NECRONOMICON (for Atmosfear #25)

Atmosfear #25

Atmosfear 25  

 

I am very pleased to welcome you, Freddy, at the ATMOSFEAR pages. It takes a whole book, not a magazine, to tell the fascinating life story of NECRONOMICON, so let's recall the main points in the history of the band. You were formed in 1984. How old were you then, and what was happening on the metal scene in Germany, which bands were the "idols" for the most of you?

„I was still very young, 18 years old, totally Punk and Thrash Metal orientated, Iand we wanted to make “noise“……..I dream came true, to get a record label and a contract. We were totally enthusiastic and proud. Our idols were Motörhead, Discharge, GBH and of course the legendary Slayer

I am very pleased to welcome you, Freddy, at the ATMOSFEAR pages. It takes a whole book, not a magazine, to tell the fascinating life story of NECRONOMICON, so let's recall the main points in the history of the band. You were formed in 1984. How old were you then, and what was happening on the metal scene in Germany, which bands were the "idols" for the most of you?

„I was still very young, 18 years old, totally Punk and Thrash Metal orientated, Iand we wanted to make “noise“……..I dream came true, to get a record label and a contract. We were totally enthusiastic and proud. Our idols were Motörhead, Discharge, GBH and of course the legendary Slayer

In my opinion all of your albums in the eighties released by very strange labels. Why is that? After all, this was the peak of thrash popularity.

Our label, Gama Records, destroyed all; they fucked up the band and we lost all our rights.
After that, it was so hard to find a serious label and get back on our feet.

What is the story of the lawsuit for the NECRONOMICON name and do you know about the existence of a Canadian band with the same name?

Our first drummer Axel had made the proposal at the time. We just wanted to have a name with reference; and yes I know the guys from Canada. That´s the big problem of this name. You cannot protect it, that´s so sad.

I know that once a fire in a rehearsal destroyed all your equipment. What happened then and how much time and money did it take to recover?

This was the hardest time in our career, we lost all… the rights on the name and the songs of the first 3 albums, equipment and a lot of money because of lawyers`s fees. We were about to give up everything. But we kept fighting and I think it was worth it now…..

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You have a good album release schedule, your fans don't have to wait very long for your new work. Only two breaks are noteworthy. Six years between “Escalation” and “Screams” and ten years between “Screams” and “Construction Of Evil”. What then happened to the band?

With the „Scream“ album and the label who published it, came the next shock: they embezzled all the money of the sales and cut off. We had no way to get this guys…. It looks time to motivate ourselves again. In addition our 2nd guitarist Jogi became health problems and we had to take this into account, too. After the „Escalation“ album up to „Construction Of Evil“ it was the worst time of my life.

I can’t not to ask you about the “three pillars” of German thrash metal. KREATOR, SODOM and DESTRUCTION. Which of them do you like the most and which is your favorite album for each band?

I don`t want to be big headed or arrogant, but I don`t know much about Kreator or Sodom. Only something about Destruction, because of our relationship with Schmier and Mike; I´m just too busy with myself and NECRONOMICON.

Over the thirty-six years of your existence, you have played many shows. Which performances were the most memorable and which ones are you most proud of?

We played a lot in Russia and Eastern Europe…. amazing; lovely crazy people who got their hearts on the right place. The same in South America… absolutely crazy guys and totally Metal heads; Great!
But my most memorable concert was 1987 in Hungary /Budapest. This was the first time we played in a big stadium…. we were so nervous and frightened. It was indescribable.

What are the plans for the group for 2020?

To publish our new album „The Last Chapter“ with the new 2 guys Rik Roundcat Charron from Exciter on drums and Glen Shannon on lead guitar, and to to tear the roofs down in all the countries of the world with the blistering Sonic assault and energy that NECRONOMICON are known for!

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