“The esoteric search for eternal life and be granted the ability to travel between the different planes” – introducing: Nekromantheon

Behold the “Visions of Trismegistos“! After nine long years stirring the cauldron in the underground, Nekromantheon finally re-emerged from the depths with their most ferocious record to date!

“Visions of Trismegistos” is a long-awaited metal assault, bringing forth the spirit of old metal once again. Recorded in Chaka Khan Studio and various locations around Oslo by the members of Nekromantheon themselves, using mostly old, analog equipment to get that warm, genuine sound. “Visions of Trismegistos” feels like a lost opus from the glory days of the ’80s, when thrash, death, and black metal was merged into one unholy trinity. Yet, it is a fresh and vital testament of a band at the height of their abilities, that stands out amongst their peers.

With the “Visions of Trismegistos“, Nekromantheon is ready to resurrect the ways of the ancient with their fresh take on old school extreme metal!

Backstory:

Nekromantheon started out in early 2005 with only one goal in mind: to play fast, evil, and dirty thrash metal in the way of the old gods. Influenced by the classics of SlayerSadusKreatorDark Angel, and Sepultura, they unleashed their attack on modern metal.

After the release of the “We’re Rotting” EP in early 2007, the band had already built a name for themselves in the underground scene. As the band got more and more focused on capturing the spirit of the ’80s, guitarist Arild “Arse” Myren Torp, and drummer Christian “Kick” Holm started building their own recording studio. Shortly their very own “KickArse Studio” was ready in Kolbotn, Norway, the hometown of the mighty Darkthrone.

With their own creative pit available their first full-length album, entitled “Divinity of Death” was released shortly. This intense evocation of evil turned some heads indeed and earned the band a spot at Maryland DeathFest 2010 and the highly prestigious, yet extremely underground, Live Evil Festival in London the same year.

In 2012, Nekromantheon released their second record, “Rise, Vulcan Spectre” elevating the level of ferocious, darkened thrash metal to unknown heights. The release was an unholy offering to summon the old ways of metal, being held up to underground classics from the ’80s. It was an intense, analog-sounding record that showed no mercy. “Rise, Vulcan Spectre” was met with raving reviews and went on to receive a Grammy for Best Metal album 2012. Check out our chat with Sindre Solem!

Behind the name:

It comes from the Greek Oracle of Death, in Greek Mythology. It was the second most important Oracle in ancient times, and it was located near the river Styx. Initiates were led into the ritual catacomb, sacrificed goats, and were granted the gift to communicate with the dead. We have been to the ruins.

Inspiration:

The esoteric search for eternal life and be granted the ability to travel between the different planes. The atmosphere that ooze from beyond the Erebos. And old Slayer. 

Teamwork:

We usually jam together on different riffs and try to make stuff happen during rehearsals, but also we write lyrics, riffs, and song structures beforehand at home.

Fast, dark, ancient yet current, deadly.

Describe your music in five words

Fun facts:

On our first rehearsal I was supposed to play the second guitar, and our first vocalist bass and vocals. But he didn’t really manage to do so, so when I got back from the bathroom at some point, my guitar was packed away, and his bass was in my place. That’s how I started playing bass. Also, we play all our sounds way too fast live, so our drummer gets very stinky after each show.

Hail Dionysus and Thanatos, listen to Teitanblood and Henrik Palm.

Message to the fans

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"I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that the music delivers." - Christopher Lee

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