still remember being blown away by their debut album after a quick listen
in a record shop some time by the end of the 80's. The quirky opening
chords to "Dark Land" as well as the dead-cool logo and mysterious,
futuristic skull-cover (Martin-art rules! Honk if you love Mr. Appoldt!)
did their part as well I guess. So it may have been more than a little
untight in places (well, pretty much all the way through), but the sheer
energy and brutality stood unmatched for almost a year, until KREATOR's
"Pleasure To Kill" came out and twarted all competition. After
the significantly tighter but rather anonymous "Apocalyptic Nightmare"
came the album that eventually got me into the band for real and seek
out their other albums again, me being young, dumb and broke at our first
encounter. "Escalation" is one of the finest German Thrash albums
of the late 80's, and the song "Cold Ages (Darklands III)" must
be heard by any fan of the genre. After this I though the band was pretty
much dead, but Mexican Metal Maestro Jose Luis Cano knew better. THE CORROSEUM
is proud to present an in-depth interview with original drummer Axel Strickstrock,
made by Jose in December '02. Watch out for an update sometime very soon!
Please, tell us about the current situation of NECRONOMICON. I think most
of the people out there think you have been dead for ages.
NECRONOMICON was never dead. One thing is that we had to wait for a couple
of years to finish a contract. Now we are free, looking for a new deal
and we are going to record our next album.
has been a long time since the last NECRONOMICON album. In fact 4 albums
in almost 20 years are very few I think. What have you been doing these
years? Did you disband and reform again or simply stopped for some time?
We never reformed and we never stopped! We had some problems
with the companies and the bassplayers changed a couple of times. We always
performed on stage but it was not easy to get gigs - thrash was out, everybody
was listening to numetal, a lot of the old bands were going in a more
poppy direction = hard times for the thrashers. Now it's going to rise
again. People ask you to play festivals and concerts. Chances are good
to get back in the minds of the old fans and to infect some of the young.
You have a new demo out now, which in my opinion is typically NECRONOMICON
sounding. Do you think that a label will give you a deal to record your
new album? Do you think that your style of Thrash is still of interest
for the crowd or will you only appeal to the old thrashers who surely
will love the stuff?
We have had some offers for a deal and we are in contact with some of
the interested companys. Don't know yet if one of these will work. We
are going to record our new album with or without a company in the back.
The new songs are good enough to sell a lot of records on our website.
Of our demo we've sold more than 500 copies. We like the people who are
into our stuff, but we would never change the music we do because of what
people like or not.
Your style hasnīt changed radically from your
fist album to the last one. Why is this? Do you think you have developed
into your own style instead of changed it? How much has the lack of line-up
keep the same thrash metal style?
easy: We do the music that we like the most to play. Sometimes we are
surprised that it sounds like Necronomicon. Maybe it's because the line-up
never changed (apart from the bass).
Suddenly many bands of today label you as
a big influence. What's your opinion of the cult status the band has gotten
lately? Do you think that you now have the chance to be recognized as
a great band? How important would that be for you anyway?
We enjoy being handled as cult and if you are close to your fans it prevents
you from becoming an asshole. We were one of the first bands doing that
sound in Europe. In those days there were only a few thrashbands people
could listen to. All of the thrashers of the 'first hour' are kind of
Whats your opinion of NECRONOMICON now and in the mid 80's? Do you think
you stood the test of time and still fit in the Metal scene, which is
more dominated by hybrid styles like Goth-, Dark- and Folk Metal?
There is a tendency in every style of todays music to split into more
and more categories. Let's say 'It's only rock'n roll, but I like it'.
If we fit in the scene, we keep on. If not, we keep on. We do not see
our music as a test of time in termes of the scene, it's a test of how
long people can be friends, drinking beer together and having fun doing
music twice a week.
You always has been compared to Destruction
(mostly by journalist), even though your music has much more Punk elements
and own characteristcs. Is this situation some kind of stigmata for you?
Anyway, do you think that your fans were more punks or more metalheads?
are good friends of us, as we grew up in the same place. The roots of
Destruction are more in hardrock and the old metalbands like Black Sabbath
and Maiden, our root is the punkrock. We started as a punkband and listened
to bands like Discharge, GBH and Crucifix. In that sense the background
is totally different. But when we and Destruction recorded our first LP's
we listened to the same kind of music which was Slayer, Metallica, Motorhead...
So that part of our influences is the same in both bands and that is the
part the journalists compared. They forgot to compare the other stilistics
and characteristics. Most of these comparisons were good for a laugh,
but it's a stigmata for us that a good number of journalists claimed that
we are from Swizerland, Bavaria or Austria... ;-) WE ARE NOT!!! Most of
our fans are metalheads, but some come from the punkrock scene or listen
Even when your image and music was very punkish, your lyrics and covers
for the two first albums are quite fantastic, even more of the Death or
Black metal kind. Did this situation cause you any kind of problems with
radical fans or something? What are the lyrical topics you are dealing
with these days?
We never had problems with radical fans. Most of them know, that our lyrics
pick up social and political problems in a fantastic story. The old covers
deal with those storys. These days the lyrics are direct, but still concerning
the lackings of humanity.
Have you ever been contacted by someone who
would be interested in releasing your demo-tape on cd? Anyway, would you
like to release that recording since much of your fans haven't heard it
yet? Do you still have old songs which were never released and which we
will some day hear?
Some of the songs on our demo will son be released on some samplers and
we also sell the demo-cd on our website. We have lots of old songs that
we never recorded. Some of them we played live just to check out if they
go straight in the bones of the audience. If not, we never play them again.
Sometimes we take parts of these songs if they fit in a new song.
Do you have any good memories about your live gigs? What can you tell
us about your set and live performing? I have a live tape from back 1986
I think, and you sound rough and raw! Which bands were your fave ones
to play with live?
We really enjoyed playing
in Eastern-Europe after the fall of the 'Iron Curtain'. We had and still
have more fans over there than in other countries. These thrashers are
just crazy. We are just working on a new show with a little fire and some
puppets. It's still very straight and the songs are much faster than they
are on the records. We'd like to play with every band that is doing the
same kind of music and having full arenas. You can reach more people with
your sound and the crowd goes wild. And we like to play festivals where
you meet lots of bands and metalheads. Festivals are more of a party.
Can we expect to see you on stage in any of the Metal festivals this year
or the next one? Anyway, would you accept the invitation if anyone ask
you to play in, lets say, Wacken?
The point is that they do not invite you to any of the major festivals
if you don't have one of the 'well known' companies in the back. We would
love to thrash at these festivals.
Do you have any idea when we will have a new
NECRONOMICON album out? Can you give us some words about the stuff and
what it will contain? If no Label gives you a good deal, would you release
it by yourself?
We are definitely going to record our new album this year, with or without
a deal. We have a couple of brutal tracks to record. The thrashers will
Ok, this is the end of the interview, please tell us anything you want
to say... and all the best!
Thanx to all thrashers who believe in the scene. Be sure NECRONOMICON
will thrash 'till death!
This interview was previously published in Spanish, in the paper edition
of the Mexican fanzine Under
Fire. For further NECRONOMICal info, please visit their homepage.