This one has been a bit under the radar, but the long out of print Rarities / Revelations series from Saviour Machine is being reissued by Retroactive Records:
“Originally released in February of 2006, the four volume Rarities/Revelations was a Limited Signature Edition (500 copies) set. Those copies are long gone, and now sell for exorbitant prices when showing up in collectible auctions. Each volume of this set chronicles choice cuts of demo, live, or alternate recordings from one of four eras of band life. The tracks were compiled and edited by Adam Pedersen and the voice of Saviour Machine, Eric Clayton who searched relentlessly through their own personal archives of rare Saviour Machine material. Other tracks were culled from the collections of numerous, avid Saviour Machine fans who also shared the desire to have a comprehensive collection of the best of rare and exclusive Saviour Machine material. The result is four Discs of five hours of music. The 2012 releases on Retroactive Records have each Disc/Volume packaged in its own 6 panel digipak with liner notes, and each Disc/Volume is sold individually. It’s worth noting that the Rarities/Revelations set is dedicated to one of the most loyal fans ever, Peter Kompanje (1978-2005), who amassed one of the most extensive collections of Saviour Machine rarities on earth. Days before his passing, Eric Clayton spent time with Peter, who openly shared his deep affinity and affection for these bootlegs and rarities. One of Peter’s greatest wishes was for all the Saviour Machine faithful to hear this unique material that had given him so much joy, encouragement, and strength! Four individual releases; each with 80 minutes of music; each wearing the passion and inspiration that makes Saviour Machine great. This collection is unique – much like the band – the music is dark, progressive, gothic, rock and metal – but yet still manages to defy description and comparison. The grandfathers of gothic music have done it again! Get all four Volumes of Rarities/Revelations to complete your collection!”
Other than a news report at HM Magazine, I haven’t seen much press about these. You can get each CD at Amazon:
Saviour Machine - Rarities/Revelations I (1993-1997)
Saviour Machine - Rarities/Revelations II (1994-1997)
Saviour Machine - Rarities/Revelations III (1997-2001)
Saviour Machine - Rarities/Revelations IV (2001-2005)
Saviour Machine posted a video on their FaceBook page announcing a string of concert dates being planned this year. Locations and venues are to be announced, but the concerts will be planned to be more intimate than past concerts. Dates and details will be posted on http://www.saviourmachine.com as they become available.
(Note: Click on the image above to be taken to the UPDATED excerpts PDF file)
Saviour Machine… I have been a fan since the early 90’s. I walked into a Christian bookstore and bought their Mask 1 cassette based on the album art alone. I had no idea what the music even sounded like. I still remember giving that cassette its first play, reading the lyrics, looking at the pictures and being absolutely blown away by what I heard! I have been one of the ‘faithful’ ever since then. I have grown with this band and been touched by their music for close to two decades now. Saviour Machine’s music has been a constant with me through the years, and the “Soundtrack To The End Of The World” became a soundtrack to my life in many ways. Along with the music, there has always been the mystique. The lyrics that fans pour over and ponder, the imagery and the theatrics, the mask as a symbol, the mask that Eric wears… fans of Saviour Machine have waited for a response to what was next from the band and from the founder/lead singer Eric Clayton. The wait is finally over…
Eric Clayton has kept numerous journals down through the years. These chronicle not only Saviour Machine’s journey as a band (and as a lightning rod of controversy), but they also detail the personal trials, tribulations and experiences of Eric on a very personal level. Eric has opened up some of his most intimate affairs in these journals and has shared them with the fans to read… to understand and to catch a deeper glimpse of what has been and what is to come. Eric was gracious to release some of the excerpts of these journals to Down The Line magazine. There is a full book of these writings in their entirety being released soon, but for now you can download and read these excerpts at no charge… a gift to the fans from Eric. What you are about to read will excite you, inform you, and remind you of something Eric recently told me in an email. “God is always moving in ways FAR beyond anything we can possibly imagine!” Be sure to visit www.saviourmachine.com to pre-order the full book.
If you were one of those that wondered how we could go a Goth issue without much about Saviour Machine in it – well, now you know. Excerpts and segments from Eric Clayton’s journals will soon be made available for preview, exclusively at Down the Line magazine. Stay tuned for details!