One of Sweden’s oldest active death metal bands The Generals follow up 2021’s full-length To Hell with a brutal 6-track EP called Necromaniac. Necromaniac was recorded in Black Mold studio in Karlstad with Mats Lindström (Vomitory, Torture Division, Skallbank, Bloodtrust etc.) behind the controls and is mixed and mastered in Rorysound by the master Lawrence Mackrory (FKU, Bloodbath, Baest, Lik etc). Here are 3 brand new songs in true death metal spirit. It may no longer be as easy to discern the rock ‘n’ roll nerve, but the swing is definitely still there, and as well as rock ‘n’ roll, there is no doubt that black metal has also been an inspiration in the creative process for this release. We haven’t limited ourselves in the genre quagmire, says guitarist Rickard Fäldt. What has come has come, so to speak. If it’s good, it’s good, he continues. We are very happy with the EP. It’s great fun to write real cleansing songs. In addition to the 3 new tracks, Necromaniac also contains 3 live tracks taken from The General’s 20th anniversary at Nöjesfabriken in Karlstad in December 2022. On one of the tracks, a guest vocalist appears. None other than Hellbutcher from the legendary Nifelheim was one of the secret guests and of course the track, Hunger featuring Hellbutcher took a given place on the EP. It was a special experience to share the stage with Hellbutcher, says singer and bassist Rickard Hednar. He’s so fucking cruel. The idea was that he would have added guest vocals on that track in the studio (Blood for blood 2013) but it happened so it was extra fun that he came and guested live instead. The Generals were formed in 2002 as an action rock band but quickly developed into a Death nroll machine. Marcus Grahn, then writing for Sweden Rock Magazine, early coined the expression that described their sound; A death metal cigarette with a rock ‘n’ roll filter. They released the debut album Stand Up Straight in 2009 and the follow-up Blood For Blood in 2013, a 7″ split From Winter To Winter with Invasion in 2014 and To Hell in 2021. If you love Swedish buzzsaw death metal then this one is a must.
2. This Is Where I Die
3. Into Chaos
4. To Hell-live
5. Hunger-live-featuring Hellbutcher
6. Evil Transcends-live