Valient Thorr Frontman Blasts Napalm Records: “They Can Go Fuck Themselves”

Valient Thorr vocalist Valient Himself is obviously not a fan of Napalm Records, who released the outfit’s latest effort “Old Salt”. Talking on the MetalSucks Podcast, he slams the label, stating:

“It’s unfortunate that we have a label that doesn’t really give a shit about us. Because that record came out August 30th of last year, and we did three tours in Europe around it and this tour right here [the annual ‘Vans Warped Tour‘] is the first one we’ve done in the States. So it would be nice if we’d had some kind of push from the label… I think it was like one of those… I don’t know if it’s a tax scam or what… but we didn’t sell like ten or fifteen thousand records the first day or something, so they don’t give a damn about us.”

“I’m not afraid to say it, we’re speaking about Napalm Records.”

He continues:

“Everyone in Europe said that they were great, ‘It’s gonna be fantastic, you’re gonna be on this great label.’ Everyone thought that. And they didn’t spend any money to put out any ads [for the album]. They promised us tour support, they didn’t [give us any]. They literally gave us a list of bands of who we should tour with — ‘You do a tour with them you’ll get some support.’ First name on the list [is] Clutch. ‘Hey, you wanna do a tour with Clutch in December?’ ‘Yeah, absolutely!’ We did it.

And Clutch’s profile has gotten HUGE in Europe. We toured with them in 2011 and they were big but, now they’re doing 2,500-3,000 cap places and selling them out all over Europe. And that was in Decmember and we did that. And we had to do local shows just to pay for our own airfare and everything because [Napalm] weren’t kicking down anything. And the same with this tour.

We’d be killing it on this tour right now… I don’t wanna say I’m completely unhappy because I’m a happy person, I’m not gonna let one thing run me down, but we’d be a lot happier if we weren’t spending every nickel that we made on this tour on our transportation, y’know what I mean? And when you have a label that doesn’t give a shit about you, that’s what happens.”

“This is our first and last record with them. They can go fuck themselves.”

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Argonauta Fest 2017 Details Announced

Argonauta Records is thrilled to announce the 3rd edition of Argonautes Fest 2017, featuring eight bands from the label’s roster ranging from stoner rock to post metal and even sludgy doom.

The festival will take place May 13th at Officine Sonore in Vercelli, Italy. Full details on how you can party with all the Argonauta staff and its bands can be found here.

Today the headlining band has been announced as Parisian group Eyes Front North, in addition to the following lineup:

VAREGO, Heavy Prog Sludge
NUDIST, Post Metal Sludge / Nois
OTUS, Doom Sludge Metal
DUSTRIDER, Heavy Psych Stoner
THEBUCKLE, Stoner Hard Rock
NAAT, Post Metal

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Hells Headbangers Records Signs Hammr For Debut Album

Today, Hells Headbangers announced the signing of Hammr. Highly impressed by the band’s self-titled debut EP in 2015, not to mention hailing from the label’s home base of Cleveland, the first fruit of this union shall be Hammr’s debut album “Unholy Destruction,” which shall be released later this year.

Hammr was formed in Cleveland, Ohio by J. Hammer in 2013. As a strictly solo endeavor, Hammr recorded a full digital-only demos album, which caught the attention of several labels. From there, the band went on to release the Hammr EP in 2015, first digitally and then on cassette tape through Hota Rex, the latter of which quickly sold out. Other plans for releases were delayed due to label managers going to jail as well as the usual financial delays, which led J. Hammer to start releasing demo singles directly to the metal people. It was during this time that he met the folks behind Hells Headbangers and also Demona founder Tanza Speed, who both took a lot of interest in Hammr. Once he received the offer, J. Hammer decided to hold off on recordings for other labels, and use some of his demos and new material for the imminent debut album, “Unholy Destruction.”

Hammr’s influences proudly include early Bathory, Celtic Frost, Iron Angel, Discharge, early Slayer, Sodom, and Venom. “These are influences that get me going,” says J. Hammer, “and also embody the spirit of my music, but Hammr is definitely not a ‘worship’ band. I dub it ‘Satanic speed,’ as it combines fast speed metal riffing with D-beat drums and relentless arrangements. This isn’t a quick-startup, Lemmy-worshiping metal/punk band that we see a lot of; Hammr goes for your throat and doesn’t give a fuck about that shit.”

No politics, no party, no drinks: J. Hammer is an introverted lone-wolf, and has since become the guitarist and active songwriter for Demona, who played last year’s Hells Headbangers-curated Hells Headbash. At present, Hammr is finishing up drums for Unholy Destruction at Audio Alchemy Studios, and finishing guitars, bass, vocals, and mixing with Vanik from Midnight. Toxic Holocaust maiman Joel Grind is handling the mastering, with the album slated to be complete by early March.

A statement from J. Hammer reads: “I’m honored to be part of the Hells Headbangers roster, a label I have followed for years and also from my hometown of Cleveland. I’m very excited to unleash Unholy Destruction through such a well-respected and renowned label.” More Hammr news to be revealed shortly.

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To commemorate Metal Blade Records? 35th anniversary in 2017, four bands from the label?s much-celebrated roster will come together for a special US tour this March: WHITECHAPEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION, GOATWHORE, and ALLEGAEON. The tour will run from February 22nd in Boston, Massachusetts through March 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana.  See below for all confirmed dates. […]

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Indie Recordings Launches Official Bandcamp Page

Norway’s Indie Recordings proudly announces the launch of an official Bandcamp page. The launch sees over 75 albums and singles from the label’s global roster made available for streaming.

Founded in 2005, Indie Recordings is the home to a unique hard rock, hardcore, and metal lineup.The label has released over 100 albums including recordings from Enslaved, Satyricon, 1349, Warduna, El Caco, Kvelertak, Cult Of Luna, and more.

Pre-orders for new albums from King and Sahg will launch in the coming week. In the mean time, check out a few Bandcamp offerings below.

Djevelmakt by Kampfar

The Dragontower (single) by Keep Of Kalessin

Dunderbeist by Dunderbeist

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A.M.S.G. Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “Hostis Universi Generis”

Canadian black metal terrorist unit A.M.S.G. premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “Hostis Universi Generis”, which will be out in stores via Profound Lore Records on July 29. The CD edition is now available for pre-order from the label’s Bandcamp page. A vinyl edition is expected in late August. Hostis Universi Generis features artwork by Jef Whitehead of Leviathan.

Check out now “Hostis Universi Generis” in its entirety below.

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Static Tension Recordings Releases Free “Brain Damage” Compilation

Static Tension Recordings is celebrating the label’s one year anniversary by releasing free compilation “Brain Damage.”

Containing tracks from the label’s first year in business, the album features everything from thrash (Reign of Fury, Biotoxic Warfare, Lucis Absentia, Tormenter) to black metal (Dead River Runs Dry, Curezum) and more.

You can download/stream the compilation for free through Bandcamp here or listen in below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Sharp Weapons – Eat Another Chord
2. Reign Of Fury – Harbinger Of Decay
3. Curezum – The Top
4. The Wolf Council – The Day I Cleared The Debt
5. A Light Within – Between Shores
6. Curse of the North – Sleep While You Can
7. Dead River Runs Dry – Revenge Upon Fate
8. Biotoxic Warfare – Proclaim The Gospel Of Lies
9. Tormenter – Critical Stasis
10. War Curse – Severed Crosses
11. Biotoxic Warfare – Baptized In Blood
12. Allfather – Blood Red Sunset
13. Lucis Absentia – Colossus

Brain Damage, Vol. 1 by Static Tension

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Metal Blade Posts 40 Minutes Of Hellfest Footage

Last June, the premier annual metal festival in France – Hellfest – boasted three day’s worth of shows from some of the best acts in the scene.

For the first time, Metal Blade TV was present at the fest, ready to capture live performances from the label’s artists, as well as exclusive interviews with host Don Jamieson.

Check out multi-camera footage of Cannibal Corpse, Armored Saint, Ensiferum, and Twitching Tongues below.

For the upcoming 2016 installment of Hellfest, Metal Blade artists Amon Amarth, King Diamond, Sacred Reich, Primordial, Cattle Decapitation, Entrails, and DragonForce are set to appear over the course of June 17th – 19th in Clisson, France.

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Metal Blade Records and RED Music launch “6 Bands in 60 Seconds” campaign

– November 16th, 2015 –

In conjunction with RED Music, Metal Blade Records has launched a new campaign, entitled “6 Bands in 60 Seconds“, where CEO Brian Slagel spotlights 6 developing artists from the label’s roster. With plans to select 6 new bands once every three months, the goal of the promotion is to help fans discover new music from some of the most promising acts in the scene. The first installment of the series (featuring Act of Defiance, Rivers of Nihil, Twitching Tongues, Culture Killer, Visigoth, and Harlott) can be viewed at the following locations:

Brian Slagel comments: “We are super excited about our new artists and wanted to help share these to you guys. We thought about giving you 6 new bands you should know about, so here you have those bands. We will be updating this as time goes on with new bands coming in, so be sure to keep following the Metal Blade ’6 Bands You Need To Know’. Let’s keep growing the metal scene!”

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Raventale Releasing “Dark Substance Of Dharma” Album

BadMoodMan is a division of the Solitude Productions label, which specializes in music that’s different from the standard doom.

Coming up soon from the label is Raventale’s “Dark Substance of Dharma,” due to drop on October 5, 2015. Check out the title track below, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Intra-Mantra
2. Destroying The Seeds Of Karma
3. Dark Substance Of Dharma
4. Kali’s Hunger
5. Red Laugh’s Walking
6. I Am The Black Tara
7. Last Moon Fermata

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