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THE MEZMERIST CD + DVD (feat Bill Ward on DRUMS!) 1985 CULT
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Shadow Kingdom



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:55 pm    Post subject: THE MEZMERIST CD + DVD (feat Bill Ward on DRUMS!) 1985 CULT Reply with quote



THE MEZMERIST - The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty
SKR076CDDVD
Release Date: September 3, 2013
CD + DVD
$17.99

The Mezmerist is one of the most mysterious US Metal releases of all time. Nobody even knows who The Mezmerist is, and to even find an original LP was a chore because the band held on to a lot of the pressing. Originally there was only 500 copies made back in 1985, today those copies have gone for extremely high prices on eBay. With this re-issue, this is basically the first time anyone who knew about this lost gem made contact with the band. We got lucky finding the mastermind behind the band, Thomas Mezmercardo. Since finding him, we ended up taking an additional 5 years to put this release out properly and with all of the parties and work involved. Speaking of all parties involved, one of the most interesting things about this release is that Bill Ward did in fact play drums on this release. He played on the first 4 tracks on the 1st EP. The circumstances surrounding the events back then are somewhat of a mystery, even to this day. Thomas sits down and tells the story of how all of this came together on the DVD portion of the release. We can tell you for sure this is not just any old over-hyped cult release that some of these other labels are feeding you. This is the definition of the perfect lost gem in 80s heavy metal history and by far one of the best 80s heavy metal albums youll ever hear. Its too hard to exactly pinpoint what this sounds like, but if I have to label it, it would be Psychedelic Heavy Metal. If youre into Led Zeppelin, Cirith Ungol, and Mercyful Fate, youd get pretty close to their sound. The release is a double EP released as a full-length album for your enjoyment.

1st EP circa 1983
1. The Forsaken
2. Dead Ones Cry No More
3. Arabian Nights
4. Victim of Environmental Change

Tommy Mezmercardo Vocals / Guitars
Roger Abercrombie Bass
Bill Ward Drums

2nd EP circa 1985
5. Kingdom of the Dead
6. No Family, No Friends
7. The Jam Song

Tommy Mezmercardo Vocals / Guitars
Steve Conrad Bass
JR Drums

To own a copy (you can check out as a GUEST) : http://store.shadowkingdomrecords.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=4815
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sounds like a wild release. I didn't know anything about this band and figured Ward got out of recording music after the Born Again sessions. Is there anything else on the DVD such as the band in the studio?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy fuck!
Listening to a couple tracks on youtube, this is fucking WICKED sounding. Totally a KD vocal sound impression left, and the music has a spacey trippy vibe which just sounds awesome.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

holyhell666 wrote:
This sounds like a wild release. I didn't know anything about this band and figured Ward got out of recording music after the Born Again sessions. Is there anything else on the DVD such as the band in the studio?


The DVD is one interesting story told by one interesting guy.

There's a TON of old Bill Ward photos in the booklet... stuff that has never been seen or released until now.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Killer release! I need this
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shadow Kingdom wrote:
holyhell666 wrote:
This sounds like a wild release. I didn't know anything about this band and figured Ward got out of recording music after the Born Again sessions. Is there anything else on the DVD such as the band in the studio?


The DVD is one interesting story told by one interesting guy.

There's a TON of old Bill Ward photos in the booklet... stuff that has never been seen or released until now.


Thanks for the info. I will definitely be purchasing this release.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't handle the vocals... reminds me too much of The Creature Thus Be Formed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXkT54U6ZmI
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No vinyl reissue at any point?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anthares wrote:
No vinyl reissue at any point?


None right now.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

High Roller will have a limited amount of copies.

Plastic Head Music will have a limited amount as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

unreleased EP is really great as well. I hope if and when a vinyl version of the second EP surfaces, it does not have any crappy photoshop shit or dungeons and dragons bull shit painting. The art needs to be in league with the first EP!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DESECRATOR777 wrote:
unreleased EP is really great as well. I hope if and when a vinyl version of the second EP surfaces, it does not have any crappy photoshop shit or dungeons and dragons bull shit painting. The art needs to be in league with the first EP!


The 2nd EP art is included in the CD booklet.

It's now available in Europe.

http://www.plastichead.com/
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did High Roller allready sell out or didnt he recieve them yet?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't receive them yet. They should arrive next week. They're on the way.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They should be there next week... just checked the tracking.
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