Germany’s cult Thrasher NECRONOMICON flex their muscles with their second single! ‘Me Against You’ is dystopian, disturbing and extremely aggressive – a three-minute show of strength deeply from the Thrashers soul. The upcoming tenth album “The Final Chapter” will be a milestone in their almost 40 year long metal career.
The completely renewed NECRONOMICON with Glen Shannon as lead guitarist and Rik “Roundcat” Charron (Ex EXCITER) on the drums will release their tenth full-length album on March 26th, 2021 and show with this video that they are far from being scrap metal, but rather deserve their legendary status rightly.
Tracklist NECRONOMICON – The Final Chapter 01 I Am The Violence 02 The Final Chapter 03 Wall Of Pain 04 Purgatory 05 Burning The Fury 06 Spilling Blood 07 Selling Nightmares 08 World On Fire 09 The Devil’s Tears (Tribute To Anne Clark) 10 The Unnamed 11 Me Against You 12 The Stormreaper
Germany’s cult thrashers NECRONOMICON strike for the relentless tenth blow. With “The Final Chapter” the new album will be released on March 26th, 2021, which represents a new level even for such an extremely experienced band. Since 1986 NECRONOMICON have been fighting their ear canals all over the world and today they present the pre-single and the first video of the album with “Wall Of Pain”.
Band founder Freddy Fredrich leaves nothing to chance for “The Final Chapter”: New at NECRONOMICON are Glen Shannon as lead guitarist and Rik “Roundcat” Charron (ex EXCITER) on drums. Achim Köhler was again responsible for mix & mastering, and acts also as co -Producer.
NECRONOMICON have announced their new album, “The Final Chapter”, it is in essence a new chapter for the band. It’s the first time that the band has international members, so the sound is diﬀerent because of Rik Charron (ex Exciter) on the drums and Glen Shannon on lead guitar. But, oddly enough, you still know it’s NECRONOMICON – due to founding member Freddy, and his distinctive song writing style, and Marco Lohrenz on bass and backing vocals.
The songs on the “Final Chapter”, NECRONOMICON’s tenth album, is intricate, hard hitting, full force speed and power – all in one package. There will be a song on this album that will please everyone from Power Metaller to Thrasher. As with all the previous years, the album bears the unmistakable and signature sound of Achim Köhler who was responsible for the mixing and mastering. This album is coming to tear the roof down with a blistering sonic assault and energy that NECRONOMICON are known for.
“I Am The Violence” “Give Me Fire” “Pain” “Purgatory” “Burning The Fury” “Spilling Blood” “Selling Nightmares” “Justice” “The Devil’s Tears” “The Unnamed” “Me Against You” “Stormreaper”
The Final Chapter is set to be released on March 26, via El Puerto Records, in CD, Limited Edition Steelbox, and Digital formats.
And maybe it’s the final chapter?… Beware of the beast!!!
Since their incarnation in 1988, the Lovecraftian inspired pioneer of blackened death metal, NECRONOMICON, has certainly established itself as one of the hardest working bands in the industry. Founded by composer, guitarist and frontman Rob The Witch in Quebec Province, Canada and following an early demo and EP, the band released its first full length album “Pharaoh Of Gods” in 1999.
A steady release of five further albums and a high level of commitment to touring and performing on stage has been a constant in the life of NECRONOMICON, all the while establishing an ever growing fan base around the globe. Changes in line up and other issues haven’t been a deterrent for the charismatic Witch King, resulting in the sixth brutally dark album “Unus” being unleashed in October 2019, via Season Of Mist Records.
Alison recently caught up with Rob The Witch for her Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem radio show on UK station TotalRock. The whole show can be heard on Mixcloud at this location, but the audio interview (split into two parts for radio) can be listened to below. Many topics were discussed with the eloquent frontman, from the worldwide pandemic to Dean guitars and more in between! Check out a few excerpts from the chat, followed by the audio:
Discussing touring, Rob stated:
“Touring is what I like the most, it’s being on the road – I don’t get enough of that. I did like around twelve hundred shows in my career, I lost count, I know it’s over a thousand. It’s just doing my music you know – recording albums, going on tour and just rocking the stage you know. That’s just what I want to do. When I started Necronomicon, I was seventeen, now I’m almost fifty, I never stop. As long as I play my music, I’m happy, I’m satisfied with that.”
Regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and getting back to touring in 2021, Rob expressed:
“Really, really not easy, that’s one thing. I think that pretty much any artist that does this mostly for a living will feel the impact pretty well. When you’re going on full tours like months at a time and spend many, many, many, many hours you know practice by yourself, but I mean like many hours per week – days per week literally practising with your band, you have situations like that coming out of nowhere in a way, it’s pretty challenging actually. For example, our drummer is stuck in California, can’t come to practice and it’s been months, so it’s really not easy.
Of course we’re trying to see what we can do now. Nothing is certain at this point how it’s going, it’s totally out of control, especially in the U.S. I mean in Canada we’re doing really good, they responded really quick, I don’t know how it is in Europe. I really don’t know how we’re going to do that, because when we finished the U.S. tour we were already planning to go in Europe and something happened and we had to pull out. And that tour started without us and the tour went to hell because Covid started. So, at first I wasn’t really happy because we had to pull out of the tour, then I realised after it was almost a blessing. These bands that were on tour in Europe were in a really shitty situation because of that. They’re having some major financial problems due to what happened there. If we’d been on that tour it would’ve really fucked us, really in a bad way. So, the fact that we’d been forced to pull out of that tour and not going, saved our ass in a way. That’s the irony of that.”
On videos and being creative, Rob had lots to say:
“I don’t wanna bash any of my friends or other bands – there’s a lot of bands I respect musically and stuff like that. But if you have to shoot your band in an abandoned warehouse, stay home come on, I mean be more creative. It’s supposed to be art. I don’t get the people going on stage with their flip flops and Cannibal Corpse shirts, even their glasses. Even fucking Judas Priest, they go on stage with outfits and stage clothes. Even Metallica, ok they don’t have armour and stuff like that – but if you see James Hetfield or Kirk Hammett in the street, they’re not dressed like they’re dressed on stage, it’s totally different. Music is art, so why don’t you do it properly you know?
When you go to see a show, you need to see something, you need to have a visual of it. I’m going to take a band that’s really shitty music to me right now – that’s Ghost, I really don’t like what they’re doing. The first album was really good, I really liked it, the rest – ugh! But they would never have succeeded if they didn’t have the image. The same for Slipknot and the same for Dimmu Borgir or any bands that had success with that, it’s a part of the game. You sell a product and the image of a band is fifty percent of the job, if not more.”
If you’re lucky, you can see the uncensored video of ‘The Thousand Masks’ – unfortunately some countries have blocked it:
Canadian blackened death metal horde NECRONOMICON released their latest album “Unus” back in October 2019, via Season Of Mist. Due to the current pandemic situation, the band who normally have a busy touring schedule, obviously can’t get out on the road and perform for fans at the moment.
So, due to popular demand, the individual members have been recording playthroughs of various tracks from “Unus”. This time, it it is the turn of NECRONOMICON founder, composer and frontman – The Witch King himself! Check out the epic video of Rob the Witch playing ‘Vox Draconis’:
Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s legendary grimoire, NECRONOMICON formed in 1988 by founding guitarist and singer Rob The Witch in the deep, northern part of Canadian province Quebec, Fjord of Saguenay. Since then, the band have carefully released each full-length album without haste, allowing them to perfect every nuance before unleashing their sonic assaults upon the masses. In 2019, NECRONOMICON was presented with a certificate of honour for over 30 years of service via H.S. production/Tommy Tremblay, and the people of Saguenay Lac St Jean, making them the second band after VOIVOD to ever receive this honour.
Canadian blackened death metal masters NECRONOMICON have partnered up with Dread Central to premiere their horror-fueled music video for the song, “The Thousand Masks.” The track is taken from the band’s latest record, ‘UNUS’, which was released this October via Season of Mist. The NSFW video, which serves as a cautionary tale of why you shouldn’t mess with the grimoire, can be seen HERE.
Speaking of the video, Rob “The Witch” comments: “Over 30 years ago we started a project called Necronomicon writing about H.P. Lovecraft mythos and with time passing, we decided to pay homage to the origin of our name and fully embrace it. The stars are aligned the time is right to reveal the many forms under ‘The Thousand masks.’”
1. From Ashes into Flesh (04:23)
2. Infinitum Continuum (05:27)
3. Paradise Lost (04:55)
4. The Price of a Soul (01:56)
5. Singularis Dominus (04:50)
6. The Thousand Masks (03:20)
7. Ascending The throne of Baator (04:54)
8. Fhtagn (01:59)
9. Cursed MMXIX (04:13)
10. Vox Draconis (04:13)
Total playing time: 0:40:10
Montreal’s premier blackened death metallers are back with ‘UNUS’, the crushing and cinematic follow up to 2016’s ‘Advent of the Human God’. With each record NECRONOMICON has created in the span of their 31-year career, the band has steadily evolved in both sound and power; ‘UNUS’ is no exception to this.
Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s legendary grimoire, NECRONOMICON formed in 1988 by founding guitarist and singer Rob “The Witch” in the deep, northern part of Canadian province Quebec, Fjord of Saguenay. Since then, the band have carefully released each full-length without haste, allowing them to perfect every nuance before unleashing their sonic assaults upon the masses. In 2019, NECRONOMICON was presented with a certificate of honor for over 30 years of service via H.S. production/Tommy Tremblay, and the people of Saguenay Lac St Jean, making them the second band after VOIVOD to ever receive this honor.
‘UNUS’ is a searing cacophony of blistering riffs, machine-like drums, and a symphonic ambience, culminating in a sound that calls to various metal icons such as DIMMU BORGIR, SEPTICFLESH, BEHEMOTH, and DEICIDE. The record combines the furious elements of death metal with the orchestral prowess of black metal, creating the perfect synthesis of both genres. Standout tracks like “Paradise Lost” and “Singularis Dominus” only solidify NECRONOMICON’s ability to continuously produce high quality metal that’s just as dark and brutal as it is elegant.
Recorded at Sliver Wings studio, produced by Rob The Witch
Mixed and mastered at Darth Mader music studio by Logan Mader (Machinehead)
Rob the Witch: Guitar/vocals/bass
Special feature: Geirlioz (Dimmu Borgir) on Piano in ”From Ashes Into Flesh”.
Artwork: Dragon caducea design by Nestor Avalos, layout and artwork by Simon Bossert