DEAD CONGREGATION Rehearsal 2005 review and bandcamp stream

I hate the feeling but sometimes you gotta be grateful to the bootleggers and other greedy bastards. It’s thanks to them that occasionally bands are forced to release to the public recordings that otherwise would have remain hidden, reserved to private use.


This is the case for DEAD CONGREGATION‘s “Rehearsal 2005”. Distributed to a few friends 10 years ago in homemade tapes and CD-R’s, it was destined to showcase “Graves Of The Archangels”‘ impending storm  with 5 of its tracks in raw form.

Some years later one of the copies surfaced online for sale and in order to prevent the inevitable bootleg, and in 2015 the band has decided to press the recording on 7″ wax as well as make available the digital version.

This was a bold move as few bands have the balls to officially display their more crude and unpolished side. Moreover, some of these tracks were still under construction and therefore changed before the band hit the studio. Two of them had also different titles, as “Morbid Paroxysm” and “Vanishing Faith” were then respectively named “Into Paramount Chaos” and “Diabolical Indignation”.

The sound is surprisingly good for a rehearsal, especially when knowing that the material hasn’t been edited, overdubbed or mixed.

Packaging-wise the band has opted for something minimal, and therefore the 7″ totally looks as if it has been released in the early/mid 90’s! The big central hole makes it look somehow even cooler.

A few words for the vinyl collectors. Even though this is technically a limited edition of 1000, the band will most likely repress it. However, you will probably want be on the safe side to secure your copy right now as the pressing sells out really quick.

Order it from Bandcamp or here – the former option offering an instant lossless download.

DEAD CONGREGATION “Rehearsal June 2005”

The old-school packaging.

Posted on by panos.agoros in black metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Music

About panos.agoros

Music and computers. The same two passions that Panos has ever since he was a kid, have defined the path that he would follow in life. He studied computer science in Paris-France in the early/mid 90's and is an IT engineer, providing since 1999 Mission Critiical support for enterprise environments. He is also known to be a retro hardware scavenger and old computer collector. His love for music pushed him to become actively involved in the scene. From November 1995 until the early 00's he ran Chaotik Webzine, a pioneering music webzine and the first to provide coverage for both the metal & hardcore underground. He is for the last 15 years an editor of Metal Hammer Greece, the biggest music magazine in the country. He rans a small record label and distro, Blastbeat Mailmurder, and is also the vocalist/lyricist of critically and fan acclaimed astrogrind outfit Dephosphorus. In his lost hours he does field recordings and manipulates sound waves for his experimental noise/ambient Kommpound.

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