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    First And Last And Always Era

    In their own words The Sisters of Mercy are ' a rock'n'roll band. And a pop band. And an industrial groove machine. We are intellectual love gods.' And who are we to argue!


    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's debut album 'First and Last and Always' we are releasing a fantastic 4LP vinyl boxset compiling the initial 1984-85 WEA period when the band were arguably at their best. The boxset will feature the original album, cut from the original production masters, as well as three additional LPs of b-sides from the era all on 180gm black vinyl packaged together in a card slipcase.

    LP1: First And Last And Always
    1. Black Planet
    2. Walk Away
    3. No Time To Cry
    4. A Rock And A Hard Place
    5. Marian (Version)
    6. First And Last And Always
    7. Possession
    8. Nine While Nine
    9. Logic
    10. Some Kind Of Stranger


    LP2: Body And Soul
    1. Body And Soul
    2. Body Electric (1984 version)
    3. Train
    4. Afterhours


    LP3: Walk Away
    1. Walk Away
    2. Poison Door
    3. On The Wire


    LP4: No Time To Cry
    1. No Time To Cry
    2. Blood Money
    3. Bury Me Deep

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    Some Girls Wander By Mistake

    SOME GIRLS WANDER BY MISTAKE, a title taken from a Leonard Cohen lyric, and the title for the album that comprises the earliest days of The Sisters of Mercy's career, before signing to WEA in 1984. Featuring everything from their very first single, 1980's 'The Damage Done', debuted on the band's own Merciful Release label, through their early indie rise to cult acclaim with 'Alice', 'Temple of Love' and The Reptile House EP.

    Continuing the series of 'era' box set releases, we will be compiling these Merciful Release recordings into the 'Some Girls Wander By Mistake' box for release this September; featuring the original album, on 180g double LP, plus two 12 singles taken from that era Temple of Love (1992) and Under the Gun. The 12 EPs will also include the 1992 version of 'Temple Of Love' featuring Ofra Haza, the Canadian Club Mix of 'Vision Thing' (their final official recording), 'Under The Gun' featuring Terri Nunn of Berlin fame plus a 1993, re-recorded version of 1982's 'Alice'.

    Some Girls Wander By Mistake (1981-1983)
    LP 1
    1. Alice
    2. Floorshow
    3. Phantom
    4. 1969
    5. Kiss The Carpet
    6. Lights
    7. Valentine
    8. Fix
    9. Burn
    10. Kiss The Carpet (Reprise)


    LP 2
    1. Temple Of Love (Extended Version 1983)
    2. Heartland
    3. Gimme Shelter
    4. The Damage Done
    5. Watch
    6. Home Of The Hit-Men
    7. Body Electric
    8. Adrenochrome
    9. Anaconda


    Temple Of Love (1992) 12 Single
    LP 3
    1. Temple Of Love (1992) Touched By The Hands Of Ofra Haza
    2. Vision Thing (Canadian Club Remix)


    Under The Gun (1993) 12 Single
    LP 4
    1. Under The Gun (Metropolis Mix)
    2. Alice (1993 version)
    3. Under The Gun (Jutland Mix)

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    Vision Thing Era

    A new set coming out this summer spotlights The Sisters of Mercy's third studio release, Vision Thing. Presented in an attractive slipcase, the set includes the original album and three 12 singles from the album, all pressed on 180-gram vinyl: More, Doctor Jeep, and When You Don't See Me.


    Additional highlights include a non-album b-side, extended mix, and live recordings.


    This hard-driving album has a feverish pace and dense atmospherics, fueled by a potent combination of raw performances, fist-pumping rhythms, and political anger.

    1. Vision Thing
    2. Ribbons
    3. Detonation Boulevard
    4. Something Fast
    5. When You Don't See Me
    6. Doctor Jeep
    7. More
    8. I Was Wrong


    More (12)
    1. More
    2. You Could Be The One


    Dr. Jeep (12)
    1. Doctor Jeep (Extended Mix)
    2. Knocking On Heaven's Door (Live 1985)


    When You Don't See Me (12)
    1. When You Don't See Me (Remix)
    2. Ribbons (Live, November 1990)
    3. Something Fast (Live, November 1990)

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  • First And Last And Always (On Sale) First And Last And Always (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    First And Last And Always (On Sale)

    Numbered Limited Edition



    Paint It Black: 1985 Debut Is Penultimate Goth-Rock Album



    Andrew Eldritch's Ghostly Vocals, Static Beats, Melodic Guitar Jangle Create Hauntingly Atmospheric Soundscapes



    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI (Best Record Plant in America): First Time Any Sisters of Mercy Record Given Audiophile Treatment on LP



    The template for all goth-rock records that followed, Sisters of Mercy's First And Last And Always stands as one of the-if not the most-influential albums of its kind ever released. Distinguished by Andrew Eldritch's ghostly singing, which gives the impression of hearing a forlorn ghoul croon from a foggy English graveyard, the 1985 set is drenched in gloom, claustrophobia, black humor, and dance-ready beats that provide exhilarating contrasts. Fans of the Cure, Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets, Peter Murphy, mid-period Nick Cave, and Joy Division will find it to be a new favorite record.



    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Silver Label numbered limited edition LP presents First And Last And Always with a fuller, richer sound that positively obliterates the thin, feeble sonic perspectives that have limited the music until now. Every aspect from Eldritch's haunting singing to the group's jangling guitars and prancing bass lines finally gain genuine definition. Yet what's most improved is the sense of atmosphere: Sisters of Mercy revel in painting tone poems, where the feel and effect are as essential as the notes that are played. This is now an atmospheric tour de force.



    Ever since it's release, First And Last And Always has been aptly shrouded in mythology. Eldritch pushed the envelope during the recording sessions, literally walking into walls and repeatedly unable to maintain his focus. Strung out on amphetamines, dazed by days of no sleep, upset by a recent breakup, and eating little, the vocalist channeled his discord into somber lyrics and brooding singing. He's framed by pulsing albeit lean, spare rhythms, patient tempos, and the clatter of a programmed drum machine that, in spite of its mechanical operation, sounds strangely organic. The songs evoke wet dungeons, walls-closing-in paranoia, and late-night strolls amidst the U.K.'s mysterious underground.



    Despite its overall dark character, the record's arrangements value spaciousness, putting a premium on room and minimalism that makes each note count. As a result, twinkling pianos and keyboards parallel steel-cutting guitars and low-tuned bass lines that, in combination with Eldrtich's baritone, suggest glimmers of hope among the decay. Songs such as the shaking Possession, dramatic Some Kind of Stranger, and desperate Marian remain models of the gothic and post-punk disciplines more than 25 years after their debut. It's no surprise that, given all of the tension and personality that infuse the album, Sisters of Mercy disbanded just months after its release.



    It's unlikely that any goth-rock album has ever sounded this good. This MoFi Silver Label LP will turn your room into rainy, dreary England, circa 1985, and expose you to one of the most harrowing vocal performances on record.


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    1. Black Planet
    2. Walk Away
    3. No Time to Cry
    4. A Rock and a Hard Place
    5. Marian (version)
    6. First and Last and Always
    7. Possession
    8. Nine While Nine
    9. Amphetamine Logic
    10. Some Kind of Stranger
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    Floodland Era Collection

    One of England's leading goth bands of the 1980s, the Sisters of Mercy play a slow, gloomy, ponderous hybrid of metal and psychedelia, often incorporating dance beats; the one constant in the band's career has been deep-voiced singer Andrew Eldritch. (There is some disagreement as to whether the group took its name from an order of Catholic nuns or from the Leonard Cohen song of the same name.) Eldritch originally formed the band in 1980 with guitarist Gary Marx and recorded its first single with a drum machine dubbed Doktor Avalanche. Guitarist Ben Gunn and bassist Craig Adams were added to make live gigs feasible, and the Sisters built a reputation through several singles and EPs. Gunn left the band in 1983 and was replaced by Wayne Hussey. the Sisters of Mercy recorded their first full-length album, First and Last and Always, in 1985, but two years later, internal dissent had split them apart; Marx left to form Ghost Dance, and Adams and Hussey departed shortly thereafter.


    A legal dispute ensued over the rights to the name Sisters of Mercy; Adams and Hussey attempted to use the name Sisterhood, but Eldritch released an EP under the name to prevent its usage, and the two finally settled on the Mission. Eldritch chiefly utilized a corps of temporary sidemen from this point on (although former Gun Club bassist Patricia Morrison was an official member of the group for a short time) and rebounded with his two biggest-selling American LPs, Floodland and Vision Thing. Despite ceasing studio recordings, Eldritch kept the band active as a performing entity through the first decade of the 2000s and beyond.

    LP 1
    1. Dominion/Mother Russia

    2. Flood I
    3. Lucretia My Reflection

    4. 1959
    5. This Corrosion

    6. Flood II
    7. Driven Like The Snow
    8. Never Land (A Fragment)


    LP 2
    1. This Corrosion
    2. Torch
    3. Colours


    LP 3
    1. Dominion
    2. Untitled
    3. Sandstorm
    4. Emma


    LP 4
    1. Lucretia My Reflection
    1. Long Train (1984)

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    Floodland (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale)

    Goth-Rock Milestone Defined by Majestic Soundscapes and Ethereal Melodies


    Meat Loaf Producer Jim Steinman and New York Choral Society Among Collaborators on Vast-Reaching LP


    Lush, Huge, Balanced: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    1987 Effort Includes Insurmountably Influential Opus The Corrosion


    The Sisters of Mercy emerged from a brief hiatus and lineup overhaul in spectacularly grand fashion on Floodland, an epic album that stands as the groups commercial breakthrough as well as one of the periods monumental productions. Having witnessed his bandmates leave, singer Andrew Eldritch recruited bassist Patricia Morrison, utilized a groundbreaking drum machine, and hooked up with Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman to attain a glorious, bombastic, and irrepressible marriage of gothic rock and sumptuous balladry.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP improves the records splendid dynamic contrasts, low-end thrust, expansive dimensionality, and moody atmospherics. Steinmans unforgettable sonic contributions finally receive proper due in the form of towering choruses and operatic heft. The groups signature epic The Corrosion, described by Eldritch as a narrative about power in the face of misery, sounds downright staggering, with an awe-inspiring performance by the New York Chorale Society and blooming classicism.


    Throughout, the Sisters of Mercy traverse myriad styles in breaking down goth-rock conventions. As on the bands noisier debut First and Last and Always, also available on Silver Series LP, brooding emotions, nocturnal episodes, and dim sentiments gloss over the songwriting. Yet there's a colossal amplification of evocative spirituality, delicate accents and anthemic riffs that combine with funky drum-machine beats and visceral tension to yield music that dares listeners not to dance and/or lift their hands skyward.


    Rhythms play as large a role as the leaders trademark stentorian vocals, with thundering grooves and crashing percussion illuminating incisive lyrics and industrial-tinted scenery. Whether felt via the dramatic waves of Lucretia My Reflection, balladic sweep of 1959, or charging protest of Dominion/Mother Russia, Floodland is a touchstone, topped off by iconic cover art that fits in with todays vampire-obsessed society as well as it did upon release in 1987.


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    1. Dominion/Mother Russia
    2. Flood I
    3. Lucretia My Reflection
    4. 1959
    5. This Corrosion
    6. Flood II
    7. Driven Like the Snow
    8. Never Land (A Fragment)
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    Songs of Leonard Cohen

    Meticulously Remastered


    Sourced From The Original Columbia Records Stereo Masters In Order To Preserve The Sound Of The Original Albums


    1967's Songs of Leonard Cohen is one of the decades most audacious debut albums, with producer John Simons artful arrangements animating such haunting Cohen standards as Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy and So Long, Marianne.


    By the time Leonard Cohen began his recording career in 1967, the iconoclastic Canadian troubadour was already well established as a poet and author. He quickly emerged as one of the eras most original and influential singer-songwriters, building a large and legendary body of work that continues to inspire artists and listeners alike.


    Much of Cohen's reputation and mystique was established by his early work for Columbia Records, particularly the five albums he recorded between 1967 and 1974. Now, these five classic albums, unavailable on vinyl for two decades, have been lovingly restored to their original LP format.


    For their new Sundazed editions, all five albums have been meticulously remastered and have been sourced from the original Columbia Records stereo masters in order to preserve the sound of the original albums. In keeping with the exacting standards for which Sundazed has become known, each album will be pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art.

    1. Suzanne

    2. Master Song
    3. Winter Lady

    4. The Stranger Song

    5. Sisters Of Mercy

    6. So Long, Marianne

    7. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye

    8. Stories Of The Street

    9. Teachers

    10. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
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    Carved In Sand


    Limited 1.000 Numbered Copies On Red Coloured 180 Gram Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter


    The Mission is an English gothic rock band from the UK formed in 1986.


    Initially known as The Sisterhood, the band was started by front man Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams (both from The Sisters of Mercy). Aside from Hussey, the line-up has changed several times during the years and the band has been on hiatus twice.


    Having sold over 4 million albums, the band reformed to celebrate 25 years of The Mission. Hussey, Hinkler and Adams reunited in 2011 to kick start a new chapter of the band and continue to tour the world & release new material.


    Carved in Sand is the third regular studio album by The Mission, originally released in 1990. It reached #7 in the UK Albums Chart, making it the second of two top ten albums and overall best-selling album in the band's career. Four singles were released from the album: Butterfly on a Wheel, Deliverance, Into the Blue, Hands Across the Ocean/Amelia.


    The band had invited members of its fan club to help select the tracks for the album.


    The album saw the return of Tim Palmer as producer. The album was recorded at Jacobs studios and mixed at Swanyard studios.




    1. Amelia
    2. Into The Blue

    3. Butterfly On A Wheel
    4. Sea Of Love
    5. Deliverance
    6. Grapes Of Wrath
    7. Belief
    8. Paradise (Will Shine Like The Moon)
    9. Hungry As The Hunter
    10. Lovely
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    No Songs Tomorrow

    UV Pop were an early 80's post-punk group from the South Yorkshire region of England. Their sound was regionally bleak and they used staccato, angular guitars lines, with vocals ranged from spoken repeated mantras to whispered and shouted political poetics. The Rough Trade charts for one week in 1982 tell a very interesting story. Alongside acts of the caliber of Sisters of Mercy, Robert Wyatt, Sex Gang Children and Virgin Prunes are UV Pop, their place well-earned.
    1. No Songs Tomorrow
    2. Portrait (Extended)
    3. Some Win This
    4. See You
    5. I.C.
    6. Psalm
    7. Sleep Don't Talk
    8. Commitment
    9. Arcade Fun
    10. Hafunkiddies
    11. Four Minute Warning
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    An Unending Pathway

    After two critically beloved records on Seventh Rule and Profound Lore ATRIARCH make their Relapse debut with their finest moment yet. Blending death rock, doom, black metal, punk and psychedelic drone/noise ATRIARCH immediately establish themselves as one of the most creative and compelling heavy-music bands of the 21st century. Imagine Bauhaus as covered by Eyehategod, or Sisters of Mercy filtered through Neurosis, and you start to get the picture of what ATRIARCH has achieved on their new record. Once every few years a band comes along that takes the familiar and creates something wholly new. ATRIARCH have done just that with An Unending Pathway.
    1. Entropy
    2. Collapse
    3. Revenant
    4. Bereavement
    5. Rot
    6. Allfather
    7. Veil
    Atriarch
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    Smashed Hits

    Limited Edition 1/2 Red 1/2 Yellow Vinyl



    From one of our very favorite bands here at Drastic, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, came 1987s Smashed Hits a collection of the finest tracks from their earlier releases. This document gathers the best examples of the bands crisp, repetitive guitar-driven pop overlaid with front man Chris Reeds deep, baritone vocal delivery. Similar to proto-gothic peers The Sisters of Mercy, they distinguish themselves by creating music less self-conscious of its dark motifs, more focused on simple melodies, and driven by its rhythms and personal themes, an essay of abstract sound thats surprisingly danceable.

    Side A
    1. Beating My Head
    2. Take It All
    3. He's Read
    4. Hollow Eyes
    5. Monkeys on Juice


    Side B
    1. Generation
    2. Spinning Round
    3. Hold Yourself Down
    4. Cut Down
    5. Chance

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    Songs From The Road

    Brand New 2010 Release


    "When legend Cohen takes to the stage, it's no less than a cultural event of Biblical dimensions." Following the celebration of his 40th year as a Columbia artist in 2007 and coinciding with his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, Cohen thrilled his fans by announcing his first tour dates in 15 years. One dozen of Leonard Cohen's most famous songs from those recent world tour performances - at auditorium halls, festivals, arenas, and stadiums - are now collected on Songs From The Road. Recorded in 5.1 surround sound Songs From The Road is not only a tribute to Cohen's consummate artistry as a concert performer, it is also a tribute to his enduring worldwide popularity at this time in his career. It is ultimately Cohen's ageless songs that draw faithful audiences - new fans and old - to his sold-out concerts.


    Songs From The Road represents every decade of his life as a recording artist, from the 1960s ("Suzanne" from his 1967 debut, Songs Of Leonard Cohen; "Bird on the Wire" and his interpretation of "The Partisan" both from his second album, 1969's Songs From a Room) - to the '00s ("That Don't Make it Junk" from 2001's Ten New Songs). And even though it shares some songs with the 2009 Live In London release, the recordings on this album are unique. Throughout the tour, Cohen "seemed to find at every stop the sisters of mercy whom he immortalized in one of his oldest and most tender songs.... And now, wherever this precious man wanders, the famous blue raincoat notwithstanding, people sing 'hallelujah!'"

    LP1


    1. Lover, Lover, Lover (Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, september 24, 2009)

    2. Bird On the Wire (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, November 6, 2008)

    3. Chelsea Hotel (Royal Albert Hall, London, England, November 17, 2008) 


    4.Heart With No Companion (King Arena, Oberhausen, Germany, November 2, 2008)

    2. That Don't Make it Junk (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)

    3. Waiting for the Miracle (HP Pavilion, San Jose, california, November 13, 2009)


    LP2


    1. Avalanche (Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 12, 2008)

    2. Suzanne (MENA Arena, Manchester, England, November 30, 2008)

    3. The Partisan (Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland, October 10, 2008)


    4. Famous Blue Raincoat (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)

    5. Hallelujah (Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California, April 17, 2009)

    6. Closing Time (John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, May 24, 2009)

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    X-No Absolutes

    180 Gram Double LP + CD


    After a self-prescribed hiatus, 2012 saw Prong blow the hinges off the door with the release of "Carved Into Stone". Seemingly out of nowhere, Tommy Victor and company managed to combine all the previous elements of the band's formula: thrash, hard-core, industrial metal, etc. with a new urgency and angst that struck a deep nerve with the band's loyal fan-base and beyond.


    The band marched onwards with 2014's highly acclaimed "Ruining Lives" which spawned a number of instant classics. "Turno-ver", The Barriers" and the title track became staples in their live set when embarking on a bone breaking schedule of concerts around the world in support of the record. A video for Remove, Separate Self" was released creating even more interest in this significant recording.


    Recorded over the summer of 2014 and released in early 2015, Prong's cover album "Songs From The Black Hole" was loved by fans and critics alike. Always game to make the unexpected move, the album featured songs from artists as diverse as HÜsker DÜ, The Bad Brains, Black Flag, The Sisters Of Mercy and Neil Young.


    After yet another headline tour, it was straight back to the studio for another studio album. Just days after mixing was completed, PRONG went on the road with Danzig and SuperJoint Ritual in North America and released the first single "Ultimate Authority" on the day the tour began.


    "X - No Absolutes" is Prong at their very best. The sheer intensity and ferocity of the albums opening triumvirate "Ultimate Authority", "Sense Of Ease" and "Without Words" leaves the listener gasping for air. The title track is crunchy and catchy at the same time. "Do Nothing" may be as close as you will ever hear PRONG get to a ballad and shows the enormous progress and confidence Victor has made vocally. It is hard to find a weak spot here, notably Victor mentions that „sequencing the album was a difficult task; every song is so strong in it's own way".


    Again produced by Tommy Victor, this time with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer, "X - No Absolutes" also broadens the horizon sonically.

    1. Ultimate Authority
    2. Sense Of Ease
    3. Without Words
    4. Cut And Dry
    5. No Absolutes
    6. Do Nothing
    7. Belief System
    8. Soul Sickness
    9. In Spite Of Hindrances
    10. Ice Runs Through My Veins
    11. Worth Pursuing
    12. With Dignity
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    The Oath (Awaiting Repress)

    To master the dark and wring compelling creativity from its densest shadows requires vision, belief and, perhaps most importantly, a dash of synchronicity. These are all qualities that ooze from every pore of the debut album by The Oath. A band forged around the fizzing, feral chemistry between Swedish guitarist Linnea Olsson and German vocalist Johanna Sadonis, The Oath represent the wild magic that erupts when two blazing souls collide and fate is sent veering off course by sheer strength of the human will. This is heavy metal at its most mercurial and intuitive.


    "I had grown tired with the metal scene in Stockholm, and I wanted to experience something new and get out of my comfort zone," Linnea Olson recalls. "This resulted in me going to Berlin, a city where I had no friends, and just exploring everything that makes it so magical the creative energy, the sense of freedom, and the notoriously dark and debauched nightlife. I played my guitar as usual at home, and riffs started to pile up. By the time summer came, I felt the time was right to start a new band. My best friend Henke put me in touch with Johanna. On her end, she had been looking for a guitarist for a band that she wanted to call The Oath. We had an instant connection. And we looked almost identical."


    Having found each other and discovered that their obsessions, desires and musical urges were utterly compatible and swiftly and irrevocably interwoven, Linnea and Johanna set about devising an artistic masterplan. The results of that plan are now primed to emerge, fully-formed and thrumming with primal energy and pristine passion, in the shape of The Oath: a nine-song clarion call that simultaneously recalls the hallowed greats of heavy rock, punk and metal - from Sabbath, Trouble and Angel Witch through to the Stooges and Poison Idea, and further to Mercyful Fate and Danzig - while revelling in new ways to express the spirit of those revered archetypes. Recorded in ten days at Studio Cobra in Stockholm with producer Konie Ehrencrona at the controls and the raging rhythm section of Simon Bouteloup (bass, Kadavar/ex-Aqua Nebula Oscillator) and Andrew Prestidge (Angel Witch/Winters) underpinning Linnea and Johanna's otherworldly hymns to the black, The Oath is a triumph for soul and sonic ceremony, with conviction and integrity bursting from every artfully-crafted riff and ethereal melodic motif.


    "We had a die-hard dedication right from the beginning - if not, what's the point?" states Linnea. "As for the master plan, there was none. If things fall into place naturally, you don't need one. We felt that this was our shot, and we needed to go for it. We wanted this album to be primitive and minimalistic in the sense that the sound is fairly raw, and we kept overdubs to a minimal - most of what you hear on the album are live takes. But we also wanted to bring out the melody and richness that is within the songs. And these are all strong songs, which is very important to us."


    Veering from the strident grooves and shimmering menace of opener All Must Die to the breakneck, Luciferian clatter of Black Rainbow and on to the spine-tingling grandeur and grime of epic closer Psalm 7, The Oath is anything but just another addition to the modern pseudo-occult rock canon. Instead, it is an extraordinary glimpse into its creators' overpowering charisma and chemistry and a thrillingly, hyper-nourishing dose of authentic, 21st century heavy metal sorcery. With input from In Solitude's Henke Palm - who contributes some "improvised Voivod-style solos", according to Linnea - and logo designed courtesy of Watain's Erik Danielson, this is an album that exudes ageless style and irresistible substance: a potent antidote to the flimsy fripperies of the modern age.


    "This album represents Johanna and me and our dedication to our music," Linnea avows. "Everything about this band is about me and her - our relationship to each other, our differences as people and musicians, and the unity that we are in The Oath. She possesses strengths that I lack and the other way around. Musically, my riffs are the dirt and her vocals, the diamonds. I have a friend who cleverly put that the world is made up by two kinds of people: the werewolves and the vampires. By that standard, I am a werewolf and Johanna is a vampire. You can interpret that as you like."


    And now, this new ritual begins. The Oath has been sworn, the dice have been thrown. All that remains is the propagation of the divine but unholy art that these sisters-in-sound have wrenched from the depths of their harmonised psyches. The future belongs to those who believe


    "There are a lot of hopes, plans and ambitions," Linnea concludes. "But what's even more important is that there is only now and that now is forever."


    - Dom Lawson, January 2014

    1. All Must Die
    2. Silk Road
    3. Night Child
    4. Leaving Together
    5. Black Rainbow
    6. Silver and Dust
    7. Death Delight
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