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CD and vinyl in one format? Yup, that’s what happened to ‘Is Apollo Still Alive?’, the new single from Rave The Reqviem

Here’s something really rare that turned up. For the 3rd and final single (“Is Apollo Still Alive?”) to be taken from Swedish industrial metal-step crossover act Rave The Reqviem’s self-titled debut album, DWA has taken full advantage of both the song’s length and the length of the 3 remixes presented alongside it to squeeze both 4 tracks of CD-audio and – on the first 100 copies only – to lathe-cut the title track for vinyl playback.

Yes – you read that correctly. The first 100 copies of the “Is Apollo Still Alive?” CD (available here) are in fact ‘a hybrid CD/vinyl’ – a format so rare that it doesn’t even really have a name and is only produced by one company on the planet.

Below you can see how that looks like as DWA provided us a picture of the final product.

The CD comes with a special plastic adaptor already inserted, in order to facilitate playback on a record deck. The vinyl track is lathe-cut around the outer-most part of the CD (see also the picture), with the regular CD-audio data occupying the remaining space inside creating a highly unusual and unique artefact.

“Is Apollo Still Alive?” is released on October 9th, and can be pre-ordered now. Be fast if you want to be sure of picking up one of the lathe-cut CD-vinyl hybrid disc versions.

Track listing:

  1. Is Apollo Still Alive? (first 100 copies ONLY)
  2. Is Apollo Still Alive?
  3. Is Apollo Still Alive? (W.A.S.T.E. Remix)
  4. Is Apollo Still Alive? (IVARDENSPHERE Remix)
  5. Is Apollo Still Alive? (VPROJEKT Version 2)

Quite a nice stunt from DWA!