OPETH TRIPLE LIVE ALBUM LAMENTATIONS DUE OUT ON 180 GRAM VINYL VIA MUSIC FOR NATIONS ON JULY 22
Music For Nations is gearing up to release the critically acclaimed live album, Lamentations, from Swedish progressive rock titan Opeth. Originally released as a DVD, the album will be available for the first time ever on triple heavyweight 180 gram vinyl. The release is out July 22, with new album art by longtime visual collaborator Travis Smith. The edition of Lamentations will make a great addition to any Opeth fan’s collection.
Label manager Joel De’ath commented, “Those who were at this Opeth show saw the band emerging from their chrysalis to become the force we know today. It” a pivotal moment in their career and it’s been a pleasure to immortalize the recordings onto vinyl.”
Lamentations features a live performance of Opeth’s Damnation album in full, interspersed with songs from the band’s masterpieces Blackwater Park and Deliverance. Conceived and recorded alongside Deliverence, Damnation marked a radical shift in style and tone. The band took the opportunity to move away from their earlier death metal sound and towards a style reminiscent of 1970s progressive rock, taking inspiration from their Blackwater Park collaborator and producer Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree).
Lamentations was recorded live at the prestigious Shepherd’s Bush Empire venue, shortly after both albums were released.
Having celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band last year, alonside re-issuing Deliverance and Damnation, Opeth are returning to the live circuit in 2016. The band will be making appearances at an extensive series of European festivals, as well as returning for a headline performance at Wembley Arena on November 19.
Pre-orders are now live.
Opeth’s Deliverance and Damnation, as well as the recent remixed and remastered classic, 2001’s Blackwater Park, are also available digitally.
Paradise Lost,the genre-defining British doom metal band, are re-issuing their seminal 1992 album Shades of God on 12″ picture disc through Music For Nations on July 22.
Frontman Nick Holmes comments, “We recorded Shades of God in a remote farmhouse near Kettering. It was our first album with Music For Nations and producer Simon Efemy and probably the most memorable recording session we have ever done. For the first three weeks, we had no TV to watch, the Internet of course didn’t exist so we had to entertain ourselves with Ouija boards, ghost stories and playing tricks on each other for amusement.
“Musically, I think it’s one of our heaviest albums and very different to Gothic, heading in a more doomy direction, really riff orientated with a vocal style that would eventually lead to Icon.”
The album, a follow up to 1990’s Gothic album, is seen as the moment where Paradise Lost moved towards a more doom-centric sound, while still encompassing a wide range of other musical genres, showing off the band’s creativity and inventiveness in forging their own distinct take on doom metal, a style that would be continued on 1993’s Icon.
The album also saw the band’s initial transition away from using traditional death metal growls by blending them in with clean vocals, and quieter passages at times throughout the record.
Alongside the likes of Katatonia and My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost were one of a number of bands in the 1990s who took their initial doom/death-metal style and gradually moved towards a more melodic, goth-metal sound, with Shades of God being one of the most important steps in this evolution for the band.
Since their formation in 1988, Paradise Lost have been consistent pioneers in the doom metal genre. Maintaining a key lineup of founding members Nick Holmes (vocals), Greg Mackintosh (lead guitar, keyboards), Aaron Aedy (rhythm guitar) and Steve Edmonson (bass guitar), the band released its fourteenth and most recent album The Plague Within last year.
Pre-orders are now live.