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Peaceville Announces Digipack for MDB, Anathema

London: Peaceville Records announces the US release of special digipak pressings of label classic recordings - My Dying Bride's The Angel And the Dark River, Paradise Lost's Gothic, and Anathema's The Silent Enigma. In stores May 20, each has been remastered, with two featuring additional bonus material.

Together 13, years, Bradford's My Dying Bride have come to record seven highly acclaimed albums, with their eighth scheduled for release this fall. The band have toured with the likes of Iron Maiden, Dio as well as headlining tours of their own around the world, including the performance filmed for their popular dvd release, For Darkest Eyes. The band have performed at popular summer festivals, including Wacken, Graspop and headlined the Peacefests in 2001.

'My Dying Bride, like Opeth last year, lend a depth to the Wacken experience that would be sorely missed were the bill exclusively populated by the air guitar brigade," says Terrorizer. "Are there any words of praise left that I haven't yet poured on this unbelievable British band?" says Powerplay. "Nu-metal just too damn perky for you? Then wallow in this magnificently moody collection from Bradford's most morose sons. A downbeat delight," adds Kerrang!

"There's something hypnotically warming and likeably sincere about the layered windswept beauty of sophomore outing, Gothic," says Metal Hammer. Considered an essential recording, the album established Paradise Lost as a cornerstone to England's 90's doom movement. The album's dark production and orchestral elements, unfounded elsewhere on original release, were critical facets that initially propelled the band's rise to popularity. Formed in Halifax in 1988, Paradise Lost continue to record, currently on tour in support of their latest album, Symbol Of Life. The digipak version includes two bonus tracks - Rotting Misery (Doom Dub) and Breeding Fear (Demolition Dub), both tracks taken from the rare Gothic 1994 single release.

Liverpool's Anathema have been together just short a decade and alongside Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride have laid their rightful place at the heart of early Doom Metal. Signing to Peaceville in 1992, the band released the popular Crestfallen ep, followed quickly by their full-length debut Serenades. Released in 1995, The Silent Enigma saw a new era for the quintet as guitarist Vincent Cavanagh additionally took on the role of vocals. Cavanagh's style pushed the band's musical scope, presenting a world of possibilities that continues to find the band popular ten years on. 'The Silent Enigma is one of Anathema's best. Metal this heavy is seldom poetic but the writing team here simply surrendered to their muse & awoke with a work as alien in its dark horrors it is human in its tragic beauty," said Terrorizer. Recorded at the original Academy Studios, the album achieved prominent chart positions. The digi pressing includes two bonus tracks: The Silent Enigma Orchestral and Sleepless 96.

Source: Digitalmetal

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