England thrash metal unit Evile has signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records!
Since their formation in 2004, Evile has been turning heads and taking names – delivering four pure thrash offerings blended with an uncompromising death metal attack. Evile are known for explosive and captivating live shows, having performed at Wacken Open Air, Bloodstock Festival and Hellfest and with bands like Megadeth, Kreator and Amon Amarth. With their current discography, the four-piece have been tearing up the scene with a raucous new take on the classic thrash metal sound.
Since recently announcing some exciting new line-up changes with the talented Ol Drake on vocals/guitar and new member Adam Smith of RipTide as rhythm guitarist, they are now more than ready to drop some new material. Evile are currently in the studio recording the long awaited follow up to their 2013 release Skull. More exciting news to come in early 2021 ...
Ol Drake, Evile, on the signing:
"We're extremely excited to announce our signing to Napalm Records! We'd heard a lot of great things about Napalm over the years and it's an honour to join the ranks of some excellent bands. Evile haven't released any music since 2013 so we promise to deliver a crushing thrash metal classic which I believe will surprise everyone; even the die-hard "Grave" fans. As previously announced, Matt is unfortunately no longer a part of the band, so I've taken over on vocal duties while remaining on lead guitar too. Also, please welcome our newest member, Adam Smith of RipTide, on rhythm guitar. We begin recording with producer and engineer Chris Clancy on September 17 at Andy Sneap's Backstage Studios. We can't wait for you to hear what we have in store!"
Sebastian Münch, A&R and Product Manager Napalm Records:
"I am super excited to work with Ol Drake and my favourite British Thrash Metal band Evile. I've been a fan since "Enter The Grave”, and the new demos I've already listened to sound simply amazing! Expect a monster of an album in 2021! Welcome to the Napalm family!"
OL Drake - Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ben Carter – Drums
Joel Graham – Bass
Adam Smith - Rhythm Guitar
Avandra has signed a deal with Layered Reality Productions!
Avandra is a Puerto Rican progressive metal band that made waves in the progressive metal scene in 2019 with the release of their critically acclaimed album Descender. This album was positively received by progressive metal fans worldwide. The band was searching for a new label to release their third upcoming album and found LRP to be a great fit for them.
Bandleader Christian Ayala had the following to when asked about the signing:
“Avandra is very proud to sign to such a great up-an-coming and hard working label like LRP! We can’t wait to start this journey together!”
The band is now working on their third release and more information about that will be revealed in the coming months!
German Medieval Metallers Schandmaul have officially signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records.
Founded in Munich 1998, Schandmaul quickly took the German and international music scenes by storm. Now with seven top 10 long-players (GER), two nominations for the German Echo Award and millions of streams, they’ve truly manifested their standing at the top of the folk rock scene. Their musical trademark is stamped with bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, flutes and other standard medieval folk instruments. Schandmaul are the leading edge of the spear, with every album in their catalog offering a comprehensive example of their musical expertise.
"We are very much looking forward to working with Napalm Records and are bursting with energy! The further discussions have been very motivating - especially in these difficult times for our industry - like a light at the end of the tunnel. We're ready - Folk 'n Roll"
Thomas Caser, Managing Director Napalm Records, states:
"Welcome - Schandmaul! We have been following the path of this unique act for a very long time and are incredibly proud to be able to successfully shape the future with Schandmaul. The new album will be another milestone in the band's career and we will spare no effort to ensure its success".
Watch the band’s recent video for “Der Totengräber“ HERE:
Thomas Lindner - vocals, guitar, piano, accordion
Stefan Brunner - drums
Martin Duckstein - acoustic guitar, e-guitar, cister, banjo
Birgit Muggenthalter - bagpipes, (folk) flutes
Matthias Richter - e-Bass, double bass
Saskia Forkert - violin, hurdy-gurdy, background vocals
Ildaruni came to existence in 2016, emerging as a raging force from the depths of the Armenian underground metal scene. Solidifying a permanent line-up, the band was fully focused on more live performances and started recording the first demo, ''Towards Subterranean Realms'' which came to light on July, 2018 and met significant acclaim.
Musically, Ildaruni represents a blend of relentless, intense Black Metal and ancient folk melodies, forgotten from times immemorial. The lyrical themes explore the height of the Urartian domain, through the cognitive machinations of a bygone age and the esoteric apprehension of ancient pagan occultism. The ominous flame now burns stronger and the band is set to unleash its long-waited cryptic incantations.
“We are very excited to announce our new collaboration with Swedish Black Lion Records for the release of our forthcoming album. A new chapter has begun for Ildaruni. We are looking forward to seeing the darkest seeds of our manifestation realized! More information is yet to be revealed!”
After 6 years of rocking international stages with their heavy metal style, Scarlet Aura signs again with Universal Music. The Universal Music Romania will handle an exclusive worldwide digital distribution as well as physical distribution in band’s home country for the upcoming release, while Silver City Records will take care of the international physical distribution and production.
The deal includes the 6th studio album of Scarlet Aura that will be released in 2021 alongside the tour with Primal Fear. This is the new phenomena that the Romanian band brought to the metal stage – a trilogy of metal albums followed by fantasy book volumes written by the singer Aura Danciulescu. The upcoming album will continue a conceptual trilogy called “The Book of Scarlet” that started in 2019 and already includes two critically acclaimed albums “Hot’n’Heavy” (2019) and “Stormbreaker” (2020) together with accompanying fantasy books.
Scarlet Aura on the signing:-
“Alongside Silver City Records, we are putting our shoulder into strengthening the metal stage after an almost devastating year and we are happy to have Universal Music as partners. Life is now, music is forever! See you at the shows!”
Universal Music Romania statement:
”We are happy to join forces again with Scarlet Aura, a band that proved throughout the years its talent, innovation, hard work and dedication for what they love the most: metal music!”
Aura Danciulescu – Lead Vocals
Mihai Danciulescu – Lead guitar, Vocals
Rene Nistor – Bass guitar, Vocals
Sorin Ristea – Drums
For more information about Scarlet Aura please visit:
Israeli Prog Metallers Subterranean Masquerade sign with Sensory Records; new album impending + teaser posted
New Jersey-based progressive metal source Sensory Records has signed Israel's long-running troupe Subterranean Masquerade. The band has recently completed their fourth LP, Mountain Fever, which is being prepared for release in the months ahead.
Subterranean Masquerade, which until recently was considered a cult studio project for fine taste followers, has transformed over the last two years into an exciting, colourful live act, mixing the traditions of heavy metal together with the aesthetics of world music performance, spiritual punk and pure rock 'n' roll. Praised by music journalists all over Europe and beyond, the band has taken over the stages, showcasing a distinctly audacious execution of their complex songwriting while maintaining an almost magical grip on their audience, reviewed as rave parties for metalheads.
Led by guitarist Tomer Pink, Subterranean Masquerade was previously fronted by Green Carnation vocalist Kjetle Nordhus and Novembers Doom's Paul Khur. The band officially announces its new line-up - a fully Israeli collective of musicians hand-picked from the top of Israel's prog scene - under which the band has been touring with and recording since 2018. Now, the band is heading towards new ground; the spearheads of Israeli progressive oriental metal are back with their most diverse album yet.
With their fourth LP, and sixth overall release, Mountain Fever was recorded between Golan Heights to Fascination Street Studio (engineered by David Castillo) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Leprous, Katatonia, Opeth). Here, Subterranean Masquerade continues pushing the balance between pioneering experimentalism to their own take on modern pop culture and its manifestation in the Middle East. Revealing an album comprised of African and Balkan brass sections, Arabic violins, extended vocal techniques, and several special guest appearances, the band explores radio friendly hooks that emerge out of heavy riffs and polychromatic arrangements.
See a brief teaser for Subterranean Masquerade's Mountain Fever RIGHT HERE. Watch for an official release date for Mountain Fever to be announced alongside full audio samples and much more over the coming months.
Davidavi (Vidi) Dolev - vocals
Tomer Pink - guitars
Shai Yallin - keys
Golan Farhi - bass
Or Shalev - guitars
Omer Fishbein - guitars
Jonathan Amar - drums
Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Denmark's Demon Head to its worldwide roster!
Though hesitant to compromise the description of the music they perform through generalizing terms of genre, Demon Head has coined the term "diabolic rock" as an appropriate presentation. The quintet's full-length debut, Ride The Wilderness (2015), is a youthful and hungry adventure exploring the boundless courage of classic rock music; Thunder on the Fields (2017) turned their inspirations further towards the strange and sinister purposes of life, a tendency followed and completed on Hellfire Ocean Void (2019), with its gothic, and nothing but otherworldly, song-writing and production. Fans can expect Demon Head's fourth album - due out early 2021 via Metal Blade Records - to continue down this sonic path.
The band comments: "The rudiments are unfolding. Unforgotten promises of friendship and dedication are bearing sweet, sweet fruit. We're nothing but excited and full of hope to have shaken hands with an as influential and willing partner as Metal Blade Records. No one knows what this will bring.
x o x o x o x o Demon Head"
Stay tuned for more news about Demon Head coming soon!
Demon Head line up:
Mikkel Sander Fuglsang - bass
Birk Gjerlufsen Nielsen - guitars
Marcus Ferreira Larsen - vocals
Thor Gjerlufsen Nielsen - guitars
Jeppe Wittus - drums
Demon Head online:
Dark metal institution Agathodaimon have officially signed a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records. Formed by Sathonys (guitar) and Matthias Rodig (drums) the German five-piece quickly evolved, performed at major European festivals and released six studio albums throughout their vast career.
Seven years after their highly praised full length In Darkness, Agathodaimon reunited in February 2020 and are currently working on new material! More to be announced soon!
Guitarist Sathonys states:
"We’re proud to announce that we have signed a deal with Napalm Records! As some of you know, Agathodaimon was put on hold for years. We've been working on a reunion for many months though, to get back in shape- and when we finally felt ready and announced the comeback in February, we were hoping to find a good partner soon, to release our next album. Yet, I didn't expect that we would be contacted by Napalm right away, a label that has developed in such an impressive way over the course of the last decades. Not only being able to sign lots of excellent bands, but who also managed to gather an impressive team of specialists over the course of time, all fully dedicated to and passionate about metal. So, here we are, and we couldn't be more excited to be part of their artist roster. We're absolutely looking forward to working with these guys!"
Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench adds:
"In 1998, Agathodaimon released Blacken The Angel an absolute masterpiece! As many, back in the good old days, I heard first about the band when I bought Metal Hammer Germany magazine and listened to the sampler CD that came with it. The song "Tristetea Vehementa" on the Off Road Tracks Vol. 10 Metal Hammer compilation made me fan for life. Agathodaimon was able to perfectly combine the best elements from Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal and Black Metal. The song "Body of Clay" is arguably even one of the best Doom Metal songs. All five album releases followed that recipe and resulted in some very unique and timeless classic albums. We are super excited to work with Agathodaimon in the future!"
Ashtrael - vocals
Sathonys - guitar and vocals
Nakhateth - guitar
Von Yanesh - bass
Mortos - drums
Thai Symphonic Power Metallers Melodius Deite sign with Art Gates Records; new album "Elysium" due out October
Art Gates Records are proud to announce Thai symphonic & progressive power metal act Melodius Deite as the new artist to join their international roster. The five pieced combo is formed back in 2007 and is characterized by their advanced skills and the unique combination of Heavy Metal subgenres, such as symphonic metal, power metal, progressive metal and even the most extreme genres.
In words of the band:-
"We feel more than happy to work with Art Gates Records. They’re really professional and dedicated, definitely a great record label. We’re so excited and can’t wait to show you what we got with the new album"
After releasing 3 albums: "Episode 1: Dream On", "Episode II: Voyage Through the World of Fantasy", "Episode III: The Archangels of the Olympians", the band is ready to release their fourth and brand new album "Elysium" in October 2020 through Art Gates Records worldwide.
The album has been recorded at Melodius Deite Studio, mixed and mastered by Pawel Karlinski at Karlin Studio in Poland and produced by Biggie Phanrath.
More info at www.artgatesrecords.com
Loss Of Infection is a South Korean deathcore band formed in January 2019 when Heewook-Lee, Seolmin kim and Jongwook-Shin left the band Tornself, which was active in Daegu, and recruited bass player Jaehyeop Oh, former member of Noa. In the early days, the group pursued a rather slow tempo, a doom element and a core tendency. Loss Of Infection released their first single, Venom Prison (2019), but soon changed their style and released a second single, The Haunted (early 2020), which is faster and with a stronger tendency toward hardcore.
In the first half of 2019, the band mainly performed with local metal bands but in the second half of 2019, they started supporting major band such as Slaughter To Prevail, Within Destruction, Signs Of The Swarm. Loss Of Infection are influenced by Chelsea Gran, White Chapel, Black Tongue, Falsifier, Thy Art Is Murder, Varials, Knocked Loose, etc, which features the development between death metal and hardcore but the group are also suitable for deathcore, doom and ambient audiences. They are currently recording the upcoming EP release Dark Dimension.
Loss Of Infection are:
Heewook Lee – Vocal | Seolmin Kim – Guitar | Jaehyeop Oh – Bass | Jongwook Shin – Drum
Band links: Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
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