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Necronomicon - Apocalyptic Nightmare, 1987 (Ger), CD

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Necronomicon were one of the many underground thrash bands that didn't gain the recognition or respect they truly deserved. Hailing from Germany, they never broke through and achieved the level of acclaim or renown as the 'Big Three' of German Thrash, those being Kreator, Destruction and Sodom. Instead they stayed in the underground, released four albums and subsequently split up eleven years after they were formed. "Apocalyptic nightmare" is their second album, originally released in 1987 and shows a band capable to truly catch the dark and brutal German thrash metal spirit. The music on here is raw, straightforward thrash metal the way it used to be played in the early 80s. There is a big influence from Destruction present, and to a lesser extent from Sodom's first few records, and the album reminds one of the two bands. A gritty production increases the intensity present on many of the songs, with simple yet effective, 'rough' sounding riffs played at a high pace driving them forward. Adding to this is the guitar tone, which is scratchy with a lot of treble present. The vocals are harsh yells that sound undeniably German, complimenting the style of riffing nicely. If you're into obscure and evil thrash metal you will definetely love this!


1. The Ancient Ones 06:42  
2. Apocalyptic Nightmare 06:32  
3. The Following Century (Darkland II) 06:22  
4. Rhetorical Dictums 05:16  
5. In Memory 05:50  
6. Broken Illusions 05:38  
7. Retributive Strike 06:01  

Total 42:21

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Thrash Metal