Sarcofagus - Envoy Of Death LP. Gatefold cover reissue includes an 8 page booklet. On black vinyl, limited to 350 copies. One of the first Finnish heavy metal records, originally released in 1980. Sarcofagus were certainly an odd band to come out Finland in the late seventies. While the nation grooved to countless punk rock and rockabilly revival bands, the Kimmo Kuusniemi -led troupe explored a darker, heavier terrain. The band's first album "Cycle of Life", released in early 1980, had been a poorly received but solid hard rock effort. Sarcofagus returned to the studio later in the same year and took their concept of heavy metal further into darkness with the 2nd album "Envoy of Death". Promo shots showed the group breathing fire and brandishing crosses in full corpsepaint; this in combination with occult lyrics and doom-laden riffing resulted in a masterpiece but also guaranteed the band found little audience at the time. Original copies of the LP ended up in bargain bins and Sarcofagus decided to call it quits, only to gain international cult recognition later. Tracks like the 9-minute doom opus "Black Contract" show how far ahead of their time the band really was.
The Svart re-edition of "Envoy of Death" is limited to 300 black vinyl copies, and also features a gatefold jacket plus a 8 page booklet with unseen material and line. (m/m)
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