Cult Swedish black/death metal act NECROPHOBIC has been rejoined by vocalist Anders Strokirk.
Anders was in NECROPHOBIC during the years 1992-1994 and sang on the band’s legendary debut album “The Nocturnal Silence” (1993).
Says NECROPHOBIC in a statement: “Anders‘ voice is both strong and characteristic.
“We are now ready to play live again and support last autumn’s album release, ‘Womb Of Lilithu’.”
NECROPHOBIC in October 2013 officially parted ways with vocalist Tobias Sidegård.
A Swedish appeals court in September reduced the prison sentence for Sidegård, who was accused of beating his wife multiple times between September 2011 and April 2013.
Sidegård was originally sentenced to 18 months in prison for “gross violation of a woman’s integrity,” and offense that was first introduced into the Penal Code in 1998 dealing with repeated punishable acts directed by men against women who have or have had a close relationship with the perpetrator.
On September 20, 2013, the Svea appeals court found Sidegård guilty of simple assault — a less serious offense than “gross violation of a woman’s integrity” — and reduced his prison sentence to six months. The musician was also ordered to pay his wife 16,000 Swedish kronor (approximately $2,500) in damages plus interest.
Sidegård previously denied all charges through his attorney, claiming that the injuries suffered by Tobias‘ wife that were described in the indictment occurred in “other ways” than through physical abuse perpetrated by the musician.
Tobias sent an e-mail to the Metal Insider and MetalSucks web sites insisting that he was “set free after second appeal in higher court.” “I’ve been fucking innocently accused and never hit a woman in my life,” he wrote.
NECROPHOBIC‘s seventh full-length album, “Womb Of Lilithu”, came out on October 29, 2013 (four days earlier in Europe) via Season Of Mist. A digital single featuring the new song “Splendour Nigri Solis”, taken from the CD, was released exclusively through Spotify on August 19, 2013 (September 3 in North America).