Necrophagist are a German Technical Death Metal Band.
They are known for their highly technical playing, even for tech death standards, a good majority of which are borrowed from classical music. They hit mainstream popularity (At least the metal mainstream) with the release of Epitaph, no thanks due to being signed on Relapse Records.
Although a new album was announced in the works back in 2009, they're have been no new whatsoever on whether or not they are still active. In fact, the last known show was back in 2010, leading many to believe that they split up.
However, on September 11, 2013, Romain Goulon had posted a statement that they were still around, and that they are most definitely working on the third album, but gave no other information. This, however, appears to not be true; people who know the band members personally have reported that Muhammed has left music altogether and that Necrophagist is truly dead now and probably forever. With Goulon joining Benighted in 2016, these rumors appear to have been more or less confirmed. Muhammed himself has been spotted at shows with some reasonable degree of frequency lately, though his current day job as an engineer at BMW has limited his ability to be active in any real fashion.
- Muhammed Suiçmez vocals, lead guitar (1992?)
- Stephan Fimmers bass guitar (2003?)
- Sami Raatikainen rhythm guitar, lead guitar (2006?)
- Romain Goulon drums (2008?)
Notable Past Members
- Christian Muenzner guitar (20022006)
- Hannes Grossmann drums (20032007)
- Marco Minnemann drums (20072008)
- Onset of Putrefaction (1999)
- Epitaph (2004)
Tropes display by this band:
- Album Title Drop: On Epitaph:To foresee the endOf a soul...Epitaph
- Brutal Death Metal: Their older demos actually had this sound, believe it or not.
- Gorn: Was a common lyrical theme before Suicmez started to write more psychological/abstract human themes, similar to what Chuck Schuldiner would do.
- I Am the Band: Muhammad Suicmez wrote everything and called all the shots to the point of autocracy.
- Lead Bassist: All have been a type A due to the extreme nature of the music.
- Miniscule Rocking: "Foul Body Autopsy"
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Hard 9, mainly due to the guitar tone and melody.
- Progressive Metal: Has elements of these.
- Purple Prose: Epitaph
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: "Pseudopathological Vivisection", "Parasitic Devourment of Hepatic Tissue", and "Extreme Unction" are just examples.
- Special Guest: Björn Vollmer on "Extreme Unction"
- Technical Death Metal
- Uncommon Time
- Up to Eleven: The complexity level, even for Tech Death standards.