On March 31st internationally, The Sinister Flame and Dark Descent Records are proud to present the 30th anniversary edition of Zemial‘s legendary Sleeping Under Tartarus on CD and 12” vinyl EP formats.
Whenever the golden trinity of Necromantia, Rotting Christ, and Varathron of the early Greek black metal scene is brought up, one should add one more name… and that is Zemial. Whereas the meandering path of the band has encompassed diverse styles during the last few decades, ranging from raw black/thrash metal and epic heavy metal to progressive rock and avant-garde art music, Zemial‘s early beginnings were about black metal exclusively – and indeed, Sleeping Under Tartarus, the band’s very first release dating back to 1992, is the prime testimony of that.
With Sauron (Rotting Christ) on drums, Magus (Necromantia) on keyboards, and the mastermind Vorskaath being largely responsible for Varathron’s His Majesty at the Swamp released a year later, it is only fair to say that Sleeping Under Tartarus emerged from the very core of the aforementioned golden trinity.
Originally released as a 7” EP by obscure labels Torched Records and Gothic Records, the EP was reissued in 1994 by Gothic Records, then run by brothers Rick and Bay Cortez of Sadistic Intent. Since then, both versions have become collector’s items and the recording has not been reissued thereafter.
To correct this grave injustice, Sleeping Under Tartarus is now brought to life again, precisely 30 years after its birth. Featuring the original 1992 intro, with the sound restored and remastered from the original tapes, this definitive edition of Sleeping Under Tartarus is pressed on single-sided 180g 12” vinyl while the B-side is etched with the original Zemial logo, making it an absolute must for every black metal collection.
May the ancient gods of the night reign again! Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Zemial’s Sleeping Under Tartarus
1. Intro [1:16]
2. Sleeping Under Tartarus [4:53]
3. Falling Into the Absu [3:36]
4. The Scourge of the Kingdom [2:33]