Shopping For Records #55: Sovereign EP and Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 2

Neurosis has been enjoying a wave of reissues lately, their albums Enemy of the Sun and Souls At Zero now primed for rediscovery and sounding excellent.  The next in line is the Sovereign EP, which was originally released in 2000 as the maiden album for Neurosis' then-new Neurot Recordings.  Expect to see this out in September.

All the information below is courtesy of Earsplit PR.

NEUROSIS: Classic Sovereign EP To See Official Neurot Recordings Reissue Including Previously Unreleased Bonus Track

For the last 26 years, NEUROSIS have tapped into the elusive wellspring where resonance and dissonance collude, circling emotional poles where nothing is withheld, where the psyche screams for answers to Earth's ancient mysteries

Following the recent reissues of some of NEUROSIS' most seminal groundbreaking earlier albums -- Souls At Zero and Enemy Of The Sun -- Neurot Recordings are now prepared to unveil the details on the next installment of this reissue series, with a new pressing of the band's infamous Sovereign EP. Originally unveiled in 2000, the Sovereign EP was the first NEUROSIS release issued through the band's own then newly-founded Neurot Recordings, with the vinyl pressing handled by Hydra Head. In chronological terms, Sovereign served as a millennial segue between two of the band's two revered full-lengths of that era; 1999's Times Of Grace and 2001's A Sun That Never Sets

The EP, though shorter than a NEUROSIS full-length opus, is a psychotropic experience of the highest order. And to top that off, this Neurot Recordings CD reissue also includes a previously unreleased fifth track, with the inescapably feedback-tormented hymn "Misgiven" closing out the reissue, added as a special bonus to this repressing of the recordings. The reissue comes bound in an O-Card/jewel case setup like the other recent NEUROSIS reissues, with artwork completely redesigned and updated by Aaron Turner.

Sovereign Reissue Track Listing:
1. Prayer
2. An Offering
3. Flood
4. Sovereign
5. Misgiven* [newly released track]

The reissue of Sovereign will be released in North America on September 12, 2011. Stay tuned for more updates on the reissue and on NEUROSIS actions as a whole throughout 2012, as the band plots more live appearances for the coming months, and as they continue to culminate their energies into the band's upcoming new full-length release.

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Not too long ago, I got to hear a preview of Earth’s upcoming sequel to Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 at a show in Philadelphia. The band will be touring the west coast in the coming months, but details regarding Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 2 are beginning to surface.  That is to say, details regarding the upcoming details.  

In the meantime, Earth will be mobile and very active. Check out what’s happening with them in the coming months via Earsplit PR.

And, if you haven’t checked it out, my review of Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 can be found at No Ripcord, which was sadly left off of this press release.  Tears.  Many tears.

EARTH Prepare To Embark On West Coast U.S. Tour Next Week

Following their recent successful East Coast and Midwest U.S. tour, in support of their latest full-length, Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1, Seattle's EARTH are preparing to take to the streets once again next week. This time they'll be hitting the American West Coast, bringing Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets as direct support on all nine dates, and including special guests Wyrd Visions, Whirr and Tiny Vipers on several shows. The tour is based around EARTH's performance at Washington's What The Heck? Fest next weekend, where they'll perform alongside Thrones, Ô Paon, Mount Eerie, Karl Blau, Liturgy, Angelo Spencer & Les Haut Sommets, Wyrd Visions and many more.

Following the Summer touring schedule, EARTH will perform at Raleigh, North Carolina's annual Hopscotch Festival in early September, the fest showcasing over 150 diverse musical acts over three days including Coliseum, Drive-By Truckers, Guided by Voices, Horseback, J Mascis, Krallice, Mount Eerie, Oxbow, Rhys Chatham, Swans, The Body, The Flaming Lips and so on. EARTH are also scheduled as a main performer at the upcoming All Tomorrow’s Parties presents I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, New Jersey this October, the event curated by Portishead, and the massive three-day lineup including Mogwai, Battles, Deerhoof, Portishead, Swans, Shellac and more.


EARTH Confirmed Summer Performances:
West Coast Tour July 2011:
7/13/2011 Doug Fir - Portland, OR w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Wyrd Visions
7/14/2011 The Northern - Olympia, WA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Wyrd Visions
7/16/2011 Port Warehouse - Anacortes, WA @ What The Heck? Fest [info]
7/21/2011 Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets
7/22/2011 Slim's - San Francisco, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Whirr
7/23/2011 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets [info]
7/24/2011 Casbah - San Diego, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets
8/02/2011 Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Tiny Vipers
8/05/2011 The Shakedown - Bellingham, WA w/ The Narrows, Cold Lake

9/09/11 Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, NC [info]

10/02/2011 I'll Be Your Mirror, curated by Portishead & ATP - Asbury Park, NJ [info]
 

More updates on EARTH live actions and news on their next full-length installment, Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 2, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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As Earth developed its heavy instrumental vision in the past six years, subtle deviation has been crucial to the band's renewal. Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1 is the latest installment in that trajectory, adding a cello, desert blues and British folk-rock motifs to Earth's slow-moving Americana." - NPR
"While Angels of Darkness... is Earth's cleanest record, it is perhaps their most focused, as well as one of their darkest. The album emanates looming disaster while still retaining the haunting shadows which stretches from its boots." - Chronicles Of Chaos
"...finds the band as unwilling as ever to settle creatively, toying with titular contradiction, fostering a previously-unheard richness of tone and taking their rightful place at the head of their genre." - The Obelisk
"Soothing, tranquil, spacious, this album is good for long, unplanned, contemplative walks with naught but your own a-wanderin’ thoughts to keep you company." - Burning Ambulance

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Letters From A Tapehead
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