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Just short of twenty years after its release, ESOTERIC’s sophomore full-length album “The Pernicious Enigma” has finally found its way onto vinyl courtesy of Aesthetic Death Records.  Recorded in 1996 at Rich Bitch Studios, and originally released as a double CD in 1997, the vinyl version of “The Pernicious Enigma” is available as a triple gatefold LP strictly limited to 600 copies and can be bought directly from the band’s Webstore at http://www.esotericuk.net/Store

Having never been completely satisfied with the original mix of “The Pernicious Enigma”, the Experimental Doomsters decided to transfer the album from the original multitrack tapes in order to be able to remix the tracks and bring out some of the details that had been buried or subdued in the original release.  The remixing and remastering was carried out during 2015/16 by ESOTERIC’s Greg Chandler at his Priory Studios (http://www.prioryrecordingstudios.co.uk/ ).  Now, without actually having changed the overall feel of the album, and with a level of clarity and definition that far surpasses the original, “The Pernicious Enigma” is much closer to the band’s original vision. Artwork is by Simon Phillips.

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Only one more of ESOTERIC’s six full length albums  now remains to be released on vinyl, and it is anticipated that “Metamorphogenesis” will also appear in LP format in the future.

ESOTERIC are currently working on what will be their seventh full-length album, and a follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed “Paragon of Dissonance”.  Eschewing any serious touring whilst they focus on the preparations and recording for the new album, the band are planning to play a few one-off shows and festivals this year.  Confirmed appearances to date as follows:

28th May: No Fun Intended, Eiger Studios, Leeds, UK
3rd June: Temples Festival, Bristol, UK
1st July:  Under the Black Sun Festival, Bornicke, Germany
15th Oct:  Autumn Souls of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

More information about ESOTERIC can be found on the band’s website at http://www.esotericuk.net/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial

ESOTERIC recently joined forces with the German artist Vinsterwȃn (http://vinsterwan.jimdo.com/ )  who designed some exclusive merchandise for the band, which is available from their webshop at http://www.esotericuk.net/Store

A video of ESOTERIC performing the track “The Blood of the Eyes” live can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/UZK-zeuEAAw


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Seven tracks from ESOTERIC can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk/sets/esoteric


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial
Website: www.esotericuk.net
Webstore: http://www.esotericuk.net/Store
BandCamp: https://esotericuk.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/esotericuk
Band Contact & Booking: greg@sinistrous.demon.co.uk
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com

 

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When Irish Doomsters MOURNING BELOVETH released their sixth full-length album “Rust and Bone” at the end of 2015, one track stood out in particular, not only because its lyrical content was open to speculation, but also because musically it was such a departure from the band’s usual heavy, doom-laden sound, and Death Metal inspired vocals.

The track in question was “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”,  a  poignant, and hauntingly beautiful, acoustic interpretation of the famous W. B. Yeats  poem.  It was a track that also saw vocalist Darren Moore take a backseat and guitarist/backing vocalist Frank Brennan step to the fore to give voice to the song that had been in his mind for a long time.

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When the band joined forces with John Mulvaney to create a video for “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”, and released it on the 24th April this year, which was the date that marked the Centenary of the Easter  Uprising,  there were more than a few who questioned what Yeats would have thought of his words being interpreted by a metal band, and some who questioned whether the video, and indeed the song itself, was the band’s  tribute to those who died in the rebellion that was to shape the future of Ireland.  This, despite MOURNING BELOVETH having made it very clear that it was a tribute to all who had fought and died for freedom throughout the world.

Commented the band: “We were at rehearsals one day, talking about the questions that fans kept asking about “A Terrible Beauty Is Born”,  and it occurred to us that it might be a good idea to informally film ourselves giving our unscripted thoughts about what lies behind the track, the recording process, how such a different sound came about, and what it might lead to in the future.  YouTube seems to be the “go to” place for music fans these days, and it looked like it might be a much more interesting way to do it, rather than just writing an explanation.  We are grateful to John Mulvaney who kindly gave us a hand  turning it into something coherent, and you can see the results, which we have titled “A Terrible Interview Is Born”, below and at https://youtu.be/atfJvCiDRSM


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“We also thought that fans might like to see the original version of the “A Terrible Beauty Is Born ” video as well.  The version that was released was in  black and white, a medium we felt lent the right atmosphere, particularly since some of the footage we used was from the era of pre-colour photography.  Having looked at it again, the colour version gives a slightly different perspective, so for those who are interested in comparing the two, the black and white version can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hOf24w_b7jI


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and the colour version below and at https://youtu.be/P8eXGnLiL-o


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Formed in 1992 and with six full-length albums and a plethora of compilations and splits under their belts, MOURNING BELOVETH are based in the market town of Athy, in County Kildare.  Aside from Moore and Brennan, the band’s  lineup includes Pauric Gallagher on Guitar, Brendan Roche on Bass and Tim Johnson on Drums.  More information about MOURNING BELOVETH can be found on the band’s website at http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MourningBelovethBand

Confirmed live appearances for MOURNING  BELOVETH so far this year are as follows:

07 May:  Acherontic Arts Festival, Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
08 May: Florinsmarkt, Koblenz, Germany
11 Sep:  Doom Over Sofia, Club Live & Loud, Sofia, Bulgaria
29 Oct: Dutch Doom Days, Baroeg, Roterdam, Netherlands

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website:  http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MourningBelovethBand
Bandcamp: https://mourningbelovethofficial.bandcamp.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO49P3z5I4yWVmC9ig0kJYw
Merchandise:  http://www.mourningbeloveth.com/merchandise/
Van Records:  http://www.van-records.de/
John Mulvaney: jpmulvanetti@gmail.com
Band Contact:   darren@mourningbeloveth.com
Booking:  husky@continental-concerts.de
PR:  patriciathomas@btinternet.com

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UK Experimental Doomsters ESOTERIC are hard at work on what will be the bands seventh full-length album and the follow up to 2011’s “Paragon of Dissonance”.  As the band explain, this pretty much means that for the rest of the year they will be concentrating on preparation and recording:  “We will be playing a few one-off shows and festivals, but we don’t intend to take part in any tours this year as we want our main focus to be on the album. If all goes to plan we hope to complete the writing by the end of 2015. The cycle continues…”

The departure last year of keyboard player Jan Krause has not affected the ability of the line up of Gordon Bicknell on Guitar,  Mark Bodossian on Bass,  Greg Chandler on Guitar and Vocals,  Joe Fletcher on Drums, and  Jim Nolan on Guitar, to crack on with the new album, nor has it stopped them playing live while they search for a replacement.  With an appearance at Bergen’s Blastfest already behind them, other confirmed dates include a show at The Boston Music Room in London along with AHAB on the 4th of July, and the 20th Anniversary celebration of Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic  in August.

As well as the new album, ESOTERIC also have other releases on their mind, which vinyl fans will definitely appreciate.  “We plan to release “The Pernicious Enigma” and “Metamorphogenesis” on vinyl, which are the two remaining albums from our back catalogue that haven’t yet been released in this format.   After that we will be re-releasing our first two albums on CD, but we will have more details about everything we’re planning to do as we go along.

“The Pernicious Enigma” has actually been transferred from the original multitrack tapes, and remixed and remastered at the Priory Recording Studios for the vinyl release.  Having never been happy with the original mix of the album, we were able to go over the tracks and bring out some of the details that were buried or subdued in the original release, without changing the overall feel of the album “.

And is there any news about a much-requested live album?  “It’s definitely something we’ve always had in the back of our minds, but it’s not a question we can give a definitive answer to right now”, commented the band.  “It’s true that we recorded the show in Brescia,Italy, in January, but finding the time to work on it is going to be very hard, especially with a new studio album in the offing.  We will try to find the time to mix the live recording in the coming months and then we will look at the possibility of a release”.

More information about ESOTERIC can be found on the band’s website at http://www.esotericuk.net/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial

A video of ESOTERIC performing the track “The Blood of the Eyes” live can be seen below and at http://youtu.be/UZK-zeuEAAw

Seven tracks from ESOTERIC can be heard below and on the band’s SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk/sets/esoteric

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esotericukofficial
Website: www.esotericuk.net
BandCamp: https://esotericuk.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/esotericuk
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/esotericuk
Band Contact & Booking: greg@sinistrous.demon.co.uk
Management & PR: patriciathomas@btinternet.com