Eyes Wide Open Signs Deal With Sony Music

Eyes Wide Open is thrilled to announce the band just signed a distribution deal with Sony Music for an upcoming release. Guitarist Kristofer Strandberg comments:

“We are super stoked about this cooperation with Sony Music and together we will take EWO to the next level. Further information about the upcoming release is yet to be publicized and we are eagerly anticipating the next announcement!”

Since humble beginnings in Karlstad, Sweden back in 2011, Eyes Wide Open has offered clear melodies and catchy riffs with an immense sound leading the way in melodic death metal. In 2017 E.W.O comes back to life with the third and final part of an album trilogy.

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Inner Wound Recordings Inks Deal With Power Quest

Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce the signing of U.K. act Power Quest, one of the premiere melodic power metal bands in the world, to the label. The band will hit the studio in April and the new album is scheduled to be released in October.

Known for their catchy, uplifting sound and superb live shows, PQ are back to deliver their 6th album in conjunction with Inner Wound. Having toured with the likes of Helloween, Angra, Freedom Call and Symphony X to name but a few, the band are ready to take things to the next level.

Steve Williams of Power Quest comments: “I’m really pleased to have sealed the deal with Emil and Inner Wound for the release of the next PQ opus. We were in discussions for a couple of months, during which time the salient points of the deal were already agreed before I recently flew to Gothenburg to sign the agreement in person. In this age of faceless business it was refreshing to do things the old fashioned way. I’m really excited about this collaboration and we have a lot of cool things planned for the next 12 months.”

Emil Westerdahl of Inner Wound Recordings comments: “It’s a true pleasure to announce the signing of Power Quest to the label. During the past few months that Steve and I have been in contact it’s become clear that we share the same vision for the band and that Power Quest and Inner Wound is a perfect fit. I am really excited about the cooperation and also confident that together we’ll be able to take Power Quest to the next level.”

Power Quest is:

Ashley Edison – Vocals
Steve Williams – Keyboards
Dan Owen – Guitars
Gav Owen – Guitars
Paul Finnie – Bass
Rich Smith – Drums

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Barren Earth To Record New Album In 2017

Barren Earth just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album:

“Hello friends! A bit of news for you: Barren Earth is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s ‘On Lonely Towers.’ We have booked Woodshed Studios for March and April, where we will work under Victor Santura’s watching eye.

“A ton of material has already been written, and it would be safe to say already now that it will differ quite strongly from our previous works. To be specific, we are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!

“The songs are very varied, so it’s going to be extremely interesting to create an integrated entity for you to enjoy.”

This is how Mr. Santura comments on the cooperation: “Actually I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I’ve heard so far sounds very promising, so I hope that the recording- and mixing sessions will be a great pleasure.”

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Barren Earth To Record New Album In 2017

Barren Earth just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album:

“Hello friends! A bit of news for you: Barren Earth is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s ‘On Lonely Towers.’ We have booked Woodshed Studios for March and April, where we will work under Victor Santura’s watching eye.

“A ton of material has already been written, and it would be safe to say already now that it will differ quite strongly from our previous works. To be specific, we are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!

“The songs are very varied, so it’s going to be extremely interesting to create an integrated entity for you to enjoy.”

This is how Mr. Santura comments on the cooperation: “Actually I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I’ve heard so far sounds very promising, so I hope that the recording- and mixing sessions will be a great pleasure.”

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Desecrate Song “Nevermore” To Appear In Horror Movie

European death metal band Desecrate’s song “Nevermore,” taken from latest album “Orpheus,” will be featured in the movie “Stridor” due for release in late January/early February 2017. Desecrate comments:

“We are proud to announce that our piece ‘Nevermore’ was chosen for Ildo Brizi and Andrea LIonetti’s new movie ‘Stridor.” Desecrate is going to be engaged with a small part in this horror gothic slasher movie and from this cooperation will be extracted the new video clip that will come out at the beginning of 2017, when the promotional activity of the band will continue.”

ORPHEUS by DESECRATE

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Despotz Records Signs Apocalypse Orchestra, Debut Album Expected Later This Year

Sweden’s “best kept secret”, the exciting medieval metal outfit Apocalypse Orchestra has signed with Sweden’s fastest growing label, Despotz Records.

The sextet, who hail from the Baltic Sea region, and utilize non traditional instruments such as lutes, bagpipes, the mandola and even the hurdy gurdy, have one leg entrenched in medieval times and the other firmly in modern metal.

Apocalypse Orchestra was formed by mult-instrumentalists Mikael (Vocals, guitars, mandola, lute and cittern) and Erik (Hurdy gurdy, mandola, bagpipes, backing vocals) who developed a bond over their mutual love of the unlikely combination of folk music and doom metal. With a foundation of original music and lyrics the duo also decided to incorporate melodies stemming from as far back as the 11th century, the goal was to create a musical homage to a long gone era.

The songs tell stories of plagues, of hell and the senseless acts of war and suffering, all while weaving a romantic era thread combined with the crushing modern metal mentality that only Apocalypse Orchestra can deliver.

The band says, “We are very happy to commence this cooperation with Despotz Records, It feels like the next logical step for us today. Despotz have shown that they understand the band and our music and have shown complete confidence in us.”

Despotz Records’ Omer Akay says, “Apocalypse Orchestra is Sweden’s ‘Best Kept Secret’ and we couldn’t be prouder than to have them with Despotz.”

Apocalypse Orchestra have begun recording their debut album in various castles across the Swedish countryside and expect the album to see a release later in 2016.

The band posted a live clip of the song “Theater of War” as a teaser:

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Liv Kristine Responds To Mediation Document Release, Announces Upcoming Collaboration

Following her former band releasing a mediation document from when Liv Kristine and Leaves’ Eyes parted ways, Liv has now posted this message to fans and announcement about plans for upcoming music:

“1,200 messages – YOU ARE AMAZING! I have read all your heart-warming words and good wishes. This is the essence of our true and honest relationship. So much love to my fans and friends!

“Still, I am horrified – how can someone put a protocol not approved on by me online, without asking me for permission? I don’t see the necessity in this. Anyway, it puts things straight: I was fired from my own band that day. A sudden action, and well planned.

“Let the past be past! Today I talked with Raymond (Theatre of Tragedy) for further cooperation. Are you ready? Who’s in?”

For those who missed the unfolding train wreck, Liv and Leaves’ Eyes very unexpectedly parted ways recently, which led to dueling statements about how the breakup went down and whether it was really a mutual decision.

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NoiseArt Records Inks Deal With Kambrium

NoiseArt Records is proud to announce the signing of the German epic death metal newcomers Kambrium.

With only two releases, “Shadowpath” (2011) (reviewed here) and “Dark Reveries” (2013) (reviewed here), Kambrium have already become one of the most talked about bands in the underground. The unique blend of melodic death metal with a symphonic elements have quickly made the band a favorite with fans and critics alike.

The band commented: “We are happy to announce that we will be now working with NoiseArt Records and we are positive that this cooperation will be prosperous! As a band we feel that it is important for us to have contact to representatives of our label and with NoiseArts Records we have people who are there for us around the clock. New possibilities will open up thanks to our new contract and as a result we believe that we can offer our fans a greater experience with Kambrium.”

The third Kambrium studio album is entitled “The Elders’ Realm” and is planned for a late summer release 2016 through the label.

The atmospheric artwork for “The Elders’ Realm” was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado, who is already known for his work with great bands such as Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Xandria.

Stay tuned for more information!

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Wormholedeath Inks Deal With Stielas Storhett

Russian one man post black metal act Stielas Storhett signed on with Wormholedeath Records. The third full length release “Drownwards” is expected on December 1st.

The brainchild of Damien T.G (The Unhallowed), Stielas Storhett was formed in 2005 and spewed forth such critically acclaimed albums as “Vandrer..” (2006) and “Expulsè” (2011).

Damien commented: “2009… the birth, 2013… the recording, 2015… the release of the new album of Stielas Storhett – ‘Drownwards.’ As a rule it takes from few months to years ’till the recordings turn out to be a release. That’s why right after every album’s release I have dramatically new stuff to record. Who needs alike albums? I do not. I did my best and I tried hard to make ‘Drownwards’ more rough and bellicose compared to my previous works. During the recordings I was feeling exactly the same and tried to spread all that energy and emotions which break out of my chest with my music. I’m sharing it with you! I appreciate my friends’ participation, they, vocalists from different bands, have left some parts of their souls in a few tracks of ‘Drownwards.’ Lovely tragic vocal tunes have added obscurant atmosphere to the songs. I vouch that the nowadays form would not hide the familiar subject-matter of the new Opus. Ab ovo usque ad mala STIELAS STORHETT IS DAMIEN T.G., DAMIEN T.G.IS STIELAS STORHETT.”

Damien explained the reasons for his signing with Wormholedeath: “WORMHOLE DEATH. It sounds really solid and even dangerous. Doesn’t it? It’s an honor for me to work with WHD again. This time we has been gathered to release a new album of Stielas Storhett – ‘Drownwards.’ Last time the label supported my band The Unhallowed and released our second avant opus ‘Chaingenesis’ (CD’s are in stock, so what are you waiting for?) Also I can’t keep silent about the cooperation with The Way of Purity. Thus I bet there is not just work what bounds me with those professional and passionate persons.

“We are about to release the first SS album with WHD what will be not the last, I believe. The work on ‘Drownwards,’ its recording and production have been going on for several years. So every note, word or sound of ‘Drownwards’ stays exactly in a right place. I am pleased with the work, and I consider the album to be the best of what I’ve done so far. Being granted with a good sense of taste my statement seems to be fair. And the only way for you to check it out – to listen this music. ‘Drownwards’ is going to draw you downwards… And you won’t mind it.”

Worm commented: “Since I received Code666’s press release about the signing of this awesome russian artist (back in June 2010) and then, afterwards, I got a copy of ‘SKD’ directly from Damien T.G. I have always been following him as I fell in love with his music and attitude. Eventually we got to know each other as we have worked together on a few albums from The Way Of Purity which are also signed to our label. This cooperation and friendship has evolved in the best possible way as we are now announcing that Stielas Storhett will release the new masterpiece ‘Drownwards’ via Wormholedeath. I truly respect him as a person and as a musician, therefore I am so proud to be able to work with him and support his musical endeavours whenever he has a new idea. This new album is so intense and inspired, just check it out. Stielass Storhett is back!”

The track list for the album is:

1. Gasp for Change
2. Playfields of Gods
3. Null
4. Just Walking Around
5. Constant
6. Spyglass
7. Backdoor Mate
8. Ode to My Slaves
9. Omnivores
10. Tms

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Against The Plagues Inks Record Deal With Non Serviam

Non Serviam Records has issued the following brief announcement about inking a deal with Against The Plagues:

“We are proud to announce the signing of U.S. based black/death metallers Against the Plagues! The band is working on a new album that will be released later this year through Non Serviam. Stay tuned for further updates.”

Against The Plagues also added in a post at Facebook: Against the Plagues has signed a record deal with Non Serviam Records from The Netherlands!! We feel Non Serviam Records will be a great partner for our upcoming endeavours, and will help us with exposure of our new release. Against the Plagues would like to thank Non Serviam owner Ricardo Gelok for his professionalism, and his confidence in our band. We believe our cooperation will open a more exciting chapter for the band’s future.”

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