Necrology - Reissue 10" Vinyl
Like An Ever Flying Limb EP
Necrology - Reissue
Formed by Matti & Grant in December 1988, purpose: to perform Carcass covers exclusively from the 1st album. Name thought up by Matti, derived from some graphical medical handbook, an interest which Matti and Grant shared with a certain morbidity. Inconsistent line-up. Inspired by seminal Stockholm noisecore band Berbe (part of Matti's unkown dark past.) Managed to rehearse a few Carcass covers and incomprehensible noise, which by a massive stretch of imagination could be mistaken for songs. Nothing remains on tape. For obvious reasons. Did not last. For obvious reasons. After several months of inactivity, Matti gathered a fresh batch of sad bastards who were willing to elevate this special brand of musical Carcass-worship to unknown heights. Feeding off the instant chemistry between them, 3 songs were almost instantly completed, although rehearsals were limited to some 2-3 times a month. By February it was decided that these foul practices of forensic insanity had to be recorded.
The word had got around, and it did not take long before the label "Stockholms most hated" was applied to the band. Mustered by this stigma, the band went ahead and recorded their first three songs. Recording took place at the highly unlikely facility of an amateur theatre group with recording equipment. This may have contributed to the final result, which was shockingly brutal and very ...eh... Grind. May even be seen as out-"noising" the "Reek of Putrefaction" album, which, ultimately, was the purpose from the start. This recording was eventually released as the Erosive Offals demo tape.
Not wasting any time, the band were on stage a few days after the recording had come to a conclusion at the end of March. The scene for this excercise was in a rather shabby suburb of Stockholm with heavy metal gods Unleashed, Afflicted Convulsion, Crematory and Macrodex. Needless to say these bands were completely outclassed... in terms of grindcore, anyway. And in every other aspect, come to think of it. The accompanying bands and audience were completely blown away by G.S. and their massive five-minute set (which still exists on video), describing it in such appraising words as "complete shit", "by god, that truly sucked", "huh?", "what, you mean that was a band playing?". The band having also foreseeing the uniform trend by all wearing Carcass t-shirts.
Despite the general lack of understanding by mere mortals, they felt that greatness was just around the corner. Also many more opportunities to severely piss people off. However, when the band sat back and actually listened to the demo itself, they quickly decided to re-enter the studio (a real studio this time). Matti decided that the lyrics needed a cerain something to heighten them and thusly contacted Grant and asked him to re-write the lyrics, what with his Scottish background and impressive eloquency. Needless to say, Grant was completely willing to jump on the bandwagon and share any fame/infamy the band might gather. For free too! Sunlight Studio was quickly booked being the prime choice for any self-respecting band on the more brutal side of the musical spectrum. The band was slotted in between actual "real" recordings by "real" bands, working an intense six hours completing both the recording and mixing in one night.
The result was "gargantuan". Named by the band's acquired lyricist/non-vocalist Grant as Pestiferous Anthropophagia, which nobody really knows the meaning of, least of all himself. This was a step forward in reaching their own special sound... of ripping off a certain band. Fifty copies were duplicated on Jocke's double tape deck at home, the layout of the tape done using scissors, typewriter and glue (which, despite popular belief did not end up in the band members' noses.) These were distributed in a small amount by the band, though, thanks to tape traders, managed to reach quite an amount of people for which we are eternally grateful. After some time Rickard left the band to focus on his main band Unanimated, and Grant, being the natural choice, re-joined the band. Whoopee!
By this time, a man of great and awesome taste, Bill Yurkiewicz, was interested in releasing something by the band on his then label Grind Till Global Perfection. A split single with, amongst others, Soilent Green was planned. As time passed, his label morphed into Relapse Records and talk of a full EP was discussed. After a lot of silliness from the bands side, it was arranged that G.S. yet again enter Sunlight studios. During this time, the band quickly got a hold of a semi-functional portable studio and recorded their repertoire to see how they'd sound with McWilliams foul tones on it.
Thoroughly disgusted, but without any better options, they decided to go ahead and enter the studio. Yet again Tomas Skogsberg was to be exposed to these sickos. So, during a few days in November 1990 the "classic" Necrology EP was recorded. The band decided to record their entire repertoire of seven songs (which was all they had been able to spew forth during their 10 month life span). Thusly, the three demo tracks resurfaced for this recording as well, along with all the new material the band had written since the recording of the "P.A." demo. This initially was released as a vinyl EP, minus two songs (The Succulent Aftermath of a Subdural Haemorrhage & An orgy of Flying Limbs and Gore) which were to appear on a split EP that was to be released after the vinyl 7". Directly after recording the EP, Matti left the band to pursue his spiraling career in Dismember. The remaining three wished him luck and thusly found themselves without one of the major forces behind the band.
After dithering about trying to write new songs and getting absolutely nowhere (except tentatively naming their forthcoming, and potentially non-existent, album "Sex-God-Pathology"). At this time, they decided to call it a day. As everybody knows, you're better off quitting while you're ahead. Anything to achieve a kind of mythical status among a few. Mats lay down his drum sticks, walked off into the setting sun, and was never heard from again. Rumour has it that he became a P.E. teacher, but the remaining living members of the band deny this as too horrible to be true. Jocke insisted on being heavy metal with Afflicted, before shaving off all his body hair and being one of the founding members of Face Down. Grant went back to abusing various substances and ended up studying Library & Information Science in some hellhole in the south of Sweden. This mostly happened before the EP was released (and three years before the CD), so none of the members really had any idea of how popular it would become (No, we're not exactly modest about it...) Had it been any other way, maybe the world would have been blessed with perhaps several more gore dripping insane grindcore anthems.
Approximately ten years after their short, but intense, reign of idiocy - they resurface, to the extreme consternation of everyone. Bigger,better...blah blah blah. It's pretty much the same as before, but sicker, faster and as f*cked up as ever. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. After reforming in 1999 and the false start that followed, where the band only managed to crank out one track (the contribution to the "Requiems of Revulsion" Carcass tribute), GS once again was put on ice. The primary reason for this was the problem of finding a permanent line-up, and mostly the problem of finding a proper drummer for the band.
Out of the myriad of drummers that was tried, most of them declined to join the band due to time constraints (In one case a drummer was forbidden to join up with GS because his band felt that the presence of the "mighty" GS would annihilate their own band. Whatever.) So, after recording the Carcass track in November 2000, very little happened. Some drummers were tried out. Some fit in but couldn't join the band after all. The band slowly drifted back into a coma, only to be woken up by late summer 2002 when guitarist Jocke met up with long-time associate Andreas Eriksson (Sayyadina bassist/vocalist).
They decided to try out recording some serious grindcore at Andreas' place with the aid of his computer and a drum machine. A couple of songs were quickly written (using riffs that were composed for the 1999 reunion). The pair found themselves with a couple of songs, and considered getting GS going once again. They asked Grant if he was interested, and he rejoined the band. Once again, the search for a drummer was in progress. Luckily enough, Andreas knew of the capabilities of Birdflesh drummer Adde Mitroulis, after he had filled in as a session drummer for Sayyadina on their German tour the same year. He was asked if he was interested, got a few old tracks on CD and said that he wanted to do it.
With a full line up, serious writing and recording took place from September to December 2002. Seven new tracks were quickly completed and recorded at Andreas' place, and the results were over expectation. The band were not sure about what would be the most proper way to release their new material. At the same time, they were contacted by Dr. Morton Fairbanks of fellow Carcass worshippers The County Medical Examiners, asking them if they would consider releasing their new material as a split CD on Razorback Records. Naturally, this was such a great opportunity for the band that they could not pass it up. The band played their first rehearsal with drummer Adde in January 2003, and since it went so well, it was decided that the recording should commence as quickly as possible. This time around the band have actually produced concrete results, which should hopefully please both those who enjoyed the "Necrology" EP and those who haven't been subjected to us before. We're just pleased to have a stable line-up and be playing the same kind of music as before, which we all still have a soft spot for.