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Monday, 19 October 2015

SKUNK ANANSIE CONFIRM PLANS FOR BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘ANARCHYTECTURE’

SKUNK ANANSIE CONFIRM PLANS FOR BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘ANARCHYTECTURE’. RELEASE DATE SET FOR JANUARY 15th 2016. EUROPEAN TOUR, INCLUDING 2 UK SHOWS, TO FOLLOW IN FEBRUARY/MARCH



A BRITISH BAND FULL OF BRITISH HISTORY, Skunk Anansie are back with their sixth studio album, ‘Anarchytecture’: a collection of hard-hitting alternative rock anthems, brimming with punchy riffs and the sort of fire that can only burn from the heart and soul of vocal powerhouse, Skin.

‘Anarchytecture’ is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Black Traffic’, and features the group’s regular line-up of Skin, guitarist Ace, bassist Cass & drummer Mark Richardson.

The new album – produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Killing Joke, Band of Skulls) at RAK Studios in London, with mixing duties divided between Dalgety & Jeremy Wheatley, and mastering set to be handled by the legendary Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York – has been confirmed for worldwide release on January 15th; it will be supported by a full European headline tour, including two dates in the UK, visiting fans North and South…

February 4th – London, The Forum
February 5th – Albert Hall, Manchester

Meanwhile, Skin is currently appearing as a judge on X Factor Italy, having studied Italian following the invitation to get involved; she also features on the cover of this month’s issue of the Italian Vanity Fair.

About Skunk Anansie: Skunk Anansie formed in 1994, went on hiatus in 2001, then reformed in 2009. To date, they have released five studio albums: Paranoid and Sunburnt (1995), Stoosh (1996), Post Orgasmic Chill (1999), Wonderlustre (2010) and Black Traffic (2012); they have also issued the compilation album ‘Smashes and Trashes’ (2009), plus the acoustic CD / DVD ‘An Acoustic Skunk Anansie – Live In London’ (2013), along with a run of hit singles, including ‘Charity’, ‘Hedonism’, ‘Selling Jesus’, ‘I Can Dream’ and ‘Weak’. Skunk Anansie went on to become one of the biggest rock bands in Britain and Europe throughout the ’90s, selling over 5 million records and doing 7 sell-out world tours up to 2000. In 1999, the band headlined the Glastonbury festival, and they have also performed with Pavarotti for the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela for his 80th Birthday ‘Gift To The Nation’ shows.

RAMMSTEIN MARK THE BAND’S 21ST ANNIVERSARY WITH THE RELEASE OF “XXI”

RAMMSTEIN MARK THE BAND’S 21ST ANNIVERSARY WITH THE RELEASE OF “XXI” – THE FIRST VINYL BOX SET OF THEIR CAREER, INCL. ALL OF THEIR SIX STUDIO ALBUMS PLUS RARITIES DOUBLE LP

Release Date: December 4, 2015



If Rammstein’s music is the perfect soundtrack for building large monuments in the desert, then somewhere in the wilder world stands an imposing edifice some 21 years in the making – the length of time the six East Berliners have been collectively mining the Rammstein seam…

In the course of these two decades, the band have risen to the apex of the great rock pyramid, achieving album and DVD sales in the millions, headlining major festivals and bigger venues around the world (including New York’s Madison Square Garden, a show that sold out its 18,200 tickets in under 30 minutes!), and establishing themselves as peerless master showmen with an approach to their art – and ‘art’ is the word – that is dramatic, epic in scale and capable of touching all of the senses; a dark and spectacular fairy-tale laced with controversy, don’t-try-this-at-home theatrics, plus the all-consuming aroma of benzine.

For Rammstein, and it’s the same line-up now as at the start, it’s always been a case of marching to their own beat, gleefully torching the industry rule-book… and everything else! They sing in German, they side-step those visuals typical of the rock ‘n’ metal world, and they present an incendiary, everything-hotter-than-everything-else live experience the like of which hasn’t been seen beneath the popular music banner… Some call it ‘Rammstein-esque’.

This 21st Anniversary Box Set – a numbered, career-wide collection – not only features the six studio albums, produced by Jacob Hellner and re-mastered onto 180gr heavyweight double vinyl by Svante Forsbäck, it also comes complete with a separate rarities double LP, ‘Raritäten’, incl. a previously unreleased version of the track ‘Los’.

In terms of additional content for ‘Raritäten’, Rammstein have taken the thoughtful approach, and there is certainly a choice selection on offer; 16 tracks taken from previous singles, ‘fan edition’ releases and special album formats.

However, it’s the six studio albums that are the centre-piece here, a bona fide body of work bound together by attitude and intent. When it comes to defining precisely what Rammstein stands for, band and brand, it’s the catalogue as a whole that speaks the loudest.

Even the overall presentation of the Anniversary Box lives up to the bands longstanding reputation for quality and detail. The result is a tactile, high-end package that – as well as representing the band across the board, mirroring the scale and ambition of their music – successfully spotlights the character of the individual releases; each comes complete with gatefold sleeve, original artwork and lyrics. Four of the six albums have not been released on vinyl before: Herzeleid, Sehnsucht, Reise, Reise and Rosenrot.

With the vinyl weighing in at a full 180 grams, the sonic capacity is there to properly represent a group capable of shifting from a whisper to a roar without being slowed down by the gears in-between.

From pin-drop to fusillade, from ‘Stirb nicht vor mir’ to ‘Rammlied’, the Anniversary Collection is a carefully-crafted, stylish, authentic celebration of Rammstein 1995-2012, leaving the door ajar for Studio Album Number Seven…

When and if that arrives is in the hands of the ‘Kollektiv’ itself, but one thing’s for certain: the cake honouring their 21st Anniversary won’t be short on candle power.

RARITÄTEN 2LP // Tracklist

Side A

Feuerräder - Single: Engel (Fan Edition), 1997 Wilder Wein – Single: Engel (Fan Edition), 1997 Das Modell – Single: Das Modell, 1997 Kokain – Single: Das Modell, 1997

Side B

Stripped – Single: Stripped, 1998 Halleluja – Single: Links 1 2 3 4, 1998 Mein Herz brennt (Piano Version) – Single: Mein Herz brennt, 2012 Los (Full Band Version) – Album: Reise, Reise, 2004 (Full Band Version – previously unreleased)

Side C

Führe mich – Album: Liebe ist für alle da, Special Edition, 2009 Donaukinder – Album: Liebe ist für alle da, Special Edition, 2009 Halt – Album: Liebe ist für alle da, Special Edition, 2009 Roter Sand (Orchester Version) – Album: Liebe ist für alle da, Special Edition, 2009

Side D

Liese - Album: Liebe ist für alle da, Special Edition, 2009 Mein Land - Single: Mein Land, 2011 Vergiss uns nicht – Single: Mein Land, 2011 Gib mir deine Augen – Single: Mein Herz brennt, 2012