Thursday, April 17, 2014

MASSACRA: 'Final Holocaust', 'Enjoy The Violence' and 'Signs Of The Decline' re-issues to be released in June

On June 2nd in Europe and June 3rd in North America, Century Media Records will release the first three albums by legendary French death-thrashers MASSACRA on CD and LP, as well as digitally.

These editions were created in close cooperation with the band’s guitarist Jean-Marc Tristani and promise to be the ultimate versions of these essential albums. Jean-Marc Tristani comments:

“MASSACRA are proud to present you the official re-issues of the first three albums, ‘Final Holocaust’ (1990), ‘Enjoy The Violence’ (1991) and ‘Signs Of The Decline’ (1992). Century Media worked hard to add extra value to these releases. The packaging is really nice and you can find lots of extra stuff in there: detailed interviews, tons of rare photos, etc! We also wanted to make as much as possible visible of Formosa’s excellent artworks, so we scanned the original LPs and came up with designs that fit to the spirit of last year’s ‘Day Of The Massacra’ demo compilation. On the CDs you will find some pretty interesting bonus material, like an unreleased live show from 1990 from my personal archive, some bootleg tracks, plus a rehearsal recording that was previously published with very bad sound and disguised as live tracks with no track-listing. That rehearsal also includes a song (“Cyclone”) that has never been re-recorded afterwards. A lot of the material we used was provided by real diehard collectors out there, so a special thanks to them for supporting this project!

As you can see we picked the French national colours for the vinyl. Consider it as an ironic statement, we know where we come from but MASSACRA definitely was not the band to make peace with anyone. Overall these are the definite editions of such albums that hopefully put an end to all the bootlegs and satisfy all the MASSACRA maniacs out there! Enjoy the violence!”

// Jean-Marc Tristani, April 2014

The albums have been skillfully re-mastered by Patrick W. Engel / Temple Of Disharmony (ASPHYX, DESASTER, DARKTHRONE, etc.); they were specially mastered for vinyl. The LP format features a heavy 180gr vinyl and a 30x30cm 4-page booklet, whereas the CD and digital format feature additional bonus tracks. See below for all details.

Final Holocaust:

Black LP: 200 copies

Transparent blue LP: 400 copies

Clear LP: 400 copies

Enjoy The Violence:

Black LP: 200 copies

Solid white LP: 400 copies

Clear LP: 400 copies

Signs Of The Decline:

Black LP: 200 copies

Red LP: 400 copies

Clear LP: 400 copies

The CDs will feature extensive 24-page booklets and the following track-listings:

Final Holocaust (re-issue+bonus):

1. Apocalyptic Warriors

2. Researchers Of Tortures

3. Sentenced For Life

4. War Of Attrition

5. Nearer To Death

6. Final Holocaust

7. Eternal Hate

8. The Day Of Massacra

9. Trained To Kill

10. Beyond The Prophecy

11. Researchers Of Tortures (Live in France 1990)

12. War Of Attrition (Live in France 1990)

13. Sentenced For Life (Live in France 1990)

14. Final Holocaust (Live in France 1990)

15. Eternal Hate (Live in France 1990)

16. The Day Of Massacra (Live in France 1990)

Total playing time: 78+ min

Enjoy The Violence (re-issue+bonus):

1. Enjoy The Violence

2. Ultimate Antichrist

3. Gods Of Hate

4. Atrocious Crimes

5. Revealing Cruelty

6. Full Of Hatred

7. Seas Of Blood

8. Near Death Experience

9. Sublime Extermination

10. Agonizing World

11. Researchers Of Tortures (Rehearsal 1991)

12. Beyond The Prophecy (Rehearsal 1991)

13. Final Holocaust (Rehearsal 1991)

14. Cyclone (Rehearsal 1991)

15. Trained To Kill (Rehearsal 1991)

Total playing time: 57+ min

Signs Of The Decline (re-issue+bonus):

1. Evidence Of Abominations

2. Defying Man’s Creation

3. Baptized In Decadence

4. Mortify Their Flesh

5. Traumatic Paralyzed Mind

6. Excruciating Commands

7. World Dies Screaming

8. Signs Of The Decline

9. Civilization In Regression

10. Full Frontal Assault

11. Gods Of Hate (Live in Germany 1991)

12. Full Of Hatred (Live in Germany 1991)

Total playing time: 47+ min

Last year’s demo compilation, Day Of The Massacra, can still be purchased as a CD and LP here: