I 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.

It 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 changes influenced to keep the same thrash metal style?

It's pretty 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 cult.

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?

Destruction 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 to punkrock.

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 like it!

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.

Take me to the top!