Arkeyn Steel Records proudly presents AWAKE from Austin, Texas USA and the reissue of their “Spiritual Warfare” LP-tape.
AWAKE was born when Mike Botello (ex – ASSALANT / MILITIA) teamed up with former MILITIA guitarist Jesse Villegas. This collaboration went from a “solo” project to a group effort with the introduction of drummer Rob Battalion. Together they formed a dynamic, high-quality Progressive Metal sound with compelling thought-provoking lyrical content, exploring the overall content of the Christian religion and its message.
“Spiritual Warfare” was originally released in the fall of 1990 on cassette. After the release, the band went on an 18-month sabbatical and reunited in 1992 with new drummer John Pace (his performance can be heard on the “Hidden Gems” bonus track on this reissue). AWAKE continued performing around central Texas and eventually departed in 1993.
The “Spiritual Warfare” release can be described with only a single word: Phenomenal. It captures the talent and the artistic vision of a band that followed a unique path of expression away from the Metal stereotypes of the time.
Texas Metal fanatics, Christian Metal specialists and Prog Metal nerds, all share a great piece of respect for the “Spiritual Warfare” album, while metal collectors are still after a copy of the original cassette on Shadow Records. Now everyone can have this masterpiece on its ultimate edition.
All the audio is reemastered from scratch by Kostas Scandalis at Infinity studios (Thessalonki, Greece). The artwork has been upgraded by Kostas Athanasoglou -based on the original cover which was created by Mike Soliz (MILITIA)-, lots of photos are included together with the complete set of lyrics. Mike Botello himself wrote the liner notes.
A new spiritual dimension is opened through the music of AWAKE. Get ready for the ultimate Texas Progressive Metal experience!