Diocletian - Darkness Swallows All (Mini-LP 12" Ltd.)
As part of a full-scale attack of four rarities from the influential band, REGAIN RECORDS
is proud to present DIOCLETIAN’s Darkness Swallows All on CD and 12” vinyl formats.
Formed in 2004, New Zealand’s DIOCLETIAN have built a body of work that has become
massively influential in the war metal scene. In some senses embodying the subgenre, in
other senses defying it, there’s no denying the widespread effect DIOCLETIAN’s
recordings have had on those seeking the ultimate in extreme expression. Massive,
miasmic, just utterly CRUSHING in every respect: the DIOCLETIAN name alone inspires
awe and fear in equal measure.
Darkness Swallows All is a special four-song EP of all previously unreleased material,
recorded around the time of DIOCLETIAN’s massively influential Doom Cult debut full-
length. The first two tracks, “Oath to Ruin” and “War Messiah,” feature alternate vocals
by guitarist L.M. and are equally devastating as their original versions. Next follows a
faithful cover of Bathory’s “Possessed,” with vocals by Black Witchery’s Impurath added
in 2016 as a tribute to fallen brother / Black Witchery co-founder Tregenda. Concluding
the EP is “Oath to Ruin,” an otherwise-unearthed treasure that is all instrumental but is
also all devastating. Crucial era, and a crucial piece for DIOCLETIAN diehards!
-12" LP, limited edition of 500 copies on black vinyl
-A2 size poster.