Necrophobic is a Swedish death metal band formed in 1989 by drummer Joakim Sterner and guitarist David Parland. It is believed that the band named themselves after a Slayer song from the 1986 seminal album Reign In Blood. The pair played with a ‘revolving door’ line-up of musicians until the permanent addition of bassist Tobias Sidegård. This addition occurred prior to recording their debut 7″ Single, The Call, in early 1992.
With this line up and the addition of Anders Strokirk on vocals who replaced Stefan Harrvik (who had sung on the Unholy Prophecies demo and The Call 7″ EP) the band entered Sunlight Studio in March 1993 and recorded the debut The Nocturnal Silence album.
Following the addition of second guitarist Martin Halfdahn, Necrophobic released a four-song extended play, Spawned by Evil, in 1996. This was a teaser for the full-length release, Darkside, which came out later that same year. This album featured a guest appearance by Jon Nödtveidt of Dissection on the song Nailing the Holy One.
The lyrics generally tend to revolve around darkness, evil, anti-Christianity and Viking mythology.