5 years ago, Bloomington heavyweights MEDUSA unleashed their debut full-length En Raga Sul onto the masses, kickstarting an entity who overdose on all the right kinds of metal. After a 2½ year hiatus, they have returned in full force with their new EP Divine Malice, six tracks of dissonant hymns channeled for a dark lord through over-saturated tube amps and howling vocal melodies. Touching on doom metal’s pummeling rhythms coupled with horror-punk intensity and riffs that never cease to summon headbanging, Divine Malice is an exercise in extremes from experts of the genre. For the uninitiated, MEDUSA is comprised of members from RACEBANNON, THEE OPEN SEX, TORTURESS and more, a resume that can hardly be overstated in terms of experience and devotion to its craft.
Divine Malice has been created in 3 editions, each with their own format, exclusive artwork, and levels of availability. An ultra limited test-pressing edition of 50 was created specially for Record Store Day 2013 and Black Mass XXI, the official release show for Divine Malice, and is not available to purchase for online customers. A stunning metallic silver-shelled cassette version is an homage to our most classic format, and is limited to the average amount of 100 copies. The most deluxe version features a 150-gram pressing of the album with 8-page lyric booklets and a vivid B-side printing, created in an edition of 300.
All copies come with download codes which include the bonus 2-song Crack & Bleed EP, exclusively available as a supplementary addition to Divine Malice.
Test-pressing and cassette editions released on April 20th, 2013 CE.
LP edition released June 28th, 2013 CE.
LP : Glossy black jackets with silver silkscreen ink printing on front. Black cardstock 8-page saddle-stitched booklet with black laserjet printing. Clear with black marbling one-sided records with enamel-based metallic silver silkscreen printing on the B-side with artwork exclusive to this edition. Black and silver A-side labels. Resealable poly bags with metallic silver foil sticker on front.
CASSETTE : Full-page black cardstock insert with silver silkscreen printing on both sides of credits and artwork exclusive to this edition. Metallic silver cassette shells with black rubber-stamped titles, housed inside a clear hardshell case + poly sleeve with silver foil sticker sealing.
TEST-PRESSING : Glossy black wide-spine jackets with enamel-based silver silkscreen ink printing on front. Black cardstock insert with silver silkscreen printing on one side. Clear with black marbling one-sided records with enamel-based metallic black silkscreen printing on the B-side with artwork exclusive to this edition. Black cardstock record labels printed with black laserjet printing, hand-cut and applied + serial numbered in pencil.
A1 – 02:09 – Bleeding Ocean
A2 – 02:04 – Flying Shadows
A3 – 01:57 – So Below
A4 – 03:14 – Ashes & Glass
A5 – 02:50 – Come Alive
A6 – 03:01 – Release Me
(material repeats on both sides of cassette)