Update: Now available!
You may have seen this from NECRONOMIDOL:
— NECRONOMIDOL (@NECRONOMIDOL) September 9, 2016
— 只今、チンポジ調整中丸… (@don1292) September 20, 2016
Yep! The Dark Girls have re-released their NEMESIS album on vinyl through Specific Recordings. That is, the Specific Recordings that’s based in France. That can swing distribution around Europe and the Americas. That … uh …
Hello, what’s this?
Why– Maniac, is that the Necroma vinyl?
It sure is, Strawman! The good people at Specific were kind enough to provide an advance copy so I could review it. This did necessitate that I pull out the not-at-all-new hi-fi that’s lived in the Room Nobody Enters at Maniac Mansion, but venturing into the Room Nobody Enters was worth it, because I didn’t just want to put my hands on this thing and smell it and write opinions of it — I wanted to listen to the thing and tell you if it’s worth the investment.
But first! More photos.
I love the cover art of NEMESIS, but the back gets me every time, especially blown up in hi-res. The blood pops more, you know? Also, though every member has kind of their thing going on in that photo, there’s a diabolical impishness in Risaki’s face that makes me feel like I know why there’s so much blood. Also, aw, gonna miss you, Karen.
I was long interested in what kind of vinyl this would be pressed onto. One could make a good argument for red (because hell, blood, anger, whatever have you) or white (Lucifer!) … but of course it’s black. Why would you want a Necroma record in any other color?
And what does it sound like?
Remember: The hi-fi I reassembled and swore at the whole time is not in optimal shape. I am also not an audiophile (hence why I didn’t make a personal intervention in this discussion); for the vast majority of life, vinyl records were very much the cool things that my old man had stored in the hundreds in the utility room and I only pulled out so I could listen to Queen and Van Halen in the days before digital downloads and I was spending my limited cash on CDs. I’m a child of the 90s, all right? Even Pearl Jam, in whose anger sweat I would have eagerly bathed as a teenager, couldn’t sway me to give much of a crap about vinyl.
With that being said, holy shit, this record sounds amazing. I gave NEMESIS a pretty good grade when I reviewed it before, mostly dinging it on the re-recordings (as my from chaos born review shows, Necroma in the original is pretty close to perfect as far as I’m concerned); if this were my first time hearing the re-recorded originals, I might walk that opinion back a little.
Basically, I don’t know if the mix was changed with this pressing or if it’s just the difference between listening to an mp3 and, you know, high-fidelity playback, but I really felt the mood of every one of these songs. Like, I’m an enormous mark for “UMR AT-TAWIL,” and I felt like it got even better. I could say the same for “Lamina Maledictum” and “Skulls in the Stars,” too. “Vulture” and “Puella Tenebrarum” both really popped for me. All that blackened-ness, I feel like this is a great medium for it, really helps to show the depth in the sound.
Specific didn’t pay for me to write this — their only request was that I review it — but they may as well have. Buy it to collect, listen to, whatever; it’s worth your money.
It goes on sale tomorrow on Specific’s Bandcamp page. It is currently available for order and digital download. And while you’re there, you may notice a few other things of interest (some of which I’ll also be purchasing now that the hi-fi’s put together and boy will Mrs. Maniac be mad!). I’m just saying, get this one while it’s hot because it’s a limited edition and, for the sake of Necroma gaining popularity points outside of Japan, I hope it sells like the dickens.