MACERATION was, undisputedly, on the forefront of the first wave of death metal bands in Denmark. Formed In the last year of the 80s, the group quickly picked up a large fan base in the then-forming extreme metal underground and released a live tape of their first concert in 1990. But it wasn’t until 1992 that Maceration released their debut studio album (and only one so far), titled “A Serenade Of Agony”.
The biggest scoop for that album was to get Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity, Nightingale) to record the vocals for the album, under the pseudonym Day Disyraah. A few months before entering the studio, vocalist and guitar player Rune Hansen left and Dan was contacted as a replacement just for the record. Dan was an old friend of the band, because Jacob Hansen and Jakob Schultz, who both played at Invocator at the time, knew Dan as their other band played live with Edge Of Sanity quite a few times. In fact, they were label partners, since both Edge Of Sanity and Invocator were signed to Black Mark.
With Swanö doing vocals, “A Serenade Of Agony” was everything Maceration envisioned for their debut album and more: a big slap of death metal with thrash influences, with brutal, precise and violent assaults to your ears, not online Obituary and Master. Over the years, the album has grown in charm and rotten atmosphere, having also benefit, for this re-release, from a remaster done by the band’s own guitar player Lars Bangsholt,
In the CD reissue of “A Serenade Of Agony”, you’ll get nothing less than 11(!) bonus tracks, taken from Maceration archive vaults: The Rehearsal Tape 1990, the official Demo 1990 and two songs recorded live in 1992 and 1993. All remastered, with individual line-ups and rounded up by liner notes, in a must-have reissue of the Danish finest early 90s death metal band.
“A Serenade Of Agony” will be re-released on CD, LP (golden/black vinyl, limited to 300 copies) and digital formats on April 15th, 2022 via Emanzipation Productions. Pre-orders available here.
Day Disyraah – vocals, keyboards, piano, backing vocals
Lars Bangsholt – guitars
Jacob Hansen – drums, lead guitars
Jakob Schultz – bass, lead guitars
“A Serenade Of Agony” tracklist:
1. Intro / Silent Lay The Gentle Lamb
2. A Serenade Of Agony
4. Pain And Pleasure Incarnate
5. The Watcher
6. The Mind Rampant
7. Reincarnation / Time Flies
8. The Forgotten
Bonus tracks (exclusive on CD)
9. Hideous Disfigurements
10. Incombustible Remains
11. Total Obstipation
12. Time Flies
13. Slowly We Rot (Obituary Cover)
14. Suffocation (Obituary cover)
15. Godly Beings (Obituary cover)
16. Incombustible Remains
17. Hideous Disfigurements
18. Silent Lay The Gentle Lamb (live)
19. The Mind Rampant (live)