Earache Records has teamed up with ADA / Warner in the USA for a new distribution and services deal, to make its iconic catalogue available again physically on CD and vinyl LP from May 5th.
Founded over 25 years ago in Nottingham, England, Earache launched the early extreme metal movement in the 1990s with bands such as Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, Godflesh, Sleep, Clutch and Carcass. Almost ten years ago, Earache released the USA debut of Bring Me The Horizon, a then-little-known UK band which has since gone on to great global success. Still founder-owned and operated, label head Digby Pearson was honoured with the AIM Pioneer Award 2015 for services to the independent sector.
Recently the label has been at the forefront of a re-energised blues rock movement, with bands such as Long Beach's Rival Sons - currently playing arenas supporting Black Sabbath - and The Temperance Movement - who completed a tour with The Rolling Stones last year - both charting Top 20 across the UK and Europe. Titles from both bands will be available for sale. Earache will issue Rival Sons' new album 'Hollow Bones' on June 10th exclusively through ADA / Warner, which will cement this exciting partnership.
Earache USA Label Manager Al Dawson comments:
"We at Earache are beyond excited to partner with ADA for the USA. This is a next level, game-changing step in the company's evolution within today's rapidly-changing music business. Our ADA team has so much talent it's awe-inspiring. Look forward to us building careers for many more new and mind-blowing artists."
Retailers should contact their ADA/Warner representative for more details.
Norwegian Symphonic Black metal giants, Dimmu Borgir, can proudly announce that they have signed a new contract with Nuclear Blast Records.
The band commented:
"We wish to inform you that Dimmu Borgir and Nuclear Blast have once again put pen to paper, acknowledging the past, present and future by opening another chapter in the history of extreme music! Stay tuned and watch this space for more updates on the upcoming new album and the ‘Forces of The Northern Night’ live DVD/Blu-ray release as it becomes available!"
Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger added:
"We at Nuclear Blast are super happy to extend the cooperation with our good friends in Dimmu Borgir! The future holds amazing opportunities and projects to be worked on together, the first being the eventual release of the long awaited ‘Forces Of The Northern Night’ live DVD! Keep your eyes peeled - darkness is upon us!"
Season of Mist and Rotting Christ both up for award contention at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016 edition.
The Metal Hammer Golden Gods are back and bigger than ever, with more metal loaded than your daily iron intake, this year the awards are heading to the Hammersmith Apollo.
French label Season Of Mist are both extremely honoured to have been nominated for Best Independent Record Label again at this year's Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. #goldengods #metalhammersmith
CEO Michael Berberian not only sees this as an achievement for the label admitting that "there are years of hard work, dedication, and simply an extreme passion for exciting music involved in building this label to the point where we are at now", but going to explain that this is a childhood dream come true as "the real reason for me wanting this trophy is of course that I never won one as a kid."
In addition, one of their clientele has been nominated for the 'Best Underground Band' category.
Rotting Christ are understandably pleased with the news, what with more than 27 years of endless dedication and sacrifice for the metal underground, there can hardly be a better and more deserving than those hard working Greeks.
Voting has already started at this link: www.metalhammer.com/awards
So if you think these two wonderful entities deserve to win, you know what to do, visit the link and cast your vote!
Swedish "adventure metallers" Twilight Force are proud to announce that they have joined forces with mighty metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast in the form of a record deal.
The foundation for what is now Twilight Force was laid out in 2011, with a quest to bring back the golden age of epic symphonic power metal. By combining strong melodies with orchestral arrangements and fast tempos, Twilight Force wanted to create an intense and memorable listening experience; immersing the audience in a magic universe filled with wonder, heroic tales and mesmerising mythical worlds. Using their vast experience from previous musical endeavours, their classical training and technical proficiency, they started working intensely and meticulously in their studio in the heart of Sweden, the Twilight Forge. The music took shape and grew from the depths of their hearts, and the basis of the songs swiftly came into existence. Hence, the first ever adventure metal album – ‘Tales Of Ancient Prophecies’ - saw the light of day in 2014. In the wake of their successful first release, and two glorious tours across Europe with Sonata Arctica and Gloryhammer, Twilight Force have returned to the Forge to craft their second opus. The conquest has merely begun...
The band commented:
"Sound the Horns of Triumph! It is with great exuberance that we can finally reveal that a legendary Scroll of Allegiance has been sealed. Twilight Force have entered into a pact with Nuclear Blast, and will henceforth stand proudly alongside venerable acts such as Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Sabaton and Blind Guardian. This wondrous covenant will unlock magic portals to kingdoms unknown, and help us guide humans and kindred spirits alike into our mystical glorious realm. So, now is the time to rejoice! The Knights of Twilight's Might shall rise!"
"We are currently working fervently and meticulously in the studio, the Twilight Forge, to complete the second opus of Twilight Force. We aim to create something that will take power metal to new heights - it will be a milestone for us and hopefully for the genre, and far exceed our debut album in both length and sound quality. Expect a fast-paced adventurous and bright listening experience, both through tonality, storytelling and even sound design. It will be a sparkling magical adventure filled with lore, virtuosity, memorable melodies and majestic soundscapes previously unheard-of in the genre. We are working to transcend our own sound from the first album, and develop it into something new and fresh, but still keep the essence of power metal intact. The currently untitled adventure metal album is scheduled for a September 2016 release on Nuclear Blast Records."
Nuclear Blast's Head of Promotion and A&R, Markus Wosgien, commented on the signing:
"It was love at first sight. Their debut album rotated endlessly and after I had the chance to convince myself from their live qualities on tour, the mission was sealed. Their symphonic, like an arrow and hyper-melodic power metal may polarise, but Twilight Force make matters satisfying, honestly and with loads of lifeblood. Everyone who likes the early Rhapsody records, who appreciates Stratovarius' classics and who counts Dragonforce as one of their favourites, will be enthusiastic about Twilight Force for sure. The point, that the band consist of really smart guys in addition, made it very easy for all of us to find common ground and to develop a clear vision. We're looking forward to a fertile cooperation and their upcoming album, its’ demos suggest something big."
'The Power Of The Ancient Force' lyric video.
'Gates Of Glory' (feat. Joakim Brodén from Sabaton) video single.
To present their new album to the masses, the band will be supporting label mates Sonata Arctica on their upcoming European tour this October. The tour will hit the UK with a one off show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. The full run will be taking the band across 9 European countries.
You can get tickets for the show here:
15th October – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
"Suffering is the Seed", the sophomore album from Colombian Death / Black Metallers Nepente will get the vinyl treatment from Cimmerian Shade Recordings. The RingMaster Review called the album "a savage and sonically scurrilous violation, a torment of intensity and unbridled devastation". Targeted for later this year, Suffering is the Seed will be the first vinyl release for the U.S. label.
In the meantime fans can look forward to new Nepente EP "I Will Get Your Soul", which will be released through Cimmerian Shade Recordings on March 31. And this time the temperature is raised to "face-melt!" "I Will Get Your Soul" was recorded at Manizales Studio (Manizales Colombia), and mixed/mastered at Hertz Recording Studio (Bialystock, Poland) by Slawomir Wieslawski and Wojciech Wieslawski.
1. I Will Get Your Soul
2. Show me that You are Suffering
3. Gray Land
4. Last Rites
Multinational metallers Raven Lord have signed a two-album deal with Mausoleum Records. The group’s debut album, “Descent to the Underworld“, is scheduled for a release January 25, 2013 in Europe and February 12, 2013 in North America.
01. The rebel
02. Attila the Hun
03. Let the show go on
04. Seal of the cross
05. Settle the score
06. Promised Land
07. Black Friar
08. World out of steel
10. Metal Knights
11. Sun God
The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, etc) and mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (SEPULTURA, HALFORD, etc).
The cover artwork for the effortwas made by Caio Caldas “CadiesArt“, who has previously worked with DORO, PAUL D’IANNO, SEVEN KINGDOMS, DOMINANZ and VIOLET SUN, among others.
The brand new song “Black Friar“, can be streamed here
Details of live dates, including some high-profile shows for the Summer 2013, are expected to be announced soon.
_Holy Dragons hail from Kazakhstan and their blend of metal ranges from heavy metal to power and speed metal with some killer “Halford-esque” vocals.
The band was formed in 1992 and they have a large number of releases since then, including albums, singles and EPs. “Zerstörer” is the first album to feature new vocalist Ian Breeg and it will be released on November 6th 2012, again available through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through major mp3 stores.
A track from the album is already available for streaming and free download at www.pitchblackrecords.com.
Album track list:
1. Voices of Lie
2. Doomsday Angels
3. The Man Who Saved the World / Crush Of Chrome Dome
4. Project A119
5. M.A.D. Mutual Assured Destruction / AN602 – Wind Of Hate
6. Cuban Crisis / Insomnia
8. NORAD Alert
9. The Day After
10. HL 7442
11. DEFCON 1 / Zerstörer
Holy Dragons is:
Ian Breeg – vocals
Jürgen Thuderson – guitars, keyboards
Chris “Thorheim” Caine – guitars
Anton Repalo – drums
_Listenable Records are proud to announce the signing of US 1970's tinged hard rock / heavy metal band Blood Of The Sun!.
Blood Of The Sun's new album 'Burning on the wings of Desire' is scheduled for a Fall / Winter release on Listenable.
Blood of the Sun was formed in 2002 by Henry Vasquez (Saint Vitus, Archie Bunker) on drums and Dave Gryder (Storm at Sunrise) on keyboards. Blood of the Sun's goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style of the '70's, including highly respected seventies icons Derek St. Holmes from Ted Nugent and John 'O Daniel and Rusty Burns from Point Blank.
In 2004, the band released their self-titled, first release on the independent brain ticket label. This initial line up included Las Crucis singer Mark Zamarron, Sub Oslo bassist Miguel Veliz, as well as Archie Bunker guitarists Jay Benfield and Rich Christopher.
For their 2007 sophomore release "In Blood We Rock", personnel changes included Richard Hurley and Ty Thompkins on guitars and Henry Vasquez on vocals.
In 2008, 'Death Ride' was released with Derek St. Holmes from Ted Nugent on vocals as well as Erik Schmidt from REO Speed Dealer and Mike Doty from The House Harkonnen on guitars.
In addition to touring the states, the band toured Europe extensively in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and has subsequently been preparing their newest release "Burning on the Wings of Desire" which includes John O'Daniel and Rusty Burns from Point blank and Tony Reed. (Stone Axe, Mos Generator)
Discography: (All released on Brainticket)
2004 "Blood of the Sun"
2007 "In Blood We Rock"
2008 "Death Ride"
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-blood-of-the-sun/232236990125230 (Under Construction)
_On the 16th July Metal Blade will release the following picture discs:
AMON AMARTH - 'Fate Of Norns'
CIRITH UNGOL - 'Frost And Fire'
POWERWOLF - 'Blood Of The Saints'
All three picture discs will be limited to 500 copies each so make sure to pre-order your copies before they are gone!
_Transcend Music is proud to announce a major restructuring program incorporating new signings and streamlining measures which strengthen it's position as a force to be reckoned with at the business end of Rock and Metal.
The new measures see Transcend absorbing the associated businesses of renowned management companies The Legacy Agency and RMR Management, strengthening their artist roster and offering a variety of unique acts. Coupled with this Transcend Music has also confirmed new signing Malefice who are currently touring the UK before heading back into he studio to complete their third album.
The all new Transcend roster now includes classic acts such as Fields of the Nephilim and Viking Skull, alongside Metal stalwarts like Sacred Mother Tongue, Malefice and recently reformed Bossk, mixing it up with some of the hottest new acts on the scene in the shape of The Dirty Youth, Heights and Heart of a Coward.
Transcend head honcho Rob Ferguson said of the changes:
"We recognise that the music industry is changing, and our business model has been re-drawn in order to embrace these changes. The focus of our business is the talent we are nurturing and we firmly believe that our current roster represents some of the very best in classic and contemporary Rock & Metal artists. We are not a record company in the traditional sense and we are not just a management company. We are a total music company offering positive solutions to enhance, encourage and grow the careers of those who work with us. We have an amazing team of fiercely passionate and enthusiastic individuals who are ready to take on the World!
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