Black metal legends Mayhem are announcing the re-release of ”Grand Declaration of War” (2000), which is completely remastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios (UK). The album is slated for release on December 7th, 2018.
The cover of ”Grand Declaration of War (2018)” has been created by renowned Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (Ghost, Paradise Lost, BÖLZER, Zhrine) and can be viewed together with the track-list below.
1. A Grand Declaration of War (4:15)
2. In the Lies Where upon you lay (6:01)
3. A Time to Die (1:49)
4. View From Nihil; Pt. 1 (3:05)
5. View From Nihil; Pt. 2 (1:17)
6. A Bloodsword And A Colder Sun, Pt. 1 (0:34)
7. A Bloodsword And A Colder Sun, Pt. 2 (4:28)
8. Crystalized Pain In Deconstruction (4:11)
9. Completion In Science Of Agony, Pt. 1 (9:47)
10. To Daimonion (3:27)
11. Untitled I (4:54)
12. Untitled II (0:07)
13. Completion In Science Of Agony, Pt. 2 (2:15)
In 2018, “Grand Declaration of War” was remastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano in the Orgone Studios (UK).
Jaime Gomez Arellano states this about the remastered issue:
“It was a challenging remix to do, starting with the now obsolete format it was recorded in (ADAT). When we got the tapes, they were sent to a tape transfer specialist here in the UK and they were in a tape incubator for a couple of days to ensure the tapes weren’t destroyed when played back on the ADAT deck (tape doesn’t age well if not stored correctly). Although the overall recording of GDoW was done to a very high standard, the main two things that bugged me was the drum sound and the overall crispiness/digital thin-sound of it (ADAT’s don’t sound very good IMO). The biggest challenge (you guessed it) was the drums.
Hellhammer recorded on an early Roland Vdrum kit with real cymbals.
Statement of the band about the upcoming re-issue:
”Back then those clicky, super compressed drum sounds were cool, but I think most of us agree these days that it’s an unnatural sound and the samples themselves weren’t that good. I had to split each tom hit into a separate track, which was very time-consuming. I literally had to go pretty much though every drum hit to make sure the new samples were triggering correctly and believe me, there are A lot of drum hits on this album. My goal was to make it sound more like a real kit. After much work and refining, Hellhammer came to visit me at my studio for a few days where we went through every drum track to ensure it was accurate to his performance.
The bass guitar pretty much didn’t exist on this album! After bringing it forward and beefed it up, I was surprised to hear some very cool bass lines that I’ve never noticed before. The recorded guitar sounds were killer actually, they were just a little thin and crispy so I gave them more “body” and a bit more “warmth” without hindering Rune’s quantum precision. I was told by Rune that Maniac didn’t want any changes to his voice and I totally respect that. I painstakingly compared the original album vocal effects and levels to preserve it as close as I could. I ended up mastering the album to analog tape to get a bit more warmth, depth, and bottom end. I hope you all enjoy this new mix of this legendary album!”
On further news, Mayhem are releasing a unique box, containing not only both LP versions of ”Grand Declaration of War”, but also the 12″ LP’s of ”Chimera”(2004) and ”Ordo ad Chao” (2007), the 10″ EP of ”Wolf’s Liar Abyss” (1997), and two 10″ EP’s containing never released bonus tracks all bound together in a very special leather box.
Mix & Master (2018):
Jaime Gomez Arellano, Orgone Studios (UK)
Line-up for GDOW (2000):
Maniac – vocals
Necrobutcher – bass
Hellhammer – drums
Blasphemer – guitars
Check out the remastered version of the song “Grand Declaration of War” here, enjoy it: