Necronomicon - Strange Dreams
(Garden Of Delights) Catalog no: CD147

From Aural Innovations October 2009 update

Formed in Germany in the summer of 1970, they are not to be confused with the trash metal band of the same name. So if you are here mistakenly on the hope of some thrash metal tidbits? Sorry! There is none! So you can F*** off back to p*** stained hovels. Slayer rules! Anyway, taking the name from the H.P Lovecraft novel, Necronomicon play rough Progressive Rock, and this is a re-release of their third album from 1976 on the Garden of Delights label. The music is in the vein of, let’s say, a rough Soul Sacrifice era Santana in places, The Soft Machine crossed with Procal Harem can be heard in others, and I find that it is a definite energy driven sound that they have, and it takes in numerous band styles of the era, yet it sounds like Necronomicon rather than anyone else. It is a journey through guitar solo improvisation, although there is definite structure to the tracks rather than total jams, nonetheless the guitar sound is full on and it squeals as much as the vocals do. The bass and drums lead the march, pumping away like a steam train, giving a platform for the guitar and the organ to work there magic throughout the album. Fans of heavy Progressive rock will not be disappointed with this album, as it has a creative energy that flows from every instrument.

Reviewed by Albert Pollard

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