Necromandus - Orexis Of Death (1973)
Among the great forgotten bands and albums, there is Necromandus. Their story is really terrible (you can read it in full details here) and honestly Tony Iommi can be considered as guilty not to have conducted his mission (he decided to manage them) until the end due to commitment with Black Sabbath. The presence of Iommi is the cause of all the bullshit you can read on this band in various blogs or sites, most often those who deal with doom and whose contributors can't ear farther than their small doomster narrowminded opinions. Actually, Necromandus has quite nothing to do with Sabbath (except here and there the vocals maybe, and of course "Nightjar", that seems to try to be a new "Paranoid"). Their style is somewhere between Groundhogs (on "A Black Solitude", "Still Born Beauty", the guitar work is very influenced by Tony McPhee's one), Flash ("Homicidal Psychopath", the vocals share a lot of similitudes with Colin Carter) and Yes (the guitar, quite influenced by Steve Howe), Budgie or even Thin Lizzy. So, nothing to do with doom. Of course, their name, songs' titles and cover sleeves (but is it the one that was to be released by Vertigo, I doubt it?) may assimilate the band with this movement. Analysed with these new criteria, it's clear that this album is very very good, quite a classic actually. And it's impossible, if you like the bands above (specially the Groundhogs and Flash) that Necromandus doesn't enter in your Pantheon (a monument where we put the dusts of our great men in France). This album, never released at the times of its recording, leading the band to stop, has been released in various formats between 1999 and 2010. Strangely, the original playlist has never been (to my knowledge) respected in one of these rversions, some songs missing in each one. So, based upon the wikipedia supposed original content of the album I merged 2 versions to propose what could have been Orexis of Death, the album that should have been released in the spring of 1973. This is why some songs have a little lower quality ("I've Been Evil"). Not sure it would have been a great success but I think the band would have done at least some more. Enjoy here.
Below, the guitarist of Stone Axe playing a solo version (all intruments) of "Still Born Beauty". A tour de force for sure.
And here the complete drawing of the front cover sleeve.