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Necronomicon, Germany


News: Perhaps unbelievably the band is still playing live well into 2017 - as in next week! Not sure if we'll ever get another new album from them, but they certainly showed the kiddos how to do it!


Location: Aachen

Overview: Necronomicon released one famous album (in the underground that is) in 1972, and only reappeared with some archival releases in 1990s. Then completely out of nowhere they released an album in 2012 that was even better than their original release!

Necronomicon - Haifische. 2012 private (LP with free bonus CD of the same album)

Now this is how you do a reunion album! As reported on our CDRWL site, Necronomicon reformed and newly recorded previously composed tracks from the early 1970s. These compositions were never properly recorded, so the band reformed last year to finish the job. What's most interesting to me is that this sounds exactly like a well recorded album from 1973. There isn't a hint that this is a modern recording. The instrumentation, the production, and the songcraft all point to 40 years earlier. And, best of all, the four lengthy tracks presented here are better than their 1972 album proper! Much more progressively minded, with plenty of space for instrumental improvisation. As with their "Tips For Suicide" album, all the lyrics are sung in German. Perhaps the only downfall is the 13 minute 'Wenn die Menschen Tiere Wären' which is a tad too wordy for my tastes, but that's just a personal grump. But otherwise, Necronomicon's comeback is superb! And I hope they don't stop here. I wish all reunions would use this as a blueprint for how to restart a career (or hobby as it should be known).

And now let's talk about the packaging, which is nothing short of magnificent. It is an exact duplicate of the multi foldout "Tips zum Selbstmord" - but this time it's white on black (see above photos). As well, the LP comes with a free CD to take along for the car ride. If you're an LP collector, this is the kind of album you dream about. The only downside for us folks in the USA is that I haven't seen anyone carry it here. I imported it straight from Germany - and it was money well spent. I suggest you all do something similar before this too becomes a major collectors item. And, rest assured, it will.

Be sure to review the website I've linked to above. It's full of fascinating detail.

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  1. Great surprise. Excellent slightly modernized vintage sound and more mature, proggier compositions. Had it been released at the times it would have outshadowed the "Tips zum Selbstmord" LP.

    The address for one to get it directly from the band is: gerdlibber@gmx.de

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    1. Thanks Spyros for the comment and address!

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