Music News: Winterfylleth to Re-issue Ten Year Anniversary Edition of ‘The Mercian Sphere’

British Black Metal legends Winterfylleth are set to re-issue a tenth anniversary version of their seminal album The Mercian Sphere. To celebrate the passing of ten years since this landmark release Candlelight Records are releasing an anniversary version of the album in October 2020 on limited edition vinyl.

Winterfylleth The Mercian Sphere

The anniversary re-issue features:

  • Updated cover artwork (from noted Lake District photographer, Sean Howell 
  • Extended liner notes & oversized booklet with reflections on the album by all the members of the band, ten years on
  • OBI strip featuring the original hand drawn ‘Guardians’ from the first edition CD artwork
  • 2 x LPs on Limited Edition Black/White/Swirl Vinyl

Pre-order it from here.

“When I think about the ever moving train ride of being in a band, it can sometimes be difficult to stop, put your foot on the brake and look backwards at where you have been on the journey to get you to the now,” comments guitarist/vocalist Chris Naughton. “Often you become so focused on what is happening now, and where you are headed creatively, that you don’t pause and think to celebrate your victories along the way. For me, it’s nice to now do that with The Mercian Sphere Ten Year Anniversary Edition, which is, in lots of ways, the album that signified our arrival as a band on the bigger stage; and one that I look back on with the fondest of memories and a great deal of pride. 

Winterfylleth The Mercian Sphere

Many of our fans still consider this to be their favourite of our albums, and with songs like The Wayfarer (Trilogy), The Fields of Reckoning, A Valley Thick With Oaks and Defending The Realm all becoming mainstays in our live set, this one really became the standard that all of our future albums would have to live up to. We wanted to honour that passing of ten years and have put together a really great package here with new cover art, a deluxe new vinyl and some interesting reflections on the album from all the band members who made it. We hope you enjoy it and can share in this ten year anniversary with us.”

To go alongside the re-issue the band have also created a new shirt design, ‘The Rampant Lion. The design pays tribute to the original 3-Lions & Sutton Hoo Helmet shirts from the 2010 release and brings to life a fresh take to some iconic WINTERFYLLETH shirt designs. Printed on black/burgundy Gildan heavy shirts with metallic brass print.

Here is that preorder link again!


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