“SORTILEGE – the best French metal had to offer. Timeless classics!” – this quote, from Deaf Forever magazine journalist Michael Kohsiek, pretty much sums up the status of Sortilege.
This cult French metal cult formed in 1981, released their self-titled debut EP in the same year and their amazing debut album, titled Metamorphose, arrived one year later. Both releases quickly gained cult status and are still considered two of the the most important – if not the most important – heavy metal releases from France.
In the first months of 2017, No Remorse Records will reissue both masterpieces. The self titled EP – which will hit the streets on January 30, 2017 – will be extended to the size of a regular album and will include four bonus tracks taken from the band’s demo tape from 1982. This reissue will be available as a CD and limited edition LP.
On February 13, Metamorphose will be released as a double CD, with the original version of the album and the previously unreleased first mix version on Disc 1 and the rare English version of the album (originally released as Metamorphosis) on Disc 2. The double LP version will include the original version of the album, as well as the previously unreleased first mix.
Both the Sortilege EP and Metamorphose album will also be available as strictly limited box set editions, including the CD, exclusive vinyl LP (different color than the regular edition, available in the boxset only), t-shirt, poster and a patch. Both reissues have been remastered by Bart Gabriel (CIRITH UNGOL, SATAN’S HOST, CRYSTAL VIPER) and will receive that special “old school and dynamic” treatment.
Listen to “D’Ailleurs” from the Metamorphose album:
Listen to “Gladiateur” from the Sortilege EP: