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Not to be confused with Necrophagist.
Origin Wellsville, Ohio, United States
Genres Death metal
Years active 1983–1987, 1997–present
Labels Red Stream, Season of Mist, New Renaissance
Associated acts Pantera, Down, Sigh, Numb & Number
Members Frank Pucci
Steve Lehocky
Damien Matthews
Shawn Slusarek
Past members Larry Maddison
Anton Crowley (Philip Anselmo)
Wayne Fabra
Jared Faulk
Dustin Havnen
Mirai Kawashima
Opal Enthroned
Undead Torment
Boris Randall

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.[1] 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, Morbid Angel and Obituary. However, they are quite often overlooked. 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 subgenre foundation.


Early days[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

According to the band's Facebook page, Necrophagia originally planned[when?] to release a new album, called WhiteWorm Cathedral, on Halloween of 2012. The album was not released on this date, however, due to delays and a lawsuit. On April 19, 2014, it was announced on Necrophagia's Facebook page that the album was being mixed by Jaime Gomez Arellano, who had previously worked with such bands as Ghost and Cathedral, and was to be due out later in 2014."WhiteWorm Cathedral" was subsequently released on October 24, 2014 in Europe, and on October 28, 2014 in North America.[2]

Chaos Raids North America 2015[edit]

During May and June 2015, Necrophagia supported 1349 on their "Chaos Raids North America" tour.


Current members[edit]

  • Frank "Killjoy" Pucci - vocals (1983-1987, 1998-present)
  • Steve Lehocky - Guitar (2015-present)
  • Scrimm - guitar (2012-present)
  • Damien Matthews - bass guitar (2010-present)
  • Shawn Slusarek - drums (2010-present)
  • Mirai Kawashima - keyboards (2002-2008; 2014-present)

Former members[edit]

  • Fug - guitar (2002-2010)
  • Frediablo - guitar. (2002-2005)
  • Phil Anselmo - guitar (1998-2001)
  • Larry "Madthrash" Madison - guitar (1984-1987)
  • Iscariah - bass guitar (2002-2010)
  • Jared Faulk - bass guitar (2001)
  • Dustin Havnen - bass (1998-2001)
  • Bill "Blaster" Bork - bass guitar (1984-1987)
  • Titta Tani - drums (2002-2010)
  • Wayne Fabra - drums (1998-2002)
  • Joe "Voyer" Blazer - drums (1984-1987)
  • Opal Enthroned - keyboards. (2001,2008-2011)
  • Undead Torment- guitar. (2006-2011)
  • Boris Randall- guitar. (2010-2011)
  • Abigail lee Nero - Guitar (2011-2014)



Studio albums[edit]

Other releases[edit]


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