The Necromancer (12:30)

Cover of Caress of Steel

From Caress of Steel and 5 other releases

The Necromancer is an epic Progressive rock song by Rush from their 1975 album Caress of Steel and is currently their fourth longest song, behind the Cygnus X-1 duology, 2112, and The Fountain of Lamneth. This was Rush’s first attempt at writing an epic piece and, along with its partner The Fountain of Lamneth, was blamed for the commercial failure of the album.

This is the second Rush song to feature the character By-Tor, the first being “By-Tor & The Snow Dog” on the band’s second album, Fly by Night. This song also contains a reference to the town of the band’s formation, Willowdale. The song has not appeared on any Rush live album or compilation.

Progressive metal band Dream Theater covered this song during their “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence” tour.

The song is referenced in the final episode of BBC TV Comedy series Saxondale, being responsible in part for the bringing the central characters Tommy (Steve Coogan) and Magz (Ruth Jones) back together again!

The song is divided up as follows:
* “I. Into the Darkness” – 4:12
* “II. Under the Shadow” – 4:25
* “III. Return of the Prince” – 3:52


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{As gray traces of dawn tinge the eastern sky
The three travelers, men of Willow dale emerge from the forest shadow
Fording the river dawn, they turn south
Journeying into the dark and forbidding lands of the necromancer}

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  • MikeySchenker


    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • scientist4u

    You dont hear this much, but when you do it blows you away ,

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • hanshan85

    Easily my favorite Rush song, pure brilliance.

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • AndyWorck

    "The tapping part in the solo reminds me a lot of Child In Time!" Oh, so I wasn't the only one who heard that :D Anyway, great track and very underrated album! Better than any album from "synthesizer era" imo.

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • DaveBaldwin

    CHEESY???!! Why you mothe... That "cheesy" narrator's voice is none other than.... Mr. Neil Peart(thru a synth of course). He turned the band onto high brow literature, middle earth poetry, and fiction writings. He wrote a lot of the lyrics that became some of the most iconic RUSH tunes of all time. Geddy and Alex, being right out of highschool said he was the most intelligent person they had ever met when he joined the band after John Rutsey.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • norbertwj

    WTF is this bass??? (between 5:25 and 8:37)

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • niQboy

    One of the best songs by Rush, but I agree the narrator's voice is kind of cheesy. They should re-release this song and have Sean Connery do the narration or something lol

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • phillipkilch316

    one of the best Rush songs ever. So epic. [2]

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • liquidvizions

    The Necromancer is beyond Godly

    19 May 2013 Reply

    The tapping part in the solo reminds me a lot of Child In Time!

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • diegodasro

    one of the best Rush songs ever. So epic. [2]

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • THawk37

    Jesus Christ why does music suck so much nowadays? What I would do to see these guys live in the 70s/80s!

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • DrBlur

    Awesome, long-lost Rush epic.

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I just can't get into this song...shame too, seems they spent a lot of time composing it.

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • kokocijo

    Return of the Prince is perfection!

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Hanseco


    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TheJudasMaster


    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • DrEfficient

    After much deliberation, I've decided that this is my second favourite Rush song. Good shit.

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • swryn

    Classic Rush!

    22 Nov 2011 Reply
  • rushfan1

    12 minutes of pure enjoyment!

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
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