Former Necrophagist Drummer Hannes Grossmann Says Band Shouldn’t Release a New Album


Former Necrophagist and Obscura drummer, Alkaloid founder and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Hannes Grossmann recently joined The MetalSucks Podcast to discuss his new solo album, To Where The Light Retreats, as well as a host of other related topics.

Grossmann, who played in Necrophagist from 2003 through 2007 (including on their landmark album, Epitaph), was asked by MS Podcast host Petar Spajic whether he thinks the band will ever release another record. The band’s leader, Muhammed Suiçmez, has largely disappeared from the public, and Epitaph, which came out in 2004, remains the band’s last recorded work. Hannes answered:

“I have no clue. Absolutely not [I don’t know]. The last time I met the guys was in 2007 or something. Just disappeared I guess.

“But again, I would say… from my point of view I would be super interested in hearing another record.

“But then again, what would you expect? I mean, there’s also one voice in my head that keeps telling me hopefully there will never be another record because then this one record that I play on will be the standard and what everybody compares it to. It’s definitely a classic death metal album and, you know, how can I put it? If that’s the final album, then I’ll be the one guy that played on that album. If there’s an album with another drummer who, of course, will be fantastic ’cause he has to [be able] to play this stuff, then it’s not as exclusive anymore. [laughs]

“But that’s a very selfish thought and, well… I would say I wouldn’t expect another record though. If there was any interest by anybody to do it, then it would have been done by now. Don’t you think? It’s so long ago. I don’t think it’s happening. And the momentum is completely gone.

“If there was another Necrophagist record with a similar type of sound it would almost be a retro album in some way, from today’s perspective. And that was never the point of that band. I think it was always meant to be one step ahead of everybody else. If there was another record, the whole myth would be gone. And they’d compare that record to the old record and of course everyone would say, ‘Oh, the old record is better.’ Because it always is, even if it isn’t.”

You can listen to our full chat with Grossmann right here or below, along with a killer cut from his new album.

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