|Genres||Punk rock (early), thrash metal|
|Members||Volker "Freddy" Fredrich|
|Past members||Andreas Gern|
Jürgen „Jogi“ Weltin
Necronomicon is a German thrash metal band.
Necronomicon was founded in 1983 by band leader Volker "Freddy" Fredrich, Axel Strickstrock and Lars "Lala" Honeck. The band originally made Punk rock, so in 1981 "Freddy" founded Total Rejection. This early Necronomicon phase was affected by bands like Discharge (band), The Exploited and GBH. Through the influence of Motörhead, Metallica and Slayer, their musical style soon would turn more into heavy metal.
In 1985, the quartet signed their first record contract at GAMA Records. That was one year before guitarist Jürgen "Jogi" Weltin was engaged. The band released their debut album "Necronomicon", still dressed in punk outfits on the cover. With a mixture of hard thrash with strong Punk rock influences, they gained notoriety in the underground scene.
In 1987 the second album "Apocalyptic Nightmare" was put on the market. On an Eastern Bloc tour that began in Austria and Hungary, the former Czechoslovakia to Russia, Necronomicon gained a large following.
In the late 1980s the German Thrash metal reached its peak period. Bands like Kreator, Sodom (band) and Destruction with "Freddy's" childhood friend Schmier attended national and international sensation. But Necronomicon had less success in this regard due to some major setbacks: After 1988, when the third album was released at Escalation GAMA Records, it came to financial inconsistencies on the part of the label. Necronomicon then separated from the management. As the label threatened with a legal dispute, the band agreed to give up their complete rights to the songs along with the band name for ten years. Necronomicon has also been forced not to sign any other record contract. In 1993 Necronomicon was able to re-sign a new record deal. The blocking time over ten years, which was declared by GAMA Records, now successfully had been challenged. But the joy of the new contract, now at D&S Records, lasted only briefly. Although the album "Screams" was still mixed in 1994 under new management, D&S Records surprisingly reported insolvency in the same year and broke all contact with the band. In addition, a fire destroyed the rehearsal room and a large part of the equipment. Necronomicon almost broke up.
In early 2000 an unexpected thrash revival broke out on the international music scene. Bands like Destruction or Exodus (band) went on tour again and produced new albums. Also Necronomicon succeeded in March 2004 when the band completed a contract with the label Remedy Records (Germany) from Hamburg and the new CD named "Construction of Evil" was brought to the market. But before that, the long-standing collaboration with guitarist Jogi had to be stopped because of his tinnitus.
In 2007 Necronomicon signed a contract with the Spanish label Xtreem Music. The album "Revenge of the Beast" appeared. The CD was recorded as a special edition with a rougher mix of classic retro 1980s thrash in Neuenburg am Rhein. The European Tour in 2009 led to Greece, Spain and over to Russia. Drummer and founding member Axel Strickstrock resigned and was replaced by Klaus Enderlin.
End of June 2013, Necronomicon was looking for permanent members playing the guitar and the bass. Benjamin "Ben Jay" Rogg and Marco Lohrenz completed Necronomicon. In this new formation Necronomicon played their first gig in the Czech Republic at the Aggressive Music Fest 2013 which was a full success for the new line-up.
On 27 November 2015 the band released their album Pathfinder... Between Heaven and Hell on German label Trollzorn Records.
Originally Necronomicon was a Punk rock band, so the first demo recording Total Rejection (album) is held in that appropriate style. Due to the influence of Motorhead, Metallica and Slayer a synthesis of the old style and the new metal influences was created. The band's style in the mid-1980s was described by the online magazine Metalize.Me as a mixture of Hellhammer and Sodom (band). Published in 1987 "Freddy" is unhappy with the album "Apocalyptic Nightmare": „...The songs are good, but the musicians haven't been mature enough to implement it adequately...". "Construction of Evil (2004)" was described by Martin of heavy Metal.de as "...fairly classical Heavy Metal of the old school and up-tempo power metal without prolonged double base-storm...". Musically, the band had remained faithful. The seventh album "Invictus (2012)", combines the 1980s 's style with contemporary elements. Metalize.Me said it sounds "...charming to rumble metal, but it does not rumble anymore...it's now played accurately...“. Martin of heavy Metal.de said that "Freddy's" rough vocals are a specific feature of the band and because of that Necronomicon stands out of the mass of power and heavy metal bands in Germany.
- 1985: Total Rejection (Demo (music))
- 1985: Necronomicon
- 1986: Break Out - German Metal Tracks No.2
- 1987: Apocalyptic Nightmare (Gama-Records)
- 1988: Escalation (Gama-Records)
- 1994: Screams (D & S Records)
- 2004: Construction of Evil (Remedy-Records)
- 2008: Revenge of the Beast (Xtreem Music)
- 2012: Invictus (Massacre Records)
- 2015: Pathfinder... Between Heaven and Hell (Trollzorn Records)
- 2018: Unleashed Bastards (El Puerto Records)
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- Martin (2004-08-17). "Das Buch des Bösen". Heavy-Metal.de. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
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