NECRONOMICON named themselves after a H.P.Lovecraft book mainly because the themes they were touching upon lyrically were much the same as those in that book. The title of this album according to the liner notes means "Some practical ways on how to commit suicide" and refers to what mankind is doing to the planet by exploiting and destroying it. The vocals are sung in German, and like the music they are not pleasant. The music does have that heavy garage rock sound, very raw with those violent guitar leads."Prolog" opens with someone humming and laughing and carrying on. Suddenly the raw guitar comes in mimicking a line he just sang. Nice. Dirty, grungy guitar melodies follow. I'm thinking Iommi 2 1/2 minutes in as he lays down some heavy licks. At one point i'm saying to myself "So that's where Eddie(VanHalen) got that lick from". Organ joins the fray 3 1/2 minutes in. Vocals come in as the drums crash and the guitar cranks out the blistering leads. I'm in heaven man. Check out the bass 6 1/2 minutes in as organ rips it up and the guitar is on fire. "Requiem Der Natur" has a spacey, haunting intro. Gentle guitar replaces it after a minute. Reserved vocals,bass and organ join in this pastoral soundscape. Drums and electric guitar after 3 minutes start to build powerfully. Vocal melodies join in. Nice. A change before 5 minutes as bass, drums and raw guitar takes over. Organ a minute later. They seem to be just jamming here. Check out the bass as drums pound after 7 minutes. Guitar is back 8 1/2 minutes in, but it's the vocal melodies that follow that really dominate. Very cool sounding as drums and guitar fight to be heard. Guitar is ripping it up ! What an ending !"Tips Zum Selbstmord" opens with powerful guitar leads as the drums come in. What a fantastic melody as vocals come in almost screaming. He's singing now but it's brief. Then the drums pound as the guitar tears it up. A change in tempo 3 1/2 minutes in, then it really picks up speed 4 minutes in with vocal melodies then vocals. Organ joins in. "Die Stadt" opens gently with fragile vocals and quiet guitar. Spoken words as well. The song kicks in before 1 1/2 minutes as he spits out the lyrics and SABBATH-like heaviness comes in. Great guitar 2 1/2 minutes in as bass throbs. Heavy guitar 3 minutes in changes as the tempo picks up as the guitarist then lights it up. Excellent bass. It ends as it began. "In Memoriam" opens with more in your face guitar before it becomes mellow with reserved vocals. Nice contrasts throughout. Love the organ after a minute and later, even if it's down in the mix. He screams out after 5 minutes. "Requiem Vom Ende" opens with some great sounding guitar that is replaced by vocal melodies quickly and organ. Back to the guitar as drums pound. Vocals trade off with some wicked guitar over and over. A calm 2 1/2 minutes in with vocals. This is sinister sounding as it builds in intensity. Cool vocal melodies join in. Back to those incredible heavy guitar leads that trade off with vocals over and over again. Some fat bass lines before 6 minutes. Themes are repeated until we get a few good screams after 7 minutes as song comes to a close.This is a monster if there ever was one. Dark, heavy and aggressive.These guys take no prisoners........ by Mellotron Storm
“Vier Kapitel” (Four chapters) (Little Wing of Refugees LW 1010/1011/1012/1013) was released. The outstandingly well-done 4LP set is since long sold out. The third LP of the four ones contains “Tips zum Selbstmord” and was taken from the master tape. On the other three LPs you can find prior unreleased recordings from 1971 through 1974. The whole edition doesn’t come in a jewel box, but in book form, like “Living in the past” by Jethro Tull. Finally, an extract taken from the accompanying text of “Vier Kapitel”: “The rivalry between Norbert Breuer and Walter Sturm prooved to be productive for the band. Sturm, an admirer of Lovecraft, gave the group its name, and under his influence, Necronomicon began to play a heavy, guitar based, progressive rock. Norbert Breuer, who was more into politics, was responsible for the political lyrics. Thus, Necronomicon pioneered a new trend: they melted the themes of the antiauthoritarian movement into rock music. At last they fell between all stools. Musically Necronomicon cared less about virtuosity and the talent for improvisations, but were more into the construction of complex arrangements. These were based on Walter Sturm’s heavy guitar and cleverly made vocal movements in a Byronical tradition. According to the spirit of the times, the tracks became longer and longer. Not only Necronomicon kept on being a quite extraordinary rock band, but they also became themselves a synthesis of the arts. This they owed to Harald Bernhard, an artist, who was capable of converting their music graphically into an artistic concept, as it can be seen on their concert posters, the promotion material, and their LP cover. On all these you can find graphical translations of what they claimed musically: it is, again and again, the varied theme of the always available and exploited human body. There is no other German rock band of this time, who, and in such an impressive way too, is wondering about the esthetical relation between content and form, like Necronomicon did. Because of the already mentioned reasons, the LP was rather taken as an annoyance, although it was even to be heard on radio in a programme of the Südwestfunk. An interview held a little bit later with Frank Laufenberg, the German pope of rock music, ended disastrous: In his show "Pop-Shop” on SWF 3 he was fed up so obviously that he tried to understand the music on the level of a sociology class and even put the emphasis of his program on the discussion about the exact number of the world population.“… .