NECROPHAGIA Stream “Fear the Priest”

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Possessed gets all the credit for trailblazing death metal as a genre with their fancy-pants Seven Churches while Necrophagia sits alone in a dark corner, seldom receiving even a commendatory nod. Probably because they weren’t as good.

Still, their contribution to the genre is too often overlooked.

I haven’t really enjoyed anything they’ve put out since 1998’s Holocausto de la Morte, the first album they released after their reanimation in 1997. Yes, that’s the one where Joe’s southern hero Phil Anselmo joined the band under the pseudonym Anton Crowley and brought all of these killer  riffs with him:

Since then they’ve adopted a particularly chug-driven style, which I tend to find unbearably boring. They just debuted the first single from their next offering of horror-inspired metal, WhiteWorm Cathedral. According to frontman Killjoy De Sade:

“The Exorcist” has been a main stay in my top five films from the first time I watched it. It left an impact on me as a child and has never lost any of it it’s power. I’ve viewed it literally hundreds of times. During the course of our career I’ve written many songs about “The Exorcist”. Some dating clearly back to 1984. I have never felt that any of the previous song attempts would have portrayed it’s impact or captured the true dread that the film. Finally with “Fear the Priest” I think we have done it justice. “Fear the Priest” is our ultimate homage to one of the greatest horror films of all time!

Though it’s certainly not Necrophagia abandoning their recent chuggy trajectory, I actually quite dig this song. I won’t try to pretend that I didn’t bang my head with a scowl hard as nails and enjoy it. It’s also worth noting that total badass/total Sigh frontman Mirai Kawashima is responsible for the keyboards on this track. What do you guys think? Stream it at Bloody Disgusting or just watch the video:

WhiteWorm Cathedral comes out through Season of Mist on October 28th. Preorder here!

 

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  • This is pretty groovy.

  • Edward Meehan

    Is the “Joe’s Southern hero” line a dig at Joe? Lol, you guys.

    • Nah, I also heart Phil.

      • Edward Meehan

        Know what they say about assumptions…

        I’ll see myself out.

        • Don’t go!!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            If you love something, let it go.

          • Edward Meehan

            If the bear don’t wanna stay, I don’t wanna keep him.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            If it loves you, it will come back to you.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You’ve been watching annoying positivity with Metaphysical Anus.

          • W.

            Let it go, let it go!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Dammit! Why did that song become so popular? It’s a shitty song from a shitty movie!

          • Look what you’ve done!!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            It was W, not be! I’m not your fucking scapegoat!

          • I mean, Frozen was no Wreck it Ralph but I wouldn’t call it a shitty movie.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Subjectivity!

          • Wreck It Ralph Master Race!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            The last good Disney animated film was Toy Story 3.

          • You’re really wrong but rather than correcting you, I’m gonna let you stay wrong.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            This is my opinion! There are many like it, but this one is mine!
            Btw, you’re being a huge fucking hypocrite.

          • Yeah, but it’s wrong…

          • Metaphysical Anus

            There is no right and wrong!

          • Wrong again!

          • Tyree

            What is are your favorite Disney movies guys? The Incredibles and Up are my favorites. I seriously teared up at the beginning of the movie Up. No fucking shame!

          • PUSSY!
            Edit: I cried too.

          • Tyree

            Goddamn was that sad.

          • KJM

            That 2 minute sequence was heart rending. That could’ve been a self contained short film and it still would’ve been excellent.

          • Tyree

            Agreed.

          • KJM

            And they accomplished that with NO DIALOGUE. That is amazing.

          • Tyree

            It made it even more sad I think too.

          • I’ve actually gone through and watched a ton of Disney movies recently with my lady. Bunch of stuff I missed over the years. Finding Nemo and Lilo and Stitch were pretty good. Wall-E was excellent.

            /Did tear up during Up.

          • Tyree

            Wall-E I still need to watch. I’ve heard it is incredible. The score is done by Peter Gabriel to which is a huge plus.

          • KJM

            Great movie especially if you’re a Sci-Fi fan.

          • Not Disney, but I REALLY enjoyed the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs movies.

          • Tyree

            OH YES! Love that one. Still need to see the second one.

          • It’s even better than the first because it has anthropomorphic food!

          • W.

            The How to Train Your Dragon films are great too

          • Perkele

            I liked the books better.

          • I’ve heard that. My girl keeps telling me we need to watch them. One day!

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            It butchered my favourite childhood book entirely, and made it into a boring “coming of age but with vikings and dragons” movie. But it had nice animation.

          • W.

            I didn’t know they were based on books!

          • Perkele

            You should read them mate. They’re pretty good.

          • Perkele

            I agree. The books were better.

          • KJM

            Saw the first one, good stuff.

          • Cock of Steele

            I don’t suppose you guys remember the Iron Giant do you?

          • JWG

            It makes me both happy and very very sad every time I see The Iron Giant mentioned in a film comment thread.

            Brad Bird has been promising for ages to do a Blu Ray edition of the Iron Giant, but at this rate with newer better technology right in the horizon it’s probably won’t happen. Cost-effective business practice suggests he’ll wait until the next one is firmly established…

            …and then just tease those guys for a few more years too.

          • I watched Wall-E for a film class in college. It’s an incredible movie.

          • The intro to finding nemo was sad. One of the few childhood movies I still love.

          • W.

            Wall-E and the Brave Little Toaster sre two of my favorites

          • The Brave Little Toaster is HORRIFYING dude.

          • Tyree

            I forgot about that movie. SO HORRIFYING!

          • Simon Phoenix

            The only other animated movie that fucked up my head as much as The Brave Little Toaster was Watership Down.

            Fucking rabbits.

          • KJM

            Gonna go old school and say Fantasia.

          • The Black Hole

          • KJM

            Awesome.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            are you talking the forgotten masterpiece starring not only the mighty anthony perkins but borg9 as well. That this isn’t on blu ray is an unforgiveable sin. The effects were way ahead of their time and no cgi. My favorite is when the comet or fireball rolls through the ship and they are running to get away from it. I saw it in the theatre in 79 and thought it was awesome. I was 10 but i still think it is awesome 35 years later although i have to suffer with my shitty dvd transfer.

          • I am, buddy ole pal. Saw it as a kid and was terrified. Still get a little freaked out at the zombie crew and…..dat ending.

          • Pirates of the Caribbean.

          • Tyree

            Captain Jack Bauer.

          • Has Johnny Depp ever had like a normal role? He seems to always play weird/quirky characters. Not that I mind.

          • Tyree

            He’s played some dull characters but my favorite role he played in is Ed Wood. That movie is so damn amazing and funny.

          • I’ve never seen it, what’s it about?

          • KJM

            It’s based on the life of the Z-Grade movie director famous for ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’. Depp is great but the true star is Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. It might be Burton’s best film.

          • Tyree

            Lol, the scene where Bela Lugosi is wrestling the fake octopus is hilarious.

          • KJM

            “Morphine, with a Demerol chaser”

          • Tyree
          • KJM

            The unsung hero of that movie is George ‘The Animal’ Steele as Tor Johnson.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I was glad that martin landau finally got some respect after toiling in hollywood for so many years. I remember him in space 1999 the most. I was to young for mission impossible.

          • KJM

            I loved Space:1999 season one a lot, the second year not so much except for Maya.

          • W.

            Try watching Up when you’re married…
            I didn’t cry because my heart is made of molten steel, but still sad.

          • Tyree

            I choice not to believe you.

          • Cock of Steele

            Your heart had already melted.

          • Tyree

            Don’t think this is a Disney move but, Fern Gully all day long!

          • Cock of Steele

            Wall-E, I cried for Wall-E.

          • Simon Phoenix

            The Incredibles all fucking day.

          • Howard Dean

            Lion King or leave the hall.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I didn’t know that Lion King came after Toy Story 3.

          • Howard Dean

            I didn’t imply that. I implied the (completely hyperbolic statement) that any animated film that is not Lion King is untrve, and that those who do not agree should “leave the hall.” I was using the “metal elitist” trope and applying it humorously to a discussion about animated films. I hope that cleared it up and potentially made my statement funny for you.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Didn’t make it funny.

          • Howard Dean

            That’s because your sense of humor is incorrect.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            k thx by

          • Edward Meehan

            very advanced level stuff

          • Howard Dean

            Logical inference and reasoning FTW! Byah!

          • The Lion King and The Land Before Time are the greatest American animated films, IMO.

          • Land Before Time slays all with dinosaur steel.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            Hakuna Matata bro

          • hakuna matata muthafucka!

          • i went to see lion king 3d a couple of years ago. there was a middle-aged lady watching (presumptuously for the first time) and towards the end when Simba confronts Scar, she exclaimed “fuck him up!”

          • Cock of Steele

            I’m a 90s spawn, so it’s Lion King, first two toy stories, Hercules, Mulan, and Finding Nemo. And Captain Ron.

          • KJM

            Wall-E

          • Perkele

            It came before TS3. It was a good movie.

          • KJM

            Up came since then and it was a great movie.

          • Perkele

            I’ve not seen it.

          • KJM

            Remedy that as soon as you can, but be prepared for the opening sequence. Unless you have a heart of stone, you will get a lump in your throat.

          • Cock of Steele

            Wall-E was just feels overload. I actually cried during that movie. As opposed to laughing my ass off through the Notebook.

          • W.

            Tangled>Frozen

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            that thing has better pipes than the actual actress

        • Xan

          “Yeah, they make an ass out of you and umption.” – Burnie Burns

      • Randall Thor

        Phil is an abomination! A blight against our glorious cause!

        • >: (

          • Randall Thor

            Pantera is the single worst thing that happened to heavy metal.

          • I’ve got my cursor hovering over the ban hammer!

          • Rand

            Well I can’t log in, did you click it?

          • I’M NOT FUCKING AROUND WHEN IT COMES TO PANTERA!!!

            but no, I didn’t click it. and you’re not in the spam trap. what’d you do???

          • Randall Thor

            I have no idea what happened, but it just seemed to fix itself.

            But seriously, I have friends who love Cowboys From Hell but side with me on the Panterrible argument

          • Cock of Steele

            …I like some Pantera. SOME.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            CROM will back us up in saying Pantera are one of the cornerstones of metal who were basically stronger than all in the decade of the 90’s.

          • Randall Thor

            That was weird

        • hey everybody, randall upvoted his own comment!
          plus, wait what??

          • Rand

            I UPVOTE COMMENTS THAT NEED TO BE SEEN TO FURTHER THE GREATER GOOD.

          • Randall Thor

            I should have used my guest status to upvote myself again

  • Metaphysical Anus

    I dropped by my local record store today and bought the new Sólstafir album. Really digging it.

    • W.

      I haven’t bought a new record in a while. Need to get on that.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        It’s really good. Few parts sound a little bit like Ulver, which is always a good thing.

      • Edward Meehan

        I have bought a surprisingly large amount of records lately, digitally.

        • Tyree

          I’m right there with ya.

          • Edward Meehan

            Granted my wishlist grows faster than the albums I actually buy but last week or two I went in and cleaned out like five of them for $17.50. Five albums for $17.50, that is a BARGAIN.

  • Tyree

    Oh my yes. I crave those vokills. Also, this too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk6D9yJFTIg

    • Scrimm
      • Tyree
        • Scrimm

          I love GSR. there is an album I dont have at my local store for 3.99. I have to stop putting off buying it.

        • Cock of Steele

          STAHP I have enough bands to look up today as it is.

    • more beer

      You sir like some good shit!

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      I always fucking laugh when i see this band name because my cousin actually got the impetigo rash when he was a kid. It was pretty brutal. We laugh about it now. I don’t know if this band was around in the mid 80’s when my cousin got it.

      • more beer

        They have been around since 87. Saw them in 91 at Michigan Death Fest three. Good band cool guy`s I met a lot of people at that fest smoked a lot of weed with the guy`s from Autopsy.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Only good thing about that song is Mirai Kawashima.

    • You’re right, it should be Deafhaven instead!

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Sunbather was only like 6,5/10 for me. You guys are exaggerating about it.

    • Howard Dean

      This statement is incorrect.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Subjective taste.

        • Subjective? Not here it’s not!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Whenever I dislike something, it’s not subjective taste. If someone likes something that I think is bad, it’s subjective taste.

          • Howard Dean

            This statement is incorrect.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            What I’ve experienced show that it is 100% correct.

          • Howard Dean

            Your experience is incorrect.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Fuck this shit. I’m out.

          • Scrimm

            I must say Mr Dean has had a streak of pure comedic gold all week long. BYAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

          • Howard Dean

            Thanks Scrimm! I try to channel the comedic equivalent of the phantasmal horror of the Tall Man into my commenting. I’m glad it’s working!

          • Scrimm

            That is an excellent plan. The comments have always ben good, but they have been even better the past few days. Hell, I’m still laughing about the smooth chocolate hotdog.

          • Howard Dean

            Hah! I forgot about the chocolate hotdog one! That was the Toilet Tuesday.

          • Tyree

            Please be our nations president.You and Dubya should team up.

        • Scrimm

          Nope. Just incorrect.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Maybe this was the reason I left metal community years ago.

          • Dude. You’re saying things to intentionally raise folks ire and getting mad that they’re (jokingly!) calling you out on it. Relax!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Can’t we all just get along?

          • Perkele

            So I can’t state my own opinions?

          • Not if you can’t handle over-the-top disagreements. We’re metalheads.

          • Perkele

            How am I supposed to know where the line goes? It’s pretty fucking hard to see the line.

          • There is no spoon. I mean line.

          • is Perkele your real name?

          • Perkele

            It’s a Finnish swear word. My real name is Lauri.

          • KJM

            You can safely assume that anytime I do that, I’m just being silly.

          • Howard Dean

            You can totally state opinions. But when you voice your opinion in very bold statements, people usually respond accordingly. Now, if I were to post a comment that said “The best part about Iron Maiden is that you don’t have to listen to it” (note: just an example, I love Iron Maiden), I would expect a little bit of heat and backlash from an online metal community. It comes with the territory. None of us are “mad,” we just have fun stating opinions and debating with others about their opinions. That’s called discourse.

          • Perkele

            Okay, I’m sorry. I got a little bit carried away because it has been a pretty shitty day today, except for the new Solstafir album.

          • ya, you seem a little rustled today. pet your doges!

          • Now we kill the fatted calf and accept the prodigal anus with open arms.

          • Scrimm

            This. Take a joke man.

          • Howard Dean

            I think you need to realize that I’m at least 50% tongue-in-cheek and ridiculous when I’m commenting. My posts fall into two categories: 1.) “I like this band or that sound or this album and that song/I don’t like this and I think it’s not good”; or 2.) “I am going to pretend to be a former presidential candidate and say ridiculous things to either get a laugh or to counter-troll trolls.”

          • Oh oh, my turn:
            1.) Crush posers.
            2.) Crush posers.

          • Perkele

            When will you admit that you’re a poser as well?

          • When I develop a taste for Deafhaven.

          • Edward Meehan

            I don’t hate Heafdeaven, but I chuckled at my desk here at work lol.

          • Perkele

            It’s not the only poser band.

          • I don’t know of very many, what with not being a poser and all.

          • Perkele

            Those are words that a closet poser would use.

          • I have been known to pose in my closet. There’s a full-length mirror in there and it’s really the only place I can see my whole body.

          • Perkele

            You are a latent poser.

          • These keep getting better and better.

          • Perkele

            Don’t you try to change the subject!

          • KJM

            Posers will DIIIEEEEE!!!

          • we wouldn’t have it any other way

  • Howard Dean

    Necrophagia really are like the “forgotten band” of the proto-death/early death metal scene. Everyone talks about Possessed, Death, Autopsy and bands cut of that cloth, and people even reference Hellhammer quite a bit as the quintessential “proto-death metal band,” but Necrophagia is sort of lost in time, an anomaly birthed in ’84 that has always been sort of “out of place.” It’s too bad, as they are a cool band. Sidenote: They look like a pack of meth makers or “hills have eyes” castoffs in this band photo. Spooky stuff:

    http://www.metal-archives.com/images/4/0/6/406_photo.jpg?3441

    • Howard Dean

      Also, this new track is nice. Liking it quite a bit. I could probably do without the sample in the beginning, and would prefer it just jumped straight into the old school horror death.

      • I’m with you. I was also thinking that their current style seems to work with standalone songs, but a full-length album full of it can be tiresome.

        • Howard Dean

          Totally agree. They probably don’t have enough creativity and dynamics to make a full length worth of this stuff exciting or interesting the whole way through. But as a track or two here or there? Good shit.

          Addendum on samples: I actually do like some samples in songs. I just feel like Mortician ruined the whole “horror samples at the beginning of caveman death metal songs” for me. They really beat that dead horse into pulverized mush.

          • Tyree

            Are Mortician still even active?

          • Howard Dean

            They’re still listed as active on the metal-archives, but they haven’t released anything since ’07, and I’m not sure if they still perform live.

          • Tyree

            Zombie Apocalypse is my shit though. So heavy and groovy as hell.

          • Howard Dean

            I have a soft (potentially fetid and septic) spot for House by the Cemetery. And Hacked Up for Barbecue is a gory, grindy classic.

          • Tyree

            House by the Cemetery is a fun time.

          • Howard Dean

            I really like their stuff. Though admittedly, the samples can kill the goodness for me. Sometimes if I’m not in the right mood, I can’t even listen to it, because the 1:45 second sample for a 2:51 second song just pisses me off.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            Yea, they just re released the final bloodbath sessions, i got one roger got the rest of the band to sign when he was NY deathfest. Roger is a cool guy, i have been ordering merch from him for 14 years , he is like the reverse blacke judd. Mortician is the heaviest band of all time and i stand by that. Also i wouldn’t want to meet rahmer in a dark alley if i had 12 guys backing me up. Dude is the real fucking deal. I have enough mortician shirts to pad a queen size mattress.

          • Tyree

            That’s awesome man! I never met Roger or seen Mortician live. Seeing Mortician live is something I need to do before I die though.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            No, i have never seen them either, i live in western canada. I had ordered the cd from the mortician web site and asked roger to sign it , but he ended up getting the 2 other signatures as well. i would have killed to be at the NY deathfest.

          • more beer

            You my friend would not have to worry about meeting Will In a dark alley. He`s a tough son of a bitch but a very nice guy. I took one of his friend`s who was stranded in Denver out the other night. He got in touch with me and told me a friend of his was stranded here gave me his info and I picked him up and took him out for a beer. how many people would reach out across the country like that?

          • more beer

            They just played N.Y. Deathfest about a month ago.

          • more beer

            They are going into the studio after the new year. 30 songs that are supposed to be more brutal than anything they ever did.

    • Cock of Steele

      Given recent events, one of them might be a meth cooker.

      • more beer

        What recent event`s Poland? You don`t know what your talking about. I`ve know Mr Rahmer for almost 30 years I`ve never even seen him smoke a joint the guy does not do any drugs.

        • Cock of Steele

          Well now, I never confirmed anything.

          • more beer

            It was Implied. So i thought I would let you know. I`m sure there was a lot of alcohol involved.

    • Xan

      It’s strange. With my love of old school death metal, one would have that I would have heard of them but I haven’t ever heard of them. I shall be bookmarking their Metal Archives page for later masturbation.

  • KJM

    GIVE US TIME! FEAR THE PRIEST!! MERRRRRRIN!!!

  • Flushgod Apocalypse

    Love the production on this, as well as the artwork. It’s a shame these guys never got the credit they deserved.

    • Howard Dean

      Yeah, that artwork is sick.

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    nothin says crushing bitties like some OSDM on a Friday, brah

  • Randall Thor

    YES! So glad to see there are others aware of this band! Also, I was kind of expecting the new track to be awful, but wow, it really kills

  • Call the Slambulance

    I’m really, really enjoying this. It is so evil and groovy, but just fucking pounding. You can absolutely tell that these dudes have been doing this for thirty years, haha. I’m fucking stoked for this album.

  • crazytaco_12

    Necrophagia slay it dude. Most of everything I’ve heard is a good listen, and the video for “Embalmed Yet I Breathe” is seriously one of the best “short films” I’ve ever watched. Jim Van Bebber is a master.