In May 2016, Music On Vinyl will start releasing catalogue from the revered Heavy Metal label Roadrunner Records, courtesy of Warner Music. To celebrate, a Heavy Metal release campaign is launched called Metal Mayhem. The campaign includes first-ever vinyl releases by Murderdolls, Life Of Agony, two Nailbomb album reissues, and classic album reissues of Dream Theater, Testament and Cinderella. These releases will hit European record stores on 180 gram audiophile vinyl for a limited time in exclusive coloured editions, followed by regular black vinyl issues.
The first batch includes the first-time on vinyl release Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls (2002) by Horror Punk band Murderdolls, featuring Wednesday 13, Joey Jordison of Slipknot/Scar The Martyr and Tripp Eisen of Static-X. A limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on blood red vinyl will be made available. Nailbomb's impressive debut Point Blank (1994) will get a well-deserved Music On Vinyl treatment on 180 gram audiophile vinyl. The Industrial, sample-heavy Metal/Hardcore project of Sepultura/Soulfly front man Max Cavalera and producer Alex Newport (Fudge Tunnel) got rave reviews in the mid Nineties. 2000 numbered copies on blood red vinyl will be made available, after which a regular black edition will be available. Both releases hit the streets on May 2nd.
The May 16th batch includes the final release of Nailbomb, the live album Proud To Commit Commercial Suicide, recorded at the 1995 Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Their only live appearance, the title says it all – it's a worthy goodbye to their fans who supported the group from day one. For this occasion, 1500 numbered copies on yellow vinyl are available at record stores all over Europe. Life Of Agony, fronted by enigmatic singer Keith (Mina) Caputo, was perhaps the most original Metal group of the Nineties, and several of their albums have become staples in record collections worldwide. They established their live reputation at the Lowlands festival in 1997, when they performed an acoustic set for thousands of ecstatic fans. These recordings, called Unplugged At The Lowlands Festival '97, were never before released on vinyl, until now. A 2LP set, containing 7 live (electric) bonus tracks, will get a strictly limited first pressing of 1500 numbered copies on orange vinyl.
And that's not all for Life Of Agony. On June 6th, their third album from 1997 Soul Searching Sun will also get a first ever vinyl release. To celebrate, a limited coloured pressing on yellow/orange flamed vinyl will be made available to the public. Also keep an eye out for a brand new studio album later this year from the New York based band.
Other Hard Rock related vinyl releases during Music On Vinyl's Metal Mayhem campaign include a pitch black vinyl edition of Souls Of Black by Testament and a ice cold white vinyl edition of Long Cold Winter by Hard Rock group Cinderella (both releases are made available on May 9th, 2016). Later on in June, albums by TSOL and Apocalyptica will be released.
As a special bonus to the Metal Mayhem release campaign, Music On Vinyl will reissue one of their Dream Theater albums, Images And Words, on red/gold mixed vinyl for just a limited time. Each copy will be individually numbered and rumor has it more limited editions of Dream Theater are coming up.
Consumers can get in on the action by participating in special daily Metal Mayhem give-aways. With the hashtag #metalmayhem, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter users can share their favorite metal album pictures in order to win a random Music On Vinyl Metal Album Of The Day. One lucky winner will get all Roadrunner limited editions, a special collectible wood print by Diego Scaglia Rat (of Engravers Dungeon) and several Music On Vinyl goodies including a turntable slipmat.
More details on the Music On Vinyl website www.musiconvinyl.comDiego Scaglia Rat / Engravers Dungeon website www.engraversdungeon.com
The first eight songs of the fourth Life Of Agony album are recorded live and unplugged at the Lowlands festival in 1997 (except "River Runs Red", which was actually recorded with electric guitars with volume on 11. Song 9 ("Other Side Of The River") is a remix by David Thoener, and the last 7 songs are live bonus tracks (also, not 'unplugged').
Nailbomb's impressive debut Point Blank (1994), an Industrial, sample-heavy Metal/Hardcore project of Sepultura/Soulfly front man Max Cavalera and producer Alex Newport (Fudge Tunnel) got rave reviews in the mid Nineties. The final release of Nailbomb, the live album Proud To Commit Commercial Suicide, was recorded at the 1995 Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Nailbomb was a side project by Sepultura's Max Cavalera and producer/engineer Alex Newport in the mid-1990s. Point Blank is their only studio album, originally released in 1994 by Roadrunner Records. The album combines the thrash-metal fury of Sepultura with the robotic industrial clangor of Fudge Tunnel. This is an ass-kicking album, that is full-on malevolent from the get-go. Point Blank is abrasive, in your face, and loud as hell with the lid off.
Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, released in 2002, is the debut album of Horror Punk band Murderdolls. Murderdolls are a side project for Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen.
Long Cold Winter is the second studio album by American Glam Rock band Cinderella, released in 1988. With Long Cold Winter, Cinderella started to move away from the Glam Rock music of their previous album and into a more Blues Rock-oriented direction, akin to early 1970s Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Humble Pie, Bad Company, and Deep Purple.