Necrofier Premiere New Album

Necrofier Fan The Flames Ahead Of Album Release

NECROFIER are streaming ‘Burning Shadows in the Southern Night’ in full over on Black Metal Promotion. Bask in the dark and fiery glory of all ten tracks HERE.

‘Burning Shadows in the Southern Night’ makes strides where second albums often stumble. It doubles down on the heavy metal guitar workouts that made this scorching black metal band’s first album unique. But while these Texans still honor the malignant virtues of black metal, this time around, they switched things up by taking an old-school approach to the studio. Their new album was produced by GRAMMY nominee Joel Hamilton, whose nimble hand makes these songs sound lean and thunderous.

“Joel is one of the world’s best engineers” says Christian “Bakka” Larson, the band’s vocalist and guitarist. “He wanted to record something heavy, so we made the trip to New York City to record at legendary Studio G.”

“With a full vintage Neve front end and a host of Telefunken and Neumann microphones, we tracked the record the old way”, adds drummer Dobber Beverly.

With its sweltering melodic leads, lead single “Burnt by the Sacred Flame” already showed what separates NECROFIER  from their contemporaries. But the album packs plenty more heat. It opens with ominous piano and mournful, operatic vocals before plummeting into the raging void of “Total Southern Darkness”. “Whispers That Burn in the Dark” is whipped along by blast beats that pound the air like a horde of bats, while the merciless climb of “Destroying Angels” is spearheaded by Bakka’s demonic roar.

“Texas has a style all of its own,” Bakka says. “We are always trying to outdo the rest of the world”. 

‘Burning Shadows in the Southern Night” is out tomorrow, June 2, 2023. The album can be pre-saved across all streaming platforms HERE and pre-ordered through the Season of Mist website HERE

NECROFIER are celebrating the release of ‘Burning Shadows in the Southern Night’ while out on tour with MIDNIGHT and EARLY MOODS. They’re hitting several cities in the western part of the United States, with stops in Vancouver and Idaho.

Tour Dates
June 1  Denver, CO @ HQ [TICKETS]
June 4  Vancouver, BC @ The Red Room [TICKETS]
June 5  Portland, OR @ Dante’s [TICKETS]
June 6  Seattle, WA @ El Corazon [TICKETS]
June 7  Boise, ID @ The Shredder [TICKETS]
June 9  Reno, NV @ The Cypress [TICKETS]
June 10 Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial [SOLD OUT]
June 11 Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile High Club [TICKETS]
June 13 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst [TICKETS]
June 14 Bakersfield, CA @ Temblor Brew [TICKETS]
June 15 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar [TICKETS]
June 16 Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock [TICKETS]

Photo by Violeta Alvarez

Burning Shadows in the Southern Night:
01. The Fall from Heaven (03:24) 
02. Total Southern Darkness (05:43) 
03. To the Wolves (03:54) [WATCH]
04. Forbidden Light of the Black Moon (05:20) [WATCH]
05. Destroying Angels (05:09) 
06. Whispers That Burn in the Dark (04:40) 
07. The All Seeing shadows (04:44) 
08. On Wings of Death We Burn the Sky (03:50) 
09. Call to the Beyond (04:29) 
10. Burnt by the Sacred Flame (06:00) [WATCH]
Total Running Time- 00:47:12

Deep within the scorching cauldron of Texas, the alchemists of Necrofier have brewed another potent dose of American black metal with their sophomore full-length, ‘Burning Shadows in the Southern Night.’ The Houston four-piece honors the time-tested virtues of traditional black and heavy metal, even taking an organic sonic approach, tapping seven-time Grammy-nominated producer and engineer Joel Hamilton (Unsane, Tom Waits, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, etc.) to lend his magic touch for a natural sound. 

“The goal going into the new record was to start setting ourselves apart from our contemporaries,” explains Necrofier drummer Dobber Beverly. “One of those ways was changing what the record sounded like. Moving away from the clinical and sterile nature that most productions suffer from and back into a real room with real instruments and performances. Our friend and esteemed producer/engineer Joel Hamilton had expressed interest in venturing back into the metal world and offered to make the record with us at his facility, Studio G Brooklyn. The results will speak for themselves hopefully, as this record breathes and spits fire wherever it’s played.” 

“Dobber and Joel have become good friends since they recorded the last Oceans of Slumber album with him, adds Necrofier guitarist and vocalist Bakka. “After that, Joel wanted to record something heavy, so we made the trip to New York City to record in his legendary studio. It was an amazing experience in a great studio; besides having all the gear, he also created an environment where we challenged ourselves and brought everything up to the next level.” 

‘Burning Shadows in the Southern Night’ doesn’t just simply pick off where Necrofier’s debut album left off, but displays a conscientious effort to double down on the elements that made ‘Prophecies of Eternal Darkness’ successful. The solos are more plentiful and intricate, the hooks are more anthemic, and the overall musicianship is bolder and more daring. Speaking of the band’s evolution, Bakka explains, “I think this collection of songs represents us very well. We have grown together as a band and it shows in the new songs. Also, for this record we flew to NYC and recorded all day long for 10 days straight. I love recording this way because it captures a certain magic. The whole band is immersed in the process and it’s all we would think, do, live and breathe during the process.” 

Another core facet of Necrofier’s allure is being a black metal band from Texas. “Where you live always helps shape someone,” says Bakka. “It helps shape our style and tone in ways, it’s hot most of the year, so as we burn, it gives us warmer tones and more of a heavy metal influence than when compared to our brothers from the North.”

To that avail, Necrofier isn’t your typical black metal band, and so this isn’t your typical black metal record as there’s a healthy amount of traditional metal influences, particularly within the guitar work. While conceptually, the band doesn’t heavily rely on Satanic themes, exploring deeper human philosophies and the occult like burning for your dreams or spiraling out on a psychedelic trip and exploring the beyond. “While there isn’t overt satanic worship in the lyrics, I would still say that he is a friend of ours,” Bakka cheekily says. “There are Occult themes on this record, but at the same time, it does take a philosophical approach.” 

Further illustrating the influence of their environment, Necrofier also heavily explores one of Southern America’s most fabled myths. “The new record touches on selling your soul at the crossroads,” adds Bakka. “I like to take a different approach and touch on the elements of the esoteric world and dive into the forbidden or hidden that surrounds us in our lives every day.” 

As the Texan black metal outlaws saddle up for record two, they are leading the charge as one of the contemporary purveyors of black metal revivalism. ‘Burning Shadows in the Southern Night’ is certain to elicit a sense of nostalgia for those who dare to lay ears on this vicious new offering.  

Bakka – Vocals, Guitar
Semir Ozerkan – Guitars
Dobber Beverly – Drums
Mat Valentine – Bass

Guest Musicians:
Cammie Beverly (Oceans of Slumber) – Vocals on “The All Seeing Shadows” and “The Fall From Heaven”


Producer/Sound Engineer/Mixing: Joel Hamilton at Studio G, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Mastering: Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering

Cover Art: Burney