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BIOHAZARD – RE-SIGNS WITH NUCLEAR BLAST – WORLDWIDE DEAL!

Posted in metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Brooklyn-based hardcore four-piece BIOHAZARD have just announced their re-signing with Nuclear Blast, this time for a worldwide deal. “We’re so psyched to still be involved with the awesome crew at Nuclear Blast and we’re looking forward to releasing our new music!,” states vocalist and guitarist Billy Graziadei.

Following their run of European festival appearances & tour dates this July and August, BIOHAZARD will enter the studio to record the follow-up album to 2012’s Reborn In Defiance. An early 2015 release is expected.

A video of BIOHAZARD performing Urban Discipline live at the Black N‘ Blue Bowl in Brooklyn, New York last month can be viewed here (and includes behind-the-scenes footage):

BIOHAZARD:

Billy Graziadei - Vocals & Guitar (1988 – Present)

Bobby Hambel – Guitar (1988 – 1994; 2008 – Present)

Danny Schuler – Drums (1988 – Present)

Scott Roberts – Lead Guitar (2002-2005); bass & vocals (2011 – Present)

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

* For more info on BIOHAZARD:

Website: http://www.BIOHAZARD.com

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LONG LIVE BIOHAZARD.

LONG LIVE METAL & HARDCORE.

Stone.

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SLAYER OFFERS FREE DOWNLOAD, FORMS LABEL IMPRINT, SIGNS EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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SLAYER – At the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held April 23rd, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of Implode, the band’s first new studio recording in five years.

Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support. Or, as Kerry King put it, “you have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you.” Registered members of Slayer’s fan club were sent an email right around midnight giving them the link to the song and a chance to hear it before it was made public.

“Implode” can now be downloaded at: http://www.slayer.net.

Later this year, the two-time Grammy-winning Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release date. The album will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band’s own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings. No name for the imprint has been decided on yet.

“Rick has played a huge role in our career, we’ve made some great albums with him,” said Slayer’s Tom Araya. “But today is a new day, record companies don’t play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us.”

All future recordings on the band’s label imprint will be released worldwide exclusively through Nuclear Blast.

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“I was a teenage rebel when ‘Show No Mercy’ came out,” said Markus Staiger, owner of Nuclear Blast, “and I identified with that record. It was the most extreme, aggressive thing at the time. They were then and still are the most brutal metal band on the planet! I really cannot express how proud I am that we are able to work with Slayer to join the Nuclear Blast family. We are ready for that next record and, I’m sure it will go into metal history!”

Added Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo Martinez: “The prospect of helping Slayer take a leading role in the creative process surrounding their releases, projects and other cross-promotional opportunities is the ultimate honor for me, a metalhead who grew up in Los Angeles listening to Slayer. Nowhere in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Nuclear Blast would be making history alongside one of the best bands in metal.”

SlayerTom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph, and Gary Holt who continues to stand in for the band’s founding guitarist, the late Jeff Hanneman – will spend the next few months on the road touring major North American and European festivals as well as headlining dates, sharing the stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more (see below), but is expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.

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US Tour

09 May US Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Salt Air
10 May US Denver, CO – Fillmore
11 May US Billings, MT – Shrine
13 May US Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
15 May US St Louis, MO – The Pageant
16 May US Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom,
17 May US Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range

European Tour

28 May FI Helsinki – Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach
30 May SE Stockholm – STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park
31 May NL Nijmegen – FortaRock Festival Goffertpark

01 June NO Oslo – Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven
03 June DK Horsens – Horsens Gaol
04 June DE Hamburg – Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena
05 June LU Luxembourg City – Den Atelier
07 June DE Nurburgring – Rock am Ring
08 June DE Nürnberg – Rock Im Park
09 June CH Pratteln – Z7 Konzertfabrik
13 June AT Nicklesdorf – Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields
15 June IT Milan – Live Club
16 June IT Bologna – Estragon
18 June FR Niems – Paloma
20 June FR Clisson – Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet
21 June NO Halden – Tons of Rock Restival
24 June PL Poznan – Stadion Miejeski
26 June FR Strasbourg – La Laiterie
27 June BE Dessel – Graspop
30 June IRE Belfast – Limelight

01 July IRE Dublin – Academy
04 July FR Paris – Paris Le Zenith
05 July UK Knebworth Park – Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth

03 Aug RU Nizny Novgorad – Milo Club
04 Aug RU Moscow – Arena Moscow Club
05 Aug RU St. Petersburg – A2 Club
08 Aug CZ Jaromer – Brutal Assault Festival
10 Aug CA Montreal – Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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Website: http://www.slayer.net

Twitter: ‪@Slayer ‪http://twitter.com/slayer 

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LONG LIVE SLAYER.

LONG LIVE NUCLEAR BLAST.

LONG LIVE METAL.

REST IN PEACE, JEFF HANNEMAN.

Stone.

HELLOWEEN – ANNOUNCES THEIR RETURN TO NUCLEAR BLAST

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Founded in 1984 and hailed as one of the pioneering Power Metal bands from Germany, the Hamburg-based quintet HELLOWEEN is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2014 and have announced their return to Nuclear Blast’s worldwide artist family.

“As a label, Nuclear Blast is ‘Heavy Metal to the bone,’” shares HELLOWEEN vocalist Andi Deris, “and we are really looking forward to working together with a lot of familiar faces.”

Nuclear Blast’s founder & label owner Markus Staiger is overwhelmed at bringing the band back into the fold. “We are more than proud that HELLOWEEN is part of the Nuclear Blast family again,” he states. “All those years we had a friendship-like connection and our ways crossed on a regular basis at concerts and festivals. HELLOWEEN to us is a matter of the heart. There’s not only the two records we released [The Dark Ride in 2000 and Rabbit Don’t Come Easy in 2003], but they’re an act that has influenced me and many of our employees. Together there are big plans and we are looking forward to having another productive and successful cooperation.”

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Following HELLOWEEN’s appearances on the European summer festival circuit, the band will enter Mi Sueño Studio on the island of Tenerife off the coast of Morocco with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL, PRIMAL FEAR) to record a new studio album for an early 2015 release.

Last month, Nuclear Blast released special edition re-issues of The Dark Ride and Rabbit Don’t Come Easy, featuring 3 bonus tracks on each album, which can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

Straight Out Of Hell, HELLOWEEN’s latest studio album released in early 2013, debuted on the German album chart at #4 – the band’s highest chart entry in their home country to date – and held this position for five weeks. The album had five other “Top Ten” album entries in Europe and also cracked the American Billboard Top 100 chart with an entry at #97.

HELLOWEEN Festival Summer 2014:

2014-05-24 S Metallsvenskan Metallsvenskan

2014-06-27 SLO Piešťany Topfest

2014-06-29 BG Kavarna Kavarna Rock 2014

2014-07-11 D Ballenstedt Rock Harz

2014-07-12 CZ Masters Of Rock Masters Of Rock

2014-07-19 FIN Karjurock Karjurock

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(Source: Nuclear Blast Records)

* For more info on HELLOWEEN:

Website: http://www.helloween.org/

Helloween - Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/HELLOWEENORG

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Website: http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

Website: http://www.nuclearblast.de

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LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE GERMANY.

Stone.

CHILDREN OF BODOM “HALO OF BLOOD” – HITS TOP 50 OF THE WORLD CHARTS!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, melodic death metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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From Nuclear Blast:

Finnish Metal superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM hit #42 on the world sales charts with their new album Halo Of Blood. This is a huge accomplishment for a Metal band! Congratulation, boys!

Halo Of Blood first-week chart positions around the globe:

World Charts #42

Finland #02
Hungary #10
Germany #18
Canada #21
Switzerland #24
Sweden #26
Austria #28
USA #54
France: #78
UK #109 (#09 Rock charts)
Belgium #112
Holland #166

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Check out the official music video for Halo Of Blood! It’s loaded with cool COB info on the new album too! Metal be thy name!

The press agrees:

“Halo Of Blood is the most exciting Children Of Bodom in 10 years. Dynamic to the extreme, featuring some new tricks up the Reaper’s sleeve.”
BW&BK (Can), Carl Begai

“Another brutal Bodom assault! In some songs the guys are heavier than ever”
Metalized (DK), Kristian Kongshoj 

“Phenomenal.”
DECIBEL 

The new masterpiece “Halo Of Blood” is now out worldwide!

GET ALBUM AT:

Nuclear Blast: http://smarturl.it/COBHalo
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/COBiT

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

* For more info on CHILDREN OF BODOM:

Facebook: Children Of Bodom

http://www.cobhc.com

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Facebook: Nuclear Blast USA

http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

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LONG LIVE CHILDREN OF BODOM.

CHILDREN OF BODOM KICKS METAL ASS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ENFORCER – Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS And Announce New Album!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

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The Swedish Heavy Metal blood brothers of ENFORCER recently signed a new worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Their new album is called Death By Fire and will be released on February, 1st.

Bandleader, vocalist and guitar player Olof Wikstrand comments: “It feels great to finally have finished this long-awaited third ENFORCER record. Now with Nuclear Blast on board we’re gonna make sure to spread it to every corner of this planet. You can expect nothing but the total, self defining ENFORCER record.”

Nuclear Blast head of A&R, Andy Siry says: “We’ve been following the career of ENFORCER since their debut album, because from there on, they formed the spearhead of a new, young generation of traditionally influenced Metal. We’re impressed by the bands consequent and authentic appearance, whether on stage, concerning their sound, their image and so on. This reminds of the atmosphere of departure and the rebellion, Heavy Metal represented at the beginning of the 80’s. ENFORCER have got that special something, represent their ideals and they know what they want. We’re looking forward to the upcoming CD and a long successful cooperation.”

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ENFORCER:

Olof Wikstrand – vocals/guitars

Jonas Wikstrand – drums

Joseph Tholl – guitars

Tobias Lindkvist – bass

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

For more info on ENFORCER, click on the links below!

http://www.enforcer.se

facebook: Enforcer

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LONG LIVE ENFORCER.

Stone.

HOLY GRAIL – Sign Europe-Wide Deal With Nuclear Blast Records!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 21, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

HOLY GRAIL – Hailing from Pasadena in Southern California, North American up-and-comers HOLY GRAIL have offered a unique blend of traditional tunes in the vein of the legendary NWoBHM and influences of several contemporary heavy metal subgenres since their inception in 2008. Now, after numerous celebrated festival appearances (“Wacken:Open:Air” & British “Download Festival” among others) and extensive touring together with famous bands of the order of BLIND GUARDIAN, EXODUS and ELUVEITIE, the time is right to take this more than promising quintet to the next level. In that regard, Nuclear Blast Records are proud to announce the Europe-wide signing of HOLY GRAIL!

Nuclear Blast A&R Jaap Wagemaker comments: 

“Already after we’d listened to their debut EP Improper Burial, it became pretty obvious that HOLY GRAIL – offering a modern version of the old-school heavy metal we’ve grown up with – were the most exciting metal band to emerge from the county of L.A. within the last two decades, as renowned American “Decibel” magazine had put it. After Metal Hammer UK had nominated the band as “best new band” at the Metal Hammer Awards even before they had even released their debut album Crisis in Utopia, we knew we had to keep an eye on them. All over Europe, music magazines loved that record and celebrated it by publishing rave reviews. And ever since we’ve seen them playing two awesome shows at Wacken Open Air and British Download Festival, there was no doubt whatsoever that HOLY GRAIL were bringing the leather and steel to a new generation of metal heads. So watch out for HOLY GRAIL’s second coming in 2013!!!”

The band states:

“We in the HOLY GRAIL camp are very proud and excited to announce that we have recently become part of the Nuclear Blast family. We feel honoured to join the ranks of metal legends and many of our favourite bands, including ACCEPT (who we’ve covered), BLIND GUARDIAN (who we’ve toured with) and TESTAMENT (who we’d love to tour with)! Fans of HOLY GRAIL can expect all the metallic elements we’ve built our name on taken to the next level on our forthcoming new record Ride The Void. Coupled with the unequivocal might of Nuclear Blast, European domination is inevitable for our new album. See ya on the road!”

The band’s upcoming second studio album Ride The Void is set for a European release via Nuclear Blast in early 2013; in North America, the record will be released via Prosthetic Records. Stay tuned for further information to follow soon!

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

For more info on HOLY GRAIL, click on the links below!

http://www.holygrailofficial.com

http://twitter.com/holygrailband

facebook: Holy Grail (Official Page)

http://www.nuclearblast.de

LONG LIVE HOLY GRAIL.

LONG LIVE NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS.

Stone.

HATEBREED – SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST FOR EUROPE!

Posted in hardcore, hardcore metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 12, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

2012-10-12 – Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of US Hardcore Metal kings, HATEBREED, who have just inked a record deal including all European territories. North America and Canada will be handled by Razor & Tie.

The forthcoming album was co-produced by Hatebreed, Zeuss (SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL) and Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). Wilbur also handled mixing duties on the new record. The new studio album will be supported by extensive global touring that will stretch well into 2014.

Commented singer Jamey Jasta: “We’re really excited to be working with such great people at both Razor & Tie & Nuclear Blast. We’ve made an awesome album and we’re chomping at the bit to get it out and hit the road. Global domination begins now.”

Nuclear Blast A&R Jaap Wagemaker adds: “In the past we had seen HATEBREED play several times live when they were headlining indoor hardcore festivals or when they played one of the many shows at Graspop in Belgium! The band that defined metal / hardcore with their releases Perseverance and The Rise of Brutality will be releasing another milestone in their career by the beginning of 2013!! After seeing HATEBREED turning this years Hellfest upside down in front of 30,000 hardcore and metal fans and doing the same a couple of months later at Bloodstock in the UK, it became very clear that HATEBREED and Nuclear Blast would be the perfect match. Something that became even stronger after we had the chance to listen to a couple of new songs! We are very proud to welcome HATEBREED to the ever-growing Nuclear family!! In 2013 their new album will be out and I can tell you that the fans who have been waiting for this for a couple of years now won’t be disappointed!! HATEBREED is back, stronger than ever!!”

The sixth HATEBREED studio record is set to be released in January 2013.

HATEBREED will also hit the road headlining the notorious PERSISTENCE TOUR which marks the first live run for the upcoming album.

PERSISTENCE TOUR 2013
HATEBREED
AGNOSTIC FRONT
H2O
NEAERA
THE ACACIA STRAIN
+ more

10.01. D Berlin – Astra

11.01. B Lint – Eurocam Media Center

12.01. D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle

13.01. F Paris – Bataclan

14.01. D Saarbrücken – Garage

15.01. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof

16.01. D Hamburg – Docks

17.01. D Stuttgart – LKA

18.01. D Lichtenfels – Stadthalle

19.01. D Dresden – Even Werk

20.01. NL Tilburg – O13

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

For more info on HATEBREED, click on the links below!

facebook: Hatebreed

http://WWW.HATEBREED.COM

facebook: Nuclear Blast EUROPE

http://www.razorandtie.com/

LONG LIVE HATEBREED.

Stone.

AMORPHIS – Studio Report Video Online! 11th Studio Album Targeted For Early Spring 2013 Release

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Finnish forerunners of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have posted their first studio report detailing the making or their as-of-yet-untitled 11th album, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLdUj7wm2PM.

The follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece The Beginning Of Times (Finnish charts: #1, German charts: #16) is being produced and mixed by no less than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR).

“We had to face the fact that if we want to develop our music and sound we need a producer who has a vision and whom we can accept as an authority,” commented AMORPHIS guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen. “I know that we’re not the most flexible guys when it comes to letting outsiders into our camp for telling us how to do things. We spent one evening at our management office, talking about the right producer and the recording sessions in general. As usual, the best decisions are not far to seek. We’ve been talking to Peter about him producing AMORPHIS for ages. I think the first time we spoke about this was when we met first at the Nuclear Blast festival tour in 1994, and it was in Helsinki around a year ago when we last speculated about the idea. We’ve been following Peter’s career – he’s developed as a musician and especially as a producer over the years. Plus he’s one of the true survivors from the 90′s death metal scene who is still around just like us, so we share kind of an old school mental level.”

The recordings are currently taking place in the famous premises of Petrax Studio in Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) and 5K Studios in Helsinki.

Esa explains:
“We’ve decided to record in Finland so that Peter can come here to escape to Petrax in the countryside with us, in order to record all the drums plus some additional lines. Later on, we’ll continue in Helsinki at 5K Studios to lay down the rest of the material. The mixing will be done with Peter in the Swedish Abyss Studios. We’ll keep you posted about how the sessions proceed!”

AMORPHIS’ 11th studio album is planned for a March/April 2013 release via Nuclear Blast Records.

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

Above photo credit: Stefan De Batselier

For more info on AMORPHIS, click on the links below!

http://www.amorphis.net

http://www.facebook.com/amorphis

http://www.youtube.com/amorphisofficial

LONG LIVE AMORPHIS.

Stone.

SUICIDE SILENCE – SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST! New Album Targeted For Summer 2013 Release!

Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme metal bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

2012-09-12 – SUICIDE SILENCE are proud to announce that they have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast. As one of the leaders of the Extreme Modern Metal movement, it is only fitting that their new home be one of the biggest Metal labels on the planet. It’s a union that is sure to bring much success to both parties in the not so distant future.

“I’ve been following SUICIDE SILENCE since their debut album and immediately grew to love their music,“ commented Nuclear Blast CEO, Markus Staiger. “I knew we had to work with this amazing band and today is the day to finally welcome one of the most brutal bands on Earth to the Nuclear Blast family. The next SUICIDE SILENCE album will no doubt push boundaries once again.“

“I am thrilled to have such an innovative and unique band like SUICIDE SILENCE as the first signing to Nuclear Blast Entertainment,” added NB Entertainment (a newly formed division of Nuclear Blast) President Monte Conner. “Even though I was totally blown away by their last album, The Black Crown, I am certain the band’s best music is still ahead of them.”

Guitarist Mark Heylmun commented:
“I and all of SUICIDE SILENCE are proud to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with the one and only Nuclear Blast. It wasn’t a tough decision, Nuclear Blast has been a huge part of Heavy Metal for decades and we couldn’t be happier. This is a new beginning for us and we’re ready as all hell! Let Chapter 2 begin now!”

“I am beyond stoked to be signing to the sickest of all Heavy Metal record labels,” continues bassist Dan Kenny. “It has been a dream of mine since I was a youngster with Nuclear Blast posters on my bedroom wall”

North American Label Manager Gerardo Martinez concluded: 
“It’s pretty amazing when you hear SUICIDE SILENCE talk about the Nuclear Blast bands they love. It puts all of us on the same level – we are all music fans here. Super stoked to be a part of history with this Californian bunch!”

SUICIDE SILENCE’s Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut is tentatively scheduled for a Summer 2013 release!

Music Video:
“You Only Live Once”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=312Sb-2PovA

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SUICIDE SILENCE:

Mitch Lucker – Vocals

Chris Garza – Guitar

Mark Heylmun – Guitar

Alex Lopez – Drums

Dan Kenny – Bass

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

For more info on SUICIDE SILENCE, click on the links below!

http://www.thirddegreemerch.com/SuicideS…

http://twitter.com/suicidesilence

http://www.myspace.com/suicidesilence

http://www.youtube.com/suicidesilence

LONG LIVE SUICIDE SILENCE.

LONG LIVE NUCLEAR BLAST.

Stone.

CHILDREN OF BODOM – Sign Deal With Nuclear Blast!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , on June 22, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

2012-06-22 – Finnish Metal superstars CHILDREN OF BODOM (also COB) have inked a worldwide recording deal (excl. Japan) with Nuclear Blast Records. The celebrated Metal label — who worked with the band over the early stages of its career — is proud to announce the renewed partnership with the world-famous band. COB, who kicked off a year-long celebration of its 15th anniversary with a successful North American tour alongside label mates ELUVEITIE, have a new studio album planned for release in 2013.

“We had a good, productive and long run with Spinefarm Records for fifteen years and now it’s simply just time for a change.“ said CHILDREN OF BODOM front man / guitarist Alexi “Wildchild” Laiho. “I’m absolutely stoked to start the new chapter of COB’s career with Nuclear Blast and look forward to working with them.”

“Personally, I am so excited to get to work with Nuclear Blast again.“ adds COB bassist player Henkka T. Blacksmith. “We have such good memories from the beginning of our career with them. We know the people already and we know how committed they are in doing Metal!”

Nuclear Blast Europe A&R rep Jaap Wagemaker shares: “15 years ago we were introduced to a very young band from Finland who blew us away with their track ‘Deadnight Warrior’ from their debut album Something Wild – and their music was indeed something wild! Fast-tapping guitar work combined with incredible keyboards and angry vocals… it was the start of the career of CHILDREN OF BODOM. Nuclear Blast released their first three albums outside of Finland: Something Wild, Hatebreeder, and Follow The Reaper, albums that became classics in the history of metal. Unfortunately, after the third album, we went separate ways but we have always been following them and stayed in contact. CHILDREN OF BODOM became a very big band worldwide and now the time has come to welcome them back home! We at Nuclear Blast are very happy to see CHILDREN OF BODOM rejoining the Nuclear family and are looking forward to working their next albums. You can be sure that ‘something wild’ will come your way!”

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(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

For more info on CHILDREN OF BODOM, click on the links below!

http://www.cobhc.com

http://www.myspace.com/childrenofbodom

http://www.twitter.com/cobhc

http://www.facebook.com/childrenofbodom

LONG LIVE CHILDREN OF BODOM.

LONG LIVE NUCLEAR BLAST.

Stone.

WITCHCRAFT – Sign With Nuclear Blast! Currently Recording New Album

Posted in doom metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on May 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Nuclear Blast feels honoured to welcome Swedish Doom Metal kings WITCHCRAFT to the family!

After a 5 year hiatus, the band is currently recording the follow-up to 2007′s “The Alchemist” together with renowned producer Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (KREATOR, OPETH, AMON AMARTH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA…).

The albums working title is set to “Legend” and will feature the bands new guitarists and drummer for the first time:

Simon Solomon – guitars
Tom Jondelius – guitars
Oscar Johansson – drums

Furthermore, band leader Magnus Pelander will from now on focus on his unique vocals without playing guitar anymore.

Commented Pelander: “There’s magic going on in the studio and we can hardly wait to eventually give something back to our loyal fans! We know you guys have been waiting for this!”

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(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

For more info on WITCHCRAFT, click on the link below!

http://www.witchcrafthome.com

LONG LIVE WITCHCRAFT.

Stone.

ENSLAVED – Sign Worldwide Contract With Nuclear Blast

Posted in Black Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Nuclear Blast proudly announce the worldwide signing of the Norwegian Extreme-Metal-Band ENSLAVED.

After publishing the latest two albums “Vertebrae” (2008) and “Axioma Ethica Odini” (2010) via Nuclear Blast USA in North America, the band currently signed a worldwide contract.

The Band commented:

“We’re very, very (yes, very) pleased and proud to sign this deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide. We’ve already worked with Nuclear Blast US through our two latest albums; and our personal friendships with NB guys and gals on both sides of the Atlantic are even older. There’s no drama – we take great pride in the fact that there seldom is with us – it is simply a matter of one contract ending, and us going for what seems to be our best option at this point in time and space. This time the best choice for Enslaved is changing things up somewhat. We’re excited to see what the mixture of passion and professionalism at Nuclear Blast can do with the Enslaved name in the years to come. There is no doubt that the level of ambition, the experience and seriousness about what we do, form perfect common ground for Enslaved and Nuclear Blast. We’re in the process of making a new album that will initiate our new partnership, watch out for the approaching wave of news about that. For now, let’s just say that the album will be an absolute (Nuclear) blast!”

Gerardo Martínez, Label Manager of Nuclear Blast USA, comments:

“Enslaved is one of the most amazing bands to ever come from Norway. We’ve had the pleasure of working with them on their last two albums in North America, and from this day forth worldwide.

Looking forward their new masterpiece to be unleashed to the masses later in the year!”

The new album will be released this fall.

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(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

For more info on ENSLAVED, click on the links below:

http://www.enslaved.no

http://www.facebook.com/enslaved

http://www.youtube.com/user/enslavedoffi…

LONG LIVE ENSLAVED.

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EDGUY – “F***ING WITH FIRE LIVE” GETS MY HEAVY METAL APPLAUSE

Posted in 1990's heavy metal bands, 1990's power metal music, 2009 power metal music, Album Review, cool album covers, current heavy metal albums, current heavy metal music, current live heavy metal albums, Edguy, essential heavy metal albums, essential heavy metal songs, european power metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal albums 2009, heavy metal bands this decade, heavy metal from germany, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, heavy metal music 2009, heavy metal this decade, heavy metal vocalists, live heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Metal Reviews, Music, new heavy metal album, Power Metal, power metal guitarists, power metal music, power metal music today, rock music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

EDGUY "Fucking With Fire" promo image 2009Edguy F***ing With Fire Live is entertaining as Metal hell. Released on July 28, 2009, on Nuclear Blast Records, this is the second album released by Edguy this year, (Tinnitus Sanctus was released on January 27, 2009). A huge Metal kudos to Edguy for releasing two albums within the same year, they are not the only band out there to do so, still it is cool for fans like me. In a Metal day and age where there are those select few prima donna - let’s take everything serious Metal Bands out there, Edguy seems to grasp hold of the positive and accentuates the (gasp) fun in Heavy Metal Music. The title of this live album alone, gives me the impression that Edguy has thrown caution to the Metal wind and could care less about those who don’t get it. In my Metal opinion, Tobias Sammet and his band Edguy have snickered at their antagonists since the late 90′s… and Edguy gets the last laugh every time. From my Metal research, it seems that Europe and Brazil really gets into Edguy big time, uh, I am just like Europe and Brazil with my Metal tastes then. It seems so obvious to me, by listening to Edguy’s catalog of albums, that they really dug the power and enthusiasm of 1980′s Heavy Metal Music. Thus they now turn around and record a live album that has that all encompassing, 1980′s Arena Heavy Metal thrill. By no means am I labeling Edguy as having a dated 1980′s sound about them, no way in Metal hell. I only want to point out that Edguy evokes a feel good emotion inside of me, rekindling some of the 1980′s Heavy Metal spirit that I so embraced. Tobias Sammet seems to write songs that are hook filled and melodically oozing from every crevice. F***ing With Fire Live is an Edguy album that I do give a F*** about.

Edguy "F***ing With Fire Live" small album picMy favorite Edguy song of all-time, Tears Of A Mandrake takes the Metal prize on this album, as well as Superheroes, Lavatory Love Machine and King Of Fools. The live versions of these Edguy songs only adds fuel to the intense Power Metal energy that they bestow. Tobias Sammet gets Avantasia into this set of songs as well, (from his side project Avantasia), it fits right into the Metal mix of this Edguy set list. The main theme I stress with F***ing With Fire Live is the consistent energy and emotion that Tobias Sammet seems to summon up within himself and his band. I don’t think you need to be an Edguy fan to actually hear and feel the excitement on this live album, then again, this Edguy album will have it’s detractors… so F***ing Metal be it. Tobias Sammet does become quite the talker during this concert. He takes his Metal time to introduce each band member, requests the crowd of Edguy fans to turn on their cell phone’s (and not their lighters), during the Power Metal ballad Save Me and thanks/compliments the fans of Sao Paulo, Brazil quite eloquently. Hey, this is a recorded – live concert for Metal sakes, these type of moments do occur during Heavy Metal shows, so F***ing Metal be it. At the end of the Metal day, I cannot listen to F***ing With Fire Live as a once through, nope, instead, each time I slap this double CD on I need to hear it a second time through too… so F***ing Metal be it.

*F***ing With Fire Live was recorded on November 3, 2006, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Edguy as they appear on F***ing With Fire Live:

Tobias Sammet - lead vocalist

Jens Ludwig – guitar & backing vocals

Dirk Sauer – guitar & backing vocals

Tobias “Eggi” Exxel – bass & backing vocals

Felix Bohnke - drums

F***ing With Fire LiveTrack Listing:

CD 1:

01.  Catch Of The Century

02.  Sacrifice

03.  Babylon

04.  Lavatory Love Machine

05.  Vain Glory Opera

06.  Land Of The Miracle

07.  Fucking With Fire

CD 2:

08.  Superheroes

09.  Save Me

10.  Tears Of A Mandrake

11.  Mysteria

12.  Avantasia

13.  King Of Fools

14.  Out Of Control

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Blind Guardian covers “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – Power Metal style

Posted in 1960's acid rock music, 1960's classic rock music, 1960's psychedelic rock music, 1960's vintage rock albums, 1960's rock music, Album Review, Century Media, century media records, classic hard rock, classic hard rock music, classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock cover songs, classic rock music, cool album covers, cover songs, heavy metal album review, heavy metal from germany, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal this decade, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, metal music, Metal Reviews, Music, power metal music, prog metal albums, prog metal music, progressive metal, progressive metal albums, progressive metal music, progressive metal music eps, rock music, vintage rock albums, vintage rock and roll cover songs, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

7744373Blind Guardian is a Power Metal meets Progressive Metal band, straight out of the fine country of Germany. I enjoy the Power Metal and Progressive Metal genres immensely, Blind Guardian for me, is always a cool listen. As I was browsing around the Century Media Records online site (CM Distro.com) several months ago, I happened to find an EP from Blind Guardian that quickly caught my Metal attention. The name of this EP is “Fly”, (released in 2006), it contains three songs: “Fly”, “Skalds and Shadows” and the cover version of the Iron Butterfly classic – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”. I knew instantly I needed to purchase this EP. I have always and forever revered this Psychedelic, Classic Rock, gem of a song that Iron Butterfly created with “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, (originally released in 1968). I placed my order for this Blind Guardian EP without ever hearing it first… I had complete confidence in Blind Guardian delivering a decent cover version of this song, plus as I stated earlier, their Power – Prog Metal style never put me in the doldrums whatsoever.

525284Blind Guardian “Fly”, as with any of this bands albums, never fail to peak my curiosity based on the album cover artwork on their releases. Going in, I knew they are a capable, talented and quality Metal band, with intellectual lyrics and story telling to coincide with their songs. I am pleased at purchasing “Fly”, all three songs are diverse, with my favorite being the cover song from Iron Butterfly “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” Blind Guardian’s version is very heavy, all power, it rocks tough and hard, while paying great respect to this songs originally intended hardness and dark landscape. The only key aspect here, is to know that this is the shortened cover version of this song, at 3:38 long, (the original Iron Butterfly album version is 17:05 long). Blind Guardian if anything, makes this song sound just as macabre and melancholy, (quite a musical feat), with the vocals and music sounding equally haunting as the original. Some may feel Blind Guardian makes “In-A-Gadda-Da Vida” sound more spooky than the original version… there have been times I have thought just that. Now, as to the age old argument… is the cover version better than the original? Of course, it would be a monstrous feat to blow away the original Iron Butterfly rendition of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”… I will always like the original version more. With that said… once you hear Blind Guardian cover this song, you may very well be like me and think – whoa, this is a really cool and heavy way to commemorate a classic… a Metal job well done.

“Fly” is a more open ended Progressive Metal example, with the vocals being more punctual and deliberate. “Skalds and Shadows” is an acoustic version of it’s original, musically you are surrounded by an almost medieval atmosphere of mood and senses, making me feel as if I am about to enter an ancient, abandoned castle. I am impressed by the way lead vocalist Hansi Kursch changes and adapts his vocal approach, according to the individual song, this type of diversity and quality in singing is appreciable. Blind Guardian gives the listener a rather nice mix of Heavy Music on this “Fly” EP, even though there are only three songs. I am obviously pleased with this EP, it is a Metal keeper. The liner notes are 8 pages with full lyrics and credits. The center spread within the liner notes are two pages depicting the Blind Guardian band logo. With the musicianship, vocals and diversity of song found on this one EP, anyone new to Blind Guardian’s music should find this as an invitation to check out their impressive back catalog of albums. I recommend “The Fly” to all Progressive and Power Metal fans. Fans of Metal music in general should appreciate what Blind Guardian has created here as well.

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HAMMERFALL “No Sacrifice, No Victory” – Power Metal on high

Posted in 1970's Rock, 1980's power metal music, 1980's heavy metal music, 1990's power metal music, 1990's heavy metal music, 2009 power metal music, Album Review, classic metal, cool album covers, cover songs, current heavy metal albums, current metal albums, european power metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal albums 2009, heavy metal music 2009, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal this decade, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, metal music today, Metal Reviews, Music, new heavy metal album, old school heavy metal, power metal from sweden, power metal music today, speed metal, symphonic metal, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

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HAMMERFALL has done it again. This Power Metal outfit wasn’t about to release a sound scape of easy listening, calming, ocean waves… no way. “No Sacrifice, No Victory” (released March 24, 2009), is Power Metal with several exclamation points after it. For anyone new to Hammerfall, they are similar in musical style to that of Helloween, a long standing originator of this Power Metal genre. With approximately 15 studio albums behind them, (not counting EP’s, Greatest Hits or Singles), Hammerfall on this new release, sound as if they are hell bent on dominating the world with their Power Metal brand. I am not about to get in their way, if anything I will raise my Metal fist into the air and cry out the lyrics to “Hallowed Be My Name” and be glad I did. If you are totally into Power Metal and cannot become inspired by “No Sacrifice, No Victory”, well, then you are not into Power Metal music at all.

In my Metal opinion, I find beauty to be an attribute of the musical sound of Power Metal. (Yeah, I did say beauty… let’s not get carried away here). On “Something For The Ages”, if one cannot hear the beauty in the melodic guitar leads and solos, then I will stand alone with my belief. (From this day forward, I shall call it Metal beauty). How many Metal bands can make a church organ sound cool in any song? Hammerfall can… on “Between Two Worlds”, courtesy of Power Metal veteran Jens Johansson. Now, do not hesitate to think for one Metal second, that Hammerfall does not hand unto us a heavy, Power Metal album… they do hammer down the heavy, the power… the Power Metal. The background vocals throughout are trademark and at the upmost heightened level throughout “No Sacrifice, No Victory”. Without these backing vocals on high, it would not be Power Metal. If I was to choose one track off this album that carries each crucial characteristic of Hammerfall’s Power Metal, it is “One Of A Kind”. The sweeping and confident lead vocals of Joacim Cans coupled with the musical totality of this band make this song a signature example, for me.

I found it to be a cool surprise, that Hammerfall added the cover version of “My Sharona” to this new album. (Not that Hammerfall is new to cover songs, their “Masterpieces” album is nothing but Vintage Metal cover tunes). The Knack originally released this song on their “Get The Knack” album, (circa 1979), a band and album I always felt was at least a decade ahead of their time. (I found this vintage album at a thrift store a couple months ago… mint condition and 50 cents too). Not to get stranded here, I really do admire Hammerfall for covering “My Sharona” and recognizing a true classic, a song that bordered and teetered on Punk, New Wave and Rock – an interwoven treat of a band is celebrated here by Hammerfall, The Knack should feel great about now. As for the cover version by Hammerfall? It Rocks, very well indeed. I have made a new rule about this “My Sharona” cover song… I must always play it extremely loud for maximum listening pleasure. Will Hammerfall resurrect “My Sharona” and once again make it a #1 hit single? Of course not, yet who cares? This song, being the last track on the album, is a grand way to end “No Sacrifice, No Victory”.

From the high, all enveloping lead and backing vocals, to the searing and soaring guitar leads, numerous and melodic solos, combined with the groove and thump of the rhythm section – add the keyboards and organ for the sensory surround sound that gives Power Metal it’s name… you will have ventured into the Metal world of Hammerfall’s “No Sacrifice, No Victory”.

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Enslaved “Vertebrae” – Progressive, Black Metal raises the bar

Posted in Album Review, Black Metal, black metal 2008, black metal 2009, black metal from norway, cool album covers, current heavy metal albums, current heavy metal music, current progressive metal albums, essential heavy metal albums, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, heavy metal music 2009, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, metal music, metal music today, Metal Reviews, Music, new heavy metal album, norwegian black metal, progressive metal, progressive metal albums, progressive metal music, recent heavy metal albums with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

main-150Enslaved, from Norway, has created quite the exquisite Black Metal album with “Vertebrae”. Why do I use the adjective exquisite to describe this album? Well, I revere the Progressive Metal of Mastodon and Dream Theater, the legendary Progressive Rock of Pink Floyd and the groove infested Black Metal of Satyricon. Enslaved encompasses the most Metal and progressively delicious elements from these favorite bands of mine, while incorporating them into their very own startlingly, mind popping sound. What Enslaved has done here, is taken Rock and Metal influences to a new level, creating an album that embraces everything that is brilliant about Heavy and Progressive music. (I am not saying Enslaved actually looked to these bands for inspiration, this is just my musical and Metal interpretation and/or opinion). Enslaved has their roots in Black Metal, a musical track record that overflows with Metal bragging rights… “Vertebrae” by no means exemplifies this band as not being original. This album is as original as it gets… I cannot truly count how many Metal bands there are, that dare to experiment with music so valiantly.

Black Metal has gone through a bit of a metamorphosis over the years… so have the other Metal genres. There will always be the blue collar – true to the roots style of Black Metal, it deserves it’s rightful place in the Metal universe. Enslaved, like their counterparts Satyricon, have taken the Black Metal stylings and tweaked them, in this case, Enslaved progressively tweaked. As with anything in life, change is a natural necessity that either is accepted or rejected. Change in the musical circles of Metal can often times be equated to selling out or mellowing down, every fan of Metal has their own right to personally object or accept what they want from their music. My point I am trying to make here is, Enslaved has not deceived me or let me down with their brand of Progressive, Black Metal on “Vertebrae”. Vintage Venom and Mercyful Fate will forever and always be at my Metal reach, Enslaved “Vertebrae” is an extension of what happens when musical and Metal barriers are broken down. 

In an all encompassing summary of the seven songs on “Vertebrae”, I hear the nod to the forefathers of Black Metal, with especially the lead vocals and the dark, macabre and searingly moody ambiance, coming from the musical background elements. The keyboards and organ can create Black Metal which pays homage to the original sound of this band and genre, it can also create the progressive path in which “Vertebrae” aims for as well. Herbrand Larsen is simply unreal on the keys, organ and vocals. The same can be said for each member of Enslaved… as a cohesive unit they have connected not only with each other with their Metal skills and prowess, they have also raised the bar musically, in a Metal world that is rapidly interconnecting with each others genres. I cannot resist myself by recommending highly “Vertebrae”, Enslaved has created an album that will be at the top of my Metal list for decades to come.

The members of Enslaved are: Ivar Bjornson on guitars, Grutle Kjellson on vocals & bass, Herbrand Larsen on keyboards, organ & vocals, Cato Bekkevold on drums and Ice Dale on guitars. Enslaved has given the Metal world seven brilliant new songs with “Vertebrae”, thus inspiring me to delve and journey even further into the vast genres and sub-genres of Metal music.

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