8 years you had some gigs although you don't have a record for the
band. Can you tell us about these shows? Did you had to take a break?
Manu : Those shows were particulary played in South of France. It was
cool to present our Music to larger scene and audience. We have the opportunity
to open for one of our favorite band Enslaved. We never take an official break,
it’s just that first of all we are not the most productive band but we are still
composing new songs.
Loran : Since the released of the album, we had opportunity to play
outside our region with great bands of the french underground scene. We played
twice with legendary french heavy metal band Killers and really good bands that
you need to listen (Asmodée, Malhkebre, Svart Crown, The Seven Gates, Withdrawn,
…) And it was an honnor for us openning for Enslaved gig here in Toulouse.
Necrocult never took a break. Involving his life in a band need time and for
personal reason we can't develop our music as we like.
David: The show in Macon with “The Seven Gates” was the best we ever
proposed. Killer sound and public. Total chaos from the first riff to the last
Manu also has a project named Oldskull and they released a record in 2009.
Can you talk about that band?
Manu: Oldskull is an old trip, with an old friend to play total death metal,
the one we enjoy, in the old way, as fans of bands like Unleashed, Morgoth, Bolt
thrower, etc. Joined with a friend of us, then rejoined by my brother (who plays
in TRASHNASTY too ,a great brutal thrash/death band). We already played some
gigs and released one demo called “death and metal”
You mentioned that Necrocult is working on a new record. How is the recording
going right now? How many songs will be, is the name decided etc, can you share
the information with us?
Manu: The recording is right and very well started, soon finished. There
will be 6 songs. Like in the “Necrocult” album, these six songs are quite long.
They are the simple evolution of our music, created during these 8 years, darker
and hatefull, still so epic and brutal as we enjoy to create. There is a title,
you will soon discover it.
Loran: I'm recording and mixing this future album in my personal studio.
We decided to record on this way because we want to have total control on the
production. First materials were very promising. The album will be composed of 4
songs we already played in live and 2 very new compositions. We are starting to
work on the cover and next step is to found a label for this album.
David: We decided to record only 4 songs first for a MCD. When we
realized that the 2 lasts composed songs must be included in this recording as
they considerably enhance atmosphere and personality, we decide to add new
record session. As total duration is near 45 mn, the MCD project became an album
Considering the extreme metal scene from the past to day, what were the
biggest changes in your opinion?
Loran: 15 years ago, you don't need to add “extreme” when you were talking
about metal or True when you're talking about Black Metal. The big difference
for me is that many band loosed the roots of our music and the original metal
Among the bands, themes like nationalism, racism etc are growing and new
metal kinds like metalcore, deathcore etc have emerged. What do you think about
Manu: I don’t think anythings of themes and styles you have mentioned
because i’m not interested so there is nothing good nor bad i can think. There
are surely nationalism in few black metal bands i listen so i only listen their
Loran: I hate nationalism, racism and these (always) trendy lyrics themes.
Metal core, Death core are music with no interested for me as they are not
handle traditional metal roots.
The number of the bands which have black/death mix brutal vocal and are black
metal based has increased lately, do you think the trend is becoming the late
80s and early 90s?
Manu: The old school movement is cool for who can’t find pleasure in the
actual metal. Personnaly there are not so much bands i enjoy that came since the
2000 because of the modern sound and influences.
Loran: It's a good thing, actually trend is the oldschool way, from Heavy
Thrash to Old School Death Metal. I think bands have lost the original metal way
last years, it's time to fight again with true old believe. Few bands offer new
sound and atmosphere, dark and harmful – especially here in France in death and
It might be a cliche question but I will ask anyway. Have you ever thought
about how an extreme metal band must be?
Manu: Extreme, Personal and Authentic
Loran: Evil and Occult.
Lastly, thank you for your answers. What do you want to say to the ones who
will meet you with this interview and to the ones who wonder your band?
Be prepared for new chaos coming soon. Further material will follow and enhance
our initial way. Follow us on official website on
www.necrocult.com. Thank to you Cenk for
your interest and for your work with Extreminal !