British black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL will issue their second album, "Exhuming The Grave Of Yeshua", later this month through Supernal Music.
The group's first release since the departure of founding member Jaldaboath (guitar, synth), "Exhuming The Grave Of Yeshua" is "again built around the concept of Christ's mortality and the Church of Rome having its foundations built on hearsay and fabrication," according to a post on the band's web site. "This album features the new line up of Metatron, J.D.Tait, Urakbarameel, Deorth and Max. The release includes a re-recorded version of 'The Book of Dreams' taken from the first demo. The album also contains the 10-minute 'On Graven Images I Ride…' which is a purpose-made head-fuck designed to take you away from the album's core and induce thoughts of 'What the fuck is this!!' The album also has the following guests: Huw Lloyd Langton [guitar] and Alan Davey [bass] from HAWKWIND, Vincent Crowley [narration] from ACHERON. Mirai [keyboards] from SIGH, and Paul Carter [Keyboards] from THUS DEFILED."
The complete track listing for "Exhuming The Grave Of Yeshua" is as follows:
01. Intro-Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua
02. God is Rome
03. Blood Blasted Holy War
04. 80 Grains of Sand
05. Guts for Sale
07. Sons of Anak Rise
08. A Healer made God
09. Sluts of the Netherworld
10. On Graven Images I Glide Beyond The Monstrous Gates Of Pandemonium To Face The Baptized Warriors Of Yahweh In The Skull Littered Plain Of Esdraelon
11. Book Of Dreams (bonus track)
In other news, Metatron and J.D Tait are working on a punk cover album to be released in the New Year. At present, it looks as if HAWKWIND's Alan Davey will appear on bass and Richard Chadwick on drums. Bands to be covered are: DISCHARGE, THE RUTS, AMEBIX, WARFARE, DEAD BOYS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, CHELSEA and others to be confirmed. The album may be released under a different name, "depending on contractual shit," according to the band's web site. There may be a live session for total rock later in the year that will feature tracks spanning the last two albums and MCD. A split vinyl with BEDOUIN is also in the planning for 2004, as well a possible follow up to the "Jihad" concept.