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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:05 pm    Post subject: Varathron "Walpurgisnacht" LP Out Now Reply with quote

Die hard version is finally available now.

Varathron “Walpurgisnacht” LP
ANTI-GOTH 266





Regular black vinyl LP:

Wholesale splatter vinyl LP:

Die Hard blue vinyl LP:




(Description by J. Campbell)
Beginning in the early 1990s, a handful of musicians in Greece established one of the most distinctive and compelling regional sounds associated with the Second Wave of Black Metal. Rotting Christ laid the foundation for this particular sound, and other acts immediately followed suit helping to define the Greek Black Metal sound and bring it to prominence within the international scene. The importance of Varathron’s contribution cannot be overstated. After releasing what is arguably the greatest Greek Black Metal album of all time, 1993’s “His Majesty at the Swamp,” Varathron recorded and released the superb follow-up, “Walpurgisnacht” two years later. Since that time, the overwhelming brilliance of the former has often overshadowed the fact that “Walpurgisnacht” is a classic album in its own right. From the outset, with the opening track, “Tleilaxu (The Unborn Child),” it is clear that “Walpurgisnacht” contains all of the characteristic traits of Greek Black Metal. The riffs are somber and melancholy, yet driven by a sense of mania, often suddenly giving way to slower, majestic passages firmly set in the Hellenic tradition. Reminiscent of the early recordings of Monumentum, on “Walpurgisnacht,” Varathron skillfully weave into the fabric of the album a slightly gothic influence producing an unearthly effect in which transient, morose interludes and subtle keyboard flourishes accentuate the album’s mystical feel. In many respects, “Walpurgisnacht” displays a maturation of the band in terms of composition and production. The writing and performance is every bit as passionate as Varathron’s earlier recordings, but the album’s broader scope reflects the band’s increased ambition. The songwriting here is versatile, displaying the nuanced complexity characteristic of all of Varathron’s work. Few albums convey a sound so deeply evocative; the melancholy atmosphere Varathron achieves is virtually unmatched in Black Metal songwriting. Delicate and morose passages are set amid contrasting incendiary riffs, working together to impart the magisterial grandeur of evil and the conjuration of malefic power. As with “His Majesty at the Swamp,” Necromantia’s Magus Wampyr Daoloth produced and engineered this album, but compared with Varathron’s earlier recordings, “Walpurgisnacht” sounds richer and fuller. The production on this recording is cleaner, permitting the listener to apprehend the immense spectrum of sound presented in the songs. The lyrics of “Walpurgisnacht” are steeped in poetry, vividly evoking an alternate reality and enriching the multidimensional nature of the music. To serve that poetic end, Varathron utilized a verse from 1920 by American poet, E.A. Robinson, for the track “The Dark Hills” and enlisted the assistance of Chuck Keller, one of the greatest lyricists in underground metal, to provide the lyrics for “Birthrise of the Graven Image.” The artwork, too, is unique and appropriate; the pagan imagery of the cover painting is the perfect visual accompaniment to the music and subject matter within. When creating this album, Varathron paid attention to every detail, and the profound confluence of every element makes “Walpurgisnacht” not only one of Varathron’s most important works, but establishes this recording as one of the greatest works of an era.

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Regular black vinyl with gatefold jacket and A2 poster.
Wholesale splatter vinyl is available in increments of 5 splatter and 5 black.
Die hard blue vinyl with faux leather logo patch and sticker.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woah didn't expect this. Since I already just ordered those Negative Plane LPs on Sat can you add the Die hard to my package as well when its available?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgive me for the obvious blunder in that description. Hopefully Yosuke can revise it before he leaves for the fest.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A fucking classic.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will always say this is the best album Rotting Christ never made.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Need to see the diehard before I decide which one I'm buying. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obviously had to order this. Fuck a die hard!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite Varathron album

Only wish the poster was flipped 90 degrees so it could fit the whole artwork (including Kurgan!!!)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just waiting on the paycheck...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LacusSomniorum wrote:
Woah didn't expect this. Since I already just ordered those Negative Plane LPs on Sat can you add the Die hard to my package as well when its available?


Sorry I'm about to leave and it's too complicated to get my helpers to combine orders. Please wait until you have to order more.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome!! I will order a die hard when the OFC box gets added.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent album!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great!My favorite Varathron.Congratulations for this Yosuke
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered the normal LP, Die Hard version is a little out of my budget right now, can't wait to put it on my table. I have been awaiting for a reissue of that for a long time. Made my week.

Too bad I didn't know about last week and I would have waited with my other order. Good job keeping it a secret. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've managed to pack a few copies in my luggage so I'll have 15 copies for sale at the fest.
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