Originally released on Peaceville in October 1993, and recorded at Academy Studios in Yorkshire, the album saw the arrival of long time session musician and classically trained violin and piano player Martin Powell. The album also saw the band stretching and pushing the grandiose textures and epic doom dynamics to create an opus of previously unrivalled atmosphere. Fans and critics have since hailed «Turn Loose the Swans» as the blueprint for the new Gothic Metal genre, with many often still citing the release as among the defining albums of the band’s distinguished career.
This special 2-CD edition of «Turn Loose the Swans» marks 20 years since its original release, & includes a new commentary disc with core members vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe & guitarist Andrew Craighan discussing their memories of the album session & compositions as the music plays in the background, giving an unrivalled insight into the creation of one of the masterpieces of the genre.
Also contains an expanded booklet with additional previously unseen artwork from the time, plus liner notes from the band.
1.Sear Me MCMXC III
3.The Songless Bird
4.The Snow In My Hand
5.The Crown Of Sympathy
6.Turn Loose The Swans
Tracks 1-7 with commentary from Aaron Stainthorpe & Andrew Craighan