May 26, 2008

MELECHESH‘s "The Siege Of Lachish" will be re-released by Tarot Productions, formatted as a collector’s edition vinyl picture EP limited to only 300 copies worldwide. The title track was inspired by a text written by the Assyrian King Sennacherib as he witnessed his army invade the city of Lachish, which was approximately an hour and a half from Jerusalem. The site is nothing but ruins now, but with the text, it inspired this warlike song and is the principal track of this EP. The side B track, ‘Malek Al Nar’ (meaning king of fire in Arabic) is a fast and traditional Black Metal hymn.

726 is the latest excursion from Proscriptor, on his own label, Tarot Productions. This is visionary esoteric music that remains unpredictable and magickal. Psychedelic and ethereal eccentricities merge against a fluent beat reminiscent of 70’s Krautrock, Spacerock and New Age. Unlike his occult Metal commands in Absu, Proscriptor pushes the threshold of eclectic music and expression and proves it through 726. This is the first and only instrumental album by Proscriptor. Most of the music is a musical translation of magick, his system of Western occult practice, synthesized from many sources, including Eastern Yoga, Hermeticism, medieval grimoires, contemporary magickal theories from writers like Eliphas Levi and Helena Blavatsky and his own original contributions.

Also soon to be out on Tarot Productions is GOREAPHOBIA‘s "Sabbatic Communion" 7" EP. This is the band’s only unreleased material to see the light of day, as this EP features pre-production studio tracks intended for the "Conqueror Of Thorns" album. Formatted as a two-color vinyl collector’s piece, this release is strictly limited to only 500 copies worldwide.

New Renaissance Records has announced that the limited-edition re-release of the debut album from the old-school Canadian thrashers, SOOTHSAYER, entitled "Have A Good Time" has been set back until June 15, 2008. According to spokesperson Tony Collatta, the release was delayed by a last minute decision to re-master the album by the band. The album was subsequently re-mastered by SOOTHSAYER guitarist Martin Cy. Only 3,300 of the debut will be reissued. SOOTHSAYER will open for TESTAMENT on August 4, at I’Imperial in Quebec City, Canada.

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