NECROMANDUS - Orexis Of Death & Live

Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live

16 songs
70:32 minutes
***** **
Rise Above


As if there were not already plenty of new releases to be devoured by overwhelmed music fans all over the world, some record labels have now started to dig out the really obscure forgotten treasures from decades ago. But let’s face it: sometimes these obscure records are more worthwhile than many contemporary musical elaborations.

Necromandus are one of those bands that started in the late Sixties, were soon thereafter discovered by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi who recorded their only album in 1973. Fate was not in Necromandus’ favour, with Black Sabbath becoming really big and spending much time in the USA, preventing their producer to help them convince Vertigo Records to get the album released, and when guitarist Baz Dunnery decided to leave the band at the end of the year, the record was shelved, and Necromandus not much later dissolved.

It was only in 1991 that it was released as Quicksand Dream, and then again in 1991 as Orexis Of Death. A compilation and a live album also surfaced at some time. The current Orexis Of Death & Live contains songs from the debut album and a live concert. The studio tracks are really quite fabulous, and although I don’t consider Necromandus as an early doom metal band, their music was still quite intriguing, combining early dark heavy metal clearly inspired by Black Sabbath with undeniable blues tendencies and a strong progressive edge. Tony Iommi even guest with his guitar on the album’s title track. The production also leaves nothing to desire and gives a perfect glimpse into the hard rock world of the early Seventies. If you dismiss the intro and the outro, you are left unfortunately with only a short half hour of music. The live part has a somewhat garagy sound and can’t quite keep up with other period concert albums, but at least you get two tracks not featured on the album: Limpet Man and Judy Green Rocket which was also recorded for a single preceding the album. It would have been desirable to have a studio version of that track as well as I’ve Been Evil previously released on a compilation. Let’s face it: the opportunity to make this a definite anthology has been missed, and especially the fact that Orexis Of Death & Live doesn’t even contain their entire studio material is somewhat disappointing. Necromandus are history, with drummer Frank Hall being the only surviving member of the band. It’s therefore nice that they get now the recognition they shamefully never had in their active years. Fans of early Seventies hard rock music should find themselves enchanted.

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