I found a review of this album on Aquariusrecords.org, and they went on about how cool the album art looked. They also mentioned how it was an obscure bit of British progressive rock. Those were the only two points that I had to hear, and I was off in my search of this album in the local record shop after reading rave reviews on the Internet. My request for the record was greeted with a "Who, what's that?" and then I was told it could be ordered. I always had a tendency to think that people who worked in record stores were all knowing, and they would be able to produce this album immediately.
Needless to say, the album was ordered and it arrived in two weeks. When I finally got home with the lemmings album, I stared at the album art some more. I guess I'm a sucker for varmints being chased by a big owl. I put the album on, and noticed that the music was fairly Crimsonesque on first listen. The music was a little heavier than King Crimson and the guitar solos sounded more acidic. Tracks like "An Appointment with the Master," "Strangerstill" "A Thousand Pages Before" were spiced with Nuggets era guitar freak-outs that I definitely appreciate. All songs are rather dark in tone and conjure an eerie mood similar to the album art. The bonus track, "Strange People" might just be the opposite of the album tracks. This song sounds like a Zombies outtake with its French horn flourishes and gentle guitar riffing.
The liner notes indicated that Bachdenkel made several bad decisions that did them in. The first being their choice of name because it was difficult to pronounce, and the second being the move to France even after the UK's Rolling Stone declared them one of England's best underground groups. Lemmings was recorded in 1970, but it was not released until 1973. That long delay in terms of issuing a record also sealed Bachdenkel's fate, combined with being in exile of the music press to furnish rave reviews upon them.