I have updated the descriptive areas for all the new songs off the album, this also includes translations of the lyrics. The songs covered are:
A pleasant surprise woke me from a restless slumber with the buzzing of my phone. An email from one NECRONOMIDOL with a press release for the upcoming release of the album vämjelseriter, which is Swedish for “rites of detestation” by the way. It contains many well known and well loved songs along with a few new songs.
Here is a quick snapshot of the release details.
NECRONOMIDOL – vämjelseriter
Release date: February 24th 2021
Label: IMPERIET IV
Product Code: IMIV-003
Price: 2500 JPY (not including tax)
2 LAMENT CONFIGURATION
7 phantasmagoria cosmos
8 santa sangre
11 ex oblivione
14 童歌 (warabeuta)
On to my thoughts on the release. These are, of course, just my opinions and should be taken as such.
As a whole the mixing seems a tad bass heavy, although at times the highs really ring out especially on a couple songs which are not quite as frantic musically. The members harmonize wonderfully and everyone seems to be given their own time to shine during the hour plus run time.
Now, I am sure we are all familiar with at least 12 of these tracks, at least in musical and lyrical form. As for the vocals, they are very well recorded on the tracks that have been redone. Everything is crisp and you can hear every detail, unlike a few of the earlier recordings on the older releases, which are a bit muddy at times. I will have to say I was not pleased with the mixing on the in my mind, classic track, 童歌. The synths were to forward for my tastes, take that as you will. It is still a great track.
On to the new tracks. As I am sure some have noticed there is a divide in the community over the track RITUAL. Some think it is plodding and never really goes anywhere while others love it. I was in the former camp but after listening to it, I have to admit the song is growing on me, especially since it isn’t a YouTube track and I have the actual album track to listen to.
The first actual new track I came across was cassilda. It feels very much like a throwback to the 1980s with its synths and Steve Stevens like guitar playing over what is a pretty basic 4/4 dance beat. It would probably rank it in the top 75% of the groups catalog.
The second absolutely new song is NECROPOLIS. It builds and builds for about a minute then hits high gear. I must confess it had me moving a bit during the chorus. I swear somebody stole John Christ’s guitar tone from the first Danzig album for this one. It is a catchy tune for sure.
As a complete package I would say this is a very good offering from the group. In all seriousness I enjoyed it much more than scions of the blasted heath. Only a few minor missteps on this release from what I can hear. I am sure it will be popular with any fan of NECRONOMIDOL. It will be in my rotation for a while to come, although I might skip 童歌 from time to time.
The album will be released on February 24 both in CD as well as online via all major streaming services as well as Bandcamp.
Pick it up now as a preorder on the group’s Bandcamp page: https://necronomidol.bandcamp.com/merch
Or if you are inclined, at all your favorite Japanese music outlets.
Information page for the new song and MV was added. I will include more after I get my hands on the lyrics and other information.
Information here: santa sangre
Added the information for the new single TUPILAQ; release, MV and song .
After a bit of a hiatus NECRONOMIDOL has reformed. We are told to expect exciting things in the coming weeks. The new members look like they might shape up nicely. I have gone through their socials a bit and found a few clips of them singing and they seem to have a good base.
The member section has been updated with the new members.
Here is to a bright future and continued success.
I added a bit more information to the releases section. I am also ready to put up a new member page as soon as the information is available after the introduction in March. As always I am keeping the Live History information up to date.
I have finished adding information about the inspirations for all NECRONOMIDOL songs. Any songs not directly inspired by something will be noted that way. If a song was inspired by a story I have named it but have not given a description of the story. If based on a mythology a short description is given. If based on a real life event I have covered it more in depth.
My reasoning for not giving story descriptions is that I would like you to go read the stories yourself. I find that it gives greater enjoyment of the songs that way.
As for lyrics on any songs from NEMESIS and earlier, I do not have official English lyrics so I will not be putting any up, at least until I am able to get them.
The information can be found in individual song pages. You can get to them two ways.
Release section: https://walkinshadow.com/releases/
First performance list: https://walkinshadow.com/miscellania/songs-by-performance-date/
The first performance list does not include the festival or LAMENT CONFIGURATION. You will have to get to those songs via the release section.
It has been a while since there was a big update to the site, so I am happy to say one is happening. I am adding some further information to individual songs as relayed to me by Ricky. He has given me some basic information on inspiration and left me to fill in the blanks (detail wise).
Ricky told me that he feels in depth insights about song inspirations may ruin the enjoyment and that individuals should come to their own conclusions while experiencing the songs. Hence only basics about the songs. I have taken the liberty of providing a bit of background on some songs if based on stories of legends, that way you can go read the actual stories for yourself. I know I have gotten even more enjoyment myself from reading the stories that certain songs are based on.
There are a few songs with no express inspiration and are noted as such. These songs have been given no further explanation or detail as to their content.
At this point I have done songs up to the NEMESIS release, but more will be on the way soon.
The first 14 entries on this list have been completed.
I have added the upcoming release to the release section with all the information I have. This includes all song information as well. If I have missed anything please let me know.