Viral Black – (Album)

Studio album by Mike Peters and The Alarm, first released in 2017. It was released on cd, vinyl (limited) and an ultra limited art package of 100 copies including both the vinyl and the cd, and a unique piece of art by Mike Peters. The bundle that came with the art package also included the Viral Black (in session) cd, the Live at the Gathering 10″ vinyl and the Heroine cd single.

The vinyl version was re-released together with a vinyl version of Blood Red in 200 numbered copies in a clear gatefold plastic sleeve, each copy individually numbered and signed by Mike Peters and including an art board.

Track listing:

  1. Two rivers – 4:50
  2. Thirteen dead reindeer – 4:52
  3. Beautiful – 3:02
  4. Neutral – 4:31
  5. Heroine – 4:08
  6. Peace now – 3:37
  7. Cenotaph – 5:19
  8. Hellfire (only on the CD version) – 2:59
  9. Amnesty criteria – 3:21
  10. Armageddon in the morning – 7:27

The song Amnesty criteria was planned to be included on the vinyl version only, but was in fact also included on the CD version.

The songs Two rivers, Thirteen dead reindeer, Beautiful, Neutral, Peace now, Cenotaph and Hellfire were reworked for their inclusion on the Equals album. Likewise, Heroine and Armageddon in the morning were reworked for Sigma. Sigma also included an alternate version of Two rivers called Two rivers (reprise). Amnesty criteria is the only song that is only available in its studio version here.

Mike Peters – Vocals, Harmonica, Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, E-bow and Electro harmonix Mel9

Smiley – Drums, Percussion and Backing vocals

James Stevenson – Electric guitar, Bass guitar and backing vocals

Jules Jones Peters – Piano and backing vocals

George Williams – Keyboards and Bass guitar

Leslie Churchill Ward: Backing vocals on Heroine

Recorded at Bethel Chapel Studios, Wales, Parr Street Studio A, Liverpool UK

Produced and mixed by George Williams. Engineered by Tony Draper and Mark Warden. Mastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studio, London

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