Last updated
Origin Wellsville, Ohio, United States
Genres Death metal
Years active
  • 1983–1987
  • 1997–2018
Associated acts
Past members Frank Pucci
Larry Maddison
Anton Crowley (Philip Anselmo)
Wayne Fabra
Jared Faulk
Dustin Havnen
Mirai Kawashima
Opal Enthroned
Undead Torment
Boris Randall
Serge Streltsov
Jake Arnette
Shawn Slusarek

Necrophagia was an American death metal band. The band is credited as one of the inaugural groups within the death metal genre, along with Possessed and Death. [1]

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Death (metal band) American death/progressive metal band

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Early years (1983–1997)

Necrophagia was formed by Frank "Killjoy" Pucci in 1983. The band name is derived from the act of cannibalizing, or eating a corpse. The word is a combination of the Greek words nekron (corpse), and phagein (to eat). Necrophagia was a popular group in the underground extreme metal "tape trading" scene. Their first full-length album, Season of the Dead , was recorded and released in 1987. In 1990, Necrophagia intended to issue an album named Ready for Death, which had been recorded in 1986. But, the band split up, and Ready for Death was bootlegged in the tape trading scene. Ready for Death was finally released as part of the A Legacy of Horror, Gore and Sickness compilation album in 2000.

Killjoy was an American musician who was the lead vocalist for the death metal band Necrophagia.

<i>Season of the Dead</i> 1987 studio album by Necrophagia

Season of the Dead is the first full length studio album by the death metal band Necrophagia. It was released in 1987 on New Renaissance Records. It is the only album to feature Joe Blazer on drums, Larry Madison on guitar, and Bill James on bass. It is also the band's last album until 1998. The album was released a few months before Death's Scream Bloody Gore debut release which makes it one of the first full-length death metal albums and is therefore seen as being important to collectors.

Phil Anselmo era (1997–2001)

Killjoy befriended Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, shortly after Necrophagia's demise. Phil wrote and shared some music with Killjoy, which persuaded him to resurrect Necrophagia in 1997. [2] Killjoy and Anselmo (who played guitar under the pseudonym Anton Crowley) were joined by Wayne Fabra on drums and Dustin Havnen on bass guitar. Necrophagia released Holocausto de la Morte , as well as the Black Blood Vomitorium EP, with the reformed line-up. Havnen was replaced by Jared Faulk in 2001. In addition, the group enlisted Gorelord leader Frediablo as second guitarist, and Opal Enthroned on keyboards. Necrophagia released the Cannibal Holocaust EP in 2001, along with their first DVD, Through Eyes of the Dead. Anselmo, Opal and Fabra departed the band shortly after the release. In addition, the Housecore/Baphomet Records label founded by Killjoy and Anselmo was dissolved, due to extreme scheduling conflicts and previous commitments. [3]

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<i>Holocausto de la Morte</i> 1998 studio album by Necrophagia

Holocausto de la Morte is the second full-length studio album by the American death metal band Necrophagia. It was released in 1998 on Red Stream Records. This is the only studio album to feature Anton Crowley, Wayne Fabra and Dustin Havnen, although they would all be featured on the next EP.

Frediablo era (2002–2006)

Killjoy and Frediablo remained with Necrophagia. In 2002, the band added Fug (Frediablo's brother) 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. Necrophagia released The Divine Art of Torture, Harvest Ritual Vol. 1 and the Goblins Be Thine EP with the line-up. In addition, Necrophagia released their first live album Slit Wrists And Casket Rot, which was recorded during their "Harvesting the Dead" tour.

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Frediablo left the band in early 2006 to concentrate on Gorelord. He was replaced by Undead Torment.

Gorelord is a Norwegian death metal band which uses horror movie-like themes in its music. It is the one man side project of Frediablo of the band Necrophagia. Contrary to some reports, Gorelord is based in Oslo, Norway. In September 2005 Frediablo issued a statement saying he was quitting Necrophagia among all of his music projects and bands he was involved in, except for Grimfist. He was also a member of Wurdulak, Hemnur, Soul Forsaken, Ave Sathanas, Blodkrig, Deride and was a session member in Svartpest.

Recent activity

Necrophagia released Death Trip 69 in May 2011. The album featured several guest appearances, including Casey Chaos from Amen, and former Mayhem vocalist Maniac. WhiteWorm Cathedral was released in October 2014. [4] Necrophagia supported 1349 on their "Chaos Raids North America" tour in May and June 2015.

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Mayhem (band) Norwegian black metal band

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On March 18, 2018, vocalist and founding member Killjoy died at the age of 51. [5]


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