Saturday, November 7, 2009

Album Cover Artwork from Sacred Oath and Mudvayne

SACRED OATH's Debut Repackaged In Twentieth-Anniversary Edition

Cult classic debut from SACRED OATH repackaged in twentieth anniversary edition for store shelves November 10.

WorldSound label group has repackaged the cult classic debut album from Connecticut heavy metallers SACRED OATH, A Crystal Vision, in a twentieth-anniversary edition (compact disc) for release on November 10, 2009.

Originally released by Mercenary Records in 1988, A Crystal Vision has come to be regarded as one of the seminal metal albums that spawned the power metal movement of the '90s, despite the band breaking up shortly after its release.

The reissue faithfully preserves the contents, song order, and front cover design of the original Mercenary release but features the front cover artwork as it was always meant to be seen, in full color. The original pressing of the vinyl LP had the artwork in brown sepia tone, much to the band's dismay.

I cannot tell you how pleased I am that this album is still being celebrated twenty years later, and that the cover art will finally be seen as it was intended back then, says Rob Thorne, the band's lead singer and founding member. This is certainly the best edition of A Crystal Vision ever.

The package also contains an eight page booklet with song lyrics, art, and unseen archival photos of SACRED OATH from 1988.

This reissue is part of WorldSound's exclusive license to press and distribute the entire SACRED OATH catalog, including the acclaimed live album Till Death Do Us Part, Darkness Visible and the self-titled Sacred Oath which was released on August 25. Distribution is through E1 Entertainment in the U.S.


New MUDVAYNE Album Artwork Unveiled

Bring Back Those Black Lights!

Here is the artwork for the new self-titled album from MUDVAYNE. Reportedly the first album to ever use blacklight-reactive ink (making it only visible under a black light), the CD's cover image was created by world-renowned tattoo king Paul Booth.

Every bit of art and text in the packaging of the record will be printed on ink that can only be seen under a black light .

Commented Booth: This project has been absolutely killer to work on! The whole black light concept was totally experimental and quite the challenge, so of course, as an artist, I was drawn to it like a moth to a bugzapper.

He added, I am happy to see bands focusing more energy on their album art… something I thought the Internet had killed. Hailz to MUDVAYNE and everyone at the label for going the extra mile!

The album will be available in the following formats:

***1. Super Deluxe - Limited-edition run of only 1,000 copies which will be sold direct to the consumer from the band's site. Pre-order it at starting next Tuesday, November 10 and receive the digital album two weeks before release!

It contains:

a. The deluxe version of the album
b. The album on glow-in-the-dark vinyl (also blacklight-reactive)
c. A 24-inch blacklight
d. A 24x24 poster designed by Paul Booth in blacklight-reactive ink
e. An 8x8 blacklight-reactive decal designed by Paul Booth

***2. Deluxe – Limited-edition first run of 100,000 copies. Pre-order it at starting Tuesday, November 24 and receive the digital album two weeks before release!

It contains:

a. The album in jewel case
b. A LED, keychain-sized blacklight
c. Special blacklight-reactive packaging designed by Paul Booth

***3. Vinyl

a. Glow-in-the-dark vinyl (also blacklight-reactive)
b. Blacklight-reactive art designed by Paul Booth

***4. Jewel Case

a. Blacklight-reactive art designed by Paul Booth

Due on December 22 via Epic, Mudvayne has been described by drummer Matt McDonough as the best CD the band has recorded since our second album, The End Of All Things to Come.

The album was produced by Dave Fortman's (SLIPKNOT, EVANESCENCE) right-hand man, Jeremy Parker, and is "a little more retro for MUDVAYNE" from a songwriting point of view, according to singer Chad Gray. We've been kind of making this natural progression, and I think for this one, we just sort of naturally regressed, he told Noisecreep.

We took the smarter songwriting guys that we've become and mixed it with the not-smart songwriting guys that we were ... I mean, we used to just take 20 parts, cram it together, and call it a song. Over time, playing in a band, you kind of know what to expect. It doesn't really make it easier, but you kind of have this thing in your head that you kind of know where you're going. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel before entering the tunnel. It's faint, and dim, but it's there.

MUDVAYNE wants to give the fans a chance to hear another track off the forthcoming album. The band has teamed up with AOL's Noisecreep to debut the track Scream With Me. Head over to starting Tuesday morning, November 10 to listen to an exclusive stream of the song.

MUDVAYNE's fourth studio album, The New Game, has sold more than 200,000 copies in the United States since it came out in November 2008, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD shifted 48,000 units in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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