Tracklist: 01. Blood And Wine 02. Lex Talionis 03. Black Easter 04. Kneel To The Cross 05. Tooth And Claw 06. The Ruins 07. Blood Against Gold 08. Fields 09. Abattoirs Of Love 10. Heroes Day 11. Rex Talionis 12. Wine And Blood
Label: Auerbach Tonträger – AB 075 LP Format: Vinyl, LP, Album Country: Germany Released: 23 Mar 2018 Style: Neofolk, Psychedelic Rock
Edition: – Gatefold LP (180g black vinyl), incl. printed innersleeve and protection sleeve (300 copies available)
More than 30 years after their inception, English neofolk kings Sol Invictus release their long-awaited new album, “Necropolis”, described by the group’s dean Tony Wakeford as “a record based on and brought forth from London and the serpent Thames that snakes its way through its heart” and possibly the final release from a band revered as progenitors of a dark and desperate sound.
Sol Invictus is one of the most prolific and influential bands associated with neofolk or apocalyptic folk, a form of experimental music which emerged in punk rock circles in the 1980’s, blending elements of folk and industrial music with dark themes of decay, decline, and/or the destruction of Western civilization. Along with Current 93 and Death in June (both of which included Wakeford as a member), Sol Invictus has both created and guided the genre, steering it forward through to this day. Latin for ‘the unconquerable Sun’, Sol Invictus has released over a dozen albums since the mid-Eighties, chronicling an evolution from raw, post-punk dark folk to increasingly sophisticated arrangements.
A quasi-conceptual album centered on Wakeford’s feelings of a declining London [“London was once the apex of an empire but it is now the playground of other empires that have superseded it.”], “Necropolis” could be called a eulogy to England’s capital. Sol Invictus titled the record after The London Necropolis Railway, a railway line that has connected London with the Brookwood Cemetary since 1854. But the moniker is also a nod to Wakeford’s perception that the town is now “a London of mausoleums and masonry” and “a city haunted by the customs and crimes of the dead and the living.” “Necropolis” features guest guitar from Don Anderson (ex-Agalloch, Khorada) who previously lent his skills to Sol Invictus’ 2014 release, “Once Upon A Time”. The group around Wakeford continues to explore the psychedelic side of dark folk, using acoustic guitar as a foundation enriched with piano, flute, violin, electric guitar an drums among other instruments and – for the first time – the singing of The Green Army Choir.
Label: Auerbach Tonträger – AB 042 LP Format: LP , Album, Reissue, Limited Edition Country: Germany Released: 03 Feb 2012 Style: Modern Classical, Neofolk
Gatefold LP (180g vinyl, black) incl. poster, printed inner sleeve and PVC protection sleeve but WITHOUT bonus tracks (500 copies available)
Not only by virtue of its well-known title track can “Death Of The West” be considered a true classic of the Sol Invictus back catalogue. This album, originally released in 1994, was supposed to be a mini CD only, but Tony Wakeford got carried away by the recordings and cut a few old classics with a new livery. As always, this re-release is limited to 700 copies and comes in a portrait-format Digipak with revised artwork and liner notes. It includes bonus material in the shape of the songs from the mini CD “Above Us The Sun” that was also released back in 1994.
Label: Auerbach Tonträger – AB 034 Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue DVD Country: Germany Released: 02 Sep 2011 Style: Neofolk
Noble re-release of the Sol Invictus classic with 13-track bonus DVD
“In The Jaws Of The Serpent” is the recording of a live performance by Sol Invictus in Tokyo in 1988. This was originally released in 1989 as a mini LP and then combined with the first mini album “Against The Modern World” to form the CD “Sol Veritas Lux” a year later. On September 2nd, 2011, “In The Jaws …” will be released as a stand-alone CD for the very first time, complete with a bonus DVD featuring a nearly 60-minute live performance by Sol Invictus in Hamburg on March 27th, 1993. As with all of Auerbach Tonträger’s new editions of the Sol Invictus back-catalogue, “In The Jaws …” will be released in a portrait-format Digipak and is limited to 700 copies.
Boyd Rice And Friends – Music, Martinis, And Misanthropy (21st Anniversary Edition) Green Vinyl
Label: Extremocidente – DEO 12072110 Format: Vinyl, LP, Mini-Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Green Country: Portugal Released: 12 Jan 2011 Style: Neofolk
Hand numbered edition of 666 copies, with insert and 6 postcards.
Music, Martinis and Misanthropy is a mellow, neofolk and spoken word album that combines acoustic and electronic instrumentation with brutal, Social Darwinist lyrics and poetry. It was created by pioneer noise artist Boyd Rice and an assortment of dark folk all stars. Bob Ferbrache is the recording engineer.
It was recorded in Tokyo, Japan and Denver, Colorado between July 1989 and March 1990 for NER/Tesco.
The lineup for this album was:
Boyd Rice– vocals Douglas P. of Death In June–Guitar, backing vocals Tony Wakeford of Sol Invictus and L’Orchestre Noir–Bass Guitar Rose McDowall of Strawberry Switchblade, Spell, and Sorrow–Guitar and backing vocals Michael Moynihan of Blood Axis–drums Bob Ferbrache–Piano, Surf Zither