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The Moshketeers' "The Downward Spiral" To See CD Release

Roxx Records in conjunction with Divine Metal Distro are ready to unleash their latest offering of pure metal from one of New Mexico’s thrash metal band The Moshketeers.

Originally formed in the mid 80’s as a straight ahead heavy metal band and going by the name Rapture, the band released several demos, including "Vacation from Hell" and "Die by the Sword." The band toured with Barren Cross and shared the stage with many bands including Deliverance and Sacred Warrior. The band would eventually change their name in 1989 to The Moshketeers which would coincide with the bands full transition in to the growing thrash metal scene.

The Moshketeers independently released two cassette tapes including a four-song demo and a full length release entitled "The Downward Spiral." The band would begin touring and performing shows with many of metal’s finest bands including Testament, Deliverance, The Crucified and Vengeance Rising. The band continued off and on into the 1990s, releasing another cassette demo in 1997 with four new songs that were suppose to be from an upcoming full length album, that was never finished. The band continued to be open shows for many popular bands including P.O.D. and Ultimatum.

Rumors began flying in 1990 that The Moshketeers were signing with a major label but it never happened and the tapes would never see the light of day and the masters would be locked away for many, many years…until now.

The Moshketeers "The Downward Spiral" will now see a full CD release, for the first time ever. Set to be completely restored and remastered and include several previously unreleased bonus tracks, including the rare 1997 demo.

Here's the tracklisting for The Moshketeers' "The Downward Spiral" (Remastered and Expanded):

The Downward Spiral
The Downward Spiral
Locked in Chains
The Myth
Self Extinction
Posers of Deceit
Grease the Duck
The Life of Emptiness

Ye! (1989 demo version)
Return (1997 demo)
Death or Life (1997 demo)
Thelo Agnoia (1997 demo)
Take My Life (1997 demo)

Packaged with completely brand new cover art, liner notes and much more, the album is being offered as a limited edition of 1000 piece pressing not to be released again.

If you're lucky enough to get in on the special pre-order you are also going to get your hands on a bonus disc containing the whole Rapture "Vacation from Hell" demo also completely remastered and expanded to include bonus tracks. Only the first 100 orders will be lucky enough to get one of the 2 disc sets.

Here's the tracklisting for the bonus disc of 1989's "Vacation From Hell" expanded demo):

Murder for a Prophet
Locked in Chains
Forgotten Faces
The Ballad
Locked in Chains

And for a very limited time a special extremely limited edition retro t-shirt from The Moshketeers is being offered individually or as part of a package. T-shirt orders will only be taken until May 30th. Orders will be shipping this July.

You can check out pre-ordering options here.

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