Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


One of the more grizzly death metal bands to ever emerge (especially evident in their horror movie-like song titles and album cover artwork), Necrophagia was a little known cult band before Pantera singer Phil Anselmo introduced them to a larger audience in the late 90s. Formed in 1983 in Ohio, USA, from their early days the band expressed a fondness for extreme metallists such as Slayer, Hellhammer, and Venom. Although they have seen quite a few different members pass through their ranks, vocalist Killjoy has been the only constant original member. Killjoy was joined by Larry Madison (guitar), Bill James (bass), and Joe Blazer (drums) on Necrophagia’s debut release, Season Of The Dead, in 1987, but the band split up soon afterwards. During the interim, Killjoy issued a solo album under his own name, while Necrophagia’s lone release became a cult classic among death metal fans, especially Phil Anselmo. Anselmo convinced Killjoy to take Necrophagia out of...

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