Dying Victims Productions is proud to announce the following new releases:
DVP 230 Vigilance – Vigilance MLP/MCD
DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present a brand-new mini-album from Slovenia’s VIGILANCE, simply self-titled Vigilance, on CD and 12” vinyl formats.
Born from the cavernous depths of Adelsberg, Slovenia’s VIGILANCE have been unleashing their own brand of heavy metal since Walpurgisnacht 2010. Inspired both by the harmonic arts of the original NWOBHM wave and the sepulchral elements of the first wave of black metal, VIGILANCE have steadily perfected their craft over the past decade-plus,possessing a unique crossover appeal to fans of early Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate as equally as Venom and Bathory.
However, after years of taking that throwback sound to countless stages across Europe, it was VIGILANCE’s fourth album, Enter the Endless Abyss – released in 2019 by DYING VICTIMS to widespread acclaim – where the band had their breakout moment. Dark and dynamic but galloping gloriously with the eternal luminescence of HEAVY METAL might, Enter the Endless Abyss proved that VIGILANCE had truly nailed their subtly unique sound – and made it more compelling than ever.
And although some three years have passed since that pivotal record, VIGILANCE return with the same fire on the brand-new mini-album Vigilance. Across its five-song/26-minute duration, VIGILANCE’s self-titled salvo goes in an ever-epic direction, maximizing that (memorable) sonic storytelling they so compactly revealed on its full-length predecessor. Everything’s still head- and fistbangingly metal, arguably even more so here – the dual-guitar work is FIRE in the non-flashiest way – but there’s equally a sense of fantastical AOR ala classic-era Rainbow as the record progresses, hitting a heavenly high with nearly-seven-minute closer “Orbis Mundi.” And while VIGILANCE’s execution has never been doubted, on Vigilance do they loosen up a bit and let these more mysterious odes wind and wend with a suitably earthier feel. Put another way, take one look at that gorgeous cover artwork and you KNOW what you’re in for!
VIGILANCE have been aging like a fine wine, and have only grown more potent. Drink deeply of the concise cup that is Vigilance!
DVP 236 Risingfall – Rise or Fall LP/CD
DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present the highly anticipated debut album of Japan’s RISINGFALL, Rise or Fall, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Based in Tokyo, Japan’s RISINGFALL formed in 2014. From the beginning, the band’s foundation has been power-leaning heavy metal with an emphasis on vocal melodies. Stirred into their magickal cauldron are strong doses of NWOBHM, hard rock, and US power metal from the olden days.
RISINGFALL made their recorded debut in 2017 with the Prologue demo. That same year, the Tokyo Metal Fire live EP and “Far Britannia” were both released on Bandcamp. In 2018 came the Cry for the Steel EP, and a year the Arise from the Ashes (蘇る灰) EP. In 2020, at last would all these short-lengths be compiled onto CD format. And while a number of lineup changes occurred, but by 2019 did RISINGFALL finalize the lineup of founding guitarists Yoshiki and Kono, bassist Gyokusai Ishii, drummer Yuki, and erstwhile Military Shadow vocalist George Itoh. While performing live, work begins on the first RISINGFALL album.
At last, it is here, bearing the title Rise or Fall, but it comes not without tragedy: while recording was completed in spring 2021, Yoshiki was hospitalized after suffering from a chronic illness; later, in February 2022, he passes away. Thus, Rise or Fall is a tribute to this fiery six-stringer, and what a monument he leaves behind. Bristling with an energy that draws together the various likes of Saxon, Rainbow, Savage Grace, and especially Vicious Rumors and Michael Jackson-era Satan, RISINGFALL exude high drama and dazzling dynamics steeped in the rich tradition of hard rock and early heavy metal of the ‘70s bursting into the next decade with boundless possibilities. The scythe-sharp production makes Rise or Fall feel tastefully modern, but the band’s highly refined set of influences all gel together into something timeless. Plus, the variety of songcraft across these eight tracks makes each one a stunner on its own while rendering Rise or Fall an album-length experience: each one is undeniably RISINGFALL, but they truly can do it all.
Due to the wishes of Yoshiki and his family, RISINGFALL will continue to perform, and Oyatata from the thrash band Mud Tiger has joined as second guitarist. Rest in power, Yoshiki: Rise or Fall will echo your metalized memory for time eternal!
– Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, post card and download code. – Special edition on aqua blue vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, post card, download code and patch.
– CD edition with sticker.
DVP 237 Witchunter – Metal Dream LP/CD
DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present the highly anticipated third album of Italy’s WITCHUNTER, Metal Dream, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Founded in 2007, Italy’s WITCHUNTER began as the manifestation of true heavy metal obsession. Foremost among those metallic obsessions were the NWOBHM, ‘80s European heavy metal and speed metal, and especially ‘70s hard rock sounds and attitude. It all coalesced together into a paradoxically refreshing time-warp where traditional metal in the vein of Angel Witch, Jaguar, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Saxon get the subtlest of twists, not to mention some evil mixing in a manner most Mercyful Fate and Black Sabbath. A true purist’s band, then, but not one that’s just lazy pastiche: WITCHUNTER are the real deal, from the beginning to now!
And now, since long years after their last LP, WITCHUNTER return hungrier than ever! Metal Dream is the name of that long-awaited comeback, and a more simple-yet-sublime title you will not find. Gleaming with a chrome-encased production that’s pure ‘80s valor, WITCHUNTER’s latest spans all the band’s previous styles – dramatic speed metal overdrive, leather-and-chains strut, balls-to-the-wall headbangers – but the pure passion and charisma in which they deliver these nine primary tracks, the seamless expression of HEAVY METAL in ALL its glories, makes Metal Dream astounding to behold. Hooks, solos, aggression, dynamics, high notes, manliness, variety, everything heading out to the highway, and even some tasteful nods to Tony Martin-era Sabbath: it’s a veritable jukebox of ’82-’87, if we’re being specific, although it’s all palatably modern just the same. WITCHUNTER truly LIVE this, and it comes through loud ‘n’ proud in their songwriting.
If your metal heart beats purer than steel, awaken to WITCHUNTER’s Metal Dream!
– Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, post card and download code. – Special edition on highlighter yellow vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, post card, download code and patch.
– CD edition with sticker.
DVP 238 Dying Victims Vol. 1 – Power Thrashing Death CD
DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present the first installation of its new compilation series, on CD format.
Aptly titled “Power Thrashing Death”, this CD contains (sold out) demos/eps by 5 of the most ravaging Speed/Thrash/Death metal acts on the label. All of these have so far been available only on cassette tape and are now unleashed onto a broader mass. Featured bands are Austria’s Death Racer with their first demo “Qualifying” (Black/Speed), Chile’s Hellpossession with their latest demo “Phantom Aggressor” (Black/Thrash/Speed), USA’s Reaver with their debut demo “Butchery from Beyond!” (Death), France’s Savagery with their first ep “Off the Ruins…” (Speed/Thrash) as well as Germany’s Terok Nor with their debut ep “Rematerialization Fails” (Death/Thrash).
A total of 19 tracks – almost 70 minutes of Power Thrashing Death!
DVP 240 Deathstorm – Swarming MC
DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present a new three-track demo by Deathstorm, on music cassette format.
Two years after their punishing fourth album “For Dread Shall Reign”, the Austrian three-piece is back with “Swarming”, a new demo. After 15 years of high-quality thrashing in an ever-steady line-up (the band underwent a name change from “Damage” to “Deathstorm” though), the band knows exactly what they are capable of and what kind of sound their creations need. These two originals plus an additional (highly unusual) cover track are the result of their self-recording aspirations – and the sound turned out perfect for this uncompromising death thrash massacre!
DVP 245 Pursuer – Demo 2022 MC
DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present the debut demo of Poland’s PURSUER, Demo 2022, on music cassette format.
Having come together in 2021 as a new band, featuring members of Offender and Necromastery, this Polish 4-piece is now ready to unleash their debut demo, simply titled Demo 2022. Drawing influences from the international 80s speed metal scene the band races through four original tracks which are topped off by a high pitched vocalist that will haunt you for far longer than the actual running time.
DVP 127 The Night Eternal – s/t MLP 3rd press
– Full pressing on black vinyl, with insert, poster and sticker.
DVP 205 Venator – Echoes from the Gutter LP 3rd press
– Full pressing on black vinyl, with insert, poster and sticker.