October 19, 2011


Received a newsletter from Rise Above Records earlier today, with lots of exciting news. Might as well give it to you in full so nothing is left out.

MELLOW CANDLE - Swaddling Songs PLUS Deluxe vinyl set
Apologies to everyone that has pre-ordered this set and is still waiting. Due to the nature of the contents and packaging of this item, it has taken longer than expected to manufacture.

We were expecting this to have been delivered and shipped by now but have been informed by the pressing plant that it will not now be with us until the second week of November. Of course we will start shipping them as soon as they come in, but please allow at least a week after then until they are all shipped. Any inquiries please email sales@riseabove records.com

We have been told by the plant that this will be ready and with us by late October/early November. The regular version comes with a an added 10" EP, featuring the four killer previously unreleased studio tracks recorded in 1973 and a 16-page LP sized booklet.

The die hard edtion will be 300 copies on pink vinyl and also includes a picture sleeve 7" featuring alt takes of the lost studio sessions and an embroidered iron-on patch.

BANG - Death of a Country first time on vinyl!
Yes, also due in at the same time as Incredible Hog vinyl will be the first time ever vinyl release of Bang's legendary (unreleased at the time) debut album. Available for pre-order soon.

CATHEDRAL Anniversary, A New Ice Age and Farewell
We are delighted to announce the release of the first ever official live Cathedral album. Recorded at the bands 20th Anniversary concert in December 2010, it comprises of two sets, spread over two separate discs. The first disc contains the one-off performance featuring the original Forest of Equilibrium line-up, in which the album was played in its entirety. The second disc is a rollercoaster doom ride through the bands following years of hard-rocking diversity.

The set comes in two editions, the special edition containing mini LP replica's of each set, a 40-page booklet and gig poster. This edition is strictly limited to the UK/Europe and is a limited one-off pressing. Japanese and American editions will vary.

Unfortunately, again due to manufacturing issues, the European release date for Anniversary has been forced to be put back until November 14th, though we will most likely have copies in before that ourselves. Vinyl box set for Anniversary will be released next year.

On another note, we are also excited to be releasing a brand new 2-track 12" EP by Cathedral entitled A New Ice Age. Featuring exclusive Dave Patchett artwork, this release comes in a series of limited colours and features two monstrously heavy tracks - Open Mind Surgery & Sabbadaius Sabbatum.

Special editions of 100 white and 200 transparent blue, both including A2 poster will be on sale exclusively at the bands Farewell show (plus Grand Magus, Comus & Gentleman's Pistols) on Saturday December 3rd at London's HMV Forum, Kentish Town.

HORISONT album coming soon & EXCLUSIVE UK appearance with Pentagram!
Yes, we are very pleased to announce the signing of this promising Swedish band. Second full-length coming early 2012. In the meantime, catch them with Pentagram - a show not to be missed!

Coming in 2012

Angel Witch - brand new studio album
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - debut studio album
Astra - The Black Chord (second full-length studio album)
BrĂ¢n - Rise Above Relics CD Box & Vinyl reissues of all three studio albums
Comus - Out of the Coma 12"/mini LP brand new recordings PLUS the infamous unheard Malgaard Suite.
The (original) Iron Maiden - Maiden Voyage (remastered from original tapes)
Purson - debut 7" ltd to 300
Rog & Pip - Our Revolution. Amazing release for Rise Above Relics featuring tons of previously unheard studio recordings from this heavy early 70's duo of ex-Sorrows members.


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