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Monthly Archives: December 1997

Interview with Ton – Dec. 6, 1997 (opening for Deicide)
Taken in Massillon, OH by Melanie
Interview with Jeff Shepler and Dan Gates

*The Interview That Should Not Be!*
You are lucky to see this in print. This was taken at the Deicide show. It took us a LONG time to get there due to the blizzard conditions and road-treachery. Later that night, on the way home, we ended up hitting a patch of ice in the car and ending up in an eighty foot ravine… scared witless but unscathed. (special thanks to AAA here!!) Ah, the lengths Necrosis goes for good press! Enjoy this…

When did your band form and how?

JS: Mid-1993. We were all in bands together at different points in the past, and all kind of got together. Me and Dan were in a band, playing with another drummer. We had been playing together for a while, and I left that band to join a band called Hemlock. Paul was one of the guitar players in Hemlock. Shortly after I joined, Dan also joined. Then, within 3-6 months, that band fell apart, and we just decided we would find a drummer, because we were happy playing together.

What’s everyone’s name? What duties do you perform within the band?

Dan Gates – guitar
Kevin Kraft – drums
Paul Bennett – guitar
Jeff Shepler – bass and vocals

What are your influences? How do you blend them to sound unique?

DG: I guess we’re influenced by a lot of different things. A lot of brutal death metal, obviously. I know jeff, more so than the rest of us, likes a lot of classic rock and stuff. All kinds of music… we just try and incorporate everything that we know, and come up with original sound that’s as heavy and brutal as we can.
JS: That is something we all like.

What would you describe your sound as? What would you say you “are”?

JS: I guess we fall into death metal if you are categorizing. We try to combine a lot of influences actually. We like a lot of grind and stuff, but we do some hardcore-influenced stuff too.

What can we look forward to hearing on your album? Why should fans see you live as well?

DG: Hopefully we’ll have a full-length CD out next year. All of our new material is just as heavy or heavier than before. I think we all advanced musically, and life goes on… as far as live shows, I mean, you see four guys doing what they love to do.
JS: We give it 100% every time.
DG: Music’s the most important thing to us. We don’t get all dressed up or anything like that. Just four guys, playing death metal, doing what they love to do.

When is your album going to be out?

JS: We’re shooting for late next year. We’re going to try and do a full-length video, too.

Describe how your music and lyrics are written. Is it a collaborative effort?

JS: As far as the music goes, Dan and Paul and myself, we all write individual riffs; we come into practice and then we combine them. We build the songs together. No-one comes in with a whole song and says ‘learn this!’ We all put in our 25% and build it from the ground up. Kevin comes up with ideas and stuff too… As far as the lyrics, I usually write them, but they’re welcome to write any time. Any time we have ideas, we always work on it – it’s not like any one person has a certain position in the band. Everyone’s part of it, and everyone counts equally. If Kevin wants to tell me something about my lyrics, even though he’s the drummer, it’s just as important to me to hear what he’s thinking about. It’s OUR band. Lately, it’s more like WE are the band, not really it’s “our” band, if there’s any difference. That’s how we think about it at least.

Describe the content of your lyrics. What type are they?

JS: Basically, it’s anything and everything. Anything that matters to us at all, that is what I write about. Sometimes, it could be something personal, like one of our songs is about my wife’s grandfather being murdered in KY, and another song is about my best friend (or someone I thought was my best friend) totally lying to me… It could be about anything. We could talk about this forever. Anything that is kinda political or interesting to me at all…
DG: Most of it is real situations and real things. I’m not knocking bands that do this, but it’s not all gore and evil and Satan ‘666’ <laughs> thing. We don’t just come up with the goriest thing we can.
JS: I like to think the lyrics are just as strong as the music. They have just as much meaning.

(to Jeff) How long have you been playing (bass)?

JS: I don’t know, seven years? (He is excellent, and well-versed! – ed.)

What is your opinion of the metal scene? In general and in Ohio?

JS: I think the death metal scene’s pretty strong.
DG: It dosen’t seem to be really big, but it seems that there are a lot of fans that have been dedicated t the underground a long time that always come out. That’s cool. More people always means a better show…
JS: When you say the scene, I always think of the bands, not the clubs or the fans or whatever. There’s a ton of good bands… Hemdale’s really good, Blood Coven is really good, Drogheda’s really good – I mean, I could go on a while. Lots of good bands.

What do you expect to get out of touring?

DG: Well, we don’t know, we’ve never been on tour… We’ll just keep pushing it…

Any words of wisdom, to people or aspiring musicians or bands, in parting?

JS: Just be happy playing with your band, in the practice room before you worry about too much else… if you can’t get together and practice and be happy, then there’s no sense in doing it any longer. If you’re not happy practicing, and you just want to play out all the time and be rockstars, may as well forget about it. It’s not going to happen.