Ghost Cult Magazine is hosting an advance stream of reactivated Dutch instrumental/technical metal trio GORE‘s Revanche LP, a completely reworked, re-envisioned, and repackaged version of the band’s 1992-released Lifelong Deadline album. The stream precedes the album’s worldwide release through Exile On Mainstream this Friday, as the band prepares for their first live performances since the 1990s as part of the label’s 20th Anniversary celebration and events.
By no means a new album, GORE‘s Revanche sees the original recordings of the entire album restructured and rebuilt to sound like a wholly different record, as it was originally intended. The final mixes were handled by Terry Date (Slayer, Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot) after which it was mastered by Howie Weinberg (Ramones, Nirvana, Rush, Beastie Boys). Revanche is not a 1:1 copy of Lifelong Deadline. It is a complete reworking; a reinterpretation of what it could have originally been, concluding twenty-seven years of unfinished business.
With the early GORE album stream, Ghost Cult writes, “The band has re-imagined and recreated its 1992 album Lifelong Deadline into Revanche and has reanimated back to life to teach everyone a harsh lesson in heavy, avant-garde, and progressive music.”
Stream GORE’s debilitating Revanche at Ghost Cult Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Revanche will see release on LP bundled with a CD and all digital platforms this Friday, March 22nd. Find preorders for the record in the US at Earsplit Distro HERE and in Europe via Exile On Mainstream HERE, and if you missed it, see GORE‘s video for “No Respect” at THIS LOCATION.
A new documentary on GORE, highlighting the band’s storied career, will also be released in in several segments. Watch for further details to be issued shortly.
In the twenty-two years since GORE disbanded in 1996, there have been as many requests for a reunion as there have been rejections. Reunions are usually meant to relive success-stories, and in the world GORE, this was not the case. Yes, the albums and performances were doubtlessly intense and groundbreaking, but it is also a fact the press tried to make more of the buzz then the audience needed. However, when Walter Hoeijmakers of the notorious Roadburn Festival heard about the reissue of Lifelong Deadline, he instantly offered GORE a spot on its 2019 bill. Now twenty years in the making, a GORE reunion is in fact confirmed. Four more shows have been added as warm-up events leading up to Roadburn, with performances set for Bruxelles, Berlin, Hamburg, and a slot on the 20 Year Anniversary of Exile On Mainstream Records, who will release Revanche directly in conjunction with these gigs.
GORE Reunion Tour Dates:
3/29/2019 Les Atelier Claus – Bruxelles, BE
4/02/2019 Zukunft Am Ostkreuz – Berlin, DE w/ Darsombra, Jehacktet
4/03/2019 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE w/ The Winchester Club
4/05/2019 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE @ 20 Years Exile On Mainstream [info]
4/13/2019 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL@ 20 Years Exile On Mainstream [info]
When SPV released GORE‘s fifth album, Lifelong Deadline, in 1992, it marked the third restart in the band’s then six-year-long career. But even though the lineup – consisting of founding member Rob Frey, aka Marij Hel on bass, and newcomers Bardo Koolen on drums and Johan Van Reede on guitar – could be considered the most organic and competitive lineup, the band failed to revive the hype that started with their 1986-released Hart Gore LP.
Despite raving press, Lifelong Deadline failed commercially, even more so because the band itself sees it as a complete failure. What should have become GORE‘s magnum opus turns out to be an over-produced, rudderless monstrosity; over the top, out of balance, and with zero impact. Still, GORE remained on the road supporting Lifelong Deadline for over three years, tearing down each and every stage they performed on, which proved to the members how well the album actually could have turned out.
This suspicion lingered for quite some time until 2016 when guitarist Johan Van Reede finally decided to reconstruct Lifelong Deadline after more than twenty-five years since its original release, showcasing how vivid these songs still are. Although dysfunctional, the band decided to give the album a complete overhaul starting from scratch and consequently bringing the album to new life. In order to achieve a truly competitive production, the band decided to bring in Terry Date (Slayer, Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot) to handle the final mixes as well Howie Weinberg for the mastering. And so, GORE‘s Lifelong Deadline has now been transformed into GORE‘s Revanche, or, “break-even.”