Metal Mind Productions Re-releases Number of Mortification Albums

Mortification, Australia’s most successful extreme metal band, now in their 18th year, is breaking into the metal scene in Europe once again. Under the license from Nuclear Blast Records, Metal Mind Productions will be re-issuing 9 Mortification titles in a deluxe digipak format. The list include following albums: “Scrolls of The Megilloth”, “Post Momentary Affliction”, “Blood Wold”, “Primitive Rhythm Machine”, “Envision Evangelene”, “Triumph of Mercy”, “Hammer Of God”, “The Silver Cord Is Severed” (expanded with additional CD “10 Years Live Not Dead”) plus a DVD entitled “Conquer The World”.

Mortification is well known for their fun approach to a combination of death metal, thrash, grindcore and Blitzkrieg classic metal. The power trio lead by front man/bassist/ vocalist Steve Rowe are unique in the metal scene. Focusing on lyrical subjects such as faith, religion, humanitarian causes and positive life choices, Mortification certainly have a positive approach to their extreme metal onslaught. With Rowe & guitarist Mick Jelinic now getting into their 40’s they still manage to continue gaining more and more teenage fans every year to add to their long time fans. This appeal to youth seems to stem from many young people looking for heavy music without the dark themes. Rowe has toured relentlessly throughout the 18 years he has fronted Mortification, taking in their home land of Australia each year. Also beyond Australia and Europe, Mortification has toured extensively in the US, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and New Zealand, taking ground that no other Australian metal band has ever seen. Having 13 studio albums, 4 official live albums and a coming 4th DVD release there seems no slowing down for the Australian 3 piece. For a unique mix of extreme metal styles with a unique lyrical approach and street level credibility, Mortification looks set to continue to conquer the world for many years to come. One of Metal Mind’s re-issues from the Nuclear Blast back catalogue is the “Conquer The World” DVD, which documents Mortification’s 2001 world tour with bonus footage from a packed out show in Australia in 2002.

Classic material from Nuclear Blast archives will be available in a new digipak edition, limited to numerated 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. The release date for the CD re-issues is set for 11th February in Europe and 15th April in USA (via MVD), while “Conquer The World” DVD will be out on 25th February in Europe / 13th May in USA (via MVD).

Mortification
“Blood World” (remastered + bonus tracks)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1129 DG
Barcode: 5907785031814
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: thrash/death/Christian metal
Release date: 11.02.2008 Europe / 15.04.2008 USA

Tracklist:


1. Clan Of The Light
2. Blood World
3. Starlight
4. Your Life
5. Monks Of The High Lord
6. Symbiosis
7. Love Song
8. Live By The Sword
9. J. G. S. H.
10. Dark Allusions

Bonus tracks:
11. Altar Of God (Studio)
12. New Beginnings (Live)
13. Bloodworld (Live)
14. Entering The Eternal Dawn (Studio)


Mortification
“Envision Evangelene” (remastered + bonus tracks)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1131 DG
Barcode: 5907785031838
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: heavy/thrash/death/Christian metal
Release date: 11.02.2008 Europe / 15.04.2008 USA

Tracklist:


1. EnVision EvAngelene
2. Northern Storm
3. Peace In The Galaxy
4. Jehovah Nissi
5. Buried Intro Obscurity
6. Chapel Of Hope
7. Noah Was A Knower
8. Crusade For The King

Bonus tracks:
9. Envision A Beginning (Live)
10. Buried In To Obscurity (Live)
11. Chapel Of Hope (Live)
12. Peace In The Galaxy (Live)

Mortification
“Hammer of God” (remastered + bonus tracks)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1133 DG
Barcode: 5907785031852
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: thrash/Christian metal
Release date: 11.02.2008 Europe / 15.04.2008 USA

Tracklist:


1. Metal Crusade
2. Martyrs
3. Lock Up The Night
4. In The Woods
5. A Pearl
6. Hammer Of God
7. Liberal Mediocrity
8. Extreme Conditions
9. Ride The Light
10. D.W.A.M
11. Medley
12. God Rulz
13. At War With War (Demo Version)
14. Visited By An Angel (Demo Version)
15. Unified Truth (Demo Version)
16. Metal Crusade (Instrumental Version)

Bonus tracks:
17. Hammer Of God (Live)
18. Martyrs (Live)
19. Liberal Mediocrity (Live)

Mortification
“Post Momentary Affliction” (remastered + bonus tracks)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1128 DG
Barcode: 5907785031807
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: thrash/Christian metal
Release date: 11.02.2008 Europe / 15.04.2008 USA

Tracklist:

1. Allusions From The Valles Of Darkness
2. From The Valley Of Shadows
3. Human Condition
4. Distarnish Priest
5. Black Lion Of The Mind
6. Grind Planetarium
7. Pride Sanitarium (Reprise)
8. Overseer
9. This Momentary Affliction
10. Flight Of Victory
11. Impulsation
12. Liquid Assets
13. Vital Fluids
14. The Sea Of Forgetfulness

Bonus tracks:
15. Butchered Mutilation (Studio)
16. Grind Planetarium (Live)
17. Distarnish Priest (Live)
18. From The Valley Of Shadows (Live)

Mortification
“Primitive Rhythm Machine” (remastered + bonus tracks)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1130 DG
Barcode: 5907785031821
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: death/thrash/groove/Christian metal
Release date: 11.02.2008 Europe / 15.04.2008 USA

Tracklist:


1. Primitive Rhy
thm Machine
2. Mephibosheth
3. Seen It All
4. The True Essence Of Power
5. Toxic Shock
6. 40 : 31
7. Gut Wrench
8. Confused Belief
9. Providence
10. Killing Evil

Bonus tracks:
11. Primitive Rhythm Machine (Live)
12. Mephibosheth (Live)
13. The Majestic Infiltration Of Order (Live)
14. J.G.S.H (Live)
15. Killing Evil (Live)

Mortification
“Scrolls of the Megilloth” (remastered + bonus tracks)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1127 DG
Barcode: 5907785031791
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: death/Christian metal
Release date: 11.02.2008 Europe / 15.04.2008 USA

Tracklist:

1. Nocturnal
2. Terminate Damnation
3. Eternal Lamentation
4. Raise The Chalice
5. Lymphosarcoma
6. Scrolls Of The Megilloth
7. Death Requiem
8. Necromanicide
9. Inflamed
10. Ancient Prophecy

Bonus tracks:

11. Time Crusaders (live)
12. Inflamed (live)
13. The Destroyer Beholds (live)

Mortification
“The Silver Cord Is Severed / 10 Years Live Not Dead” (remastered + bonus tracks)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1134 DGD
Barcode: 5907785031869
Format: 2CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: thrash/groove/Christian metal
Release date: 11.02.2008 Europe / 15.04.2008 USA

Tracklista:

CD 1 – The Silver Cord Is Severed:
1. Metal Blessing
2. Access Denied
3. Hardware
4. Bring The Joy
5. Standing At The Door Of Death
6. Whom They Would Kill
7. I Am A Revolutionary
8. Forsake The Flesh
9. Sensitive Nerve Endings
10. The Silver Cord Is Severed

Bonus tracks:
11. Priests Of The Underground (studio)
12. Purest Intent (studio)
13. 12 Men (studio)
14. I’m Not Your Commodity (studio)

CD 2 – 10 Years Live Not Dead:
1. Dead Man Walking (new song)
2. Buried Into Obscurity
3. Medley
4. MartyrS
5. Peace In The Galaxy
6. Hammer Of God
7. Influence
8. Steve Thanks
9. Mephibosheth
10. Chapel Of Hope
11. Liberal Mediocrity
12. God Rulz
13. King of Kings

Mortification
“Triumph of Mercy” (remastered + bonus tracks)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1132 DG
Barcode: 5907785031845
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: thrash/groove/Christian metal
Release date: 11.02.2008 Europe / 15.04.2008 USA

Tracklist:


1. At War With War
2. Triumph Of Mercy
3. Welcome To The Palodrome
4. From Your Side
5. Influence
6. Drain Dweller
7. Raw Is The Stonewood Temple
8. Unified Truth
9. Visited By An Angel

Bonus tracks:
10. Dead Man Walking (Studio)
11. Influence (Live)
12. God Shape Void (Studio)
13. 3 Of A Kind (Studio)

Mortification

“Conquer The World” (remastered + bonus tracks)


Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MMP DVD 0144
Barcode: 5907785031951
Format: DVD Digipak, NTSC, region 0 (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: thrash/Christian metal

Release date: 25.02.2008 Europe / 13.05.2008 USA

Tracklist:

1. Intro

2. Metal Blessing (clip)

3. South Africa

4. Europe

5. USA

6. South / latin America

7. Access Denied (clip)

8. More Of south America

9. Standing At The Door Of Death (clip)

10. Funny Stories And Bloopers

11. Outro And Spoken Credits

Bonus tracks:

Live at the Blackstump Festival, Australia 2002:

12. Metal Blessing

13. Brutal Warfare

14. Grind Planetarium

15. 3 Of a Kind

Bio

Mortification remains one of the most prominent representatives of the Christian metal scene, considered by many fans a living legend. Although over the years their style changed and expanded in many ways, the group remained faithful to their values and stood strong by their Christian beliefs. Mortification’s beginnings reach back to 1990, after a band called Light Force split-up, leaving bassist Steve Rowe without a line-up to help him continue his metal crusade. Together with drummer Jayson Sherlock and guitarist Cameron Hall, still bearing the name of Light Force, they recorded a demo entitled “Break the Curse”, where Rowe took over the vocal department. The result was unlike anything that Light Force recorded in the past – the music was crushingly heavy, leaning towards thrash metal with a death metal touch to it. Feeling that such a drastic style change meant an entirely new direction for the band, Rowe decided to rename it to Mortification. In 1991 Mortification released their self-titled debut, which immediately brought the attention of metal fans, not only those associated with Christian music. The guitar work was handled by new member Michael Carlisle, as Cameron Hall left the group. This way the group’s sound progressed to an even heavier region. Steve Rowe closed the deal with his impressive growls, making “Mortification” a top-notch death metal offering. This, however, was quite a controversial move on the Christian metal market – while a lot of people supported Mortification, not the entire Christian community appreciated the band’s extreme approach. Nevertheless, the group received a very positive feedback and marked their presence on the scene. 1992 brought a huge breakthrough for Mortification, as they managed to sign a deal with one of the most respected metal labels in Europe – Nuclear Blast. Soon the band’s second album sees the light of day – “Scrolls of Megilloth” proved to be a great success, and to this day is considered a classic on the Christian metal scene. In the following year Mortification put out yet another full-length release, entitled “Post Momentary Afflictions”. Unfortunately, after releasing the third album, Jayson Sherlock left the band, soon to be replaced by Phil Gibson. The new line-up delivered Mortification’s fourth album, entitled “Blood World” and released in 1994. The new album proved that the band is not afraid to experiment with their style, but always remains true to their mission. Mortification’s position on the metal scene (not only the Christian one) grew stronger – the group played more concerts and was now widely recognized even on the secular metal scene. The same year Steve Rowe finally managed to fulfill another one of his dreams and started his own record label – Rowe Productions. Glory did not last for long, however. Both Phil Gibson and Michael Carlisle decided to leave the band, which made Rowe the only remaining member of Mortification. Nevertheless, he didn’t give up and with the help of numerous friends put out another album in 1995, entitled “Primitive Rhythm Machine”. In 1996, after the release of Mortification’s first compilation (“Best of… 5 Years”), Rowe begun searching for new members to continue his quest for Jesus. Soon the ranks were filled by drummer Keith Bannister and guitarist Lincoln Bowen. The band returned to the scene with a brand new album called “EnVision EvAngeline”. It seemed that everything was finally going well for the band… Unfortunately, by the end of 1996 disaster stroke – in September Rowe was diagnosed that he has leukemia. The fight with cancer seemed impossible to win, but against all the odds Rowe defeated the disease, what some considered a miraculous cure. After Rowe got out of the hospital he focused all his attention on the new Mortification album, which would sum up all his experiences with defeating cancer. This way in 1998 “Triumph of Mercy” hit the stores, proving to be the group’s most personal release. In 1999 another album emerged, bearing the title “Hammer of God”. By this time all the death metal elements were eliminated, leaving Mortification’s music as a strong mixture of thrash and groove, with some classic and power metal adjustments. The band was still experimenting with new sounds and clearing new paths for their music. The following yeas brought another compilation “10 Years: Live Not Dead (2000) and the album “The Silver Chord is Severed”. After releasing another ‘best of’ compilation (“1990-2000: Power, Pain and Passion:”) Mortification’s founder refreshed the band’s line-up, adding two guitarists – Mick Jelinic and Jeff Lewis. Together they recorded “Relentless” and released it in 2002 through Rowe’s label. The music went towards a more heavy metal direction, nonetheless still capturing Mortification’s spirit. The following years brought two more full-length albums by Mortification: “Brain Cleaner” (2004) with ex-Cybergrind member Michael Forsberg on drums, and “Erasing the Goblin”(2006), both returning to Mortification’s roots with a huge dose of fast thrash metal, now again backed with death metal elements. The two albums proved to be their heaviest releases in 10 years, much to their fans’ satisfaction. Their most recent offering is a live album entitled “Live Humanitarian”, released in 2007 through Soundmass Records.

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