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|Origin||Wellsville, Ohio, United States|
|Years active||1983–1987, 1997–present|
|Labels||Red Stream, Season of Mist, New Renaissance|
|Associated acts||Pantera, Down, Sigh, Numb & Number|
Abigail Lee Nero
|Past members||Larry Maddison
Anton Crowley (Philip Anselmo)
Necrophagia is an American death metal band. The group was assembled in Wellsville, Ohio, in 1983 and is credited as being one of the very first musical groups to be classified within the death metal genre. The group was founded by Frank Pucci. The band name is derived from the act of cannibalizing, or eating a corpse; the word is crafted from the two Greek words nekron (corpse) and phagein (to eat). Necrophagia is one of the earliest death metal bands, along with others such as Possessed, Master, Death and Morbid Angel. However, they are quite often overlooked. Often the band is noted for vocalist Killjoy's vast variance in vocal talents as well as the instrumental differentiation between each album, as well a fair amount of band member changes over the years; many of which also highly esteemed in the extreme metal genres. Necrophagia remains a favorite among extreme metal fans and holds high importance in the death metal sub genre foundation.
Necrophagia was a popular group in the underground "tape trading" scene of the early-to-mid-1980s. With hard-driving metal and growling vocals, Necrophagia became a pioneer in the fledgling extreme metal genre. Their first full-length album, Season of the Dead, was recorded and released in 1987. In 1990, they released Ready for Death, which had been recorded in 1986 and was intended to be the first album.
With Phil Anselmo
The band split up due to musical differences and was dormant until 1997, when frontman Killjoy reformed the band with then-Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo (under the pseudonym Anton Crowley) on guitars, Wayne Fabra on drums and Dustin Havnen on bass guitar. This line-up released the album Holocausto de la Morte and the EP Black Blood Vomitorium. Havnen was then replaced by Jared Faulk, with the Gorelord leader Frediablo joining as a second guitarist, and Opal Enthroned (a.k.a. Stephanie Opal Weinstein and then Anselmo's wife) joining the band on keyboards. This line-up released the Cannibal Holocaust EP in 2001 before splitting up leaving Killjoy and Frediablo as the only members for a short time.
2002 to 2006
In 2002, Killjoy announced the new Necrophagia line-up. Joining him and Frediablo were Frediablo's brother Fug on guitar, Iscariah (formerly of Immortal) on bass guitar, Titta Tanni on drums and Mirai Kawashima of the Japanese avant-garde black metal band Sigh on keyboards. This proved to be the most productive time for Necrophagia, with all members concentrating on the band rather than treating it as a side project. They released the albums The Divine Art of Torture and Harvest Ritual Vol. 1, as well as the Goblins Be Thine EP.
On June 6, 2006, Necrophagia released Slit Wrists And Casket Rot, a live album from their "Harvesting the Dead" tour.
Frediablo left the band in early 2006 to concentrate on his other band Gorelord, and was replaced by Undead Torment.
Death Trip 69
On December 22, 2007, Necrophagia announced that Death Trip 69 would be released before the following summer, followed by a major tour, but the release of the album was delayed. The album was officially released in May 2011 and features several guest appearances including Casey Chaos from Amen and the former Mayhem vocalist Maniac.
WhiteWorm Cathedral, lawsuit, and new material
According to the band's Facebook page, Necrophagia is currently[when?] working on a new album called WhiteWorm Cathedral, tentatively scheduled for release on Halloween in 2012. The album was not released due to delays, and due to a lawsuit. On December 23 the band announced that they were working on new material . The working title for the record is "Moribundus Grim". On April 19, it was announced on Necrophagia's Facebook page that the album was being mixed and is to be due out later in 2014, and that it would still be called WhiteWorm Cathedral. On July 23, 2014, it was announced that "WhiteWorm Cathedral" would be released on October 24th in Europe, and October 28th in North America.
- Frank "Killjoy" Pucci - vocals
- Abigail Lee Nero - guitar
- Scrimm - guitar
- Damien Matthews - bass guitar
- Shawn Slusarek - drums
- Fug - guitar
- Frediablo - guitar
- Phil Anselmo - guitar
- Larry "Madthrash" Madison - guitar (1st album only)
- Ben "Killer" Martin - guitar
- Iscariah - bass guitar
- Jared Faulk - bass guitar
- Dustin Havnen - bass guitar
- Bill "Blaster" Bork - bass guitar (1st album only)
- Titta Tani - drums
- Wayne Fabra - drums
- Joe "Voyer" Blazer - drums (1st album only)
- Opal Enthroned - keyboards
- Mirai Kawashima - keyboards
- Undead Torment- guitar
- Boris Randall- guitar
- 1987 - Season of the Dead
- 1990 - Ready For Death
- 1998 - Holocausto de la Morte
- 2003 - The Divine Art of Torture
- 2005 - Harvest Ritual Vol. 1
- 2011 - Death Trip 69
- 2014 - WhiteWorm Cathedral
- 1995 - Death Is Fun (compilation)
- 1999 - Black Blood Vomitorium (EP)
- 2000 - A Legacy of Horror, Gore and Sickness (compilation)
- 2001 - Cannibal Holocaust (EP)
- 2001 - Reverse Voices of the Dead (split EP with Antaeus)
- 2004 - Goblins Be Thine (EP)
- 2006 - Slit Wrists and Casket Rot (Live)