Seventh full-length album by the cult German Thrash Metal band.
Old-school Thrash Metal with a modern production!
So many of the German Thrash bands have displayed a remarkable longevity with excellent recent releases, and now Necronomicon have proved they are no exception. They've got a hell of a lot more pedigree than a lot of people realize. After hitting the scene during the first wave of Teutonic Thrash alongside their more famous contemporaries Destruction and Kreator, these guys seemed to fade very quickly into near-total obscurity. It wasn’t for a lack of output, rather it was simply a case of their old material having more of a rough appeal than any real lasting value. They’ve been nothing if not persistent though, because aside from a hiatus at the latter end of the 90s, Necronomicon have diligently plugged away at supplying a steady string of always respectable releases over the years. Amongst them, this 2012 effort ranks quite highly indeed.
Vocalist Volker "Freddy" Fredrich is the sole remaining original member in the current line-up, after original drummer Axel Strickstrock departed in 2008. What becomes quickly evident when listening to "Invictus" is how much more refined the new Necronomicon's approach is. This album certainly represents the zenith of the progression they have undergone over the years. Gone is the rough appeal, and in its place you find first-rate song writing and a highly professional, up-to-date production style. What’s impressive is that in the process, they have managed to retain most of the manic energy that German Thrash Metal is so renowned for, even if it has become a little watered down by influences from the American Bay Area scene. The trade-off actually results in a much more interesting album. Stylistically speaking, this is straight-up Thrash Metal!
They’ve been around long enough to understand how to mix up the song structures for the best effect. Throughout the album you're treated to atmospheric introductions and embellishments, while most songs try to mix it up with interesting bridges and melodic breaks. And while they're not afraid to slow the pace up here and there, you still find a track like "Upon Black Wings" which sound like pure Old-school Speed Metal from a time predating Thrash.
Also included is a rerecording of "Possessed by Evil" from their self-titled 1986 album. It sounds brilliant!
"Invictus" is the album that manages to holds its own against some of the best Thrash Metal releases of the year!!
Limited Edition digipack includes five live bonus-tracks!!
Massacre Records, 2012 (MAS CD0753). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Invictus 06:44
2. Unleashed 04:05
3. Bloody Bastards 04:03
4. Thoughts Running Free 05:49
5. Unconquered 05:56
6. Upon Black Wings 04:40
7. Face to the Wall 05:16
8. Pandora’s Box 04:03
9. Before the Curtain Falls 04:42
10. Possessed by Evil 2011 05:00
Digipak Bonus Tracks:
11. Possessed Again (Unplugged) 04:10
12. Magic Forest (Live in Russia) 04:20
13. Nightstalker (Live in Russia) 03:11
14. Hill of Dead (Live in Russia) 05:02
15. On Pain of Death (Live in Russia) 03:36
Total playing time: 70:39 min.