The Rocks Off 200: The Nephilim Terror's Death-Metal Growler Danny Carroll

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

Danny Carroll of the Nephilim Terror, seen here mid-headbang.
Who? Danny Carroll is the brutal death growl that anchors the music of the Nephilim Terror. Taking one listen to his vocals, you'd probably never guess it, but Carroll got his start in his church's children's choir. He joined choir in middle school too, but at age 14 decided to switch to something a little bit heavier.

"At that point I rounded up different friends who I knew were into the same styles of music as me and we started playing covers of our favorite bands at the time: Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, etc." he explains. From that was formed his first band: Unchaste Entities. "That is when music began to consume me and became my reason to live."

The Nephilim Terror formed in 2009 and have been playing and recording off and on since, along the way sharing stages with bands like Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Despised Icon, and Carcass. You know, the kinds of bands that scare your mom.

Home Base: "I generally write most of my lyrics in my own room when I am alone," Carroll tells me of his Lovecraftian process. "Most ideas that I keep seem to come to me when I wake up in the middle of the night."

For band rehearsals, the Nephilim Terror practices downtown at Francisco Practice Studios off McKinney St., where they share the space with other Houston metal bands Gods of Death Screw and Bloodline 713.

"Our room is like our second home," Carroll says. "When we aren't practicing, we hang out there and relax together. It's a nice place to drink a beer and listen to your favorite bands as loud as you want without having to worry about a noise complaint."

His favorite venue is Numbers. "They had great sound, a nice-sized stage, and great people working there," he says. "Every Thursday night they would put on free metal shows and we would always being playing. It seemed for a while it was the only venue we played at."

Why Do You Stay In Houston? Carroll says he loves everything about Houston but the weather. "If there is ever a reason I leave, it will be because of the humidity." Undaunted, however, he continues to attempt to grow the music scene as part of a group called Texas Death Screw.

"We are the fourth-largest city in America, yet our music scene is pretty damn small and unsupported it seems," he says. "TXDS is a group of fellow Houston musicians, bands, and friends who are all sticking together with the sole purpose of trying to make Houston's music scene explode."

Story continues on the next page.

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