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RISE ABOVE Records news July 2005!

Created by Klaus Kleinowski |

New releases from CIRCULUS, WITCHCRAFT, sHEAVY and more news about ELECTRIC WIZARD, CAPRICORNS and more...

+ New releases:

CIRCULUS - 'The Lick on the Tip of an Envelope yet to be Sent'

Following on from some remarkable press coverage in recent weeks, which included in incredible 4 page colour spread in Observer Music monthly, a two page colour spread in the Guardian and two pages in the times (announcing main man extraordinaire, Mr Mike Tyack’s birthday get together!), we are now ready to unleash this masterful piece of wondrous medieval Psychedelic progressive acid folk rock to an unsuspecting world.


They have been compared to such magical early Seventies acts, such as Principle Edawards Magic Theatre, Comus, Nattura & Trees, with a medieval flavour. Heads will turn and mouths will remain open when they roll in to a town near you, with label mates, Witchcraft shortly. Check the dates section of this letter for more info.


Feel free to hang out with the guys at the Circulus Album Launch Party (between 8ish and 10.30ish) this Saturday, 8th July at The Strongroom Bar, Curtain Road, Nearest tube Old Street/Liverpool Street, followed by the cool Night Of The Longswords disco ( http://www.longswords.org), so cake and party games for all...


Check out the latest issue of MOJO for an amazing(4/5) full page review of the album. Also a great review in this weeks NME! 'The Lick on the Tip of an Envelope yet to be Sent' (RISECD63) is on sale in stores from July 11th. You can buy it NOW via our online Store.


Super De-Luxe vinyl version coming late July/Early August. Swirly colour vinyl (first 500 only), Gatefold, extra track & full colour poster. Available for pre order soon.




WITCHCRAFT - 'Firewood' on sale now! 

Sweden's masters of Vintage Psychedelic Doom Rock return with 'Firewood', an album of outstanding musical quality & dynamics. Combining elements of obscure underground hard rock from the majestic years of 68-72, with................ 'Firewood'(RISECD62) is available in stores & via our online store NOW!!!!


Initial copies feature Limited spot gloss slipcase and special hidden track! Deluxe gatefold vinyl (first 500 Gold!) version to follow in a few weeks. Will also include an exclusive, vinyl only track.



WITCHCRAFT – 'Witchcraft' Picture Disc re-issue of first album (500 copies) available for pre-order now. Due to the high vinyl demand on this title, we are pressing up a very limited amount of this already classic debut on pic disc. This is available for pre-order now! WITCHCRAFT/Witchcraft Picture Disc (RISEPD47).



WITCHCRAFT/CIRCULUS (very limited) Split 7” available for pre-order now!

We will soon be releasing a series of 7” singles in special company sleeves. More news to follow soon! In the meantime, the first in the series will be available to commemorate the bands forthcoming UK shows together. It will feature "Chylde Of Fire", taken from the latest WITCHCRAFT album 'Firewood', together with an alternate (Moog Up Mix) of Miri It Is from the debut album “The Lick on the Tip of an Envelope yet to be Sent”.



GRAND MAGUS - 'Wolf's Return' - On sale now!!!

The Wolf Bites back! With their third full length album for Rise Above Records, Swedish Gods, GRAND MAGUS, are taking the Metal World by storm with 'Wolf's Return'(RISECD60).It's receiving rave reviews worldwide and has already sold out of it first pressing. See what all the fuss is about & buy yourself a copy now! Available from our online store! (Limited copies of first pressing still available, with special slipcase). Vinyl version to follow in coming months.





Pre – Electric Wizard - ETERNAL / THY GRIEF ETERNAL  12" EP's available for pre-order now!!!


YES! AT LAST!!! They're finally available. Both of these remarkable recordings trace back the foundations of the earth shattering combo, we all now as ELECTRIC WIZARD.


TGE – Ever imagined Winter playing at half the speed, then digesting a bucketful of Elephant tranquilisers? Listening to this will have the desired effect! The Eternal EP is a long lost classic, fusing Psych, Doom & killer 70's Hard Rock/NWOBHM riffs. A must for collectors & Wizard fans alike.


Both were recorded in the early to mid 90's for Rise Above records and intended for release as 12" EP's. For various reasons, both projects were aborted. That is, until now!


THY GRIEF ETERNAL– 'On Blackened Wings' 12" EP (RISEMLP56) 500 Silver Grey Vinyl/500 Black Vinyl

ETERNAL – 'Lucifer’s Children' 12" EP (RISEMLP57) 500 Clear vinyl/500 Black Vinyl



sHEAVY 'Republic'


After a lengthy absence from the scene, sHEAVY are back, sounding brighter & more infectious than ever. Tracks due to appear:


-Spy Vs Spy

-The Rook


-Standing At the Edge of the World

-Revenge of the Viper three

-A Phone Booth In the Middle of Nowhere

-The Man Who Never Was

-Stingray Part III

-Moments of Silence (Instrumental)

-Imitation of Christ

-Last Chance... GremlinX


'Republic '(RISECD58)was mixed by the legendary Mr Billy Anderson and is slated for an August 2005 release.





+ Other News:

CAPRICORNS enter studio to record debut full length!

CAPRICORNS are currently locked up in a Berlin bunker, laying some weighty slabs of riff for their debut full length album. Expect an Autumnal release!!


New RISE ABOVE Website coming soon!

Coming soon, (hopefully in the next few days), the Rise Above site will be getting a completely new & fresh look. We will update band pages, discography and add media & MP3 pages + video Jukebox etc with time, so keep checking back in the coming week!


Promo videos for WITCHCRAFT & GRAND MAGUS!

Yes, both bands recently shot cool promo’s. WITCHCRAFT did a clip for "Chylde Of Fire", whilst GRAND MAGUS shot one for the skullcrushing "Kingslayer".


RISE ABOVE Relics coming soon!

We will shortly be starting an offshoot label called Rise Above Relics. This will be dedicated to unearthing and re-releasing lost gems from the various genres of music we at Rise Above like. From Doom through to Prog/Psych, Hard Rock, Classic Metal, Noise & hardcore. We have three initial killer releases planned for the Autumn. Watch this space for more details.


ELECTRIC WIZARD to share the stage with horror soundtrack legends – GOBLIN!!


On July 16th, witness a once in a lifetime event at the Marquee. Supported by ELECTRIC WIZARD and CADAVERIA, Claudio Simonetti, the driving force of GOBLIN, and his band DAEMONIA will play his legendary soundtracks to 'Suspiria', 'Profondo Rosso', 'Tenebre', 'Dawn of the Dead', 'Zombi', 'Demons' and more. This will be blood drenched, mind blowing and evoke visceral ecstasy. This show is bought in collaboration with cult underground horror movie label Redemption/Salvation.  



To buy tickets online, follow the link below.




WITCHCRAFT / CIRCULUS show dates confirmed (more to be announced!). You can find 'em here!