• Sol Invictus ‎– Necropolis

    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of a declining London [“London was once the apex of an empire but it is now the playground of other empires that have superseded it.”], “Necropolis” could be called a eulogy to England’s capital.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.

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  • Sol Invictus – Death Of The West

    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.

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