NECROPHAGIST was founded in early 1992 to integrate the fury of grinding, fast death metal with progressive music. Shortly after the band formed they entered the studio and recorded their first demo tape. Requiems of Festered Gore was never released to the masses as it was sent out solely for promotional reasons in an attempt to help the band secure gigs. In 1995, NECROPHAGIST re-entered the studio and recorded a self-titled, follow-up demo. The demo’s impact sent shock waves through the European underground death metal scene, which helped NECROPHAGIST not only establish their gruesome name, but allowed the band to play numerous shows all over Europe. Soon NECROPHAGIST was recognized as one of the leading bands in the growing underground progressive/technical death metal scene.
In 1999, NECROPHAGIST recorded their self-released, full-length debut Onset of Putrefaction. Despite the limited number of copies that were made, Onset of Putrefaction only solidified the growing reputation that NECROPHAGIST had started with their self-titled demo. Soon, NECROPHAGIST became the standard for progressive death metal. Uniting influences from different styles, including classical music, Onset of Putrefaction showcased NECROPHAGIST’s demanding dexterity, inhuman brutality and fury.
With Onset of Putrefaction, NECROPHAGISTreanimated the brutal death metal genre that many had left for dead. Onset of Putrefaction actually became an influence for hordes of young musicians and fledgling European death metal bands. The overwhelming response helped NECROPHAGIST secure highly sought after support slots with such extreme music luminaries as Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Sinister. This attention further blossomed into appearances at numerous festivals including the Fuck The Commerce in Germany, the legendary Brutal Assault in Czech Republic and Maryland Deathfest.
In 2004, NECROPHAGIST signed to Relapse Records to unleash the seminal, tech-death masterpiece Epitaph on a pitiful and unsuspecting world. Uniting head-spinning musicianship, elaborate arrangements and an acute sense of dynamics within composition, Epitaph reset the bar for complexity and technique in modern-day death metal! The next few years saw NECROPHAGIST pillage the world with bands such as Dying Fetus, Carcass, Suffocation, 1349 and headline the Summer Slaughter Tour in 2007 and 2009.