Godfathers of the Finnish Metal, SARCOFAGUS, have released their new album “BACK FROM THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS” as a crowd funding project to fund the editing of the FULL ALBUM length DVD.
The TASTER & INTRO VIDEO contains:
- Sarcofagus frontman Kimmo Kuusniemi explains the philosophy behind the project
- “TALO” (HOUSE) Full New Video & Song
- “ASTRAL FLYER” Full New Video & Song
- “METALLINEN SATEENKAARI” (Metallic Rainbow) Music Sample
- “ENVOY OF DEATH” New Choir Sample
- “RETURN FROM THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS Brand New Song Sample
VIEW THE VIDEO HERE: www.sarcofagus.com
Sarcofagus frontman Guitarist/Film Maker Kimmo Kuusniemi tells about the project:
“Back in the 90s I started to ponder that it would be cool idea to re-make the two first Sarcofagus albums “Cycle Of Life” and “Envoy Of Death”. These albums where recorded 33 years ago so the studio technology was primitive. I have always thought that the actual songs where quite good and worth for an update.
It only took 20 years to be able to do this! “BACK FROM THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS” Album was recorded in ONE day studio session in 2010. Sarcofagus had only played 4 times together (one rehearsal & 3 gigs) before the studio session since our recent reunion.
The idea was to get a fresh “live” and original 80s feel to the recording to do justice to the songs and STAY TRUE to the originals.
In 1982 we did the “Moottorilinnut” full album length music video, one of the first of its kind in the world, so of course we need to have a full album length video for the “Back From The Valley Of The Kings”.
When we performed live and recorded in studio in 2010 we filmed everything with 2 HD video cameras. We also filmed a lot behind the scenes footage and I kept a video diary of the colourful events surrounding the re-union after 30 years! We have been also gathering amazing footage from around the world; pyramids, boneyards, ancient sites, occult, magical landscapes ….
The film, as you would expect from Sarcofagus, will be something different and surreal! In the video we also return back to the original occult, magical and Egyptian world where the Sarcofagus started from!
I am making the 13 music videos to depict what I had in mind while making the songs in the 80s.
Working on this Sarcofagus “Back From The Valley Of The Kings” project has been for me a chance to create something unconventional. This is why I want to do this straight with the fans who like Sarcofagus and have been telling me how our songs have influenced them!
In the 80s I had full control of the creation of the albums. I even had to learn to use the studio to record, mix and produce music. So now we are continuing on this same vein by just adding that we release the CD/DVD ourselves. I think it is quite poetic and fitting.
I also prefer to have total creative freedom to do this CD/DVD my way rather than having to negotiate with a record label.
Also it is very exciting that fans of the band can join us and really BE PART and INFLUENCE the outcome of this new Sarcofagus adventure!”
EXTRA BONUS TRACKS WITH “BACK FROM THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS” CD/DVD
Many fans came to Sarcofagus in Finland and asked why they didn’t have “Envoy Of Death, “Deadly Game” and “Die To Win” on the set list. During the Christmas time Kimmo recorded guitars for these three songs. In true Sarcofagus spirit these bonus songs will have a surprise lineup of cool Finnish Metal Musicians led by mighty Tapio Wilska (Survivors Zero, Sethian, Ex-Finntroll, Ex-Soulgrind, Ex-Wizzard).
This is an exclusive project, no record labels or distribution companies are involved. The limited edition CD/DVD will now be the only releases available from Sarcofagus. Only people who pre-order either the CD or CD/DVD will get copies . There will be no extra copies available.
SARCOFAGUS has never been and never will be about money but the new “BACK FROM THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS” DVD is an ambitious project like the “Moottorilinnut” Album/Video were in 1982.
Ambitious projects take a lot of time (= money) and as SARCOFAGUS is an underground band which does not make any money, funding this massive project is very complicated. So far all the funding (=time) for the DVD has come from Kimmo Kuusniemi & Tanja Katinka Karttunen. To speed up things Sarcofagus need fans to help!
“The CD and CD/DVD will be released in September/October 2013. We can not set exact release date for The CD/DVD but the more we can afford to spend time on it the quicker it will happen. We will keep all supporters up to date with the progress. At present I’m editing “Metallinen Sateenkaari” (Metallic Rainbow) and “Wheels Of Destruction” videos. While waiting I hope you enjoy the Digital Release.”
To view the video and for more info how to be part of this crowd funding project visit: www.sarcofagus.com
BACK FROM THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS CD/DVD track list:
1st Single A Side (original release 1979):
- Go To Hell
From Envoy of Death (original release 1980):
- Stolen Salvation
- Insane Rebels
- Wheels of Destruction
From Cycle of Life (original release 1980):
- Subconscious Penetrating
- Astral Flyer
- Here I Am
- Eternal Silence
- Back To Black
From Moottorilinnut (original release 1982):
- Metallinen Sateenkaari
- 1000 Megawatin Totuus
From “Core Values” (original release 2007)
- 2nd Coming
EXTRA BONUS TRACKS (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)
From “Envoy Of Death” Album:
- Envoy Of Death
- Die To Win
- Deadly Game
- Brand New Song: Return From The Valley Of The Kings
Kimmo Kuusniemi (Guitar)
(1978 – Present Day
Jukka Ritari (Vocals)
(Moottorilinnut album 1982, 2010 – Present Day)
Tanja Katinka (Vocals)
(1986 – Present Day)
Esa Kotilainen (Keyboards)
(1980 – Present Day)
Juha Kiminki (Bass)
(1978 – Present Day)
Anssi Nykänen (Drums)
(2010- Present Day)