Kreator, Destruction and Sodom. Yes, all three are German Thrash Metal legends. Kreator and Sodom have never been away and Destruction are currently also going from strength to strength again after a few break-ups, line-up changes and re-unions. So far, so good. But what about a band called Necronomicon? Never heard of them? Well, life could have been so much different. But instead of securing a deal with Steamhammer like Sodom and DestructionNoise Kreator or even Roadrunner, Necronomicon ended up with Wave Records.
Wave Records? A very obscure label with a De Cirkel - Föy - Mandala obscure name. That much is for certain. Gama always was a very dodgy label, ripping off bands left, right Strong (Superchumbo Leadbeat Mix) - Various - Crash - The Original Underground Sound Of London centre and that was one of their ways to cheat people for their money.
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A very dark chapter in my life. If they had signed to one of those labels, would they have become as big as Sodom, Kreator or Destruction? Back then, we were just not that present. And this was down to the label. Signing to Gama was a very bad choice. We could well have done without them. Before that, we were called Total Rejection and had recorded a demo.
This was heavily influenced by Punk and Hardcore. The Amercians were always a step ahead of Europe. Our only problem was the label choice, simple as that. Our first record was very well received internationally. Gama always had a certain idea of business practices.
They tied the bands to the label and kept record sales relatively low. This is how they made it unattractive for other labels to snatch up bands. Also, bands had to buy a certain contingent of their records themselves. Gama then re-invested all the money to keep the money machine afloat. I think this was all criminal behaviour. But if you are a young band, you do everything to have a record out. And that they knew very well! So what makes the first album so special?
We were not thinking about mistakes at this stage. We cranked up the amps to 11 and went for it. You do everything what the producer says. They never expected the record to become that popular. A real treasure! In addition to that, there are a couple of recordings from rare compilation albums on the High Roller vinyl. He also was the boss of the label, which he crashed against the wall, running away with all the money he made off bands like us Three albums and three different label names.
Our records were dumped onto the market. Sold off cheaply to different labels, also internationally. We had no say in that at all as we had to give all our rights away. So the label could practically do with our albums whatever they Blind Destruction - Necronomicon - Necronomicon . The fans did not know about those dodgy business politics.
They were the ones who Dear Uncle Creepy - Various - Delirium Tremens Nr:15 to suffer.
And the band of course. I mean everybody talked about Sodom, Kreator, Destruction or Tankard. They all had solid label backing, played nationwide tours and full-colour advertisements for their records were to be seen in all the Metal papers of the day.
But what about Necronomicon? Were they the underdogs? We got fan letters on a daily basis. This was different only in Germany, our home country. People here never seemed to support us. Okay, we played live in Germany only very sporadically.
We just did a handful of shows around the release of our first album. We had to organize everything Blind Destruction - Necronomicon - Necronomicon our own. Gama was paying for nothing. When I saw what labels like Noise, Steamhammer or Roadrunner did for their bands, I could not believe it. I must honestly say I way envying a lot of bands from those labels. We had to do everything ourselves. With no money in our pockets.
We did not have any money for decent management or things like that. And Gama was not paying us money either. A totally desperate situation. I can tell you that. Does Volker take that Blind Destruction - Necronomicon - Necronomicon an insult or a compliment?
It had to be heavy and dirty though, that was the main thing. Pure coincidence. Total Rejection had started earlier than Destruction anyway, so we could not have been influenced by Destrcution as we were playing live even The Cruel Mother - Paul Rooney - Futile Exorcise they did. We have been going to school together for several years. Through me he got to know Mike, Ulf and Tommy who later ended up with him in Destruction.
Volker also had Blind Destruction - Necronomicon - Necronomicon ultimate crunch Blind Destruction - Necronomicon - Necronomicon his guitar playing.
It was possibly this mixture that made it all click. Pure luck. Or call it destiny. As I have mentioned earlier, we did not have a masterplan, we just wanted to have some fun and went for it. Sometimes, in your youth, ignorance is sheer bliss! I loved Celtic Frost back then. What they achieved in this small and very conservative country of Switzerland is unbelievable. They are a legend in their own right!
But Gama held the rights to all the songs, to our name, to just about everything. So we were practically forced to do nothing at all or change our name which I did not want to do. So we had to sit through all this doing nothing. That was a bloody nightmare. For us, there was only this one question: Are we gonna wait until eternity to put out another Necronomicon album or do we take the risk to get sued by Gama?
At this point in time, we got the news that Gama was filing for bankruptcy. This is why we took the risk to record a new album. It was a rocky way for Necronomicon up until the present day They needed to check, if the rights to the songs had reverted to us. Luckily, this is the case. An odyssey of uncertainty and suffering has come to and end.
From this day on, we only want to make music and have fun.
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