Viral Black Ultra Ltd. ART Edition

Viral Black Ultra Limited Art Edition -  the second brand new album release from the Blood Red Viral Black sessions exclusively at www.thealarm.com

Viral Black presents a collection of all new material produced by George Williams whose credits also include the recently released sister album - Blood Red.

Viral Black Ultra Limited Art Edition was recorded in Liverpool and Wales between January and February 2017 and mastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios, London

Viral Black Ultra Limited Art Edition is available to order now.

NB: No copies will be made available via streaming, digital download or other retail outlets until 2018.

Viral Black track listing is as follows:

Two Rivers
Thirteen Dead Reindeers
Beautiful
Neutral
Heroine
Peace Now
Cenotaph
Hellfire (CD Only) / Amnesty Criteria (Vinyl LP only)
Armageddon In The Morning

VIRAL BLACK ULTRA LIMITED EDITION ART VERSION [100 Copies Only]

VIRAL BLACK VINYL LP
Limited Edition LP with Die Cut Gatefold pressing with one-off original inner sleeve Alarm emoji art.
Created and signed by Mike Peters using acrylics, spray and other art materials.
10 songs including exclusive to Vinyl track ‘Amnesty Criteria’ and complete lyrics.

VIRAL BLACK CD
Die Cut Gatefold CD Pressing with Inner Sleeve and 12 page lyric booklet.
10 songs including exclusive to CD track ‘Hellfire".

VIRAL BLACK INTERVIEW & ACOUSTIC SESSION CD
Intimate interview and acoustic session disc with Mike Peters
An exclusive insight into the creative process behind Viral Black
Contains 9 exclusive acoustic performances of the VIRAL BLACK songs [50.51]
[Acoustic Session CD Exclusive to the Ultra Limited Art Edition only]

Two Rivers 10″ VINYL EP
Extended Play 10″ Vinyl EP featuring live versions of 'Peace Now', 'Cenotaph', 'Neutral' and ‘Two Rivers
Live Versions taken from the BBC Television Recordings of the 25th Anniversary Gathering 2017

Heroine Promo CD
Features an edited version of Heroine and an exclusive unreleased live version performed by Mike Peters on the B-side.
The 'Heroine' on stage version is taken from the BBC Television Recordings of the 25th Anniversary Gathering 2017

"Viral Black presents a very different perspective to the one listeners would have experienced with Blood Redsays Mike Peters. "With Viral Black the outlook is directed away from the heart, and documents what I see around me as I go about my daily life. The world I inhabit today is obviously very different from the place myself and The Alarm were born into, and with these songs I wanted to explore the world shaped in particular, by all that has happened to me and my family in recent times".

"Outside and inside the home, there's almost no escape from the graphic images and angry voices that appear beyond the firewalls of our computer defences and into our very own sphere of life, continues Mike. "Like almost everyone I meet these days,  I feel the uncertainty of the world at large encroaching upon all we know and understand. It is a reaction to all of this, that has driven the writing and recording of Viral Black. Some of the songs are fuelled with rage and sensitivity, some simply ask why? Some of the words have come from bittersweet experience and from the way life deals the cards. It's been a cathartic experience to write as openly as I have tried to be with these songs, and I have already felt the thrill of sharing them with audiences in both the USA and UK".

Like it's sister record Blood Red, Viral Black will display the full spectrum of inspirations that have driven the project including some of which will take form outside of the music itself and spill over and onto the pages of the record sleeve.

As documented in the Blood Red Film, Mike Peters has once again created an array of original Viral Black ALARM EMOJI art statements that will feature inside the covers of 100 ultra limited collectors editions.

It is these graphic displays of emotion that have helped give birth to the music and lyrical content and become synonymous with the very songs themselves.

"Creating art alongside the music was so important to this record," explains Mike Peters, "The Viral Black 'emoji' paintings I have created, have literally been forced from another set of feelings altogether. I have originated these art statements using only very stark colours, although I could never resist the temptation to incorporate something bright in the form of the Poppy, as a contrast. I have tried using my own feelings and emotions to form expressions that reflect what I consider to be positive statements amongst negative landscapes. Upbeat outcomes from downbeat situations, something I have always strived for when tested by life."

Mike Peters has been creating on and off stage art for all of his live projects since the birth of The Alarm, most notably for 1983’s video of The Stand right up to the more recent promotional film for 2017's Blood Red anthem - 'Coming Backwards'.
 
Viral Black will be shipped from September 22nd onwards and only available exclusively at the alarm.com

NB: No copies will be made available via streaming, digital download or other retail outlets until 2018.

 

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