Industry, Media, Policy, Academic and Creative Forces Unite To Create A New, Tony Iommi-endorsed Convention On The Global Impact Of Heavy Metal Music
World-first event to include delegates from Afghanistan, India, Lebanon, Nepal, Syria, Singapore, and more
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 March At Rich Mix - (35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)
Tickets On Sale Now At http://www.worldmetalcongress.org
The inaugural World Metal Congress will be held on March 22nd and 23rd.
Representatives from every field will come together to discuss, promote, and celebrate the incredible success and scale of heavy metal music from India to South Africa to Singapore and beyond through panels, documentary film premieres and live music showcasing the unparalleled global impact of one of Britain’s greatest cultural exports.
Conceived by ex-Metal Hammer editor and Twin V Ltd. founder Alexander Milas in partnership with Dr. Lina Khatib of world-renowned policy institute Chatham House, University of Central Lancashire’s Dr. Niall Scott and independent promoter Josh Retallick of Old Empire, the aim of w\m/c is to connect the global metal community.
“This is a world-first,” says Milas. “In these troubling times the fact that this music resonates with people of every colour and culture and creed is an incredibly special thing, and we want to shout that from the rooftops. With the w\m/c we’re creating a unique forum to help bring that truly global community together, and we’ve already had a phenomenal response.”
“I’m really pleased to hear that the World Metal Congress will be taking place in the UK,” says Tony Iommi, the founding guitarist of Black Sabbath. “The metal community is huge but rarely gets the recognition it deserves. My best wishes for a successful event.”
Created with the support of Arts Council England, an industry-facing conference on day one will feature key decision-makers from labels, festivals, media, and the artists themselves including BBC Radio 1, Wacken Festival, Music For Nations, Vice, and Barney Greenway of Napalm Death among many others.
“Human rights and universal artistic licence are tightly intertwined,” says Greenway. “Breaking tired old stereotypes, celebrating free creative expression without borders and confronting and debating challenging ethical band decisions continues to be an absolute must.”
Day two presents documentary films highlighting metal’s triumph over adversity and a live gig from Singapore’s Wormrot, one of global metal’s true success stories, with much more to be revealed in the coming days.
A full programme of events will be announced in the near future through www.worldmetalcongress.org
Art Gates Records are glad to inform that after 7 years as record label in Europe we are expanding our operations to Mexico, opening Art Gates Records Mexico.
The Mexican market breeds Metal and we have been working very hard all these years to make this happen.
We are pleased to announce this new office that will be our extension in Mexico for the Art Gates Records roster, representing our artists in the Latin market in what is for us an exciting step.
More news coming soon.
What an anniversary! After uncountable releases, TOP 1 chart entries in the internation album charts as well as an gold award, it's time to celebrate 25 years of rock and metal! Or to put it in other words, "Heavy Birthday"!
Napalm Records was founded 25 years ago by Markus Riedler in Eisenerz (Austria) and is one of the leading international labels in rock and metal! With offices in New York and Berlin, as well as an international network of A&R consultants and local promoters, the label is firmly anchored in the scene. For a quarter of a century Napalm Records has combined tradition with modernity in its work and is known for always discovering young artists, promoting new trends and accompanying artists in the long term.
The renowned Napalm Records roster includes international artists such as Smashing Pumpkins, Alter Bridge, Hoobastank, Powerwolf, Monster Magnet, W.A.S.P., Hammerfall.
How did it all start then? Markus Riedler remembers:
"I still like to remember the start of the company, a fax machine, a typewriter and a 5-square-meter office and everything in my grandfather's flat." Now many gray hairs later, it fills me with pride to see what we've done for the past 25 years A powerful international team that has been able to do so many things and provides more surprises every day - truly a reason to celebrate, after all, Napalm Records has shaped the music scene during that time - many thanks to everyone behind the company and every day give the very best for another 25 years! "
You can read the full story about Napalm Records in our current Napalm Records mail-order catalog HERE!
Since opening our office in Berlin in 2015, Thomas Caser is the second CEO of Napalm Records. He states:-
"25 years and still loud! We are proud of the last decades! Napalm Records is the best example of what ideas can become, when you work hard and with passion. Markus is a paragon for all successful businessmen. I am so proud that I could do my bit for the history of Napalm Records. And we will keep it up for the most interesting music genre! We managed to grow even in hard times. And we built up an outstanding team spirit – we are ready for the next 25 years!”
International and high-class congratulations - i.a. with Dee Snider, Moonspell, Warbringer, Heidevolk, Nervosa, Megaherz - can be seen HERE and HERE.
Check out out anniversary playlist at spotify right HERE.
In the course of the company anniversary, Napalm Records invited almost all of it's 40 employees from Germany, the USA and Austria to Eisenerz for the first time. From the sixth to the ninth of September, four exciting days were spent in the Eisenerz Ramsau. See the Recap video HERE.
Celebrate with us & get your exclusive Napalm Records Merch HERE:
From September 1st 2018, Johan F. Gren is the new Managing Director at Gain Music Entertainment. Johan has worked in the company with several roles for 7 years and now gets the confidence of the board to lead the company.
The company has, with the label GAIN, established itself during the last decade as a leading player in the hard rock genre with artists such as Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Backyard Babies and Mustasch. In 2014, the company launched an active venture to broaden the music with the labels LINC MUSIC and DOCKS MUSIC where platinum and gold-selling artists like Wahlstedt, Carl Deman, Jay Smith and Alexander Asp are signed.
"Very exciting challenge! After 10 years as a touring artist and 7 years in the music industry, I hope to contribute with a broad perspective on what both artists and the company need to develop and collaborate together in an industry that constantly meets new challenges."
- Johan F. Gren, Managing Director
"Johan has shown a massive corporate commitment and structured leadership over the years. I am convinced that he will further strengthen the company's position at the market"
- Markus Tagaris, Chairman of the Board
The company was founded in 1996 with its registered office in Gothenburg and you find Sony Music among others as owners.
Metal Depot is pleased to reveal the premiere dates of the graphic novel "Emissary Of The Anunnaki:
The Tale of the Fire King".
This epic story blends Sumerian mythology with the real story of the pioneers of Sumerian thrashing black metallers Melechesh. Based on an interview with the founder of the band – Ashmedi, the story is half-real and half-magical. Some episodes have happened during the real tours, and the fans might even remember them.
After two years of production, the 128-pages of epic is ready to hit the international comic book scene.
The Russian version of the graphic novel will be released during Moscow International Book Fair, taking place on 5-9 of September, 2018.
On this occasion, Metal Depot offers a special deal to metalheads (and not only!) on September 7-8th!
Come wearing any metal band t-shirt and you will get 6.66% discount on Emissary Of The Anunnaki (English or Russian) and any accessories related to this graphic novel at our stand.
Come wearing Melechesh band t-shirt or show one of their favourite albums that you own, and get 13% discount on Emissary Of The Anunnaki (English or Russian) and any accessories related to this graphic novel at Metal Depot Stand (E23).
Right after that, Emissary Of The Anunnaki heads North, and will be presented at Comic Con Baltics, taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 15-16 September, 2018.
The same 6.66% and 13% discounts will apply during the Comic Con Baltics weekend for everyone who shows up wearing Melechesh or any metal band t-shirts.
English and Russian editions of the graphic novel will be available online on md-comics.com right after these two premieres.
Woody Harrelson and Tin Rocket Entertainment join chefs Derek and Chad Sarno to develop new original series, "Wicked Healthy World"
Brothers and plant-based chefs, Derek and Chad Sarno, have teamed up with Executive Producer Woody Harrelson and Tin Rocket Entertainment to develop a new documentary series celebrating the forward thinkers, social entrepreneurs and rock star chefs on the front lines of the sustainable food movement.
The original series, Wicked Healthy World (wt), will follow the Sarnos on their quest to meet the amazing people who are blazing new trails for a healthier population and planet. Their journey will take them everywhere from the fascinating indoor mushroom farms of South Korea, to the organic rooftop farms of Tel Aviv.
"Chad and Derek are doing some incredible work. They are at the forefront of a plant-based movement that's been building for decades and is now becoming a tsunami," states Executive Producer Woody Harrelson in the foreword of the brothers' cookbook, Wicked Healthy, that was released worldwide in May.
With this series, the Sarnos will shine a light on all of the positive momentum surrounding sustainable food, and recognize the creative people making inroads in this area. "My brother and I are excited to meet other innovators who share our passion and who have developed solutions to bring about change." Chad Sarno says.
Wicked Healthy World (wt) will be produced by Tin Rocket Entertainment with Woody Harrelson, Jerry D'Alessandro, Lisa Tanzer and Ira Chute serving as executive producers.
The Australian PR, booking and management agency Black-Roos Entertainment has expanded the reach of their services by establishing outposts (representations) in Russia, China, India, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, the Baltic States, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Singapore and the Philippines. Besides talking to a broader audience, this enables the agency to offer their services also for bands who do not speak English.
Black-Roos Entertainment has been established only in 2017 but is growing fast. The agency is behind the metal event, Metal United World Wide, a community project where over 400 bands played in 40 countries and 60 cities on the same date under the same banner. The agency also coordinates and promotes the Australian version, Metal United Down Under. Currently 16 artists are signed to Black-Roos Entertainment's booking and management service. The agency is now further expanding the promotional services.
The goal of Black-Roos Entertainment is to support the Undergound and to reach out to new regions giving the bands a chance to get heard. Founder Michael states:-
"The idea of the 'outposts' was born after the event Metal United World Wide when we worked with so many bands and promoters to prepare that one night of metal. After I saw the dedication and passion in the the various countries, I was questioning why we are not forming a team and helping each other beyond Metal United World Wide. So, we build this awesome team and to support each other's scene further. We are still following the Metal United World Wide motto: United We Stand, Divided We Fall!"
The Black-Roos Entertainment team will be reinforced by:
Agrita (Riga, Latvia), Ana (Arequipa, Peru), Angelo (Berlin, Germany), Douglas (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Jithin (Kochi, India), Jorge (Medellin, Colombia), Meng Li (Beijing, China), Mikael (Singapore & Cebu, Philippines), Sergei (Moscow, Russia) and Vladimir (Szczecin, Poland & Kiev, Ukraine).
Our contacts are partners who are somehow involved in their scene, mostly with either a band or an agency: Agrita, Ana, Mikael and Vladimir run booking/promotion/touring/management agencies (THP Production, Psycho Producciones, Vent Box Productions and Metalurg respectively). Angelo, Jithin, Meng Li and Sergei play in bands (What's Left Behind, Prophets of Yahweh, Ancestor and FS Projekt). Meng Li also has a label, Alchemy Media. With our partners/team, we are strengthening each other's network and services.
For more information visit the website www.black-roos.com or the agency's Facebook page.
Cyprus-based Pitch Black Records is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and the label is celebrating the only way it knows best - by giving!
A number of celebratory activities have been planned for the entire year and all will gradually be revealed. For now however (and until the end of the year), Pitch Black Records invites everyone to:
Pitch Black Records also strongly encourages all fans to start using hashtag #PBR10years in all and any of their social media by posting anything related to Pitch Black. This will gain them entry to a draw that will be held at the end of the year with the grand winner taking away an absolutely insane prize while runners up will also win a variety of Pitch Black goodies!
Details regarding the draw will be revealed soon as well as for all other “festivities” so keep up to date with Pitch Black through the label’s official website or social media as well as through its iOS and Android apps.
Banger Films announced today that international heavy metal icon and master shredder Alex Skolnick of Test is confirmed as the celebrity guest judge for the first season of its new digital series Shredders Of Metal — the first-ever talent competition show for heavy metal guitarists.
Named by Guitar World magazine as one of the fastest guitar players of all time, Alex Skolnick is an original member of Bay Area legends Testament, one of the most influential bands in thrash metal history, who have sold more than 4 million albums worldwide. He holds a BfA in Jazz from The New School in New York and is a respected improviser of multiple styles, who has released several critically acclaimed albums with his own trio and various artists.
“As a fan of Banger Films’ unyieldingly high quality output, from the Metal Evolution series to the docs on Rush and others, I was thrilled to be a judge on Shredders of Metal,” said Skolnick.
Shredders Of Metal will see seven heavy metal guitarists compete in a series of challenges testing skill and creativity in front of of three judges over six episodes. Each episode will showcase wicked shredding prowess and celebrate the mastery of lead guitar in metal music.
Joining Alex Skolick on the judges panel are Sam Dunn, co-founder of Banger Films, an award-winning film-maker and a global ambassador for the heavy metal community, and Daniel Dekay, lead guitarist for Toronto-based Diemonds and a host on BangerTV.
“I’m proud that Banger Films is creating Shredders of Metal because it’s the first-ever metal guitar competition show created by metalheads, for metalheads,” explained Sam Dunn. “Blistering lead guitar is essential to the sound of metal — and it’s about time that a competition show honoured this decades-old metal tradition. Bring on the shredders!”
Adds Daniel Dekay: “I jumped at the opportunity to nerd out over guitar with such esteemed company as Alex and Sam. It's poised to be a loud and intense competition and I can't wait to see whose licks reign supreme!"
The Shredders Of Metal digital series is produced by Banger Films with the support of the Bell Fund. It recently completed production and is preparing for a summer 2018 release. Details including the host and names of competitors coming soon.
Trooper Beer, the award winning collaboration between Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery and British music icons Iron Maiden, celebrated its 5th Birthday on Wednesday 9th May 2018.
Since its launch in 2013, the 4.7% ABV Premium British Beer has sold over 20 million pints, firmly establishing itself as a top 40 UK beer brand, whilst becoming a leading player amongst exported British Ales, having been sold in over 50 countries worldwide.
The Trooper family has grown to include three Limited Edition beers: Trooper 666 in 2015, with an ABV of 6.6%; Red ‘n’ Black, a porter style beer launched in 2016; and 2017’s Hallowed, a Belgium inspired hybrid ale.
2018 has also seen the launch of Light Brigade, a 4.1% ABV Golden beer brewed in support of Help For Heroes, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service, which is currently being rolled out across the UK.
These beers are the brainchild of Iron Maiden vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson, working in partnership with Robinsons’ Head Brewer, Martyn Weeks. Dickinson commented:
“I’m incredibly proud of the success that Trooper has had, and long may it continue. To sell over 20 million pints in 5 years is something that we couldn’t have imagined when we started out with just the simple plan to make a great session ale that didn’t compromise on flavour, and the quality of the end product speaks for itself. It has been great fun to work with Robinsons on Trooper and the various Limited Editions that we have created, each of which have been unique in their own way, and it’s exciting to see the reaction that our latest beer, Light Brigade, has had too. I’m delighted that our fans and beer lovers worldwide have enjoyed them so much, and who knows what we will come up with next... Cheers!”
Trooper has won multiple Gold medals at the prestigious British Bottlers’ Institute Awards, as well as picking up awards at the World Beer Awards, Global Beer Masters and International Beer Challenge.
Oliver Robinson, Managing Director (Beer Division) of Robinsons Brewery, added:
“The fact that Trooper is celebrating its 5th birthday shows that it isn’t just a ‘flash in the pan’. Together with Bruce and Iron Maiden we have created a globally renowned beer, which continues to venture into new countries (57 and counting!) and allows us to experiment with TROOPER Limited Edition beers. It’s a project that continues to excite everyone at the Brewery and I look forward to seeing what Bruce and Martyn are planning for the future!”
To celebrate the 5th Birthday, Trooper fans can get their hands on a Limited Edition badge at one of 86 stockists across the UK. Details can be found at www.ironmaidenbeer.com.
Trooper will also be available at all Iron Maiden 2018 UK Tour dates, listed at www.ironmaiden.com.
Online customers can take advantage of a special 24 hour offer on Wednesday 9th May, with a FREE TROOPER bundle with every TROOPER order purchased online, plus 5% off all TROOPER branded products.*
For more information on IRON MAIDEN BEER, please visit www.ironmaidenbeer.com,
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