RISE ABOVE Records update

New releases from LUV MACHINE, upcoming tour-dates, ELECTRIC WIZARD reissues, forum and more.....


LUV MACHINE - ‘Witches Wand/ Don’t Let The Blues Take Over pt.3’ single available now.

This classic single from 1970 is re-released as limited edition of 500 copies in pic sleeve on red vinyl. This marks the first release on the newly formed Rise Above Relics label which features a previously unreleased B-side.

The single will be followed by the first official re release of the bands classic self titled 1971 album. The reissue will go under the original intended title of ‘Turns You On!’ and features no less than previously 6 unreleased tracks taken from original master tapes.


The vinyl version will be deluxe gatefold featuring many unseen photo’s etc. It will include a bonus 12” EP with the 6 unreleased tracks.

A must for fans of underground 70’s rock. Luv Machine was a very unique band who relocated to England from Barbados in the late 60’s. Their sound is a heady mix of Hard Rock, Soul, Psych & Prog with a Caribbean Twist!

LEAF HOUND 45 Still Available.

They’re still in stock but going fast. The first vinyl release form these totally classic 70’s Rock gods in over 3 decades is a live recording from The Borderline in September 2005. Only 500 of these babies were pressed in Rise Above house bags. Be sure to order a copy now while they’re still in stock.



+ Ultra Limited CIRCULUS LP pressing on clear vinyl available now (100 only!).

The already classic debut album by CIRCULUS; ‘The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent’ has been pressed on clear vinyl in a very small run of 100 copies.

They are on sale exclusively through the Rise Above store and will not be available anywhere else. They are being sold on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis.


+ New CATHEDRAL Merchandise On Sale.

New CATHEDRAL merchandise merchandise has also been added to the store.



ELECTRIC WIZARD - Remastered, CD's coming released May 22nd.

The entire Rise Above back catalogue of ELECTRIC WIZARD titles have been re-mastered and repackaged in digi format with booklet & extra tracks. These are the definitive versions with ultra crushing sound.

*Pre-Electric Wizard – 1989/1994 (Featuring tracks from Lord Of Putrefaction, Thy Grief Eternal & Eternal). First time ever on CD.


*Electric Wizard – S/T. Includes the previously unreleased Doom Chapter demo’s.


*Come My Fanatics. Includes 2 extra tracks; Demon Lung & Return To The Sun Of Nothingness.


*Dopethrone. Includes ‘Mind Transferral’.


*Let Us Prey. Includes ‘Mother Of Serpents’.


*We Live. Includes ‘The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue’.


**Special vinyl versions of S/T, Come My Fanatics & Let Us Prey will be released later in the coming months.


In other Wizard related news, the band are set to record their first ever DVD in the studio. It’s going to be a uniquely macabre mind warping experience.

A new band website is also under construction.



+ New Rise Above Forum;



+ CIRCULUS – New album finished!

Tentatively titled ‘Clocks Are Like People’, everyone’s favourite medieval folk progsters are set to releases their new masterpiece,

hopefully by July. The perfect follow up to last years rave reviewed & Received ‘The Lick On The Tip...’ album, their latest opus was produced by Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy, UFO, David Bowie, Cathedral, Anathema, Cradle Of Filth!).

Be prepared to be amazed by such marvels as ‘Song Of Our Despair’, ‘Dragon’s Dance’ and ‘Velocity Races’. Baroque rock of the highest order!

Catch them live;


12 Town Hall, High Wycombe

13 Witchfest, Fairfield Hall, Croydon    

14 TJ's Newport, Wales     Newport


7 Falmouth Pavillion     Falmouth, Cornwall

8 Cheese and Grain, Frome, Somerset    

11 Lynton and Lynmouth Music Festival Devon

15 Colchester Arts Centre     Colchester

17 Hultsfred Festival, Sweden     Sweden

24 Witchfest, Cardiff, Wales

30 Tapestry Festival, Wales    


9 Cornbury Festival, Oxford    

22 Supersonic, Birmingham   B9 4AA


18 Green Man Festival, Hay-on-Wye




+ FIREBIRD – Hot Wings.

Bill Steer is back and sounding on fire with is latest album for Rise Above Records. Titled ‘Hot Wings’ the album also features long term collaborator Ludwig Witt of Spiritual Beggars behind the kit. Hot Wings is slated for an early July release. The band have lined up a string of dates in Ireland, as follows;

Thursday 25th May - Fred Zeppelins, Cork

Friday 26th May - Fibber Magees, Dublin

Saturday 27th May - Katy Daly’s, Belfast

Sunday 28th May - The Dunglow Bar, Derry


+ WITCHCRAFT – New ‘Killer’ single.

The Swedish masters of Macabre Rock return with a new single entitled ‘If Crimson Was Your Colour’/ ‘I Know You Killed Someone’.  Two awesome sounding brand new tracks. The single will be released early May.




+ WINTERS – EP Coming soon.

We were blown away by this new London band after being recommended to them by a friend. As a result, we will be releasing a self titled a self titled 4 – track 12” & CD. We hope to have this availabe by July.

For more info on these guys, check out their Myspace page:   http://www.myspace.com/winterstheband



Those silver robed prog psychonauts who feature Cathedral bassist Leo Smee have recorded an EP of epic proportions for Rise Above Records. Stay tuned for updates and estimated release date. Currently scheduled for a July release.




Coming in the next couple of months are killer singles from these killer bands. First will be the sickeningly heavy split with Moss & Thee Plague Of Gentlemen, limited to 500 copies in Rise Above Records company sleeves. The Gentleman’s Pistols & Burning Saviours 45’s will follow shortly afterwards.


+ LITMUS – Violent Space Rock Attack!

LITMUS are in the studio adding the finishing touched to their second cosmic holocaust, or in other words, their debut album for Rise Above Records. To be titled Planetfall, songs scheduled to appear include, ‘Destroy The Mothership’, ‘Lost Stations’, ‘Expanding Universe’ and ‘Psychic Projection’.

We’ll leave to an anonymous band member to give us his report on studio developments; “ With this album, Litmus are dragging the re-animated corpse of Spacerock kicking and screaming into the 21st century, pumping it full of steroids and adrenaline and post-punk-electro-psych-doom stupidity”.

Planetfall is slated for a September release.





Revamped Rise Above Site

Finally, with the help of our man d[esign]Void the new Rise Above site is now active.  Please feel free to use the new forums etc. The site will continue to be expanded over the coming months, we hope you like it.


Also, we would like to apologise to any of our customers who have experienced delays in receiving their orders. We have been in the process of moving office and everything is now back on track.


For customers who prefer to use Paypal, our normal Paypal service will be activated once again over this coming weekend.


Cathedral to play Donnington! Nominated for Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods.

Cathedral have been nominated ‘Best Underground Band’ for this years Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. You can vote for them by following this link


You can also vote for them by SMS if you are a UK resident. Simply text MHUND A to number 87103

The band also make their debut appearance at this years Donnington Download Festival. They play on the Third stage early evening on Friday 9th June.

The Cathedral website will hopefully be restored shortly, in the mean time there is a new official forum at the new Rise Above Records Site. This will be linked directly from www.cathedralcoven.com shortly. In the mean time you can leave messages here; http://www.riseaboverecords.com/aspbb/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=12



Taint & Capricorns Play Hellfest

Both bands head over to France to play the Hellfest;

June 24th - Hellfest 2006,Clisson, France w/ Korn, Cradle of Filth,

      Alice In Chains, Entombed, Knut, Knuckledust, Capricorns + more.. infoat www.hellfest.fr

      Taint also play the following shows;

       July 15th - Dour Festlival, Belgium, w/ Agnostic Front, High On Fire,

       Mudhoney + more.. info at www.dourfestival.be

       July 22nd, Sat - Pontypridd, Wales, Tom's Bar.

       July 29th, Sat - Compass Point Festival, Cardiff

       August 6th - Le Pub w/ Cursed + The Keep

       *Vinyl versions of both bands recent albums will be available shortly.








sHeavy European Tour

Plans are underway for a European tour by these Canadian Sabbathian legends. The tour kick off on 11th July at The Camden Underworld as special guests to Brant Bjork And The Bro’s.

More dates to confirmed shortly. The bands first DVD is also available from the Rise Above Store.




Orange Goblin head to the USA

Damn right!  Orange Goblin are heading over the Atlantic for the following dates:

May 16 The Middle East                 Boston, MA

       May 17 Lucky Dog Music Hall            Worcester, MA

        May 18 Continental                     New York City, NY

        May 19 North Star Bar                  Philadelphia, PA

        May 20 Alley Katz                      Richmond, VA

        May 21 The Milestone                   Charlotte, NC

        May 22 The End                         Nashville, TN

        May 23 Creepy Crawl                    St.Louis, MO

        May 24 Double Door                     Chicago, IL

        May 25 Little Brothers                          Columbus, OH

        May 26 Emissions From The Monolith     Nyabinghi    Youngstown, OH

        May 27 The Montage                     Rochester, NY