MORGOTH, Germany’s most legendary death metal band, will release their first ever live album and DVD, Cursed To Live, in June 2012. Cursed To Live marks the band’s live documentation of their currently ongoing 20th anniversary celebration of their all-time classic album Cursed (released via Century Media Records in 1991). Cursed To Live will be released digitally in North America on June 26th, and their limited DVD+2CD will be available exclusively at CM Distro. The live show featured on the album was recorded at the band’s triumphant show headlining the Way Of Darkness Festival 2011, where MORGOTH performed an extensive set of 15 songs that mainly came from Cursed, among various other death metal classics.
The cover artwork for Cursed To Live (which intentionally alludes to the original Cursed artwork) was designed by the renowned artist Dirk Rudolph (RAMMSTEIN, IN EXTREMO, APOCALYPTICA), who also created the original artwork for Cursed 21 (!) years ago. The audio of the live recordings was mixed by legendary death metal producer Dan Swanö (EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH, etc.) to sonic brilliance.
In regards to this upcoming release, MORGOTH comments: “By the end of June we will be finally releasing our career’s first-ever official live DVD / live album ‘Cursed to Live‘. Get ready for the full power of MORGOTH during the 2011/2012 ‘Cursed’ reunion! The package’s main show is a 70 min. live recording of the ‘Way Of Darkness‘ festival show that we played on October 7th, 2011 in Lichtenfels, Germany. Next to this main feature, we also added plenty of extra bonus-material for the DVD format (like the early, original promo clips and more recent live footage) and its companion bonus disc (composed of live songs from Rock Hard Festival and Wacken Open Air, both in 2011)…Watch out!”
MORGOTH’s initial Cursed album anniversary shows commenced in the summer of 2011, and the band played triumphant sets so far at prestigious festival events like Rock Hard Festival (Germany), Party.San Open Air (Germany), and Hellfest (France). They also appeared at Winternachtstraum Festival (Germany), Neurotic Deathfest (The Netherlands), and this past weekend’s Walpurgis Metal Dayz Festival (Germany), plus MORGOTH has already been confirmed for a string of shows in 2012, including appearances at Maryland Deathfest (USA), Summer Breeze (Germany), Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), a special club show in Greece– and the Barge To Hell cruise in the Caribbean. See below for a list of all upcoming dates:
MORGOTH Cursed Anniversary Reunion Live Dates 2012:
27.05.2012 – Baltimore (USA) – Sonar / Maryland Deathfest X
09.06.2012 – Athens (Greece) – Fuzz Live Music Club with EXODUS, OBITUARY, HEATHEN
14.07.2012 – Ballenstedt / Ostharz (Germany) – Rock Harz Festival
28.07.2012 – Steenwijk (The Netherlands) – Stonehenge Festival
10.08.2012 – Josefov (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival
17.08.2012 – Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air
03.-07.12.2012 – Miami, FL (USA) – Nassau, Bahamas / Barge To Hell Cruise
In regards to the Barge To Hell Cruise, MORGOTH is also part of a competition with the company PAF (“Play Among Friends”, www.paf.com). To win 2 tickets to the Barge To Hell Cruise event, head over to PAF now. MORGOTH also recently re-interpreted the music theme from the slot machine “Dead Rich” for the PAF Talent Contest. Check it out here.
MORGOTH line-up 2012:
Marc Grewe – vocals
Harry Busse – lead & rhythm guitars
Sebastian Swart – rhythm guitars
Sotirios Kelekidis – bass
Marc Reign – drums