Napalm Records launches online informational hub in response to COVID-19 related tour delays and restrictions
As the impact of COVID-19 is being felt around the world, many of our Napalm Records artists and their teams have had to make the very difficult decision to postpone or cancel their previously scheduled tours. This current situation will cause previously unforeseeable issues for artists and the entire live entertainment industry, but the health and safety of everyone - including our artists, their teams and live music fans - is absolutely paramount, now and always.
Fan support is appreciated and very important, now more than ever. Contributing to fundraising, sharing words of support with artists, and streaming and/or purchasing music will help the beat go on at this difficult time, as bands work to move beyond current necessary setbacks.
For the convenience and planning purposes of our followers and the fans, we have created a landing page on our website, http://label.napalmrecords.com/corona, that will act as a hub for related information – including currently postponed or cancelled tours, related news, artist fundraising efforts, and streaming options. We will update this page on a regular basis.
In addition, as fellow music fans to the core, we at Napalm Records know the importance of sharing the amazing music of our passionate artists with fans – either on the road or in the comfort of their own homes. Therefore, we plan to host links to classic concerts and exclusive new content from Napalm Records artists – such as unique acoustic sets and intimate living room or studio concerts – via the above link, as well. This content will be dubbed the #NapalmSofaSeries. As our artists make this content available, it will be added to the #NapalmSofaSeries section of the landing page.
To kick things off, Wolfheart has already announced a virtual concert for all fans all over the world on April 9th. Fans can check all further details via the landing page link. Stay tuned – more content is planned to be revealed soon.
Napalm Records Owner, Founder and Managing Director Markus Riedler states:
“Our thoughts and well wishes go out to all who are impacted during this difficult period of time and we would like to thank the strong community of fans for their immense support of any and all artists in the past and especially at this time. Whether it be supporting crowdfunding campaigns, purchasing music and merchandise, or even offering words of encouragement to artists via social media - this support is crucial in keeping music moving forward in times like these. Please stay responsible, healthy and safe.”
Napalm Records Managing Director Thomas Caser states:
“The essence of our music – experiencing it live – is hit extremely hard by this pandemic. A lot of artists who were on tours that got cancelled or had scheduled tours that got cancelled or postponed are facing difficult times. But our Metal community stays strong and we have seen amazing reactions, acts of solidarity and support for the artists. This is what our family of Metal is about. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for this. Please keep on being positive, support the bands by listening to their music, show pride by proudly wearing their merchandising, and spread the music by sharing. Keep your tickets for moved tours, shows and festivals, hang in there with us! Better times will come when we all are able to gather again at concerts and festivals to celebrate our music. In the meantime, stay strong, healthy and foremost – HOME! Thank you all!”
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Italian metal community starts GoFundMe campaign to support the Italian Red Cross following Coronavirus outbreak
Following the declaration of national emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Metalitalia.com and Spaziorock.it joined forces to support the Italian Red Cross and the constant commitment of its thousands of employees and volunteers in the current struggle.
The Italian Red Cross has been active at the forefront of the emergency since the start of the Covid-19 alert with multiple roles, including relief, health, psychological, logistical, information, control, screening and is carrying out many other crucial activities in the battle against this epidemic that is bringing the country to its knees. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Italian Red Cross is safely managing the transport of the sick to and between the relevant health structures, through the use of special high bio-containment means prepared in case of health emergencies like this.
We ask all of you fans, artists, record labels and music professionals to support our cause. The rock community has always been united and aimed at mutual support. A small gesture to help people who need care and support to return to their normal lives as soon as possible. With the hope of seeing each other again in a music venue soon!
Wacken Open Air plants 5,000 trees in Brazil... and more are to be planted!
In view of the horrifying images of burning forests, the team of the Wacken Open Air decided in December 2019 to refrain from sending the usual physical Christmas greetings. Instead, the metal festival joined forces with the German branch of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Instituto Terra to initiate a fundraising campaign in benefit of the Mata Atlantica region in the Brazilian rainforest.
The declared purpose of this campaign was the reforestation of an area the size of the famous Wacken infield, which covers about 5 hectares. This goal was achieved in less than a month thanks to the active support of partners and fans. This mean that the first 5,000 trees will be planted shortly. Yet the initiators of the fundraising campaign are not satisfied with their success and are currently launching a second appeal.
The founders of the Wacken Open Air, Holger Hübner and Thomas Jensen, comment on the campaign as follows:-
"We would like to thank all of the Wacken family, our crew and fans, very much", states Thomas Jensen on behalf of the team. "It is great to be breaking the 5 hectare mark so quickly, of course. Yet we would like to go one step further. Therefore we have set ourselves the new goal of reforesting an additional area the size of our Wackinger Village and the Wasteland Stage, which means three additional hectares of new forest. Once again we hope for the generosity of many kind donors."
Roberto Maldonado adds:
"We would like to thank the Wacken community very much for their great support", comments the certified forestry manager and South America spokesman at WWF Germany. "In cooperation with Instituto Terra we will now be able to plant the first 5,000 native trees in Mata Atlantica. Working together with small local farmers, we will restore river sources and carry out to enrich the plantations with native trees in a private reserve. Hopefully, this is only the beginning and that your kind help will allow us to reforest even more areas in the Mata Atlantica".
Further information about the reforestation project and instructions on how to donate can be found at this link: http://wacken.click/donate-a-tree
The World Wide Fund For Nature will be on site and report from there how the donations are being used in a few weeks.
More information about the Wacken Open Air can be found at wacken.com.
Nuclear Blast adds Paris to the list of ever expanding markets in the world, which already includes Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, and of course, the headquarters in Donzdorf, Baden Württemberg.
The label has additional representatives in Australia, Brazil, Finland, Italy and Sweden amongst others.
Nuclear Blast Paris resides in the brand new Believe offices, located at 24 Rue Toulouse-Lautrec, 75017 Paris.
The new office is managed by Jerome Riera, France and International A&R. He started his career as a musician, working with independent labels and major companies, recording and touring with hardcore, metal and rock bands for 15 years. In the beginning of 2010 he started to work as music supervisor, while developing a publishing and management company.
Myriam Silberstein is the new project manager for France. Having graduated with a Masters in Digital Marketing, she most recently worked as a junior talent manager for brand partnership at Universal Music. Myriam joins as a new force to develop the digital side of Nuclear Blast.
Jerome Riera says:-
"France is a great territory for international acts and we have a lot of strong talents here, so I am happy that Nuclear Blast saw the necessity to have a base in Paris. We will offer all artists the best possible set up to develop their careers both in their home country, as well as internationally."
Marcus Hammer, CEO adds:-
"With this new French office, this new team, supported by our talented marketing and PR team Jean Marc Tristani and Valerie Reux, Nuclear Blast continues its international growth in the metal world, hiring the best people to give to our artists the best assets everywhere in the world."
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Die With Your Boots On is the name of a unique collaboration between Iron Maiden and West Ham United. Named after the 1983 song of the same name and driven by die-hard West Ham fan and founder member of the band Steve Harris, this partnership brings together two institutions with shared origins in London’s East End.
Harris has been flying the flag for West Ham on stage for decades, with his bass guitar even featuring the club’s iconic logo. His love for the Hammers goes back to 1965, as he recollects:-
“I went to see West Ham play against Newcastle when I was 9 and my mate was 10. We jumped on a bus and went to the game, and they won 4-3 and that was it. I was hooked!”
Many Maiden fans around the world have embraced Harris’ passion for West Ham and taken up support for the club themselves, often appearing at concerts in Hammers apparel. Steve added:-
“When I’m up there playing and I see fans in the audience wearing West Ham stuff it gives me goosebumps.”
Tracey Stratton, Licensing Manager at West Ham, was aware of the phenomenon:-
“One weekend last summer our club shop was inundated with rock fans from all across the globe, and we realised that Iron Maiden were playing two sold out shows at the O2. It makes perfect sense to launch this collaboration, and with Steve’s passion for it and attention to detail it has been amazing.”
Harris is very proud of the tie up with West Ham and was deeply involved in the design process, commenting:-
“I think it’s brilliant. I really love that version and colour of the crest, and that old classic kind of kit. It’s a modern shape but with a retro design, and I like that. Up the Irons!”
A full home kit will be available to fans around the world, who can now show their love for both institutions with one unique homage to the Irons. Steve launched the kit with West Ham and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, who added:-
“Iron Maiden are a huge icon back home in South America and it’s great for fans of West Ham and the band to be able to show their support for both!”
The kit is available to order now from maiden.store/whu and www.officialwesthamstore.com. A limited number of shirts will also be made available in the West Ham store at the London Stadium upon release.
Photos by John McMurtrie
A final decision has been reached in favour of Max Cavalera in the ongoing libel case filed in Brazil by Cavalera's former sister-in-law.
The former wife of Cavalera's brother Igor alleged that Cavalera defamed her in his 2014 autobiography, My Bloody Roots. Cavalera was initially ordered to pay a sum to the plaintiff, who then wrongfully claimed to have won the case before the final judgment was made.
"It feels great to put this case behind me," Cavalera says. "It was very frustrating knowing I had always been honest about the events of my life, even the negative times. I am grateful to the courts in Brazil for seeing the truth in this matter and letting justice prevail."
Cavalera won every appeal, the case is considered "res judicata," meaning it cannot be changed, and Cavalera is released from any obligation toward the plaintiff. Additionally, due to baselessly filing multiple appeals, Cavalera's lawyer petitioned the court to penalize the plaintiff. As a result, the plaintiff will now have to pay a fine of one percent of the total amount she asked for from Cavalera.
Cavalera was represented in this case by Daniela Pasqua of Pasqua Sociedade de Advogados.
Owners of SRCVinyl, prominent independent vinyl record retailer, to open world’s first “Craft Distillery Record Shop”
SRCVinyl founders Jenna Miles and Danny Keyes have launched a small batch distillery – Limited Distilling, which will share its tasting room with SRCVinyl creating a unique indie record shop and craft spirits experience in the heart of Niagara, Canada’s wine region.
Grand opening celebrations will commence October 18th – 20th with free tours & tastings, meet and greet with the distillery owners, a limited whisky release and a complimentary grand opening gift.
Free tours can be booked HERE: http://www.distillery.ltd.
Spirits available at the grand opening will include a Rye and Corn “Sour Mash” Moonshine, Jalapeno Moonshine, Mint Elixir and a single cask Pumpkin Spiced Rum. Additionally, Limited Distilling will be releasing a very small batch of aged, single malt whisky, exclusively for the Grand Opening.
Located at 14 Henegan Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Limited Distillery is centrally located within Niagara’s famous brewery, winery and distillery trail. The 9,000 square foot industrial space will provide spirit and vinyl record enthusiasts the ability to tour and experience a true craft distillery, sample and purchase seasonal, small-batch spirits while shopping for vinyl records.
Limited Distilling was built as a place to explore, create and experiment with recipe ideas and curiosities. The distillery is furnished with a variety of equipment that will run it as a full-on 'spirit' laboratory. Many spirit companies focus on producing a few or even a single type of alcohol that is often ‘neutral’ tasting. Limited Distilling will place emphasis on exploring a variety of products while embracing the uniqueness and characteristics of each batch. Spirit runs will often be small allowing the opportunity to explore the use of different ingredients and spirit productions methods, both local and from around the world.
SRCVinyl is an independent online and brick & mortar retailer specializing in vinyl. Additionally, SRCVinyl exclusively release major label titles on high quality, limited edition vinyl. The SRCVinyl release repertoire includes top-selling albums from artists such as Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves, Thrice, Jimmy Eat World, Silverchair, Quicksand as well as various soundtracks such as Forrest Gump, Clerks, Sopranos and more.
Watch the trailer for ‘Extreme Nation’, documentary about the Indian subcontinent's extreme underground Metal scenes
Chennai based subculturalist, film-maker Roy Dipankar's Extreme Nation is a documentary film about the underground extreme music and socio-political conditions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This film unearths a facet of South Asian music culture which is quite different from the Americas and European countries or in the Far East.
The 81 minute-long film features commentaries from various musicians and people involved in the extreme music scene, including Bangladeshi black metal group Nafarmaan; Primitiv, Plague Throat, Syphilectomy from India; Konflict and Genocide Shrines from Sri Lanka; and Pakistani grind/hardcore punk duo Multinational Corporations. Comments from many obscure bands, metal enthusiasts, members of the underground and journalists as well as internationally touring bands like Impiety (Singapore) and Cult of Fire (Czech Republic) were also documented during their bone-chilling performances.
"It took me five years of travelling across the Indian subcontinent documenting intricate stories of the underground music subculture spanning India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - past conjoint history and the present. It explores many dimensions of extreme music which is not just limited to metal but also discovers noise, power electronics entwined with the occult and political ideology," informs Roy.
He goes on further to explain that:-
"The film delves into known and unknown territories related to music, history, geopolitics, ethnographic and relevant humanitarian issues in a musical way. It's a film about nations. It's a film about dark music. it's a cinematic journey with measured ounces of robust fun & critique of our times - a loud and clear message against hate, new wave nationalism, religious dogma, border conflict with abrasive and shock-inflicting music, imagery and art."
Currently Extreme Nation is being showcased at film festivals globally, selections and awards so far:
The Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is in danger. At present the tenancy agreement of the 36-year running rock, hard rock and heavy metal club and discotheque was not granted renewal by the landlord of the industrial facility in Ludwigsburg, South Germany. We need your help, your voices and your power. Each one of you: https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/verlaengerung-des-mietvertrages-der-rockfabrik-ludwigsburg
You might know the Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg because you’ve seen your favourite band sweating up on stage, maybe you had some drinks at our bar or you might have been banging your head, shaking your rump on our dance floor in Ludwigsburg. That’s our business for 36 years now. We’re home to all sorts of rock music lovers and their favourite bands and it all started on the 30th of November 1983.
See, that club is so old, Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett is wearing a Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg T-Shirt on the Backcover of „Master Of Puppets“. And the Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is so old, for our third birthday, we had Motörhead playing in that club of ours. Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is the place where your favourite bands are ordering drinks right next to you.
Over the last 36 years we had the honour to provide a home for a couple of generations of rock’n’roll-fans and -bands. We don’t think we’re done with that. We don’t think you’re done with it.
We need you. We need your voices.
The German PR company All Noir have welcomed a new member to the team, this is what the PR had to say about the announcement:-
"Dear partners, I am more than proud to introduce you to my new co-worker Dominik Goncalves Dos Reis, who will from now on support my agency All Noir on a freelance basis.
Being an active musician himself and known for his current band Downfall Of Gaia, Dominik is not only an expertise in all that is heavy from Sludge, Doom to Black Metal, but due to his long time experiences in the music, touring and business world – having successfully released numerous albums the DIY way and well-known record labels – he is more than familiar with the flip-side of the coin. Seeing All Noir growing from day to day, with its eclectic artist and label roster since the company started just a year ago, I am thrilled to be working with Dominik.
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