Necronomicon - Official Website


Germany Country of Origin: Germany

2. Unleashed
3. Bloody Bastards
4. Thoughts Running Free
5. Unconquered
6. Upon Black Wings
7. Face To The Wall
8. Pandora's Box
9. Before The Curtain Falls
10. Possessed By Evil (2011)

Review by JD on August 8, 2012.

Thrash has been long one of the more dismissed parts of metal. Overlooked for years after its massive arrival with the Big Four (you know them...duh) and not to mention the European Thrash scene as well. I always thought that Thrash was one of the best suited styles for metal ever. Its power, speed and nasty riffage that makes any parent or religious leader run away in terror.

Germany has come out with some amazing Thrash acts over the years. Most notable are Sodom, Kreator and Destruction - but only few knew who Necronomicon is. They were in the shadows of the German Titanic three of Thrash in the 80's, yet Necronomicon were still as good as the big boys but was never rewarded. Sounding more raw and heavy with almost a Venom overtone to their brand of Thrash, Necronomicon had a sound that was as abrasive as rubbing your nuts on a cactus as you slid down the trunk then hitting a vat of iodine at the end - but held catchy and headbanging inducing melodies.

Old school Thrash is alive and kicking ass like some wild demon beast levelling Tokyo and in the process is making most Nu-Metal out there very scared of their talent and power they are bringing. The Thrash center of my brain was so pleasured by tracks like the neck brace inducing 'Unleashed' or the over the top masterful shred-thrashing onslaught of 'Pandora's Box' that made me feel that people finally got how good this style was and this band brought back the Thrash.

I am so stoked. Thrash is alive and beating rap metal an Nu-Metal ( someone has to!) to a bloodied and pitiful pulp. I have been seeing this shift for a while, and it took an original Thrash band to bring it back and make it a living beast once more. All I have to say is thank you, Necronomicon. Now go out and take over the world - and smack Rap Metal once for me.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9
Atmosphere: 8.5
Production: 9
Originality: 9 (they are original)
Overall: 9.5

Rating: 9 out of 10