NECROMANDUS
Proto-Metal • United Kingdom

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com
NECROMANDUS picture
Necromandus were a rock band from Cumberland, United Kingdom. They were formed in 1970 and were discovered by Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath in 1972. After recording one album in 1973, they split up. The album was not released until 1999. In 2007 they were mentioned in an article in Classic Rock magazine. Author, Ian Christe, has cited the band as one of the earliest doom metal groups.

In 1968 two West Cumbrian bands, Jug and Heaven, broke up. Members from both bands, Barry "Baz" Dunnery (lead guitar), Dennis McCarten (bass), Frank Hall (drums), and singer Bill Branch, formed a heavy progressive blues outfit they called Hot Spring Water. They were briefly renamed Taurus before settling on Necromandus after a radio show asked their audience for name suggestions. In 1972, after extensive gigging and a failure to release a record, they caught the eye of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who
read more...
Thanks to Certif1ed for the addition and cannon for the updates

NECROMANDUS MP3, Free Download/Stream

No NECROMANDUS MP3s available for streaming.

NECROMANDUS Online Videos

See all NECROMANDUS videos

Buy NECROMANDUS music

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
necromandus : orexis of death plus CD necromandus : orexis of death plus CD USD $16.81 Buy It Now 5 days
NECROMANDUS - OREXIS OF DEATH & LIVE NEW CD NECROMANDUS - OREXIS OF DEATH & LIVE NEW CD USD $26.12 Buy It Now 5 days
Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live [CD New] Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live [CD New] USD $16.71 Buy It Now 6 days
NECROMANDUS - NECROTHOLOGY (AACD030) TONI IOMMI. BLACK SABBATH CD NECROMANDUS - NECROTHOLOGY (AACD030) TONI IOMMI. BLACK SABBATH CD USD $25.00 Buy It Now 7 days
Necromandus: Orexis Of Death & Live CD 2010 Reissue NEW Necromandus: Orexis Of Death & Live CD 2010 Reissue NEW USD $16.95 Buy It Now 8 days
Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live NEW CD Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live NEW CD USD $15.66 Buy It Now 8 days
NECROMANDUS - OREXIS OF DEATH & LIVE - RARCD005 NECROMANDUS - OREXIS OF DEATH & LIVE - RARCD005 USD $14.57 Buy It Now 8 days
Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live (NEW CD) Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live (NEW CD) USD $16.97 Buy It Now 9 days
NECROMANDUS - Orexis of Death CD (NEW) DOOM / HARD ROCK from 1973 BLACK SABBATH NECROMANDUS - Orexis of Death CD (NEW) DOOM / HARD ROCK from 1973 BLACK SABBATH USD $16.33 Buy It Now 9 days
Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live CD Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live CD USD $22.16 Buy It Now 10 days
Necromandus-Necrothology-71 U.K.Underground LIVE-New CD Necromandus-Necrothology-71 U.K.Underground LIVE-New CD USD $31.99 Buy It Now 10 days
@ CD Necromandus - Orexis Of Death Plus.. TONY IOMMI / AUDIO ARCHIVES 2005 RARE @ CD Necromandus - Orexis Of Death Plus.. TONY IOMMI / AUDIO ARCHIVES 2005 RARE USD $19.99 Buy It Now 11 days
necromandus : live CD necromandus : live CD USD $19.90 Buy It Now 11 days
NECROMANDUS - LIVE / IOMMI SABBATH INTEREST NECROMANDUS - LIVE / IOMMI SABBATH INTEREST USD $18.22 Buy It Now 13 days
Necromandus-Live UK psych cd Necromandus-Live UK psych cd USD $17.99 Buy It Now 13 days
NECROMANDUS-OREXIS OF DEATH-72 TOMI IOMMI HARD ROCK-CD NECROMANDUS-OREXIS OF DEATH-72 TOMI IOMMI HARD ROCK-CD USD $31.99 Buy It Now 13 days
Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live CD Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live CD USD $16.56 Buy It Now 13 days
NECROMANDUS - OREXIS OF DEATH PLUS - IOMMI / SABBATH INTEREST - NEW NECROMANDUS - OREXIS OF DEATH PLUS - IOMMI / SABBATH INTEREST - NEW USD $18.22 Buy It Now 17 days
NECROMANDUS - OREXIS OF DEATH/LIVE - NEW CD NECROMANDUS - OREXIS OF DEATH/LIVE - NEW CD USD $13.73 Buy It Now 17 days
NECROMANDUS -NECROTHOLOGY - 12 TRACK CD -1998 - RARE !- FREE FASTPOST NECROMANDUS -NECROTHOLOGY - 12 TRACK CD -1998 - RARE !- FREE FASTPOST USD $41.43 Buy It Now 19 days
Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live NEW CD Necromandus - Orexis Of Death & Live NEW CD USD $13.38 Buy It Now 21 days
NECROMANDUS: Orexis Of Death LP (Italy, limited edition #711/750, gatefold cove NECROMANDUS: Orexis Of Death LP (Italy, limited edition #711/750, gatefold cove USD $50.00 Buy It Now 22 days
NECROMANDUS-LIVE-TONNI IOMMI HEAVY PROG-NEW CD NECROMANDUS-LIVE-TONNI IOMMI HEAVY PROG-NEW CD USD $29.99 Buy It Now 23 days
Necromandus-Orexis of Death plus.... UK  psych cd Necromandus-Orexis of Death plus.... UK psych cd USD $17.99 Buy It Now 23 days
Orexis of Death/Live by Necromandus (CD, Mar-2010, Rise Above Religion) Orexis of Death/Live by Necromandus (CD, Mar-2010, Rise Above Religion) USD $18.14 Buy It Now 24 days
Showing all 27 items | Price may be different, data is cached every 1h | Keyword-based search | Ordered by ending time | See results on eBay.com
Amazon (logo)
Orexis of Death & LiveOrexis of Death & Live
Import
Rise Above Relics 2010
Audio CD$9.31
$20.84 (used)
NecrothologyNecrothology
Import
Audio Archives
Audio CD$29.95 (used)
LiveLive
Import
Audio Archives
Audio CD$55.00 (used)
Orexis of Death PlusOrexis of Death Plus
Remastered · Import
Audio Archives
Audio CD$59.99
$14.99 (used)
Showing 4 items | Cache expiring in 72h | Keyword-based search | Best seller rank | More results on Amazon.com

More places to buy metal & NECROMANDUS music

NECROMANDUS Discography

NECROMANDUS albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quicksand Dream
Proto-Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Orexis of Death plus...
Proto-Metal 1999

NECROMANDUS EPs & splits

NECROMANDUS live albums

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Necromandus Live
Proto-Metal 2005

NECROMANDUS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

NECROMANDUS boxset & compilations

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Necrothology
Proto-Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Orexis Of Death & Live
Proto-Metal 2010

NECROMANDUS singles (0)

NECROMANDUS movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

NECROMANDUS Reviews

NECROMANDUS Orexis Of Death & Live

Boxset / Compilation · 2010 · Proto-Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
voila_la_scorie
I’m going to start right off and say what my biggest complaint about this compilation is: not enough music.

Hey, there are 70 minutes of music on this CD but that’s not enough? No. Because, you see, there are tracks missing. The original vinyl release of “Orexis of Death” finally saw the light of day in 1999, 26 years after it was meant to be released (a 1991 version appeared under the name of Quicksand Dream apparently), and this vinyl album had 10 tracks. Later when “Orexis…” was released on CD, two tracks were omitted for whatever reason: “Intro” and “I’ve Been Evil”. Next there came “Orexis of Death Plus” which still omitted the two tracks but added “Judy Green Rocket” in demo and live recording versions. Finally the missing tracks became available on “Necrothology” along with some other previously unreleased tracks which were “Curly Sea Slug (live)”, “Orexis of Death (alternative version featuring Tony Iommi)”, and “Nightjar (extended version)”. When Rise Above Relics decided to reissue “Orexis of Death” along with “Live” on a single CD, they gave us this with about 70 minutes of music but just around 29 minutes of studio recordings only. Surely they could have added “I’ve Been Evil”, a song of 6:20 judging by the version on YouTube and possibly “Intro” as well, no? I would have preferred the complete studio catalogue on one disc and if necessary and second disc of all the live recordings, or just some live recordings added to the studio disc to fill it up.

So, that’s my beef: at least one essential album track is missing. Now what about the music?

As the 40-page booklet (one of the good things about this CD) says, Necromandus might well be described as Black Sabbath sing the greatest hits of Yes. Actually, they don’t often follow the really heavy sound of Black Sabbath though lyrically their themes are not cheery like Yes’ often are. Necromandus prefer to play more complex jazz-rock with shifting rhythms and riffs more like Yes (their debut album often comes to mind) but in songs that are not as long. Fans of proto-metal take note: this band doesn’t pound away like Black Sabbath, Iron Claw, or Pentagram. Their music follows a more complex route most of the time. If you listen to “Nightjar” on YouTube you’ll easily get the impression that these guys really rock out on the heavy guitar. But the other songs mostly jump around between some fast and mildly fuzzed guitar and jazz-influenced riffs and slower, more progressive-sounding structures. The vocals remind me of an older brother version of Ozzy Osbourne at times but again don’t lean too heavily on the Black Sabbath side. The guitar playing is very enjoyable and apparently, when they toured with Yes, Steve Howe was really impressed with the speed and dexterity of Barry Dunnery's playing.

Because the studio tracks take up just under 30 minutes, I felt a little disappointed to hear “Mogidisimo” because the dual acoustic guitar faded out so soon when it sounded like something really good was coming together. “Mogidisimo (reprise)” begins in exactly the same way but carries the piece to nearly a minute and a half before fading out. I think they could have just done this as a two-minute acoustic instrumental instead of teasing with track one and including only the first 32 seconds of the composition.

The live album is not so good with respect to recording quality but it’s better than a lot of contemporary recordings I have heard. There’s a bit of talking to the audience too which is always kind of fun to listen to. I like the introduction to “Nightjar” where vocalist Bill Branch tells the audience to feel free and bash their heads on the tables.

Musically speaking, overall this is very good progressive rock with the odd tendency to venture into proto-metal territory. I’d love to have the missing tracks from the studio album but “Necrothology” is not cheap to buy now and nothing is on iTunes either.

I recommend this album to those who enjoy 70’s rock with some jazz, some proto-metal, and lots of prog blended together. The album artwork and the CD booklet are great, too!

NECROMANDUS Orexis of Death plus...

Album · 1999 · Proto-Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
cannon
Don't be fooled the album cover and the title. If you're expecting a slab heavy, doom laden, riff-tearing Sabbath-esque assault, you're not going to find it here. If that's what you're searching for, check out Supernaut's self-titled debut from 1973 or First Daze Here from Pentagram. Orexis Of Death is more in line of hard progressive rock/heavy prog though it does exude a medieval ambience at times. Closer to the early incarnations of Wishbone Ash and Jade Warrior or even Black Widow, and obvious influences from King Crimson and yes, even Yes. With all that being said, this is an excellent album. I would tend to tag it more a heavy prog album than proto-metal.

Back in the "old days", relatively speaking, the '80's to be more precise when I was in full blown addiction of collecting vinyl there was many myths and legends attaining to rare, obscure, limited pressings and even unreleased recordings from the sub-genre of proto-metal that were rightly or wrongly attributed without much merit. Rumours would be a better word to use as these much hyped lost gems were unwarranted on many occassians and for the most part there was reasons why: bad production and sound quality, finicial backing, label promotion, weak material, etc., and in some cases the circumstances were unfortunate, this album being a perfect example.

The band was managed by Sabbath guitarist, Tony Iommi and Necromandus had laid down the tracks, but in 1973, Sabbath was huge and very busy, thus Iommi had kept putting off the final steps to get the record off the shelf and then guitarist Brian Dunnery announced he was leaving the band and Iommi axed the single and album slated for release as he believed the band didn't have it without Dunnery.

Fast forward to 1999 and finally the music was released. I heard this from the guys at my local vinyl shop and put in my order for the album. Some six weeks later the LP had arrived from the U.K. Man I was surprised. This wasn't was I was expecting. I wasn't really dissappointed, more surprised than anything. Damn, this is really good progressive rock and the production and sound quality just magnificant for 1973, especially for an album that was "shelved". The album was released again in 2005 as, "Oxeris Of Death plus..." that was remastered with a couple of bonus tracks. Now, I don't know if this was the case for the first issue, referring to being remastered. Anyways, it really doesn't matter. It's terrific.



NECROMANDUS Movies Reviews

No NECROMANDUS movie reviews posted yet.

NECROMANDUS Shouts

Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

NECROMANDUS Index

Member Zone

Username:
Password:
Stay signed in

Metal Subgenres

Artists Alpha-index

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Red Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON
Buy this album from our partners
Crimson Death Metal
EDGE OF SANITY
Buy this album from our partners
Symbolic Death Metal
DEATH
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Sonic Highways Hard Rock
FOO FIGHTERS
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Octagon Traditional heavy metal
SPLINTERED THRONE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Shattered Traditional heavy metal
SPLINTERED THRONE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Winterscape Symphonic Metal
EMPHATICA
Buy this album from MMA partners
Carina II Alternative Metal
FM2000
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Metal MP3 download/stream

New Metal Online Videos

Puscifer - Man Overboard
PUSCIFER
Unitron· 23 hours ago
Harppia - Harpago/Naufrago
HARPPIA
Tupan· 1 day ago
More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Share this site
Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online