Wednesday, August 18, 2021

an interview with Necronemesis

Based in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, Necronemesis put a boricua twist on classic American death metal. With the release of their first full-length album, Some Things Should Stay Underground, the band is ready to embark on the next phase of their career - which made it a good time to reach out to the band to find out more about their history and the death metal scene in Puerto Rico. Guitarist Jay Cancel was nice enough to answer my questions.

Dreams of Consciousness: Please introduce Necronemesis - who are you, where are you from, and how do you describe the music you make?

Necronemesis is a Death Metal band from Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, and it is a ride through all aspects of the genre being played.

DoC: Tell me about the origins of Necronemesis - what led to you forming? What were your goals at the time? How close are you to those goals now?

We formed in the year 2001 as a band, and the goals were to be part of the metal scene in the island; and right now we went above and beyond with our first [gig] in the capital of Death Metal, Tampa FL, on June 5.

DoC: You released a comp of your early recordings titled Nightmares from R'lyeh. What can you tell me about those recordings and that compilation? How would you say it encapsulates that era of Necronemesis?

Nightmares encapsulates two key moments in the band's history: Our debut EP Warfield of the Dead from 2008, and our first Death Metal show in 2004. The new album acts both as the third and final chapter of the current saga, and the prelude to the new one.

DoC: Some Things Should Stay Underground is the title of your first full-length album. How long have you been working on the album? Where did you record it?

We started working in the album during the hurricane on September 20th, 2017. It was recorded in Sigfredo's Frontline Studio.

DoC: Some Things Should Stay Underground contains a mix of old and new material. How did you choose which songs to re-record? How does the newer material compare to the old material?

The only re-recorded songs are "Horrororpit" and "Death From Above". The others were never recorded nor released previous to STSSU.

DoC: The album features Rick Rozz of Death and Massacre. How did he get involved with the recording? What can you tell me about his contributions?

Rick was very active during the making of the album. From helping us in the recording with his signature divebombs to sharing his wisdom on all the steps needed to get where we are right now.

DoC: How did Horror Pain Gore Death get involved with the release of Some Things Should Stay Underground?

Rick Rozz sent HPGD's Mike Juliano the finished album, and the rest is history.

DoC: What can you tell me about the scene in Puerto Rico? What are some notable bands that death metal fans should know about?

The biggest problem with the scene right now is that shows are just starting to open the venues. Our covid laws have been very strict.

Of the active Extreme Metal bands, Ritual Kannabis, Martyr's Tongue, Omnifariam, Out of Hand and Blood Rapture are some of the forerunners of the scene waiting for the island to open.

DoC: Will Necronemesis stay underground?

Yes and no.

DoC: What's next for Necronemesis?

The next thing for Necronemesis comes from our Colombian brothers at Sharpball in our official music video. Working with artists like Brujeria's Juan Brujo and Draco Rosa, their talent was the final piece of the saga and it will be available in 2021.

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Necronemesis on Bandcamp

Some Things Should Stay Underground through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

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