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Uploaded on Nov 12, 2011

http://cyclopeanrecords.com/

Vestal Claret masterpiece 2xLP "Bloodbath" is sent off to press and we are taking pre-orders for 100 copies on red vinyl, hand-numbered in you don't wanna know what. The release date is set at Dec. 20th 2011 and all orders will be shipped by that date.

While metal has co-existed with the occult since its inception, Connecticut based Vestal Claret travel to the darkest realms of macabre fantasy and translate the morbid tales that they bring back to the world of man into doom-laden heavy metal masterpieces. The idea for the band was conceived in 2005, during the recording of the second Upwards of Endtime album "Sadly Never Fore", which was fronted by doom-metal veteran Phil Swanson (Seamount, Hour of 13, Briton Rites, Earthlord, Atlantean Kodex among others). "We wanted to create an occult heavy metal/death rock project between friends", says Swanson. Simon Tuozzoli (King of Salem), who ran the studio Phil was recording in, offered to play guitar on the original 2-track demo. Soon after, Michael Petrucci (King of Salem) joined the ranks full time on drums. So Vestal Claret was born with the demo "Two Stones", later released on Metal Coven Records, and the world has been a much darker place ever since.

Their grisly and horrific demo soon aroused the interest of label owners, and Vestal Claret was approached to write a full-length album. Unfortunately, the album never came to be, and Swanson shifted his focus to Hour of 13, where many of the original Vestal Claret concepts were revised and reused. "Vestal Claret, which literally means virgin blood, is considered a great source of power. It is an oft appearing term in Hour of 13 albums. At the time of my departure from Vestal Claret to Hour of 13, I began to see how far ahead of its time and misunderstood Vestal Claret actually was", says Swanson. Vestal Claret reformed 4 years from its inception, and the band quickly hit the studio again to record more material.

What has come is a pitch dark, yet dynamic heavy metal record. "Bloodbath" contains almost all of the band's highly sought after demos and EP material, re-recorded and re-imagined. Featuring guest musicians from Atlantean Kodex, Legend (US), Forsaken, Altar of Oblivion, Seamount, Iron Age, Black Pyramid, NightBitch, Planet Gemini, and Cauldron Born.

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