Saturday, June 13, 2015

Necromandus - Orexis of Death 1973

Necromandus were formed in 1970 in England. In 1968 two West Cumbrian bands broke up and members from both bands Barry "Baz" Dunnery (guitar), Dennis McCartan (bass), Frank Hall (drums), and singer Bill Branch Formed the band. They were discovered by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi in 1972. They recorded one album in '73 and then broke up. This album wasn't released until 1999. In 2007 Classic Rock magazine mentioned them as a "lost pioneer" of Heavy Metal, and author Ian Christe has cited them as one of the earliest doom metal bands. They were briefly named Taurus before settling on Necromandus when a radio show asked their audience for name suggestions. Iommi Managed the band and overseen their recording as well as laying some guitar tracks on the title song. The band sounds more like progressive rock as opposed to metal or hard rock. A deal was arranged with Vertigo and the band began opening for Sabbath, but when Barry "Baz" Dunnery (guitar) left the band in '73, Vertigo shelved the album. They continued to gather praise and support, such as Ozzy Osbourne initially wanting their guitarist, bass player, and drummer for his "Blizzard of Oz" project. Dunnery and Hall went on to play in the N.W.O.B.H.M. band Hammerhead. Sadly, Frank Hall is the only living member left.

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