Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce the signing of London-based progressive rock band The Osiris Club, together with the release of Blazing Worlds – Live At Roadburn, ahead of their new studio album later in 2020.
The band’s first full release since 2018’s acclaimed The Wine-Dark Sea, the new record documents their stand-out performance at the Roadburn Festival in 2015, which saw The Osiris Club in their full theatrical, robed and masked glory.
“We’re really happy to be joining BEM”, says Andrew Prestidge on behalf of the band. “Releasing the recording of our 2015 performance at the Roadburn festival is a great way to launch the partnership. Although mostly thought of as a doom metal festival, Roadburn also programs a good number of prog and cinematic-flavoured acts, among other genre-adjacent picks. It’s been a lot of fun revisiting the recordings, and we hope everyone enjoys them!”
David Elliott from BEM: “We’re really delighted to welcome The Osiris Club into the family. Although we’d originally planned our first release with them being their new studio album, the opportunity to release the Roadburn set ahead of that was too good to pass up.”
Blazing Worlds – Live At Roadburn will be released on 3rd July 2020, exclusively on Bandcamp as a strictly limited-edition compact disc, and digital download. The download edition (which CD buyers also receive) includes two cover versions – Random Hold’s Meat, and Leaf Scrapings by Cardiac Arrest (later Cardiacs). There will be no pre-order for this release.
Originally conceived as an instrumental project fusing horror movie soundtracks with avant-metal, The Osiris Club take the best parts of 1970s progressive, 1980s post-punk and 1990s extreme rock, to create their fresh, new sound, radical and uncompromising yet still melodic and accessible.
The band was founded by Andrew Prestidge (Suns of the Tundra, Zoltan, Winters) and Chris Fullard (Winters) in 2013, releasing their debut album, Blazing World, the following year. The record was hailed as “…a provocative and self-asserting album by Planetmosh.com, and described by Metalasf***.net as “arty, sing-song, dark prog…marvellous”.
Blazing World was promoted by a series of incendiary live performances, the band donning robes and plague masks to enhance the mood, exemplified by their appearance at the Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands in 2015. The recording of this event will be released by Bad Elephant Music in July 2020.
The masks were gone by the time of The Wine-Dark Sea being released in 2018, an album which once again gained plaudits in the prog and rock press – “an effervescent blend of psychedelic rock, glowering post- punk and mischievous, scattershot prog” (Metal Hammer) – as well as significant airplay, including on BBC Radio 1’s rock show.
Their long-anticipated third studio album, The Green Chapel, will be released in 2020 on Bad Elephant Music.