animeraven34
03-10-2006, 09:33 AM
PRESS RELEASE from THE END RECORDS

VIRGIN BLACK TO RELEASE 3 ALBUMS IN 2006:
The music world is rife with bold claims that deliver little. Virgin Black is a band that has historically not only avoided that pitfall, but soared above it.
The scope of its latest offering is ambitious almost to the point of absurdity.
In a groundbreaking endeavour, Australia's premier experimentalists will release three albums simultaneously. Each is a separate entity, but each is also linked through recurring musical themes and artistic motifs. When fully unfurled in all its grandeur, listeners will experience a grandiloquent two and a half hour Requiem Mass with three stages of evolution.

Requiem - pianissimo is an entirely classical album with instrumentation performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and featuring spectacular choral arrangements along with tenor, mezzo-soprano and soprano solo voices. Requiem - pianissimo forsakes guitars and drums in favour of the melancholic tragedy and bombastic dynamics of classical composition.

Requiem - mezzo forte is where the band joins the orchestra and strikes a balance more reminiscent of previous Virgin Black outings, albeit, with greater epic breadth.

Requiem - fortissimo unleashes a sound infinitely heavier than anything in Virgin Black's history. While still retaining an air of classical sensibility, it concludes the series with an intense dose of death/doom.

With Virgin Black, ambition is a given. REQUIEM is beyond ambition.
Shock. Awe. Excitement.

disciple
03-10-2006, 01:50 PM
I was psyched when I heard that. Oh, I am thrilled.

skelfy
03-10-2006, 02:38 PM
I literally screamed last night when I got the email. SO EXCITED.

Question is...WHEN are they all coming out?

disciple
03-10-2006, 02:40 PM
I don't know, but frankly, it doesn't matter much to me -- they said this year, so I'm fine by that. Whether or not they release them all at once doesn't matter to me either. As long as I get them when they come out, I'll be happy. I'm a patient person. :P

terrasin
03-10-2006, 10:37 PM
3 Albums? :\ That's a bit much.

CJ

animeraven34
03-13-2006, 07:30 PM
3 Albums? :\ That's a bit much.

CJ
Well they did say it was ambitious.

skelfy
04-18-2006, 09:38 AM
You can now listen to a three minute clip from their cd Requiem - pianissimo at their main site, virginblack.com

*excited*

DustinRocks
04-18-2006, 12:28 PM
I'm curious to listen.

disciple
04-24-2006, 10:46 AM
I must listen!

amodman
04-24-2006, 11:07 AM
3 Albums? :\ That's a bit much.

CJ

Depends, will they have available a package that packs it all together? I'd hate to have to buy three albums seperately...you can pretty much be assured a lotta' people are gonna be buying one and downloading the rest.

animeraven34
04-24-2006, 11:39 AM
Depends, will they have available a package that packs it all together? I'd hate to have to buy three albums seperately...you can pretty much be assured a lotta' people are gonna be buying one and downloading the rest.
Technically they're three parts of the same album, I'm assuming there is going to be some sort of set of all three.

animeraven34
07-23-2006, 06:18 AM
THE END RECORDS offers an update on the forthcoming releases from Australia's VIRGIN BLACK.

Given the unorthodox nature of Virgin Black's current obsession, a series of three Requiems, questions have understandably been coming thick and fast on all manner of details. Most prevalent is the question pertaining to potential release schedules, and with all three albums nearing completion the crucial parties have seen fit to impart a certain amount of clarity.

The three albums will be released on a slightly staggered time scale beginning with Requiem - mezzo forte, the second in the series, followed by Requiem - fortissimo the last in the series and an album of intense heaviness.
The first in the series, an all classical affair, Requiem - pianissimo will be the final release. The parade of albums will begin first thing in the New Year with tours to follow.

We wait with bated breath.

Shon and I have already decided, that if they tour at all here in the U.S., we're going to the closest show...no matter how much it will cost. :P

disciple
07-23-2006, 01:11 PM
Yeah, and by then I should have enough money to go with you. ;)

animeraven34
01-07-2007, 07:27 PM
Virgin Black going on an international tour this spring, starting in March.

skynes
01-08-2007, 11:30 AM
three connected albums? makes me think of Saviour Machines Legend series.

FromTheInside
01-08-2007, 03:04 PM
three connected albums? makes me think of Saviour Machines Legend series.

SM at least took time to mold and perfect each album. With legend III:II coming out in a few months.

The whole releasing three-at-once thing sounds (as said before) rather daring.

animeraven34
01-08-2007, 09:19 PM
SM at least took time to mold and perfect each album. With legend III:II coming out in a few months.

The whole releasing three-at-once thing sounds (as said before) rather daring.

I don't really consider it daring...this is Virgin Black we're talking about, EPIC is standard fare for them (for example: The Everlasting, their infamous 20 minute song). Their release of 3 albums at once is like most bands releasing an album that's actually MORE than a half hour long. I'm really excited about Requiem.

Unregistered
01-09-2007, 09:15 AM
The whispers of a worldwide tour starting in Spring... :afro:

FromTheInside
01-22-2007, 04:49 PM
New promo photo.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b299/1001CrazyBobs/Linked%20images/newvirginblackphoto.jpg

:P

animeraven34
01-22-2007, 07:12 PM
THE END RECORDS has set a release date of April 3rd, 2007 for the new album from Australia's gothic/classical/doom band VIRGIN BLACK, titled 'Requiem - Mezzo Forte.'

The album, part of the 'Requiem' trilogy, will be the first installment (the 2nd of the trilogy) released and will be followed later on this year by 'Requiem – Pianissimo' and 'Requiem – Fortissimo.'

About the 'Requiem' trilogy, singer/songwriter Rowan London comments, "Well, I feel like I've become a completely non-functioning part of society over the past two years. Requiem has been the most agonizingly difficult experience I have ever faced. On one side are the logistics of three albums, two and a half hours of music, and financing it all (orchestra included). The other side is the emotional toll; the far too many times I fell in a heap feeling that it would be impossible to succeed and coming oh so close to completely giving up the project. I take many a scar from this process and may never experience this kind of beautiful pain again".

"The albums haunt me with their poignancy and the lines I was literally recording when I received a call to say that my father had died in the most tragic of circumstances will forever shut out the world when played back. I find it surreal and befitting that I subsequently carried his body out of the funeral service held in the grand old church where we happened to record. As overdramatic as it sounds, I seriously sometimes felt like joining him. However, we persevered, and I listen to these vast creations and still can't believe what we've managed here. We will proudly present them. Scarred and almost defeated, it will be such a joy to have a directly human experience on our most in-depth touring schedule ever, covering most of Europe and much of the U.S. I feel privileged to be able to begin in Australia with shows as guests for some one-off appearances by Arcturus, and look forward to announcing all the cities/countries that we will visit."

Adds fellow songwriter Samantha Escarbe about the trilogy, "Each album has its own unique voice and expression, but essentially each needs the other to truly complete what is an intimidating undertaking both in respect to musical tradition and the inherent subject matter. I don't expect people to understand it. I just wrote what I wanted to hear, what I needed to hear."

The tracklisting for 'Requiem - Mezzo Forte' is:
01. Requiem, Kyrie
02. In Death
03. Midnight's Hymn
04. …And I am Suffering
05. Domine
06. Lacrimosa (I am blind with weeping)
07. Rest Eternal

Unregistered
01-22-2007, 07:18 PM
Oh my wow... :o

I can't wait to hear it, especially Midnight Hymn (as it probably will be connected to Drink The Midnight Hymn somehow).

animeraven34
02-07-2007, 06:37 PM
New song on their myspace profile.